journalism

It’s hard to understand BBC’s “World Have Your Say.”

Posted on September 27, 2007. Filed under: BBC, journalism, media, talk radio |

So I’ve been trying to come to terms with the BBC’s call in show “World Have Your Say.” If you’ve read this blog at all you may have run into my snarky raging post about how crappy this program is. I still feel that way about this show in general but I’ve been giving it another chance and expecting less–a lot less–from the program and so I have this to say right now–

It still doesn’t do much for me. First, I still feel like I’m sitting in a college classroom listening to annoying people who talk just to talk. Also, frankly it’s hard to understand what a lot of the callers are actually saying because they either don’t speak English very well or the connection is poor or their accents are too thick. Nothing actually wrong with having a world forum in which to discuss world problems but is it good journalism when you can hardly understand what is being said? I’ve been tuning into this show pretty regularly now since it first starting airing in Portland this year and I find that this is a regular problem.

Another big problem I’ve noticed is that the hosts (and often there is more than one host taking any single call) often lose control over the subject material while they are trying to juggle multiple callers from multiple countries speaking multiple languages while talking over one another. Now I’ve got a pretty good ear but this is just silly. It’s no surprise that a lot of people use these kinds of shows to voice their own concerns and platforms but the hosts have got to keep things under control. It’s almost like they’re afraid to cut any off because they might seem too harsh.

I think this show sounds better on paper than it does on the air. It is informative and fun to be able to talk with people halfway across the world but it really needs to be cleaned up. It’s way too nice and nice doesn’t really work on the radio. And what is up with the cheesy British Dr. Who-esque opening music?

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It’s official! Naming your child after a breakfast beverage turns him into a total nutball!

Posted on September 17, 2007. Filed under: bizarre news, conservative, entertainment, funny, humor, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics |

So O.J.’s in trouble again, big surprise.  A little older, a little less wiser.  I missed Rush this morning so I wasn’t able to hear his jowly booming tenor but I did manage to read the transcript on the O.J. arrest after surfing over to his website.  I enjoy the confused and irritated glances I get from the regulars at Crema  (my local coffee shop) when I download the Rush Limbaugh website.   I can just image the bewilderment running through these concerned liberal brains, “But she doesn’t look like a conservative lunatic…”  Anyway, I digress.  So the gravy is this.  Rush personally appealed to O.J. and offered his suggestion for a defense by saying that O.J. call it cultural.  It’s a cultural thing, you know, waving guns around at people.   Ha ha,  Rush made a funny.  Actually, I thought it was kinda funny.  Does that make me  a conservative asshole?  Well, I’m not!  Really.

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“World Have Your Say” tiptoes towards farce

Posted on July 13, 2007. Filed under: BBC, bizarre news, conservative, entertainment, environment, funny, humor, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, radio, talk radio, writing |

Do you remember way back when you were in college and you were forced to take that stupid senior seminar class in order to graduate? Remember it really didn’t have much point except to force you into class with people you hadn’t seen in four years just to discuss irrelevant politically correct bullshit? Remember that girl from that class who doesn’t ever shut up and she just keeps talking and offering her unending sermon on how the world is just so unfair and how everyone needs a break and how if everyone just spent a month hand feeding starving babies in Uganda like she did last semester that the world would be a better place? Well, in case you’ve forgotten how craptastic that class was tune into the BBC’s “World have your say.” Not every city in the US is graced with this waste of bandwidth-but Portland is! Yeah!

Now why would a respectable news organization like BBC numb my brain with over-excited, comically British hosts discussing the recent cock-fighting ban in Louisiana?! Big world news item, folks. Move over Iraq and Osama-we gots us a big story here! But it’s not just a story, folks. We got Johnny-two-teeth straight outta the bayou and he’s mad as hell that his cocks got done and banned and we got Ronny-do-gooder from the big city who thinks chickens should have equal rights and they’re gonna go at it on international radio and we’re gonna show the world how America’s talking about chickens with knives strapped to their ankles while the rest of the world goes to hell!

Normally I’m immune to conspiracy theories, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out if Hamas had orchestrated this entire broadcast…and liberals wonder why conservatives make fun of them…

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Michael Savage is born again. Again.

Posted on June 26, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, radio |

Reinvigorated and all fired up from a week of silence, Michael Savage has been born again. According to our favorite commie pinko turned right winger Michael has a new one man mission and that is to save our Marines from being prosecuted for war crimes in the Haditha incident. (Talk about a martyr complex). Apparently our boys may be up for murder charges which would carry the death penalty and that doesn’t sit right in Michael’s gut. (Maybe he took the wrong combination of herbal remedies over his break). So if you still want to talk about immigration you better swing on over to Rush and the big O’ since Savage has personally taken on the mission of saving these boys after having been enlightened during a viewing of the Kirk Douglas movie Paths of Glory–a movie about the corruption of high level officers during WWI.

There is always an innocent involved on right wing radio. It’s either the 40 million aborted babies who could’ve have been productive citizens by now (Rush, Dr. Laura) or innocent soldiers being framed and set up by corrupt journalists and high ranking military officers more interested in furthering their careers than serving their men and their country (Savage). It never occurs to them that maybe we’re all screwed up. Well, that’s my dose of cynicism for the day.

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Mike Savage ponders the preciousness of life and vegetarianism

Posted on June 24, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, funny, humor, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, radio |

Part of the reason I started this blog is my fascination with egoists. What does a fanatic do in his down time? Is he indeed, human? What does he think when a crow lands nearby and pecks at a chestnut with curious resolve? Is he filled with disgust at the bird’s very existence or does he quietly observe the bird’s actions and then proceed to weave the bird’s doings into his own theory of life? Probably both anyway, that’s my quick conclusion. It’s what we all do, right? We are all egoists, to be sure. The people on the airwaves just happen to have a microphone in front of them blasting their often fast, unresolved conclusions onto thousands, sometimes millions of people. We are envious of them, we admire them even when we don’t agree with them because they are doing what we wish we could be doing. They deliver what we want to hear or what we don’t want to hear and then sometimes, in those strange rare moments they sound, oddly, like us. Human.

I must be some kind of genie according to my liberal friends when I listen to am radio and find something good to report. But I do. Often. Even Mike Savage, that rampaging far right hate monger has a soft spot. So the Savage Man himself was on vacation last week and his station recycled an earlier June broadcast of his rampages but I still listened and what I heard was a lonely man contemplating the fact that he does contemplate.

So Mike Savage was pondering the preciousness of life which he oft does and then, oddly he began discussing not eating something that has eyes. He said that it troubled him that he had to eat something that has eyes but you know what, he’ll eat it when it’s scrambled meat in his rigatoni and if he doesn’t see any eyes in it; you know what, he’ll still eat it. As long as he doesn’t see those eyes looking back he’s good to go. Now what does this say about his conscious? Will he eat liberals as long as they’re scrambled and he doesn’t have to look into their visage gaping back at him? My conclusion? A haunted man.

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Dr. Laura defends Angelina and puts bloggers on her evil list…

Posted on June 21, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, environment, funny, humor, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, radio |

 Just one more post on lovely Angelina and then I’m done with her.  So I’ve been listening to Dr. Laura this week while El Rushbo is off playing golf and Mike Savage is having a quiet vacation with the family (he doesn’t believe in adventure vacations by the way–his radio show is adventure enough).  Dr. Laura was very proud of Angelina for fending off Fox and journalists in general last week by making them sign some contract that said she was only going to talk about her movie premier and not about Brad’s morning breath.  The good doctor then went on to praise Jolie for going around and saving babies from a not-so-glamorous life in any given impoverished nation and that she does great work and good for her for sticking it to all us evil bloggers and scum mongers (aka journalists) .  (Or was it scum monkey?)  Apparently Dr. Laura has some “issues” with journalists.  Off topic, but one Vanity Fair reporter allegedly lured her into what she thought was an unbiased piece-turns out there is no such thing…

Now while Dr. Laura praised Angie for being a good mother and making motherhood stylish again she did chastise her a little bit for ahem, “shacking up” with that Brad guy and of course for having kids out of wedlock.  She also doesn’t get what Angie sees in Brad (hey, I agree with her there).

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Rush is old school now compared to Savage

Posted on June 14, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, radio, writing |

Rush seems to be turning into the aging old jolly gentleman of talk radio compared to Savage.  Personally, I enjoy listening to Rush a lot more than I do Savage.  Mike Savage comes across as an angry lunatic half the time with his biased interpretations of history and his occasional Bible thumping and his war cries.  Although I do enjoy his Randy Rhodesque comments like “this topic gives me dyspepsia.” Not to mention his dated commie pinko rampages and his riotous “liberalism is mental disorder” slogan.  The thing I enjoy about Rush is that he wants to engage in debate.  He gets really annoyed that liberals don’t listen to his show (I do!)  but Savage is simply way too polarizing and I’m not sure he wants a debate.  He is right, just that.  Hmm, sounds familiar.  Some of my fellow liberals hear that I listen to am radio and they eye me suspiciously like I’m some kind of traitor.  No, just listening.  Nothing wrong with listening and engaging in debate.  Isn’t that what this country is about?

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Hats off to Mick Gregory, but…and I do have a big but

Posted on June 13, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, humor, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, writing |

I’m really excited about what the internet has done for writers.  But here’s my beef.  So we get all this great information and all this online readership (none of which I have, I’m a newbie, forgive, we all get started somewhere, right?) but what about people like our parents who are used to getting news from one, two, maybe three sources that provide lots of info from many different people.  How do we appeal to this crowd?  Should we?  We all have these great blogs but there is no big forum.  What exactly is the new journalism?  Most people aren’t journalists, aren’t writers.  They want their news packaged and delivered on their doorstep.  This doesn’t make them bad people, this is most of America.  These are the folks that tune in for a few minutes and want to make a decision based on our research.  I think citizen journalism is the new order for writers and muckrakers but our we speaking to the choir?  What about the people that aren’t online, that have a voice but they’re still reading the local newspapers?  Is it our obligation as information detectives to deliver something to them in a complete package?

Is too much information going to be our problem as online writers?

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