THE MEDIA

Sixty Minutes Coal Ash Story Focuses on Products?

What happened to coverage of the TVA spill in Tennessee and the coal ash waste in Alabama’s Black Belt? Watch CBS News Videos Online Coming up this Sunday, CBS’s “60 Minutes” will air a long anticipated show on coal ash, a byproduct of coal power plants. But according to the advance blurb, the story will…

Ken Burns Talks About National Parks on PBS

Filmmaker Ken Burns has shaped some of the most celebrated documentaries ever made, according to this interview on PBS. His credits include Baseball, Jazz, Unforgivable Blackness, the 15-hour miniseries The War and the landmark The Civil War, which earned two Emmys and was the highest-rated miniseries in the history of public television. At age 22,…

How to Save Democracy, the Press and the Legal Profession

Technology U by Glynn Wilson I’m just going to come right out and say it. I know how to save the press and democracy — and the right to sue in this country. The question is will the right people listen? Will they listen in time? For an excellent discussion on where we are, check…

Far Right Lynch Mob At It Again…

White House Environment Official Under ‘Vicious Attack’ Resigns Believing that they are on a roll after a month of the most ignorant display of right-wing racism in the history of the nation, at least since color TV was invented, the far right lynch mob was at it again this past week in an effort to…

Rove Issues Non-Denial Denial in Siegelman Case

by Glynn Wilson Karl Rove admits having a “senior moment” in his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, dancing around the key allegations that he had direct knowledge and an active role in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and the firings of U.S. attorneys. He takes what Washington insiders call the Ronald…

Zombie Highway in Alabama Exposed on Public TV

Update Below in the Comments: Show Delayed Due to Breaking News… On the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Public Television will air a story about so-called “Zombie Highways,” federal highway programs that keep going long after their original purpose has been fulfilled. They gobble up billions in tax dollars and lay down hundreds of miles of…

What Will The Birmingham Noose Endorse Next?

Sarah Palin for President and the early release of Eric Rudolph? Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I’ve said it before and I will say it again here today. Sometimes I am profoundly embarrassed to be from Alabama. Today is one of those times. Why? Because the staff of my hometown newspaper continues to stick…

Political Justice Under the Spotlight in Washington

Glynn Wilson Judge U.W. Clemon criticized The Birmingham News and the Bush Justice Department at The National Press Club by Glynn Wilson WASHINGTON, D.C. — One of the most significant problems corrupting American society and politics over the past eight years is finally getting the public spotlight it deserves in the nation’s capital. You can’t…

ObamaCare Isn't Inevitable?

There they go again, the Wall Street Journal and Karl Rove. ObamaCare Isn’t Inevitable In his latest rant, published in Rupert Murdock’s Wall Street Journal, Bush’s brain admits “there is some good news in the Resurgent Republic poll for Mr. Obama if he can sell his plan as shifting power from ‘insurance bureaucrats to consumers.’…

Funniest Political Press Release of All Time

Thanks to Alabama’s Former Senator Howell Heflin TIME magazine’s senior writer Karen Tumulty, who writes a column for a blog on the magazine’s Website called Swampland was digging through some old boxes of files while getting ready to move to TIME’s new Washington Bureau. “Part of the process is trying to figure out what to…

End Times: Daily Show's Jason Jones Riffs on 'Aged News'

Now this is funny… The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c End Times thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Newt Gingrich Unedited Interview The Daily Show’s Jason Jones visits the the New York Times’ offices to find out why the last of a dying breed prefers “aged news” to…

Karl Rove Bashes New York Times Publisher

Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t watch Fox news or give a damn what Karl “Turd Blossom” Rove has to say. But this clip just might piss off the New York Times enough to get them back on the story of putting Karl Rove on the stand “under oath” and getting to the bottom…

One Hundred Things To Do Before You Die

THE BURIED LIFE: Four young men traveling in a 1960’s transit bus to complete a list of “100 Things They Want To Do Before They Die.” For every list item they accomplish, they help a stranger do something on his/her list. MY LIFE LIST BELOW… The invitation: Hey there, We’re planning another tour to complete…

Facebook Monster Eats Time Goddess

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson Get ready, since I’m only going to say this once. Due to circumstances that cannot be explained, I took the techno-leap of starting a Facebook page last night. Judging by my dreams, which I cannot remember, I knew I would wake up regretting it. And that turned out to…

New York Times Papers Reduce Staff, Salaries

by Glynn Wilson The New York Times newspaper company is in such financial dire straights that it has announced a 2.5 percent salary reduction at its regional newspapers, which now includes The Tuscaloosa News and The Gadsden Times in Alabama since the company announced the sale of The Florence Times Daily last week. This letter…

Former Birmingham News Reporter Discusses Pulitzer

Former Birmingham News staff writer Brett Blackledge discusses his 2007 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting at Auburn University, Montgomery, in this video obtained by the Locust Fork News-Journal. Part 1: Part 2: To some legal experts, his admission that he was handed the information in a box raises some concerns about how he got the…

The Future of Democracy and the Web Press

Secret Vistas: Dedicated to the Memory of Spider Martin by Glynn Wilson The first time I rode the rocky, rolling white water of the Locust Fork River with Spider Martin, I knew it would be more than your average adventure. In stark contrast with today’s drought in the Southeast, near record levels of rainfall in…