Archive: June, 2005
"They are some of the biggest pieces of trash," Schilling said of the popular Philadelphia radio station hosts. "To say they are somehow part of sports is giving them way too much credit."
Kanye West, Brad Pitt and Rita, Ziggy and Stephen Marley are heading to town for the Live 8 show on Saturday. Inquirer reporter Michael Klein just got off the phone with producer Russell Simmons. Story here.
West and the Marleys will perform at the mega-benefit for Africa. Pitt will present.
Simmons is still talking of his "dream finale," a version of "We Are the World" with Michael Jackson, Prince, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Beyonce. All pieces are in order, except for Jacko, Prince and Usher. Simmons says none of the three has confirmed. But he keeps talking about it.
Got a call from a Fox News producer in New York. Grew up here, she said. Loves Philly. Just kind of wondering how the city is getting ready for the million or so people expected for Live 8. You, know, she said, Philadelphians don't have the easiest reputation.
Gimme a break. We're great hosts. We've already got a Live 8 drinking game.
Example No. 346 of why the line between news and opinion is getting thinner all the time:
The Huffington Post will be the first blog to be aggregated on Yahoo's News page.
This is great, some will say. This is further evidence of the end of the world, others will say.
Twelve million visitors drop by The Daily Kos every month on average, drinking in its digest of news and opinion on progressive politics. The site raises money for Democrats, promotes certain candidacies, links to campaigns. Founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga also earned money for providing technical assistance to former presidential candidate Howard Dean. "Kos," as he's called, didn't hide that fact. To the contrary, he announced it front and center on his site.
But is this contributing or coordinating with political campaigns? Those are key words. With the FEC required by a federal judge to draft new rules regulating the Internet's role in elections, many bloggers and civil libertarians are worried that the commission will over step its role and curb the free-ranging debate that goes on in these sites.
Two days of hearings begin today, and prominent local bloggers play major roles. Duncan Black, a Philadelphian who writes the Eschaton blog under the pen name Atrios, is testifying Wednesday. Atrios does fundraising for Democratic candidates, and like Kos, accepts paid ads from federal campaigns.
From Blender Magazine's July issue, we borrow 33 things you should know about Live Aid, that African-aid benefit 20 years ago on two continents.
Some of it is well known by now, how Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode snagged the show by telling organizers, "We need this," then opening the city's wallet.
Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Josh Groban, Jars of Clay, Toby Keith.
And celebrity presenters: Salma Hayek, Natalie Portman, Chris Tucker, Jennifer Connolly, Jimmy Smits and Kami, the HIV-Positive Muppet.