Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Facebook and Phone Etiquette

Can someone please help me out with manners for Facebook and cellphones in terms of the following issue: How long should you keep someone's contact information in your cellphone? How long do you keep someone as a friend on Facebook...even if you have no point in hearing from them or stopped hearing from them for months? Are there "rules" for the removal of info/former friends?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The passing of George Michael

Washington D.C. and national sports broadcasting legend George Michael recently passed away at the age of 70 from leukemia. I remember back when I was growing up, staying up late Sunday night to watch George Michael's Sports Machine on Cleveland's WKYC TV 3 at 11:30. I especially tried to catch it on the last Sunday of the month and the last Sunday of the year was a really "can't miss" show due to the plays of the year. Below is typical of what you would get in one of the segments. The Sports Machine was a well-produced show that was upbeat, fun, and didn't need the "attitude" of other current sports shows to get you to watch. Michael always said the "tape is the star." In a typical half-hour show, you would see tons of highlights and so little of George.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Report the Facts. Respect the truth.

Channel 3 in Cleveland followed up the Fox 8 story about the Chippendale dancer with this effort from video journalist Carl Bachtel. If you can't see the video here, please go to wkyc.com and see the story. It's at least more tastefully done than the one on Fox 8. At least Carl didn't get a shot of himself in the bed.

Yes, this is a top 20 news market!

I grew up watching what is now Fox 8 in Cleveland. It seemed to be the most likeable station. They hire hometown talent and do a good job on sports. Many fine reporters and anchors have moved on from Cleveland to even bigger markets. Kelly O'Donnell, Martin Savidge, and Vince Cellini to name a few. With people moving on to bigger jobs, you would think that the journalistic standards in Cleveland are pretty high. Then, stories like these have to air...

The fact the guy is a Chippendales dancer has so little to do with the story but the reporter made it a big part of the story. The tight shot of him "travelling with a six pack"????

This aired during the five o'clock hour on Monday, December 21st. I wonder if I was the only one who felt uncomfortable seeing this on the news.

I wonder what the perception would be if a woman had done this story. Hmmmmmm...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

More unreal Obama news

Who comes up with this crap? Unbelievable.


WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's deliberate approach to decision-making and a fascination with science is raising some eyebrows and drawing the logical question.

Is Barack Obama Washington's Mr. Spock, the chief science officer for the ship of state?

Actor Leonard Nimoy, who has portrayed "Star Trek's" Spock for more than 40 years, tells The Associated Press that Obama's precise, logical approach may be "somewhat unusual for a politician." And that may be a compliment.

Obama's Spock-like qualities have drawn critics who say he's too technocratic, too deliberative and lacking in emotion.

But it's all good for the geek set who like the idea of a science president.

The president's science adviser, John Holdren, says Obama "is genuinely and intensely interested in science and technology in a way that goes beyond their practical relevance to meeting national goals."