Posted by James McPherson on April 22, 2009
With yesterday’s post, I offered my reasons for ceasing regular blogging for the foreseeable future. But with more than 300 posts in the past year, it’s likely that you’ve missed a number of them. I’ll post a “top 50” list below, and will continue update the links on the right side of this page.
Since my first post, in which I predicted success for Barack Obama (not yet then the Democratic nominee) and problems for John McCain, a number of my posts have focused on topics of relatively short-term interest. Those include my June suggestions for whom Obama and McCain should select as running mates: More than two months before they made their choices, I suggested Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.
I predicted that despite their self-pitying self-righteousness and their ability to draw media attention, neither religious conservatives nor pseudo-liberal PUMAs would have much impact on the election. I anticipated that Hillary Clinton would fully support Obama, as she and Bill Clinton did. As a result, on the day that McCain took the lead in the polls for the first time two months before the presidential election, I predicted that Obama would win the election handily.
I’ve noted the passing of singer/storytellers Utah Phillips and Dan Seals, journalists (defining the term broadly) Robin Toner, Tim Russert and Tony Snow, pinup queen Bettie Page, and various newspapers. Many of my posts were less timely, however, and have ongoing relevance. Fifty of my favorites can be found below. Enjoy.
Burn a flag for the Fourth
Begging to differ
Curiosity and journalism
Pogo’s enemy, revisited
Twittering while Rome burns
Where the dead white girls are
Catholics and conservatives campaign against mythical threats
Is the worshipper beside you a heathen–or a spy?
Warku-go-’round: A 20-part history of Bush’s War
Bettie Page & Robin Toner: Two women who made media history
Gadgets create more ‘reporters’–and fewer journalists?
Post #200 of a stupid, outdated idea
Death and dancing, faith and journalism
With Jessica Alba too fat, Keira Knightly too flat, Faith Hill too plain & Sarah Palin too real, how should mags portray Michelle Obama?
Civil disobedience might bring national redemption
Save the economy by ending welfare to Republicans
MTV: Moronic TeleVision
Beating the Bushies to investigate war crimes
Journalism and blogging: Printing what’s known vs. what isn’t
Want to become a convicted sex offender? There’s an app for that
If you’re going to write anything stupid in the future, don’t come to my class
As Bush people approach endangered species status, scientists find other rats, vipers and creepie crawlers
Have you ever heard of the “world’s most famous journalist”?
Ignorance and the electorate
Stimulus prompts cartoonish monkey business
Veterans Day: Thank the slaves who let you shop and spew
‘Killer American Idol’: Mass murder no surprise, more likely to come
Speaking for the poor
Uneasy riders: Yen and the lack of motorcycle company maintenance
Barbie’s birthday bash
Sexism & feminism make women winners & losers?
Media organizations: Why you should hire my journalism students
Valuable lessons on ‘whom you know’ and on being in the right place at the right time in NY and DC
WOW! Young people access news differently than grandparents
Can a Christian lesbian Latina superhero save us?
Asteroid nearly wipes out Earth, international space station threatened, San Diego nearly destroyed in nuclear meltdown
Headaches, hot air and hell on earth
‘What’s happenin’ here?’ The news ain’t exactly clear: How to keep up with what’s going on, and why
Literary journalism & the Web: the newest “new journalism”? (Part II)
To Obamas, a reminder that familiarity can breed contempt
Homeland Insecurity: Need a passport quickly? Get a fake one
GOP doing Limbaugh Limbo; how low they can go to be ‘rest of the story’
Top stories and missing stories of 2008: Obama, the economy, China and Mother Nature–and by the way, isn’t something going on in Iraq?
Thanks to Cruella economy, Grumpy’s attitude finally justified
Culture warriors were dreaming of a really white Christmas; others get coal in their stockings
Merry Christmas! Twelve YouTube Christmas videos
Christmas killers, foreign & domestic: More proof the world looks better from a distance
2012 predictions for GOP: Jindal, Huckabee, Romney, Palin or relative unknown?
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Posted by James McPherson on July 12, 2008
Whatever he is doing now–maybe trying to keep blacks and homosexuals out of heaven or hell–perhaps Jesse Helms needs a spokesman. Dead today is Tony Snow, the first press secretary ever to actively campaign for Republicans while presenting the “news.” Think of Snow, who hosted a conservative radio program and for a time served as Rush Limbaugh’s primary guest host, as the more attractive and wittier pre-turncoat Scott McClellan.
The following leads came from the BBC, CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Washington Times. See if you can guess which is which (click on the letter preceding the headline for a link to the story for each).
And if you can’t get more than a couple, chances are you’re spending too much time relying on one source for news. Incidentally, most news outlets used the Associated Press version of Snow’s obituaries, but these news organizations produced their own.
a) Tony Snow, the former Bush White House press secretary known for his wit and agility at the podium, who inspired others by facing cancer with hope and optimism, died Saturday morning from the disease at Georgetown University Hospital.
b) Former White House press secretary Tony Snow–who once told reporters “I’m a very lucky guy”–died at the age of 53 early Saturday after a second battle with cancer.
c) Tony Snow, the former White House press secretary and conservative pundit who bedeviled the press corps and charmed millions as a FOX News television and radio host, died Saturday after a long bout with cancer.
d) Tony Snow, the conservative columnist and television commentator who relished sparring with reporters during a 17-month stint as President Bush’s press secretary, died on Saturday, the White House said.
e) Tony Snow, 53, the former television and radio talk show host who became President Bush’s chief spokesman and redefined the role of White House press secretary with his lively banter with reporters, died early this morning after losing a high-profile battle with cancer.
f) Former White House press secretary Tony Snow, 53, has died of cancer.
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