NBC CEO helps to produce pro-Obama video…

September 30, 2008

NBC CEO Jeff Zucker lends a hand for this video of young children with such fervent political beliefs.  Notice the professional use of many cameras where no other camera person is caught on tape.  How many takes does this require for a Sunday afternoon shoot?

As Sunday approached, a neighbor volunteered a home. Production wizards got wind of the project and offered their help in recordingit. The likes of Jeff Zucker, Holly Schiffer, Peter Rosenfeld, Darin Moran, Jean Martin, Andy Blumenthal, and Nick Phoenix rearranged schedules to participate. Holly Schiffer was able to get three High Definition cameras Panasonic HVX250’s, and an AVID editing facility. When Jeff Zucker went to pick up the camera package, Ted Schilowitz happened to be there and offered a RED camera set up on a SteadiCam.

Sing for Change


Can Gwen Ifill really be considered to be a non-partisan moderator for the VP debate given her new book?

September 30, 2008

So the moderator of the Vice-Presidential debate not only has an ideological incentive to see Obama in the White House but also has a large financial incentive as well.  This should easily disqualify her for the role as moderator for the debate.  Should we expect a disclaimer at the beginning of the debate?  Uh — no.

Update: The McCain camp wasn’t informed of Ifill’s book during debate discussions.  How could Gwen Ifill not think that this was worth mentioning to the McCain camp as relevant to their moderator choice?  Bias? What bias…

Update: And she has penned a pro-Obama article in Essence magazine.

In an imaginary world where liberal journalists are held to the same standards as everyone else, Ifill would be required to make a full disclosure at the start of the debate. She would be required to turn to the cameras and tell the national audience that she has a book coming out on January 20, 2009 – a date that just happens to coincide with the inauguration of the next president of the United States.

The title of Ifill’s book? “Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” Nonpartisan my foot.

Ifill’s publisher, Random House, is already busy hyping the book with YouTube clips of Ifill heaping praise on her subjects, including Obama and Obama-endorsing Mass. Governor Deval Patrick.

A debate “moderator” in the tank for Obama.

Gwen plugs her upcoming Obama book:

poll: More than 2 of every 3 Americans believe Media is out of touch…

September 30, 2008

Two thirds of Americans – 67% – believe traditional journalism is out of touch with what Americans want from their news, a new We Media/Zogby Interactive poll shows.

The survey also found that while most Americans 70% think journalism is important to the quality of life in their communities, two thirds 64% are dissatisfied with the quality of journalism in their communities.

Zogby International.

17% of voters believe the Media to be unbiased

September 30, 2008

People believe that the media are biased but how do they know what reporting to believe?

Just 17% of voters nationwide believe that most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of election campaigns. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that four times as many—68%–believe most reporters try to help the candidate that they want to win.

Rasmussen Reports™: The most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a presidential election..

British media feeds anti-Americanism

September 30, 2008

People most often view the world based on the media that they consume:

“We wanted to find out how British people understood America and found that there was an unbalanced view. Maybe there are good reasons but if we cleared a lot of that factual ignorance we would have a better understanding of what America really is,” said Mr Montgomerie, who also founded the influential ConservativeHome website three years ago.

The survey showed that a majority agreed with the false statement that since the Second World War the US had more often sided with non-Muslims when they had come into conflict with Muslims. In fact in 11 out of 12 major conflicts between Muslims and non-Muslims, Muslims and secular forces, or Arabs and non-Arabs, the US has sided with the former group. Those conflicts included Turkey and Greece, Bosnia and Yugoslavia, and and Kosovo and Yugoslavia.

Asked if it was true that “from 1973 to 1990 the United States sold Saddam Hussein more than a quarter of his weapons,” 80 per cent of British respondents said yes. However the US sold just 0.46 per cent of Saddam’s arsenal to him, compared to Russia’s 57 per cent, France’s 13 per cent and China’s 12 per cent.

British anti-Americanism ‘based on misconceptions’ – Telegraph.

Most voters believe the MSM are out to get Palin

September 30, 2008

Who do they think they are kidding?

Over half of U.S. voters 51% think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage

Rasmussen Reports™: The most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a presidential election..

Charlie Gibson and ABC News Camera Trickery

September 30, 2008

Persons who film interviews at this level know exactly what they are doing…

Charlie Gibson and ABC News Camera Trickery – Vox.