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Does it matter?

December 27th, 2008 No comments

The power went out in Honolulu over the weekend.  Time decided to cover it as “the power going out while Obama is on the island”.  I’m not sure that even matters.  I think the story is that the power went out for thousands of people.  The fact that the president-elect is on the island might be mentionable, but not headlin-worthy.

Perhaps there’s more national media on the island than usual and they needed to get out a story to justify their trip?  See below.

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More navel gazing

December 26th, 2008 No comments

Apparently we care what reporters are doing while they cover Obama?

Am I jealous they’re in Hawaii?  Yes.  Do I really care what the journalists are up to between live shots of Obama vacationing?  Nope.

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Share your holidays in standard def

December 11th, 2008 No comments

NBC 15 decided to run a crawler asking you to “Share your holidays!” throughout their primetime shows tonight.  They dropped the shows down to standard definition, not HD, and cut off 1/3 of the screen in order to show the crawler.

The crawler was asking for donations, but this caused me to not want to donate.  I’m not anti-charity, I’m anti-messing with shows people want to watch.


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Wisconsin State Journal does some navel gazing

June 25th, 2008 No comments

Drudge picked up a story about someone (Eric Sundquist) from Madison’s Plann Commision wanting to ban all drivethroughs in Madison.  Well, first Drudge said that was for all of Wisconsin, then backpeddled and changed to be for Madison only (even better right: Madison is crazy liberal and this proves it!).

In any case, the point of me writing about it is that the State Journal decided to do some navel-gazing and wrote their own article about how it was picked up by Drudge.  “Hey, look at us, we’re famous!” at its best.

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What’s a govener?

June 10th, 2008 No comments


What is a govener?


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Follow the yellow brick link…

February 22nd, 2008 No comments

Lots of snow hits a big city?  Perhaps it’d be easier to just tell us which city it is instead of making us click the link?  Or perhaps the link-clicking is what they’re after.  I don’t like it.

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Dueling headlines

February 15th, 2008 No comments

As if it’s not weird enough that the two local papers share a website, they now compete head to head in breaking news snow predictions.  Who’s going to win, the Capitol Times or Wisconsin State Journal?  No doubt numerous breaking snow estimates will follow in the coming days.  Good thing we have two papers to make guesses for us.

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Were you expecting…

February 15th, 2008 No comments

an article about fining older people who are not capable of cleaning sidewalks on their own?  I was.  Too bad the author didn’t have the same idea, or a proofreader.  Why does WKOW bother putting this stuff on

With a title of “City fines elderly for not clearing sidewalks enough,” one would expect to hear about how an old bed-ridden person has received numerous fines for snowy sidewalks.  Instead, you get an article about “Nick” (no last name given) and his neighbors, with only a brief mention and a quote from his 78 year old neighbor.  The article is really about unclear definitions of what a clear sidewalk actually is.

The article has no byline – I wouldn’t claim credit for it either.  It redundantly uses a dollar sign and the word dollar: “$109 dollar”.  I have a feeling more of the story is in the video linked on the page.  But, since the video link is to tiny, and the image doesn’t link to the video as well, I’m thinking most people don’t even notice it.  Which means that the article’s text should really explain what’s going on, and it doesn’t. 

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Obama comes to Madison

February 13th, 2008 No comments

He filled the Kohl center, and I got press credentials.  Check out the photos.

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February 11th, 2008 No comments

Why must constantly have one breaking news item at the top of the page?  Remember the good ole days when only something truly big was considered breaking news?  Every time I visit I see the big red box and think “Oh no, did 9/11 happen again?” only to read the headline and realize that a record snow is to fall tonight or someething.  Is that truly breaking news or just a featured story?

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January 15th, 2008 No comments

According to MSNBC, Mike Huckabee made the following quote in Warren, Michigan on 1/14 (check out a video at Crooks and Liars):

“I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that’s what we need to do is amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than trying to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.”

Let me point out the specific part that should appall you “we need to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards”.  Sick.  Sick and wrong.  As an American you should be disgusted.

Almost equally worse, MSNBC’s David Shuster says after that “this is good and bad for Mike Huckabee because that shot was shot so far away that it might not get much newsplay because he was so off far in the distance”.  So Mike Huckabee makes one of the most vile comments yet in this election and it won’t get much airtime because you couldn’t see his face up close.  Perfect.  We don’t televise miserable quotes if they were recorded during a long shot.

The print media is going to cover the heck out of this, right?  Someone’s going to compare the first amendment to this quote and rip him apart, right?


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MSN Today

January 13th, 2008 No comments

The State Journal decided to redo the design and layout of its sections this week.  I’m not much of a fan.  I didn’t see anything wrong with the old ones, but they were apparently too old looking or something.  Section A seems to be untouched.  Other than a small box above the nameplate pointing out something changed, I don’t see an article explaining the changes or why they happened.  In any case, the shot below shows the new design.

As you can see, the section headings received a colored band with a tiny white fringe at the bottom  (seemingly a printing mistake?) .  It’s eminiscent of USA Today more than anything, although USA Today is more creative with colors.  The WSJ has three sections in varying shades of green, while two other sections are shades of blue.  Apparently there’s a deal on blue ink this week?  A glance at Saturday’s paper shows that a red and orange section made it into the mix.

One odd thing is that any sections that were likely printed in advance (A&E, Adventure, Lifestyle) have serif fonts for the section titles, while anything printed last night (section A, Local, Forum) has a sans-serif font.  What the heck?  Are they trying to be inconsistent?  Next thing you know I’ll have customer service telling me a new feature of the paper is the ability to customize the fonts to my liking.

In addition to getting a color makeover, the first pages of the fluff sections seem to focus on one major story above the fold – some sections not even indicating the presence of another story on the top half (see the purple A&E section in the pic).  Only the more real news focused sections don’t have a massive image above the fold.  It also seems like the primary story for each section gets a different, sans-serif, font from the headlines of the other stories (which are in a serif font) as a kicker of sorts.

I’m not a big fan of the changes nor the inconsistency, but maybe that will change.

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