Grossly Innacurate Headline

This does not need much commentary. It’s from HoustonChronicle.com.
The headline is “Drunken driver convicted in officer’s death”. The story…

Richard Anthony Sandoval, 23, will face a maximum of 20 years in prison after being convicted Wednesday of intoxication assault of a police officer.

HPD officer Lloyd Morrison, 51, was investigating a crash on the Gulf Freeway when he was struck by a car driven by Sandoval and pinned against a firetruck May 23, 2009. Morrison testified that he suffered two broken legs and an injured shoulder.

Jurors in state District Judge Shawna Reagin’s court will continue hearing testimony today.

Ummmm… (more…)

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Published in: on October 14, 2010 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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MLB.com You Disappoint Me

How did I learn that the Rays won the AL East and the Yanks slipped down to the Wild Card?

I saw this.

Nothing about the Rays winning the AL East. Instead the Yankees lose out and still get the acclaim. Granted this is an MLBShop headline, and not an actual headline. So what about the actual headlines? (more…)

Worst Knock-off Commercial Ever

Ok the viral video series for advertising concept is already old. Garnier Fructis is trying to do their own version, and of course it’s in the fashion of instructing men how to be more manly men. This is from Garnier Fructis… Who the hell needs to be told by them how to be a man? But wait. It gets worse. Much worse. Not only is the general concept overdone and unoriginal, but they specifically copied another “man tip” from another commercial. How to get a ride home from a bar.

Here’s the original one

You remember that right? It’s not that old. It might even be playing still.
The knock-off after the jump. (more…)

David Letterman Recycles!! (Jokes)

We’ve all seen videos of comedians recycling jokes. Or maybe you haven’t. But here’s your chance. First we have Letterman’s Top Ten Thoughts that went through Mark Buerhle’s head while throwing a perfect game. Then we have Letterman’s Top Ten Thoughts that went through Dallas Braden’s head while throwing a perfect game

(How do they not use material from the game and actually mention DeWayne Wise?)
Ok, I hope you were paying attention.
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Anti-Law Enforcement Media Bias

This headline writer has no shame at all. “No indictment for officer in Taser dare” and the name of the page is even worse. “No indictment for officer who tased woman, 72, on a dare”. It makes it appear as though that was his sole reason for tasing her, when in fact, it wasn’t part of the equation. He felt he was unable to gain control of the situation with any other technique. He tried verbal commands and that didn’t work. He didn’t want to put his hands on her, I’m sure. So he tased her. Probably not the smartest move, but he didn’t “tase her on a dare.” That’s just bullshit (I tried not to use that phrase but nothing else fit) and the Houston Chronicle should be ashamed of itself for running that headline.

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MLB.com Brings the Leverage! *yawn*

In a move that evidences how devoted to they Yankees, Major League Baseball is MLB.com’s lead story today is on Brett Gardner and the fact that he spent the offseason perfecting his bunting in hopes of being the opening-day starter in New York. The Yankees are the last team who need the attention, and Brett Gardner, at 26 is not in anyway an exciting prospect. The only thing interesting about him is that he might be one of the rare players developed by New York to become a regular starter.

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Quick Note on the Media

I just read this story about a Houston man arrested for a shooting that occurred at the Texas Capitol building today. Most of the information on the arrest from one Jill Magid. Here’s that part of the story.

Jill Magid, visiting from New York, said she was inside the building on the first floor when people started rushing to the south entrance, prompted by the reaction of two troopers. Magid said a man next to her said he heard four or five pops.

When Magid got outside, she saw about 25 officers surrounding a man lying on the ground on his side in a fetal position as officers held him down. He was not resisting arrest. She said she heard one of the troopers say there might be another person on the building’s third floor.

What I want to know is why the writer, R.G. Ratcliffe, says “He was not resisting arrest.” (more…)

Dad Shoots and Kills 17 yo. Son

Normally a random story about a recent murder wouldn’t show up on this blog. But this is too awful to be ignored. Not only does this guy, Ofelio Antonio Otero, shoot his 17 year old son, but the kid is trying to run away when he is gunned down. (more…)

Corresponding with the Houston Chronicle

I have 23 primary destinations on the Internet. The Houston Chronicle blogs page is one of them, thanks to Longhorn beat writer Joe Duarte’s UT sports blog. He’s a friend, and it’s a fine blog. Sometimes, I check out the other blogs, and a few days ago I read a Chonicle Reader’s blog on music.

It wasn’t especially notable, and I’ll only link to it so I don’t have to rehash the discussion in the comments section. As you’ll see, a reader is reprimanded for an analytical response to the blog post. Why? Because the reader didn’t discuss what the blogger wanted discussed.

And I quote: “Try to remember this blog is about music, not politics. I just don’t want the discussion devolving into something completely off topic. Thanks. – Jeff”

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Published in: on September 2, 2008 at 8:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The verdict is in on E:60

So I’m sitting here watching ESPN’s news magazine show, E:60, and I’m about ready to vomit. When the show was announced, I was excited at the prospect of deep sports journalism on TV. When the first couple shows felt contrived, I gave them a pass. It was still in its infancy afterall.

Now, I just can’t believe how bad it is. The main problem is how overproduced each piece is. It feels polished, manicured and fake. On that note, I’ll go as far as to say they push some ethical boundaries of journalism.  Apparent dramatizations aren’t clearly marked. Thanks to ESPN’s size, conflicts of interest are unavoidable, but the show doesn’t do enough to avoid them. For example, as ESPN begins to broadcast NASCAR races, and as NASCAR deals with a lawsuit from a female minority employee, another minority woman involved in the sports is profiled as “the most powerful woman in NASCAR” by E:60. Fishy? I’d say so. (more…)