Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

‘Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates’

The lede: “American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.” (more…)

Thu, January 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

Earth sets a heat record for the third straight year

As with 2014 and 2015, Earth ended 2016 with a new heat record, making three straight years of record high temperatures, startling scientists who study global warming. (more…)

Wed, January 18 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

’10 Times Trump Spread Fake News’

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump is at best a bullshitter and and worse a pathological liar. This NYT story looks at 10 instances where he’s promoted someone else’s lies for partisan reasons. (more…)

Wed, January 18 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments

Creating the perfect fake news story

A Republican believer, motivated by Donald Trump’s complaining during the campaign of a rigged election, came up with a whopper of a fake news story to help the cause. (more…)

Wed, January 18 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments

Putin poo-poohs Trump dossier, praises Russian hookers

The lede: “Vladimir Putin has dismissed the dossier published last week about alleged links between Moscow and Donald Trump, describing the people who ordered it as “worse than prostitutes”.” (more…)

Tue, January 17 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

The New York Times’ report on Towards 2020

The intro: “This report, by a team of seven Times journalists, outlines the newsroom’s strategy and aspirations. For additional details, see this memo from Dean Baquet, The Times’s executive editor, and Joe Kahn, the managing editor.(more…)

Tue, January 17 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Facebook Live losing steam

Once upon a time, it appeared Facebook Live would be the next big thing. But it now seems to be a wave that has already crested. (more…)

Tue, January 17 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Making American Journalism Great Again

Columnist Jack Shafer takes a different perspective than Margaret Sullivan. He thinks the Trump administration’s antipathy to the press will set it free. (more…)

Mon, January 16 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments

The not-rosy future of the Alberta oilsands

Subhead: “Investment in the oilsands has plunged and future growth is in question.” (more…)

Sun, January 15 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

The gentle Russian art of ‘Kompromat’

A word made up of the Russian words for “compromising” and “information,” Kompromat involves, in part, catching important people in compromising positions and then using that information to manipulate or destroy them. (more…)

Sun, January 15 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments