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Archive for March 5th, 2010

CJR: Almost half of magazine websites don’t note post-publication corrections

Posted by iusbvision on March 5, 2010

Oh yes it is those evil traditionalist/conservative/libertarian bloggers who have no journalistic standards….

Stick this in your pipe and smoke it.

I had to find out about this Columbia Journalism Review study on Hotair.com because I have realized that CJR removed me from their mailing list. Gee I wonder why they did that :-). I guess I will have to resubscribe with a secret email addy.

Ed Morrissey:

The next time bloggers hear that they don’t have standards up to par with the mainstream American media, this study by Columbia Journalism Review will come in handy.  Bloggers have a practice that has become an industry standard to note corrections and changes to posts, especially substantive changes in facts or conclusions.  CJR’s survey of print magazines with websites reveals that almost half of them don’t bother:

The new CJR survey on the practices of magazine Web sites (read it here!) contains lots of interesting information, but one of the most striking nuggets relates to online correction policies. According to the survey, forty-six percent of the magazines at which a print editor is in charge of online content reported that “major errors” are corrected with no notice to readers. For sites where a Web editor makes online content decisions, the figure (54 percent) is even higher.

The findings suggest that many magazine sites haven’t internalized a point made by, among others, CJR’s Craig Silverman: that “one practice that simply isn’t an option for responsible journalists is scrubbing—removing incorrect or outdated information from an online article without adding a correction, editor’s note, or some similar disclosure for readers.”

Scrubbing isn’t limited to magazines, either.  The Miami Herald extensively rewrote an entire article on Marco Rubio last week after its first version questioned whether Charlie Crist had chosen a strategy that would likely backfire on him.  The new version of the article was much more harsh to Rubio, and it contained no indication that the newspaper had changed a thing.  It’s certainly not the first time we’ve seen that from a newspaper’s website, either.

Some may note that magazine websites usually have shoestring budgets, with limited resources for rewrites and corrections.  That’s probably true, although that’s not exactly the point of the CJR study.  It asks when those corrections get made, do these media outlets let their readers know about them?  The higher-trafficked sites — those with monthly unique visitors over 50,000 — are actually less likely to inform their readers of a factual correction (page 20).  Whether the website is profitable or not makes little difference in the correction policy.

Bloggers who used this kind of policy would get reamed by their colleagues, and rightly so.  Perhaps the time has come to demand that media outlets meet the same standard as bloggers?

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Profiles in Unrestrained Progressivism: Detroit

Posted by iusbvision on March 5, 2010

See your utopia in action.

Progressives are always touting all the things that they do for minorities. Well lets see, they keep those in the inner city trapped in failing and unsafe schools, they chase away wealth which makes for bad infrastructure and poor opportunities for employment and as the entire situation breaks down crime starts to run rampant.

One of these days the people of the inner city are going to have had enough and either revolt or start voting for someone else. Look at the places where the left has unrestrained power, look at what is happening to those places economically and culturally. It is very sad.

You see this is the result of progressivism. There are biological progressive socialists like David Duke, who want to redistribute power and wealth according to his own biological and societal engineering standards. There are class warfare socialists like Van Jones and the President who want to redistribute wealth and engineer society in a way they wish. What they don’t tell you is that while both of them do this in the name of “freedom” or “culture” or “diversity”; in order to achieve their goals it always requires a leviathan state with themselves in control over you as the individual.

Their “freedom” isn’t freedom at all, it is tyranny with a smiley face. The only politician who says freedom and means it is the one who tries to get government out of your way and off of your back, doesn’t bankrupt you and doesn’t take half of your money. Economic power is real power and weather it is David Duke, Van Jones or the President, they seek  to strip someone of their private property and economic power and empower themselves in the process.

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Jews Flee Southern Sweden over Racist Muslim Attacks.

Posted by iusbvision on March 5, 2010

This is a story that we have written about before (1, 2, 3). It is very fashionable to be antisemitic among the European left, so much so that when radicalized muslims started moving into Europe in mass to exploit their welfare state little to nothing was done when they started making a state within a state in a full-blown effort to balkanize themselves.

Criticizing Jews is considered fashionable in Europe, but critiques of radicalized islamic enclaves can result in “hate speech” charges against those who dare speak the truth of what is going on. Ayann Hirsi Ali spoke the truth and her friend Theo Van Gogh was murdered for it. Mark Steyn was taken to court over his accurate portrayal of the problem.

To those who are not familiar with Europe might think that Europe is much like the United States in this regard. It is not. The stigma that comes with racism in the United States just isn’t as strong in Europe. The only antisemitism I have ever seen first hand are from a radicalized student who threatened me to try to shut me up (you can see how well that worked) and a few professors here at IUSB. Although antisemitic displays are common at fair left anti-war protests. This film is an example: 

UK Telegraph:

Jews leave Swedish city after sharp rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes

Sweden’s reputation as a tolerant, liberal nation is being threatened by a steep rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the city of Malmo.

In 2009, a chapel serving the city’s 700-strong Jewish community was set ablaze. Jewish cemeteries were repeatedly desecrated, worshippers were abused on their way home from prayer, and “Hitler” was mockingly chanted in the streets by masked men.

“I never thought I would see this hatred again in my lifetime, not in Sweden anyway,” Mrs Popinski told The Sunday Telegraph.

“This new hatred comes from Muslim immigrants. The Jewish people are afraid now.”

Malmo’s Jews, however, do not just point the finger at bigoted Muslims and their fellow racists in the country’s Neo-Nazi fringe. They also accuse Ilmar Reepalu, the Left-wing mayor who has been in power for 15 years, of failing to protect them.

Mr Reepalu, who is blamed for lax policing, is at the centre of a growing controversy for saying that what the Jews perceive as naked anti-Semitism is in fact just a sad, but understandable consequence of Israeli policy in the Middle East.

While his views are far from unusual on the European liberal-left, which is often accused of a pro-Palestinian bias, his Jewish critics say they encourage young Muslim hotheads to abuse and harass them.

Professor Jacobsen comments HERE.  

I know that my support of Israel raises the ire of some of the extreme left on campus. Too bad.

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College Friend of Obama: He was a committed Marxist-Leninist

Posted by iusbvision on March 5, 2010

Dr. John C. Drew, “I was a Marxist myself back in 1980…”

Listen to the interviews HERE and HERE.

Is this news? Not if you have read Obama’s books. Obama states that he was raised by Marxists, mentored by them (Frank Marshall Davis etc), and chose to hang around Marxist professors in college.

Listen to the part about how Drew and Obama praised the Soviet Union and how the academic left thought it was the way to go. As someone who was alive and engaged during that time this is not suprising at all. It may seem hard to believe by today’s attitudes, but almost to the time of the Soviet collapse, the academic, journalistic and activist left was well steeped in Soviet apologetics. I remember it well.

The average uninformed voter (like most students) may be surprised by this information or just go into denial about it, but to anyone who has studied Obama understood this well before this interview with Dr. Drew.

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Economics 101: The Kondratiev Wave and the Value of Loss in Capitalism

Posted by iusbvision on March 5, 2010

Capitalism is a profit and loss system. Profit rewards good ideas, good management, satisfied customers, and reasonable risk. Loss punishes those who take foolish risks, manage badly, abuse customers, etc.

Loss often saves companies and jobs. When the government bailed out the airlines decades ago, they still went bankrupt did they? But after they did the airlines reorganized and did better. Some airlines went under and they were bought up by the good ones so parts of those companies were preserved. When Studebaker went under the good parts of it were bought up. If GM had been allowed to reorganize under bankruptcy or if the good parts of GM would have been bought up the company would have relaunched itself likely better than the position it is in today.

On the long-term macro-economic scale, the government, keynesian theory, and socialist/progressives try to stop that wave or its impact; doing so is often foolish and damaging to an economy in the long-term.

Government tries to prop up the economy in the down cycle or during recessions by spending and rewarding loss with bailouts so that the utility effect of loss isn’t allowed to progress as it should. The ill-conceived stimulus package is an example, while a small percentage of it was helpful, most of it was good money after bad.

Glenn also talks about how capital and investments go where they are treated well. China has lower corporate taxes and capital gains taxes than the United States. China also does not have a problem with political ideologues bent on punishing wealth.

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