From the daily archives: Friday, September 7, 2007

Where’s The News?

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I do a lot of traveling for work and when I finally get home I’d just like to kick back for a little while and watch some TV.

So it’s now 9:30 on a Friday night and I just got home from a week on the road.

I just turned on the TV hoping to watch some news- any news really- but I can’t find ANY.

NONE of the so-called 24-hour news channels have any news on!!!

Instead, here’s what IS on:

CNBC 2007 heads-up poker (POKER!?)
CNN larry king live
CNNH Glen Beck
MSNBC MSNBC investigates
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More funny stuff from the wikiscanner…

This time it’s Focus On The Family CHANGING this fairly accurate description:

“Focus on the Family” (“FOTF” or “FotF”) is an American evangelical political group, promoting the policies of the Christian right. The group was founded by Dr. James Dobson and is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The organization is a major component of the American Christian right and is highly active in promoting Conservatism/conservative policies. Focus on the Family is one of a number of evangelical para-church organizations that have arisen in the last decade. Their stated aim is to not […]

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Putting profits ahead of people

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I didn’t hear much about this yesterday, but there was a hearing before the Senate subcommittee looking into the UT mine disaster last month. More evidence of how pathetic the Bush Administration is…and I agree with the president of the United Mineworkers (full disclosure: this is another union my company works with) that SOMEONE needs to be held responsible, especially when these details start coming to light:

Reporting from the hearing, and for the AFL-CIO blog, was Mike Hall:

Much of this morning?s hearing centered on a controversial mining plan submitted by Murray Energy Corp. and approved by MSHA […]

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Fox News Edits Wikipedia

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I just read about a great new tool called wikiscanner that lets you search through edits made to wikipedia pages.

Check out the dispatch article for a list of some humorous wikipedia changes made by the Taft Administration, Rod Parsley and others.

I’ve been playing with it this morning, looking through the edits that originated from IP addresses assigned to the fox news network. Not surprisingly, I found some great stuff.

Shepard Smith

Someone at Fox News REMOVED this entire passage:

– ==Controversies==

– Smith was arrested in Florida in [[November]] [[2000]] for aggravated battery with […]

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A federal judge yesterday knocked down some provisions of the Patriot Act.

A federal judge today struck down portions of the USA Patriot Act as unconstitutional, ordering the FBI to stop issuing “national security letters” that secretly demand customer information from Internet service providers and other businesses.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in New York ruled that the landmark anti-terrorism law violates the First Amendment and the Constitution’s separation of powers provisions because it effectively prohibits recipients of the FBI letters (NSLs) from revealing their existence and does not provide adequate judicial oversight of the process.

Whew.

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