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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
Commenter for
7 years 4 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 12/14/14 at 01:20 pm in response to Borowitz satire: Citigroup to move HQ to floor of U.S. House

Space on the House floor might come rather cheap since as viewer of CSpan know, it's rarely used.

Posted on 12/10/14 at 03:24 pm in response to Soccer as political football

There are lots of stadiums around town that can converted fairly easily to soccer stadiums. And some of them would turn out to be a lot nicer than some Premier League stadiums. Let soccer prove itself before giving it a local edifice.

Posted on 12/10/14 at 10:20 am in response to The real journalistic question of Pointergate

For me, this comes back to the Dan Cohen case which raises the question, when does the fact that there is a source for a story, become the story? What I thought was interesting here was that the police union, it seems, has been mining data in order to find items that can be used to embarrass the mayor. That indicates that there is bad blood between the mayor and the police, which is, I suppose, information of some significance.

Whenever journalists receive information from a source,...

Posted on 12/10/14 at 12:29 pm in response to The real journalistic question of Pointergate

I don't think the police came off as dopes here. They did, after all, succeed in persuading the KSTP reporter to buy their spin. People try to manipulate the media all the time. It's up to the media not to be manipulated and it's up to consumers of news to recognize spin when they see it.

Posted on 12/11/14 at 06:09 am in response to The real journalistic question of Pointergate

"Both the cops and KSTP doubled down on this story, which was a ridiculous attempt to paint an innocent gesture as an ominous or even dangerous expression of gang affiliation."

Both the cops and KSTP management got what they wanted, a story that damages a mayor they dislike which is being recycled in the media. From a journalistic point of view, this was a bad story, but journalistic standards and those who establish them in the news room aren't calling the shots on this anymore.

Posted on 12/13/14 at 06:47 am in response to The real journalistic question of Pointergate

KSTP has always been known as a right wing news outlet. It's why the police shopped their photo there. The message presented by this story appeals and reaffirms KSTP's audience in their beliefs, and won't hurt them with those folks. The people who have a problem with this story, are either not watching KSTP, or they are watching it ironically. This story supports their views too.

There are many constituencies out there and just because a news item doesn't appeal to on constituency...

Posted on 12/14/14 at 07:42 am in response to The real journalistic question of Pointergate

There are limits to the wisdom of cynicism.

Maybe, but other news organizations like Fox News go far beyond KSTP in testing them and still seem to be doing just fine. Hubbard became fantastically successful doing exactly what he is doing and I, for one, don't expect him to change.

Posted on 12/09/14 at 03:31 pm in response to Maybe the key question is really voter turnoff — not turnout

Voters, like customers, are always right. As an activist, it's my job to convince voters to vote and to vote for my guys, it's not the voters job to be convinced by me.

Posted on 12/05/14 at 08:25 am in response to Hubbard defends KSTP-TV's Hodges story after SPJ seeks disavowal

He seems to be arguing that he has the right to report, even if it's bad reporting.

Posted on 12/05/14 at 09:07 am in response to Hubbard defends KSTP-TV's Hodges story after SPJ seeks disavowal

Here's the deal. People have their pictures taken with politicians all the time. People point at each other all the time. On occasion, politicians and regular people have been photographed pointing at each other. None of these things are ordinarily considered to be newsworthy. Now it is possible to interpret this photograph or any photograph in different ways. But such efforts tell us a lot more about the person doing the interpretation, than the people who were captured in the fleeting...