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No Single Number Defines Our Economy

Anderson Connors beat me to it. I’ve been working on this entry for a couple of months, but Anderson posted yesterday: “The Dow Is NOT The Economy”, including this helpful summary: “1. The stock market is NOT the economy. 2. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is NOT the stock market.” Like me, he was referring[…]

The Fake News Epidemic

(Click to see it full size) Someone — I wish I knew who, so I could attribute — made this helpful chart showing where various news agencies fall on the left/right political spectrum, as well as on the worth-reading spectrum. Note that this chart doesn’t actually include “fake news” sites — sites that invent stories[…]

Challenging The Portrayals Of Atheists In The Media

(Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry.) In a previous entry, Six ‘Facts’ About Atheists, As Slightly Misreported (2015.11.15), I noted that Carey Lodge’s piece in Christianity Today was close to fair, with only slight omissions and a few word-changes. It’s easy to see why hers would slip under the radar. Other media hit pieces,[…]

May 2015: Second-Warmest On Record (TIE)

Categories: Environment, Science, Weather
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Published on: 2015.06.16

Last month tied May 2012 for the second-warmest May of all time (behind May 2014). In case you’re keeping score, last year was the warmest year on record. This year, January, February, April, and May have each taken second place — and March was the warmest March ever. Combined, that means 2015 is already on[…]

Maybe It’s Time Yahoo! Tried Something Different

Categories: Business, Internet, InTheNews
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Published on: 2014.12.21

The New York Times (which I read rarely these days due to the paywall¹) published a few days ago a lengthy historical retrospective on Yahoo!, focusing on Marissa Mayer’s attempts to turn the company around and return to the “Top Four”. The conclusion of the piece is that maybe Yahoo! should “act its age”. Few[…]

It’s Black And Blue, So It Must Be True

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Published on: 2014.05.28

(The colors in the title refer to current colors of this blog.) Blog entry from 2012 There used to be a saying along the lines of “It’s right here in black and white”, usually referring to ink on paper — a newspaper page, for example — and often in response to an incredulous exclamation. Man:[…]

Reason #4

Categories: InTheNews, Television
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Published on: 2013.08.20

A month ago, I lamented the continuing demise of cable television news channels, listing three major factors that keep me from watching them. Today, driven nearly insane by my toddler’s “educational” channels, I decided to switch to a news network. Feeling ambivalent, I tried CNN first.

Dear Cable News: Why I Don’t Watch Your Channel

Categories: InTheNews, Television
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Published on: 2013.07.23

CNN spells the Pope’s name incorrectly in the rush to be first, during a days-long single-subject obsession (March 13, 2013) Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way for corporations to know why customers shy away from their products and/or services? Now there is a way. They can just read my blog. Or[…]

Deciding On The Top Story

Categories: InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.04.18

When I worked for a small-town daily newspaper, it was usually not difficult to decide which of our few stories each day would be at the top of the front page. Most of the time, one story stood out. “That one has to be the lead”, we’d agree. Other times, it was harder; we’d ask[…]

ITN: FOX News Thinks 90% Is Suspicious

Categories: InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.14

In The News: FOX Questions Philadelphia Over Obama Percentages FOX News questioned the high percentages of votes for Barack Obama in several areas of Philadelphia, where the county as a whole voted 85.2% (over 500,000 votes) for the incumbent president and just over 14% for the Republican nominee. Some divisions within the county apparently voted[…]

ITN: Nitpicking the News Again

Categories: InTheNews
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Published on: 2012.06.09

In the News: Invasive species ride tsunami debris to US shore. This story, and a dozen others just like it that appeared on news sites around the world, has an inaccurate and misleading headline.

Exclusive: Exclusivity Is Lost On Us

Categories: InTheNews, Pet Peeve
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Published on: 2012.02.17

It’s always bugged me when a reporter (either in print, on the web, or on TV) uses himself or his/her news organization in the story — except for the rare case where it’s actually part of the story. And of course, when I actually got a job as a reporter, I learned it’s generally a[…]

Sports-Related

Categories: InTheNews
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Published on: 2011.04.01

Catching up on my world news today, I came across this story in the sports section. It’s about a man that was allegedly assaulted by two other men. Either the story was badly written, or the paper’s editors had some kind of brain fart.

Sex Laws Are All Wrong

Categories: Human Behavior, Politics
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Published on: 2006.12.17

We in America see headlines like “Church Camp Leader Arrested for Child Porn”, and we’re sickened. As we should be. But what if it turned out that the headline was inaccurate? It is, in the case of the one above (click the link and read the story on CBS). First of all, “leader” urges us[…]

2001.10.01: How Dumb Do They Think We Are?

Categories: Television
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Published on: 2000.10.01

Oct. 1, 2001 An editorial by Wil C. Fry I like TV. Really, I do. Sometimes, like millions of other Americans, I like to sprawl on the couch or floor and just absorb a few watts of mindless drivel. If you’re willing to pay for it, you can find just about anything you want to[…]

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