Archive for August 29th, 2007

Don’t shoot me, I’m just the piano player

29 August 2007

Blaming the media—shooting the messenger—has become a blood sport, even with those with blood on their hands. Jhoomur Bose of CNN-IBN sends a poetic note to those who blame it on the media when what they see or hear doesn’t conform with their own closely held views and beliefs.

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Hello, can one talk to you,
Could you spare your minutes few?
This is about the Media,
And sincerely one had no idea…
That you could hate it so much,
And refuse even to touch;
Or consider the simple concept,
That even the media could take some wrong steps.
(While you are such a human strong,
You have never done a single wrong?)
Come let’s blame it on the Media,
It’s always a bloody good idea…
To say Hey Cameraman!
You should also have been Superman;
To stop that blast and prevent that flood,
And fight the villains, and curb the blood.
(While you vote for the villains,
To launder your clandestine millions?)
Come let’s blame it on the Media,
It’s always a bloody good idea…
To ask hey how come you Reporter,
You don’t have that noose a little tighter?
Around a corrupt politicians’ head,
Who steal our very daily bread.
(While you walk with pride,
And give them a hefty bribe?)
Come let’s blame it on the Media,
It’s always a bloody good idea…
To say they did nothing but write,
Too many words, some banal, some trite;
And yet those words don’t fill with dread,
For on our land the killers still tread.
(While you will never do your bit,
For it’s far easier to throw a fit??)
Come let’s blame it on the Media,
It’s always a bloody good idea…
Secure in your homes to sit and complain,
Call the media names; give them some pain.
But let me tell you, You are also the SAME;
You do NOTHING else but play the blame game.
But then let’s blame it on the Media now,
After all the Public is always holier than thou.

Read the full article here: Blame it on the media

Matt Drudge: I’ve a right not to be watched

29 August 2007

In 2003, Esquire termed Gay Talese‘s profile of Frank Sinatra as the best story it had ever published on its pages.

“The legendary singer was approaching fifty, under the weather, out of sorts, and unwilling to be interviewed. So Talese remained in Los Angeles, hoping Sinatra might recover and reconsider, and he began talking to many of the people around Sinatra—his friends, his associates, his family, his countless hangers-on—and observing the man himself wherever he could. The result, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” ran in April 1966 and became one of the most celebrated magazine stories ever published…”

In this week’s New York magazine, Philip Weiss sets out to profile Matt Drudge, the author of the Drudge Report, the seventh most visited website on the planet, ahead of—yes—even the New York Times and Washington Post. And unlike Talese, Weiss doesn’t even get to see Drudge, a full time manager of a gift shop in his previous avatar, let alone speak to him. Drudge craves attention but hides.

Weiss emails Drudge, writes letters to him at the two places he owns in Miami, calls his radio show number 1-866-4-drudge, visits the two addresses, calls his friends to put in a word… but “America’s most influential journalist” is elusive. All he gets to hear is Drudge’s defence of his privacy on air.

“I just don’t want to be watched when I’m visiting the Lincoln Memorial, going through Penn Station, or walking down Hollywood Boulevard. So many cameras everywhere. And now you start feeding that into some kind of database and start linking it up with a Fascist company like Google? This is a serious issue. And it’s not given serious consideration—when it is a total transformation of our society and our liberties.

“What gives you a right? Why are you watching me? People say, well, what do you have to hide, Drudge? What do you have to hide? You know what? The burden should be on them. I think I have a right not to be watched.”

Read the riveting profile: Watching Matt Drudge

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