Archive: April, 2006
Pulitzer Day is traditionally draped in blues and greens for those news shops that fall into the have-nots category. We mope, then marvel at the strong work performed in often-impossible circumstances - a war, a hurricane, a short-dump of disinformation.
Online these days, the awards seem to be seen through blue and red filters.
First, from Power Line, the conservative group blog, which headlines its piece "The Pulitzer Prize for Treason." That goes in Power Line's view to James Risen and Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times for "their treasonous contribution to the undermining of the highly classified National Security Agency surveillance program of al Qaeda-related terrorists." Blogger Scott Johnson has argued that the reporters violated the Espionage Act and aided the enemy during wartime.
Can we cue up "The Orange and The Black" again?
Can we say the Flyers are skating into the playoffs with some mo' after all?
Can we agree that their date with the Buffalo Sabres means they miss being pitchforked by the hottest team in hockey?
In a 1,773-word evisceration in the Broad Street Review Rottenberg accuses the former Philadelphia broadcast reporter of writing in "annoying journalese," of ignoring her previous marriage and step-children, of glossing over her transformation from plain-Jane brunette to "blonde glamourpuss." Of basically filtering her memories through a Vaseline-softened lens because she is now married to Washington's ultimate power icon.
Rottenberg, a former Philadelphia Magazine and Philadelphia Weekly editor, writes in his piece headlined, "The Unexamined Life: Andrea Mitchell rewrites her past:"
More blog farms on the way. Blogging Ohio has launched - it's the first statewide effort from the Weblogs, Inc., empire that AOL bought last year. Bloggers Blog did a quick domain check and found that Weblogs had snagged all five sampled, such as Blogging California, Blogging New York, Blogging Idaho. Weblogs CEO Jason Calcanis writes about the Ohio launch on his web site.
At the same time, Backfence, a suburban Washington, D.C, "hyper-local" information network, has extended its reach to San Francisco, incorporating the work of Bayosphere, the community blog created by Dan Gillmor, a former San Jose Mercury tech columnist.
Karl Martino, proprietor of the Philly Future site, wonders if this means juggernaut is coming. "Sooner of later they will be in Philadelphia," he wrote by email of the AOL venture. He fears what this means to an independent, grassroots blog community, such as his. Without such deep pockets, "I'm afraid you're going to get to a position where you're just spinning your wheels."
Third weekend in May a notebook, a url and a good pitch could get you into all of Camden's waterfront attractions for a little viral marketing experiment.
200 bloggers will be selected for weekend passes to the Riversharks baseball game, the Big Guns exhibit at the Battleship New Jersey, the Shark Realm at the Adventure Aquarium. The only requirement is the bloggers are asked to blog about their experiences.
What if hipsters cared about more than expanding Johnny Brenda's? Phreakin' Philly wonders. And invites the Pabst-swilling, Kerouac-quoting unwashed to a little clean-up.
Is the president listening to illegally ripped CDs?
The project, from The Daily News, WHYY and The Committee of 70, launched last week with a reference to Alan Shephard's famous remarks atop a Redstone booster rocket, "Come on! Let's Light This Candle," and a declaration of noble designs:
"As a city we can finally come together and demand the type of high-minded, issues-based, responsive and idealistic campaign that befits the place where the phrases, "We hold these truths to be self-evident" and "We the people" were born. Am I being too naive? Possibly. Is it worth trying Definitely."
The Flyers just got scored on again, so it's 5 to 1. Forsberg is out, groin again, and even a change in goalies can't slow the surging Devils. In about five minutes the Chicago Bulls are going to scotch the Sixers' hopes for the playoffs. Already this weekend has meant the end of line for the Phantoms and Wings. The Phillies are off to what they call a slow start.
And I find myself googling the terms "Loserville," and "Philly" (818 hits and counting), counting the years, and marveling at the nerve of some of these writers, like "Blueroses," who was a recent transfer to Philadelphia back in 2004 when he wrote "I have been alarmed at how much Philly sports fans boo the opposing teams and their own players, and it seems indicative of an attitude that could be improved in terms of all local concerns."
Blueroses, you have no idea.