Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Blogger payola scandal?

An interesting “scandal” has broken out — this time involving a prominent U.S. liberal blogger, and only days after it was revealed a prominent conservative black commentator had received $240,000 US to shill for the No Child Left Behind Act. I wonder if the timing of the revelation about Markos Moulitsas of DailyKOS is coincidental? […]

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Men just want mommy

This Maureen Dowd column has been hanging out near the top of the NYT most-emailed stories list for the past few days. I'm wondering what folks think about it, so I thought I'd post a link: Some excerpts: A few years ago at a White House Correspondents' dinner, I met a very beautiful actress. Within […]

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Today's the day to help make blogging history!

I found out, quite by accident, that I was nominated for best new blog award in the 2004 Canadian Blog Awards. Since I've never won a blogging award before, it would be a historic achievement if I did it this time. And you can help! The process is being organized by My Blahg. You can […]

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The gay bomb: From the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up dept.

This was reported on the BBC website, one not known for pranksterism (although the Beeb was had last month), so I'm guessing it's true. Anyway, read on: US military pondered love not war The unconventional proposals were made by the US Air Force The US military investigated building a “gay bomb”, which would make enemy […]

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Michael Moore's makeover

No word if Michael Moore has consulted with the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy team, but an NYT story notes he was looking mighty spiffy at the People's Choice Awards on Jan. 9. An excerpt: Reuters, left; Vince Bucci/Getty Images Michael Moore on Jan. 6 … and (presto!) on Jan. 9. es, that was […]

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Borat: A man who loves pushing American buttons

It appears the British comedian/Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev. (aka Sacha Baron Cohen) may well have punked a rodeo in southwest Virginia earlier this week. Here's some of the story from the Roanoke (Va.) Times: … Some people who attended the rodeo are convinced that the man introduced as Boraq Sagdiyev from Kazakhstan was in fact […]

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Sri Lankan journalists seek help

This is from an English-language Sri Lankan newspaper called the Daily News. It's about the toll on Sri Lankan journalists in tsunami-hit areas — and a plea for help. The full text: Appeal to support tsunami hit journalists The oceanic disaster that claimed many lives in Sri Lanka has inevitably taken its toll on provincial […]

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Tsunami coverage wave receding

By my reading, the tsunami is dramatically dropping in importance as a story in the Western world. Skipping around to the home pages of a number of global, English-language, websites late Friday/early Saturday, I saw: Two tsunami-related stories on the BBC's home page One on nytimes.com None on cnn.com Two on guardian.co.uk Two on Australian Broadcasting Corp. […]

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