Two American journalists detained at North Korea’s border with China two weeks ago will be indicted and tried, “their suspected hostile acts” already confirmed, Pyongyang’s state-run news agency said today.
The Korean Central News Agency report did not say when a trial might take place but said preparations to indict the Americans were under way as the investigation continues.
”The illegal entry of US reporters into the DPRK and their suspected hostile acts have been confirmed by evidence and their statements,” the report said, referring to the country by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The FOX Nation is already vocal and powerful enough in some quarters, and is about to reach further heights on the Internet. It is almost surprising that Fox viewers have not officially called themselves FOX Nation yet, but they are about to get the idea. FOX Nation is now an official website for the cable network, promising to be a new community that appreciates America. FOX Nation seeks to rival the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and other left-wing websites. Like FOX News counteracts the liberal media, FOX Nation counteracts the liberal Netroots.
The main message of FOX Nation is that “It’s Time to Say NO to Biased Media and Say YES to Fair Play and Free Speech.” Referencing the likes of John Winthrop, Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, FOX Nation introduced itself yesterday with the expected pro-America hyperbole.
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BY MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE, THE BULLETIN
A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign because it would have been a “a game changer.”
Heather Heidelbaugh, who represented the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee in the lawsuit against the group, recounted for the ommittee what she had been told by a former ACORN worker who had worked in the group’s Washington, D.C. office. The former worker, Anita Moncrief, told Ms. Heidelbaugh last October, during the state committee’s litigation against ACORN, she had been a “confidential informant for several months to The New York Times reporter, Stephanie Strom.”
Ms. Moncrief had been providing Ms. Strom with information about ACORN’s election activities. Ms. Strom had written several stories based on information Ms. Moncrief had given her. Ms. Moncrief told Ms. Heidelbaugh the campaign had asked her and her boss to “reach out to the maxed-out donors and solicit donations from them for Get Out the Vote efforts to be run by ACORN.”
Ms. Heidelbaugh then told the congressional panel: “Upon learning this information and receiving the list of donors from the Obama campaign, Ms. Strom reported to Ms. Moncrief that her editors at The New York Times wanted her to kill the story because, and I quote, “it was a game changer.”’
Rachel L. Swarns
For the nation’s black magazines, newspapers, and television and radio stations, the arrival of the Obama administration has ushered in an era of unprecedented access to the White House.
President Obama gave Black Enterprise magazine his first print interview and gave a black talk show host one of his first radio interviews. This month, he invited 50 black newspaper publishers to meet with him at the White House. And at his news conference Tuesday, he skipped over several prominent newspapers and newsmagazines to call on Kevin Chappell, a senior editor at Ebony magazine.
It was the first time an Ebony reporter had been invited to question a president at a prime-time news conference.
On Monday night, Katie Couric teased the CBS Evening News by trumpeting how “the stock market soars as the Treasury rolls out a new plan to rescue America’s banks,” and then leading: “The Treasury put out the details today of a plan to rescue America’s banks and Wall Street responded with two thumbs up and a triple-digit rally.” Six weeks ago, however, when the Dow plunged 382 points in reaction to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s vague plan for banks, Couric didn’t mention the stock market in her tease as she instead giddily announced:
COURIC: Tonight, attacking the economic crisis from every angle: The Treasury Secretary rolls out a new bailout plan, the Senate passes the stimulus package and the President gets a little help selling it.
The rough shaking up that the media have suffered through in the past 10 years or so, and the different ways in which people now produce and consume information, qualifies as a real revolution. And it is just beginning. As the politically incorrect balladeer Al Jolson used to promise his audiences, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
The leading professionals and academics tend to echo Professor Sree Sreenivasan of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism: “We’re going to see as many and as dramatic changes in the next 10 years as the last 10.”
The vital signs of many media read like the obituaries. At the incredible shrinking newspaper, hawkers have a hard time even trying to give subscriptions away for free and circulation has declined for four straight years. Newspaper advertising sales are also down, and in the next several years they will be replaced by the Internet as the leading advertising medium. That will bring still another revolution in the newsrooms and the printing plants, with blood all over the balance sheets.
For the last few years, newspapers have been smacked around for lacking relevance, but the industry has finally found a compelling spokesman: Rod R. Blagojevich, Democratic governor of Illinois.
According to the criminal complaint that the United States attorney filed, Governor Blagojevich, while allegedly trying to set a price for a United States Senate seat, also spent a significant amount of time going after the press, especially The Chicago Tribune, whose editorial page had been calling for his impeachment. The governor said he would withhold financial assistance from the Tribune Company in its effort to sell Wrigley Field unless the newspaper got rid of the editorial writers. “Our recommendation is fire all those [expletive] people, get ’em the [expletive] out of there and get us some editorial support,” he told his chief of staff, John Harris.
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