Tag Archives: All Things Considered

You Have No Idea How Much They’re Watching You Online

You probably know that Facebook and Google are strip-mining you like West Virginia for online data, but that’s just part of the story. NPR’s All Things Considered is trying to provide the rest of it in its series Your Digital Trail. … Continue reading

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Haul Of Mirrors: The New Wave Of ‘Look What I Bought’ Videos

First off, the hardtracking staff admits we’re way behind the curve when we have to rely on NPR to keep us up to date. That said, here’s the latest front in the stealth marketing juggernaut: Haul Videos. Representative sample (this has 1,713,861 … Continue reading

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Howie Carr’s WTKK Drive-By

Boston Herald columnist/WRKO squawker Howie Carr is experiencing an extreme bout of Howenfreude over the demise of FM talk station WTKK. (Full disclosure: The hardreading staff did a weekly segment on the Jim & Margery show.) Today’s triumphant nyah-nyah from Carr: Talk radio’s not dead, just … Continue reading

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Is The Mass. GOP Laundering Money For Mitt Romney?

Interesting NPR piece about the $236 million raised in the past few months by Romney Victory, Incorporated, “a joint fundraising committee that allows donors to give far more than the usual $5,000. Its limit is over $75,000 per person.” And … Continue reading

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Is It The God Particle, Or The Goddamn Particle?

The media rumpus over the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson subatomic particle has now reached critical mass (yuk yuk), but one question that apparently hasn’t been settled is how it was dubbed “the God particle.” From yesterday’s Wall Street … Continue reading

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What We Need Is A “Do Not Trick” Law

NPR’s All Things Considered ran a piece yesterday about negotiations among U.S. technology companies to protect consumer privacy on the Internet, with a special eye toward European standards: America’s big technology companies are negotiating the details of a new privacy system called … Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut-Check: NYT Gets It Wrong

In her review of the posthumous John Updike collection Higher Gossip, New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani writes: As for fellow American writers, Updike connects the dots between their life experiences and their artistic visions. He describes Kurt Vonnegut’s view … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street Mediapalooza

Once around Zuccotti Park, James, and don’t spare the horses: • NPR’s All Things Considered chin-stroker on the media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests • Media Research Center’s protest that “the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) news networks … Continue reading

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Let The Rick Perry-And-Thrust Begin! (Romney Iowa Edition)

On NPR’s All Things Considered Wednesday, host Robert Siegel had this exchange with reporter Don Gonyea: SIEGEL: Don, in his campaign so far, Mitt Romney has really not campaigned against his Republican rivals. He’s kept the focus on campaigning against … Continue reading

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NPR = ‘Nvestigative Public Radio

Tuesday was a banner day for investigative reports on NPR. Start with Morning Edition’s major takeout on the 2005 Congressional mandate that dollar coins be issued with the image of every U.S. president: $1 Billion That Nobody Wants Politicians in … Continue reading

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