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Saturday, May 31st, 2008

NEWS BITS

by A.man.I

OBAMA QUITS HIS CHURCH

Did he do the right thing?

from Journal-isms

Sen. Barack Obama resigned on Friday from Trinity United Church of Christ after 20 years, in light of the latest controversial remarks from that church’s pulpit, this time from the visiting Rev. Michael Pfleger, who mocked Sen. Hillary Clinton, saying she feels
frustrated because of her sense of white entitlement.


ATLANTA JOURNALISTS OF COLOR TO UNITE

When the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists gather for their monthly June membership meeting, they’ll be joined by members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and Asian American Journalists Association.

from AABJ email

The event celebrates continued collaboration between the organizations and will promote attendance of the 2008 Unity Convention in July, which brings together more than 10,000 black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American journalists every four years. This year’s Unity Convention is in Chicago, July 23-27.

I’ll be there.

Tuesday, June 26
6:30pm
Art Bar Lounge
170 Northside Drive
Atlanta GA 30313



Friday, May 30th, 2008

NEWS NIBBLES

by A.man.I

MORE OBAMA DRAMA
Those Chicago pastors really have knack for giving reporters things to talk and write about.

from the ChicagoTribune

Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign on Thursday was forced to again apologize for the remarks of a Chicago pastor backing his candidacy who spoke from the pulpit of his longtime church.

For more analysis, check out Journal-isms.

ATLANTA NEWS DIRECTOR FIRED
The TVSpy Water cooler is buzzin’ with the news that WCGL’s news director Rick Erbach has been fired. I didn’t see too many positive comments about his leadership or news judgment.

WONDER ROOT GRAND OPENING
Atlanta’s only non-profit recording studio is having its grand opening celebration this weekend. Visit this link to learn more. MyUrbanReport covered the soft opening preview of Wonder Root a few weeks ago.

Watch video



Thursday, May 29th, 2008

MUR EPISODE: A WORD OF THANKS TO DENNIS RICHMOND

by A.man.I

Longtime SF Bay Area broadcaster Dennis Richmond retired from the anchor desk at KTVU.

I’ve been meaning to say a word or two about Richmond, and the example he set. Though I don’t live in the Bay, I know the news just won’t be the same.



Thursday, May 29th, 2008

WHEN A SCARF = TERROR

by A.man.I

I wouldn’t have believed this if I didn’t read it myself. Looks like a Rachel Ray Dunkin’ Donuts ad has been pulled because she was wearing a black and white scarf.

from the AP

Critics, including conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, complained that the scarf wrapped around her looked like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress. Critics who fueled online complaints about the ad in blogs say such scarves have come to symbolize Muslim extremism and terrorism.

I think the scarf probably had more to do with fashion than the “T” word. Give me a break.



Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

MUR EPISODE: MIAMI ANNIVERSARY

by A.man.I

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I’M ON VACATION

by A.man.I

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I’m in Miami celebrating seven years of wedded bliss this weekend, so don’t be mad if I don’t update the blog.



Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

OBAMA’S BLOGHER INTERVIEW

by A.man.I

The interviewer needs a bit more practice, but it’s good to see Obama granting access to independent media.

BlogHer



Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

CAN YOU SAY O-BAMA?!

by A.man.I

Take a deep breath and enjoy this moment in history. Sure, we the media may seem out of control at times with the spin and over analysis of the political events we’re witnessing, but what do you expect?

Sen. Barack Obama is poised to become the Democratic nominee, and it seems to be all but a done deal. The drama has been fantastic from the “controversy” surrounding his former pastor, to winning in states like Iowa, but what matters is that he leads Clinton in the pledged delegates.

Can he take McCain? That story is yet to be written, but this is history in the making.

That being said there are reminders that this country is going through some growing pains. The PeachPundit provides commentary about a local newspaper in the Atlanta region called the Roswell Beacon that is now taking some heat because of a picture published of Barack Obama in crosshairs. The headline is “White Fright.”

I still don’t understand why anyone would fear Obama. Do I need to remind you that he’s black and white… vanilla swirl? He brings the best of both worlds to the table.

It looks like blogs as wells as the mainstream are giving the issue some much needed attention.

I support freedom of press, but what about journalistic responsibility?

Here’s the contact info for the paper:

Beacon Media Companies, Inc.

515 East Crossville Road
Suite 350-360
Roswell, GA 30075

John Fredericks – Publisher
jfredericks@beaconcast.com

Tim Altork – Senior Editor
taltork@beaconcast.com

Alan Sverdlik – Senior Correspondent
asverdlik@beaconcast.com



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