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Mini Bloggage II

Mini Bloggage n Bigger than a linkfest but smaller than a full blog post.

- A while back I put up a post about the latest jobs numbers and Murdoc of murdoconline.com noticed that the BLS' own numbers did not jive. He asked me why and I burned about 40 minutes to no avail. He contacted BLS and they gave him the answer. The short version is that they revise the jobs numbers a year after they come out so we really won't know Bush's true jobs numbers for another year. But there is more to the story if you are into this kind of thing. Check it out.

- You might need a playbook for this one... James Lindgren, posting at Volokh, quotes Glenn Reynolds who is discussing a column by Howard Fineman. (got that?) The topic is partisanship in the MSM. Lindgren comes up with a headline worth linking, Fairness is not a special sauce that you pour over a story while you are editing it for broadcast. I tend to agree chapter and verse with Glenn on this one. But I'll add this to the mix: I wish we have a truly partisan media... Or should I say an admittedly partisan media. CBS should just come out tomorrow and say "We're lackeys for the DNC" at least then you would know where they stood. When you listen to Rush Limbaugh there is no question where he personally stands on an issue. If some of the rest of the media would just admit they were liberal I'd be OK with it... Heck I might even watch more. At least they'd regain some credibility. [Ed- I thought this was MINI bloggage? - Shut up I was making a point.]

- I was surprised to learn, that many prominent bloggers were surprised to learn, that you can't trust Sitemeter... Or any other web traffic statistic. James Joyner has more. Apparently people are now checking sitemeter vs local (server) stats and finding discrepancies as high as 50%. I was only slightly surprised the number was that high. We [still] have no reliable methodology to figure out how many people read websites. I'll add (in defense of sitemeter) that one of the values of sitemeter that has not been discussed is that (in theory) it is an independent 3rd party that everyone aggress on. Considering that (again in theory) all of its warts apply to all users equally then it is a valid metric for comparison. The problem with that argument is that I've found sitemeter to be somewhat random.

- It's a few days old now but David Limbaugh has a proposal for an enterprising blogger. It will take a while for the pay-off but the payoff could be big in about 36 months. (if you do it right) [Update: Check the trackback below for free hosting if you need it.]

- Have I ever mentioned I like Clint Eastwood?


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Comments (6)

I agree about the MSM needi... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

I agree about the MSM needing to admit their biases. When the topic comes up, many people invariably bring up the fact that old newspapers where heavily biased and were lackeys for one party or another. I have no problem with that because then you know where the story comes from.

Take the Armstrong Williams situation. I know that he is not a newsman, but there are some parallels. Had everyone known up front that he was being paid to talk up NCLB, I don't think anyone would have cared. It was only because he gave the appearance of neutrality while taking the money that anyone raised a stink.

Locally, we have a drive-time radio show about sports. One of the hosts is an unabashed fan of the state's major college's teams. Everyone knows that he used to work for the university and currently is an analyst for their basketball games on radio. Yeah, he's a homer, but no one cares. He still can make valid points, but you know where his allegiance is. Is that asking too much?

Would that include Fox News... (Below threshold)
Bill K:

Would that include Fox News admitting they are Republican lackeys? Sinclair?

You know Bill...If... (Below threshold)

You know Bill...

If you really wanted an answer to that question and not just making smart-assed remarks, you would have seen your answer. "When you listen to Rush Limbaugh there is no question where he personally stands on an issue"

Remember what that guy told you last week?

Someone is already tracking... (Below threshold)

Someone is already tracking Hillary:

The Hillary Project

A few more writers and some tips to the blog owner would not go unappreciated (I know him, he sells me my bandwidth).

BillK: Peter Chernin, 'hea... (Below threshold)

BillK: Peter Chernin, 'head' of FOX News (close enough as to title, haven't verified actual wording for purposes of these comments) endorsed and promoted John Kerry during Kerry's recent failed run for the Presidency.

And, among those donors who provided funding to the DNC, there can be found none other than FOX News (I'm not sure if the Democrats' "Buy Blue" promotion includes FOX News, however, but it should based upon who donated what to whom).

FOX is just the one network that includes information and commentary from some conservatives without yelling at them (well, the Democrat 'spokesperson's who appear on FOX take care of that last part), and by comparison with the other networks, that FOX does seems to tip liberals into nonsense where FOX is concerned, not being able to reckon otherwise with what they're hearing otherwise omitted from what they hear elsewhere through liberal-reinforcing-by-liberal-reinforcers' outlets.

FOX is the only network who offers a variety of opinions and it's the only one brave and smart enough to do so, too. At least they manage to keep people like Oblermann and Mathews out of the works, which is incentive enough for me to maintain as a viewer, even IF Chernin endorsed Kerry. It's a price, paid.

Regarding Sitemeter, ayup, ... (Below threshold)

Regarding Sitemeter, ayup, you get what you pay for.

A couple of weeks ago, my little blog got a Hughalanche when the esteemed Mr. Hewitt linked to it. Unfortunately, my Sitemeter server was down for most of the day... so I certainly didn't get an accurate reflection of the 'lanche.

I'm sure Sitemeter will get their act together... or another, better venture will step up to take their place.






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