Daily Flog 7/31/08: Shoot for the cops before they shoot you
Running down the papers:
Terrific hed, and so's the story:
Only problem is that you send video to the NYPD, the cops open a file on you.
This is a clever P.R. move by the cops because the footage is going to be shot anyway, and maybe those who shoot it will hand it over to the cops first and won't immediately run with it to the press or post it themselves, thus reducing the risk to the NYPD of uncontrolled bad publicity and giving Kelly time to craft the right response to incriminating videos.
Call that "news"? It's effective propaganda by the McCain campaign, at very little cost. The McCain/Bush "veterans" now don't have to do this at all, because the Times has already embedded the phrase "negative narrative about Barack Obama" in voters' brains.
Carl Campanile and the paper's headline writers show the Times how it's done:
Sources tell me that the word "bimbo" is not in the New York Times style guide.
William Yardley's below-average piece, inexplicably promoted as a "top story":
So friggin' what? Ted Stevens's scandalous stuff with an oil industry exec is interesting. But does this "new generation of Republicans in Alaska" have any impact on whether Alaska's wilderness will be further plundered by the oil industry? Not a peep about that issue in this story.
Straining on the toilet of non-news news, the Post dumps this hed on us, after two straight days of brilliance about the "Rockefooler." Clever but forced, and it's based on this lede, which admittedly is pretty damn good on a relatively insubstantial piece of news:
Fresh angle, but flimsy. Yeah, this guy's an ersatz Rockefeller. Nelson Rockefeller showed what it takes: Word after his 1979 death at age 70 was that he died in the saddle with a 26-year-old chickie, though that's never been absolutely proven.
Now that was a real superman. This phony guy on the lam is just a Clark Went.
The Daily News shows the Post how not to do it:
Here's a grin, though. Above the hed, there's this line:
Dareh Gregorian's lede:
Such an eloquent oral report.
Grossly understated headline. It implies some sort of press conference. No, it was an actual, formal vote by a powerful House committee:
It doesn't matter that it was strictly along party lines. That's a big step for the ordinarily lily-livered top Demo leadership to move beyond press conference whining to an actual vote.
On the other hand, what's kept them? I've been holding Rove in contempt for several years, and so have many others.
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