Had enough?

The delightful Howie Klein wrote in recently to let us know about some backyard political music making from Tom Maxwell and Ken Mosher of, er, Maxwell Mosher. The Pittsboro duo wrote a swinging number and Rickie Lee Jones added her voice and there you go. Nice.

If you’ve had enough here in N.C. and you want to support a local version of this ad pay a visit to Act Blue and, as Woody says, “Go where you go and do what you do.”

Atrios has a version on his site so you can let your imagination run wild.

Morning Post

That House District 10 race with the nasty primary (see GOP vs. GOP) looks like it’s going to have a nastier general, especially if this is starting already.
Meanwhile,
– Internet ads target advocates
– Taylor’s franking draws ire
– Our neighbors to the south debate doctors and lethal injection
– John Pope dies
– Thanks to the N&O‘s strange online policies, about the only place you can’t find a story about Cary’s water problem is at the Cary News site.
– Body part harvester shut down by the feds.

Saturday Morning Post

Overbilling comes due: Jean Fisher explains why the $151 .5 million was a good deal. The state spin: at least nobody got charged with fraud.
Music row says bring ’em home.
– Raleigh cracks down on lunch trucks after finding some are selling strange food to foreign-types.
Friday Follies via NCPolicy Watch
– BlueNC deconstructs the WSJ on GOP chances in the election
Also, still no signs of Iraq anywhere near the front page of the N&O.

Morning Post

Quick guide: If you’re looking for information in the N&O about the war in Iraq, which just saw its highest month of civilian casualties, it’s on page 10A. Seems the administration, by the way, is “considering alternatives other than democracy.”
Now if you want to read a couple of kickass judicial decisions there’s a wonderful couple of thousand pages ready for you thanks to U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler‘s ruling on the tobacco case (links at the top of the page) and, over in Detroit, Judge Anna Diggs Taylor reminds us that there has been no hereditary right of kings in the U.S. since its founding (pdf of the ruling via NYT).
Meanwhile,
– Surprise: Big Tobacco lied
– CIA contractor convicted
NYT on the latest in the Haditha killings
Sam Flippen. The death penalty rolls on in NC
– Latest numbers on Schuler and Taylor (NC-11)
Also, anybody know what’s up with Eschaton?

The scandal that keeps on giving

Here’s the Indy link to the story on the House ethics scandal so far that ran last week. . .
Here’s the text:

AUGUST 9, 2006

The scandal that keeps on giving

On Monday, state Sen. Andrew Brock, a campaign consultant by trade, got himself a little notoriety as the first Republican to launch an ad campaign based on the scandal swirling around House Speaker Jim Black. Since the ad launch was literally a made-for-TV event, TV made it to the event. Brock, who is running in a Senate district that represents Rowan and Davie counties, got his name and message splashed statewide for free even while lamenting that he would have to pour his meager $8,000 in campaign cash into getting his message out.He is running again, by the way, in a district he’s held since 2002, against a fellow he beat by more than 17,000 votes last time out.

Black, speaker of a chamber Brock has never served in, is sure to star in a number of these short films, which also feature ominous music, torn headlines, dramatic, angst-filled narration and, of course, a candidate willing to go to Raleigh and “clean up the mess.” As Brock has shown, this is a drum Republicans are going to beat from now until Election Day, regardless of the nature of the local race. Read more

Morning Post

Update: I guess it’s not my imagination.
I have a little more time to read the paper these days, but I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Having been in the business most of my adult life I can’t help noticing certain things. This morning, for example, I noticed a story on page 7A of the N&O pointing to a new poll that shows concern about Iraq higher on voters’ minds than concerns about terror. If you turn the page you read this story and understand why.
It kind of struck me, though, that I hadn’t seen a front page story on Iraq in a while. Figuring I’d just overlooked it, I pulled a few papers and couldn’t find any Iraq stories on the front page going back a ways. I’m left scratching my head over this. How is it that the biggest worry in the land has fallen off the front page? Are we done covering this war? I hope not because there’s still an army in the field and also because one of the saddest things I’ve learned in my years typing-for-dollars is this simple fact: people forget.

Meanwhile,
– No recess for Boyle.
– K Street Project blowback
Demographic shift in Winston-Salem
– So does this new Quinnipiac poll prove that Lieberman is a DINO?
Wacky vegetables? Or do you have a sick mind?
Also, musta missed this one: 22 immigration arrests after the Coast Guard stops boat of workers headed to Bald Head Island

FCC looking into fake news programs at four NC stations

Via CBS News: The FCC has sent letters to 77 television stations including four in North Carolina seeking details about broadcasts of what the Center for Media and Democracy calls “fake news” segments without proper attribution or explanation.
A study by the center has led to an FCC investigation of how the public relations videos were presented to viewers. The NC stations that got the letter and are featured in the fake news report are WCCB (Charlotte), WCTI (New Bern), WGHP (Greensboro) and the wonderful Sinclair station WLFL (Raleigh).
Here’s an example: In the case of a consumer report on Charlotte’s WCCB-18 (Fox) the center says:

Case in point: on December 14, 2005, WCCB-18 (Charlotte, NC) aired a live satellite interview with Edelman on the best stocking stuffers to buy this holiday season. From her remote studio, Julie gave a visual demonstration of her personal picks, including the Build-a-Bear Workshop, the Brother electronic labeling device, and the Tide-to-Go portable stain remover (“A must-have!” exclaimed Edelman).

But Edelman’s picks were anything but personal. Her appearance was jointly funded by Build-A-Bear, Brother, Tide-to-Go and two other companies who just happened to make the very products she was heartily recommending.

The report says New Bern’s ABC station, WCTI, had the most fake news in the state airing three–one each for Panasonic, Sallie Mae and Dalmier-Chrysler. Rather scathing this bit:

Rather than admit to viewers that they were running an externally-produced imitation news story funded by Sallie Mae, the station took steps to adopt the VNR as their own journalistic product. In preparing the feature, WCTI-12 editors swapped the narrative audio track of the MultiVu publicist, Danielle Addair, with that of their own reporter, Cle Pickett, and inserted station-branded text overlays over the MultiVu video.

So on December 21, WCTI-12 morning news anchor Colleen Maloney introduced the segment as an “Investigation Education” story, and left the rest to Pickett. Tens of thousands of viewers were deceived into thinking they were watching a legitimate news investigation, when all they got was borrowed spin from a private lender.

Yuk.

Deep House

Gosh, another Mercury assignment has popped up–this time on the coast. So I still haven’t had a moment to recap the session. Dang. Until then, here’s a little number to keep you grooving.

Audio: HousingAround