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  • The Case Against San Serif Type

    The Case Against San Serif Type

    I am not a fan of san serif typefaces, which puts me at odds with most web designers today, so I want to make the case for semi-serif and full-serif typefaces before they disappear forever. More specifically, I want to …
  • Journalism the Way it Used to Be

    Journalism the Way it Used to Be

    If you want to understand what has happened to the news, the best way to do that is to compare how news used to be produced against how it is produced today. In 2014, renovation workers removed a time capsule from the …
  • ‘New York Times’ Sinks to New Lows

    ‘New York Times’ Sinks to New Lows

    The New York Times recent attempt to discredit Donald Trump is another example of how this paper has sunk to the lowest depths of journalism, making it nothing more than the National Enquirer of politics.
  • Required Watch List for News Junkies

    Required Watch List for News Junkies

    If you’re a news junkie, or you are heading that direction, this list of films about the newspaper business should interest you. These films capture the essence of what Americans – rightly or wrongly – believe about the role and …
  • Why I Joined BindleSnitch – and Why You Should

    Why I Joined BindleSnitch – and Why You Should

    Right off the bat, I have to tell you that Abraham Penziner is a pseudonym. I’m using a pseudonym, with the kind permission of BindleSnitch executive editor Alan Milner, who hates pseudonyms, including his own, because I am a widely-published …
  • iCopyright.com Closes Down after 18 Years Online

    iCopyright.com Closes Down after 18 Years Online

    Tragedy struck Bindlesnitch today. We have just lost our most prolific contributor. What makes this even worse is that we have also lost ALL of the articles we ever published by our late contributor. We now have headlines and first …
  • Newsweek Writes Barron Trump Out of Existence

    Newsweek Writes Barron Trump Out of Existence

    In an article about Eric Trump's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), published yesterday on the Newsweek website, Newsweek reporter Nina Burleigh committed the ultimate reportorial blunder: she wrote someone out of existence. 
  • The Tower of Babble is Back

    The Tower of Babble is Back

    A couple of generations ago, Newton Minnow, the late Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, called  television “a vast wasteland,” and that was back in 1961, before the media explosion reached its current apogee.  He might have had even stronger words …
  • CNN’s Jake Tapper Acknowledges Media Easier on Obama

    CNN’s Jake Tapper Acknowledges Media Easier on Obama

    CNN’s Jake Tapper says former President Obama benefited from a media industry that was “supportive” of him and reluctant to identify misleading information in a Rolling Stone magazine interview with the host of “The Lead”
  • Trump Wants to Evict Press Corps from White House

    Trump Wants to Evict Press Corps from White House

    Most people don’t know this, but White House correspondents get to share offices and studios in the West Wing of the White House, something that has galled secretive presidents for generations. On the other hand, some presidents -and most notably …
  • AOL’s Mangled Advice About Mangled Language

    AOL’s Mangled Advice About Mangled Language

    I love it when people create posts that offer sage advice about an issue, only to end up delivering as many pieces of bad advice as they do good ones. In a recent AOL post, which keeps reappearing every few …
  • How Donald Trump Gets Away With Lying in Plain Sight

    How Donald Trump Gets Away With Lying in Plain Sight

    New York Times Op-Ed  contributor Charles M. Blow has been waging a courageous war against media blindness. In his current NYT opinion piece, Donald Trump Is Lying in Plain Sight, he talks about mainstream media has been aiding and abetting the …
  • Stupid Things I Found Online Today

    Stupid Things I Found Online Today

    I just can’t get over my addiction to AOL.  I don’t even use AOL to read my email any more, having linked my AOL account to my Microsoft Outlook email manager, but I still visit AOL everyday to see what …
  • Apple Under FBI Pressure to Unlock iPhone around U.S.

    Apple Under FBI Pressure to Unlock iPhone around U.S.

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Reinforcing Apple’s argument that an FBI request for the company to unlock an iPhone in the San Bernardino terror probe could unleash repeated demands for help in other cases, newly released documents show that the Silicon …
  • Ancient AOL Suffers Breakdown; Panic Prevails Across the Internet

    Ancient AOL Suffers Breakdown; Panic Prevails Across the Internet

    AOL’s email service has been out of commission since 4:10 AM today.  Panic is spreading rapidly across the Internet because one of the biggest and least popular email services seems to be completely out of commission, panic that is exacerbated …
  • Fox News Anchor Sues Hasbro Over Toy Hamster

    Fox News Anchor Sues Hasbro Over Toy Hamster

    A Fox News anchorwoman is suing Hasbro Corporation for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that supposedly shares her name and possibly her resemblance. Harris Faulkner has been with the news station for a decade. She currently hosts …
  • Fortune Magazine Picks Another Round of 50 Great Leaders

    Fortune Magazine Picks Another Round of 50 Great Leaders

    Fortune Magazine likes to publish lists of people and things.  On April 1st (and isn’t that appropriate), the business magazine will publish its second annual list of  “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” which may be more interesting because of who isn’t …
  • Why the Media Ratted Brian Williams Out

    Why the Media Ratted Brian Williams Out

    In May of 2014, Brian Williams conducted a wide-ranging interview with Edward Snowden eleven months into Snowden's self-imposed exile in Moscow. At the time, the extensive interview was the scoop of a lifetime for Williams, who got the interview everyone …
  • Redefining Beauty and Breastfeeding

    Redefining Beauty and Breastfeeding

    Jade Beall, the founder of A Beautiful Body Project, recently posted a photo on Facebook of seven breastfeeding mothers. Each woman was completely naked but Beall followed Facebook protocol by blurring the visible nipples.
  • Williams, Stewart, Simon, and Carr: The Cult of Media Personality

    Williams, Stewart, Simon, and Carr: The Cult of Media Personality

    You can tell that a story has peaked, reached its apogee and is starting on the long, slow decline to its perigee and eventual extinction, when the story disappears from the front page of The New York Times. Today, on a …
  • The Curious Cases of Brian Williams and Jon Stewart

    The Curious Cases of Brian Williams and Jon Stewart

    In a stunning one-two punch, the entire landscape of television news was changed in a single day when NBC announced a six-month suspension for embattled NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, while Jon Stewart announced the impending end of his …
  • Brian Williams and the Price of Hubris

    Brian Williams and the Price of Hubris

    The straw dogs are out in force in a full-fledged media frenzy aimed at one of the best known and most highly respected television journalists in the business. The media are out for blood, and this time the target is …
  • Budweiser v. Wolves: A Closer Look at the Superbowl Commercial

    Budweiser v. Wolves: A Closer Look at the Superbowl Commercial

    Throughout history, wolves have been portrayed in a negative light in literature, movies and in the news. In Disney movies such as Beauty and the Beast, wolves are seen as vicious, relentless animals who will attack anything in their territory. …
  • Yet Another Review of the Year in Reviews

    Yet Another Review of the Year in Reviews

    Every year, news organizations feel obligated to publish a year in review article, in which they summarize what they thought were the most important stories of the year. This year, instead of simply publishing our own list, we decided to …
  • Our $25 Media Watch Challenge: Weird Headlines from Google News

    Our $25 Media Watch Challenge: Weird Headlines from Google News

    Sometimes, as we cruise around the internet, we are brought up short by headlines that make absolutely no sense at all to us, and we're wondering if they make any sense to you. Here's one from the Miami Herald that …
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