Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Great book! You don't work here any more

Joe Maguire, a Reuters employee, followed his conscience and ripped the obnoxious Ann Coulter a new one in a book. Reuters looked the galleys and presto! Maguire was no longer on staff. From the Oct. 9 NYT story: On Tuesday, Joe Maguire, one of two editors in charge of markets coverage at Reuters, handed his […]

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Workman amongst the Taliban

CTV News' South Asia bureau chief Paul Workman has done some interesting enterprise reporting out of Afghanistan in recent days. On Sunday, he talked with some apparent Taliban defectors who are unhappy with how their hoped-for amnesties are being handled. However, this jumps out, given another post this event about the Inter Services Intelligence agency […]

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‘Negligible’

From a BBC story on the funeral of murdered Russian journo Anna Politkovskaya: “We are deeply shocked by this murder. Anna embodied the best qualities of a real journalist; there was a lot of respect for her both in Russia and abroad,” said the American ambassador to Moscow, William Burns, as he stood by Anna […]

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'Musharraf's misunderstood Afghan strategy'

This Beeb piece says that pushing Pakistan's Gen. Pervez Musharraf too hard in public on the role of the Inter Services Intelligence agency and its relationship with the Taliban could lead to some, er, “instability” problems. Some exerpts: This was apparent when the commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan, Gen David Richards, arrived in Islamabad on […]

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Will Google's YouTube gamble pay off?

This Beeb analysis looks at the risks facing Google as it tries to make YouTube into a money-spinner. An excerpt: Why is it that some people ponder whether Google's $1.65bn investment is a gargantuan folly or the niftiest investment this side of the internet boom? For starters, so far YouTube's real business model doesn't make […]

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Why the YouTube deal doesn't mean the dot-com mania is back

The Beeb has a fairly rational and persuasive analysis of why Google's $1.65-billion purchase of YouTube makes business sense and doesn't mean that we're partying like it's 1999 all over again. Some excerpts: … There are a number of differences between the first internet boom and the current one, not least the fact that the […]

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‘Indispensable old media’

An argument for why the work of reporters like Anna Politkovskaya — and Hadi Anawi Joubouri, Facundo Labata and Ogulsapar Muradova — matters in an age of blogs and YouTube (H/T to Deb at Cdn. Journalist).

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