Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics, which begins Thursday, reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling conditions in the housing there, where only six of nine media hotels are ready for guests. Hotels are still under construction. Water, if it’s running, isn’t drinkable. One German photographer told the AP over the weekend that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms.
Watchdog Wednesdays: Open Government Resources
Transparency in government is vital to a healthy democracy. Wisconsin has a long tradition of openness with regard to public meetings and records, including what may be the nation’s first state records law, enacted in 1849.
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has put together a great resource guide for understanding the state’s open meetings and public records laws.
Watchdog Toolkit | WisconsinWatch.org
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has launched this project to help residents track the actions of people in power.
Follow the link above for concise tips on how to gather information on:
- Campaign finance
- State legislation
- Corporations and nonprofits
Koch Brothers Turning Their Focus to Newspapers
Three years ago, Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists and supporters of libertarian causes, held a seminar of like-minded, wealthy political donors at the St. Regis Resort in Aspen, Colo. They laid out a three-pronged, 10-year strategy to shift the country toward a smaller government with less regulation and taxes.
The first two pieces of the strategy — educating grass-roots activists and influencing politics — were not surprising, given the money they have given to policy institutes and political action groups. But the third one was: media.
Other than financing a few fringe libertarian publications, the Kochs have mostly avoided media investments. Now, Koch Industries … is exploring a bid to buy the Tribune Company’s eight regional newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Orlando Sentinel and The Hartford Courant.
Milwaukee's Fox 6 Films Reporter Dancing at Scene of Deadly Fire in an Effort to Make Show "Fun and Spontaneous"
Milwaukee’s Fox 6 filmed its reporter Angelica Duria dancing at the scene of a house fire that killed three young children.
The president and general manager of WITI [Chuck Steinmetz] was forced to issue a statement in response to the controversy:
"We have been working to make parts of FOX 6 Wake Up more fun and spontaneous — especially near the end of the show as we transition into ‘Real Milwaukee.’ We have tried to involve all of the crew and staff.
While I personally received multiple positive comments from viewers about the segment—one person specifically thanking us for getting their day off to a fun start before going to work—we never intended to offend anyone. If we did, we certainly apologize.”
Oddly, Steinmetz’s statement—particularly the line about someone thanking the station for making life fun—suggests that he has mistaken Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Bomont, the tiny town from Footloose. He’s not sorry because Duria’s dance party took place in a grossly inappropriate setting. He’s sorry you hate dancing.
A day after excoriating Congress with a powerful “Shame on U.S.” front cover that took the U.S. Senate to task for removing the assault weapons ban from the larger gun reform bill, the New York Daily News is keeping pressure on DC. You might call this unrelenting, unfettered advocacy journalism. CHECK ALL THIS OUT HERE.
Unflinchingly meta, but unflinching all the same. HV’s right. Great advocacy journalism.
If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.
--Barack Obama (via kristinastewartcolbert)
The media is zero for two in trying to tie the Connecticut shooter’s identity to specific social networking profiles. So maybe it’s time to stop doing that. (Looking at you, Slate, Buzzfeed, and Huffington Post.)
You can add CNN to that list, as well.