Tag Archives: journalism

UNBELIEVABLE: BBC Asks Readers “Should Homosexuals Face Execution?”

This is unfuckingbelievable. In reference to the Uganda “kill gays” bill, the BBC asked their readers if they agreed that gays should be put to death. From the Guardian: The talkboard post asked users to send in their views to the programme, which goes out on the World Service and is also available online. “Has Uganda gone too far? Should …

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The Right’s Newest Martyr

As expected, the wingnutosphere is rallying around fired Maine reporter Larry Grard, who was dismissed from the Morning Sentinel after 19 years following his “in your face” email to the Human Rights Campaign on the morning after the vote to repeal same-sex marriage. Catholic League: As a Catholic, Grard has a right to hold, express and defend the teachings of …

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Editor & Publisher Folds In Massive Selloff Of Media Trade Titles

Today Nielsen Business Media announced the sales of Billboard Magazine, Adweek, Brandweek, The Hollywood Reporter, and four other titles as well as their film industry conventions business. The new owner is a just formed media company called e5 Global Media Holdings. Not surviving the sale was the 125 year-old Editor & Publisher, the seemingly eternal watchdog of print journalism. From …

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Washington Times To Fold

The wingnut/Moonie mouthpiece Washington Times is closing up shop as a “traditional” newspaper to reinvent itself as an opinion publication. Via Eric Boehlert at HuffPo: You’d think that somebody with a direct line to the Almighty, and tapped by Jesus to save mankind on Earth, would be able to come up with a better business plan for running a daily …

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Maine Reporter Fired For Personal Email Against Marriage Equality

Larry Grard, an 18-year veteran of Maine’s Morning Sentinel, has been fired after his employers were notified by the Human Rights Campaign that he had sent them an “in your face” email from his personal account on the morning after the vote to repeal same-sex marriage. Larry Grard admits he had “a lapse in judgment.” But Grard – who’s been …

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Correction Of The Day

From the Washington Post: A Nov. 26 article in the District edition of Local Living incorrectly said a Public Enemy song declared 9/11 a joke. The song refers to 911, the emergency phone number. Get up-uh, get get get down.

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Google Sets Limit On Free News Access

Days after Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp announced a partnership with Microsoft to block their news stories from search engines, Google has revealed that they have created a program to restrict readers from reading too many stories on news sites without paying. Newspaper publishers will now be able to set a limit on the number of free news articles people can …

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B.A.R. Posts All Obits Since 1980

In a joint project with the San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Historical Society, the Bay Area Reporter has created an online database of every obituary published since 1980. For years, especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s, people who had died from complications related to AIDS dominated the B.A.R. ‘s obituary pages. Tom Burtch, a volunteer at San Francisco’s …

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Trans LA Times Sports Columnist Mike Penner/Christine Daniels Dies At 52

In 2007 Los Angeles Times sports writer Mike Penner announced in his column that after a vacation, he would be returning to work as Christine Daniels, a transition that was met with surprising support from the sports world and Penner’s colleagues. But in a decision commonly called “transgender regret,” Penner revealed in February of this year that he was now …

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Katie Couric Drops It Like It’s Hot

Gawker has posted a gallery of photos of Katie Couric getting on down with her bad self. (And with another lady dancer.) Wingnuts will probably screech about this un-anchorly behavior, but Katie seems like a fun gal to take to a party.

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On The “Death” Of LGBT Print Media

Over on Mediaite, Michael Triplett of the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association covers the demise of the Washington Blade and other LGBT print titles and what physical gay newspapers have meant to us. Like other “minority” media, it is easy to underestimate the significance of the LGBT press for the gay community. For many of us, it was the …

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DC Agenda: Replacement For Washington Blade Launches Tomorrow

Talk about quick! Staffers from the just-defunct Washington Blade will launch their new publication, DC Agenda, tomorrow. (With some help from the Gay Men’s Chorus.) Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. presented the former Washington Blade with a check Wednesday night for a full-page ad in the newspaper’s new print iteration, the D.C. Agenda, which will be …

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Poll: 48% Would Pay For Online News

But they wouldn’t pay very much. Among regular Internet users in the United States, 48 percent said in the survey, conducted in October, that they would pay to read news online, including on mobile devices. That result tied with Britain for the lowest figure among nine countries where Boston Consulting commissioned surveys. In several Western European countries, more than 60 …

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Publisher Of Washington Blade And Other LGBT Print Titles Shuts Down

This weekend I noticed that the websites of the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, and several other titles published by Window Media had not been updated in a few days. Just now, Southern Voice posted this message to their Facebook fan page: With deepest regret, as editor of SoVo, I have to tell you that we arrived at the office to …

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William Safire Dead At 79

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and former Nixon White House speechwriter William Safire died this weekend at age 79. A columnist for the New York Times for more than 30 years, Safire won the 1978 Pulitzer prize for his writings on a now obscure scandal involving an appointee of President Jimmy Carter. He was on the Pulitzer board from 1995 to 2004. …

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Quote Of The Day – Maggie Gallagher

“I love the gay press. I really am impressed with gay journalists, as a group. I like reading the marriage issue in the gay press because they cover it as if what happens matters, whereas if you read The New York Times, it’s always about how this is going to affect who gets elected president.” – NOM founder Maggie Gallagher, …

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HomoQuotable – Charles Perez

“I’ve decided to move out of the Sunshine State. It’s a bit more chilly here than I had expected. Some may say good riddance, but I’m no longer willing to live in a place where I can’t get married, can’t adopt children and where there are no state laws to protect me from being fired because I’m gay. And so …

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WaPo Ombudsman Apologizes For Puff Piece On NOM’s Brian Brown

The ombudsman for the Washington Post has posted an apology for last week’s glowing profile of NOM’s executive director, Brian Brown. [I]t deprived readers of hearing from others who have battled Brown and find him uncivil and bigoted. To them, he represents injustice. They should have been heard, at length. “In a profile piece, for a controversial figure like that …

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Fired News Anchor Charles Perez Files Restraining Order Against Ex

Recently fired Miami ABC News anchor Charles Perez has been granted a restraining order against his ex-boyfriend, saying Dennis Pena had physically threatened and sexually assaulted him. Miami-Dade County Judge Rosa Figarola ordered Dennis Ricardo Peña to stay at least 500 feet away from Perez for the next 24 months. Peña, an unemployed paralegal, has 30 days to appeal and …

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Robert Novak Dead At 78

Conservative columnist Robert Novak, known as the “Prince of Darkness” to his enemies, has died of brain cancer at the age of 78. Novak’s remarkable and long-running career made him a powerful presence in newspaper columns, newsletters, books and on television. On May 15, 1963, Novak teamed up with the late Rowland Evans Jr. to create the “Inside Report” political …

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