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Posts from ‘September, 2008’

Highway Africa: Inspiration and Learning

I’m at Highway Africa, an annual journalism conference that brings together some of the continent’s most Internet-savvy folks to discuss ways to boost African journalism. It’s my third visit to the gathering, held in Grahamstown, South Africa, and sponsored by the journalism school at Rhodes University and SABC, the country’s biggest broadcaster. The theme this […]

Copyright Challenge in New Push for Open Government Data

Carl Malamud, a hero in providing access to information, has posted online the the 38-volume California Code of Regulations, over which the state claims copyright ownership. The Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat reports the story.

Fox News Hit Obama Because He Wouldn't Do Interviews?

UPDATED If the Rupert Murdoch story in Vanity Fair(Tuesdays with Rupert) is accurate, one reason for Fox News’ bias against Obama during the campaign — apart from the fact that the news channel is a mouthpiece for right-wing ideology and politicians — is that Roger Ailes, the head of the operation, was in a snit […]

Rupert Murdoch as Shark

The Vanity Fair article, “Tuesdays with Rupert,” is worth reading both as an exercise in vanity by a journalist (Michael Wolff) and as yet another 1.5-dimensional view of a thoroughly amoral media baron. Murdoch comes across — nothing new here — as an essentially shark-like figure: a predator that can’t stop chasing prey because that’s […]