My Archives: September 2003
Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Like many other people, I'm glued to the wall-to-wall coverage of the alleged outing of a CIA operative by the White House, and what it means for journalists and their sources. I found Robert Novak's original July 14 column in which he identifies Joseph Wilson's wife. Read it here. Now Novak is denying anyone in the White House contacted him, but he sure implies that they did in the July 14th story. So who leaked this CIA operative's identity? Looks like the Justice Department is gearing up to investigate, but at the moment 77% of nearly 160,000 respondents to a CNN poll aren't comfortable with this arrangement. BTW, here's the transcript of White House Spokesman Scott McClellan's news conference yesterday with journalists, who suddenly have to debate (again) where to draw the line on what they put in print.
Posted by Chris @ 11:40 AM EST [Link]
Friday, September 26, 2003
I was listening to the Tubthumper song "Amnesia" and it reminded me that I need to blog today. It's funny what will remind you to do things. Anyway, I'm working on a few new assignments. The general topics are small business branding, engaging your employees on the job and navigating a jobless recovery, as well as a few other topics. I can't give more details here (editors probably wouldn't like that), so PR people may contact me directly via email for more information on these and other topics.
I had a story due today on the not-so-light topic of directors and officers insurance. But I found a few minutes to surf here and there, and a few stories caught my eye. I enjoyed this BBC story about the new "report a mistress" campaign in the Philippines aimed at government officials. Yes, you read that right. Meanwhile, a new poll finds that 36% of slightly more than 2,200 U.S. adults surveyed think the news media have gotten worse in their news coverage. We have our deck, and now the French have one, too. And since it's Friday, I'll end with this hilarious piece from The Onion. Reminds me of a boss I had, and another person I had a blind date with once. Oh, nevermind.
Posted by Chris @ 03:45 PM EST [Link]
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
I think I just read the "duh" research study of the week: A new study reveals that women who exercise in front of a mirror feel worse about themselves than women who exercise without mirrors. Even better, nearly 40 percent of CNN viewers say they actively watch themselves in the mirror while they work out. Hey, CNN. That means they're not watching the news!
If you have been watching CNN in recent weeks, you may have seen Tucker Carlson's interview with Britney "Got another piece of gum? Mine is stale" Spears. Find the video here. It's all the more surreal with Carlson asking the questions while Britney works that piece of Bubblicious. A reportorial classic.
Posted by Chris @ 04:42 PM EST [Link]
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Yes, I'm here.
I've been here all summer, in fact.
I just haven't felt like posting when it's 95 with a heat index that makes it feel like 105. You see, I made it through a whole summer without turning on the air conditioning. Yes, an entire Southern summer without air conditioning. Well, I broke down and turned it on for a day here and there. But I had my criteria: the thermometer had to surpass 93 degrees. Sure, my sodas stayed cold for, oh, two minutes and I'd stick to my chair while writing, but hey, it kept the energy bills down. Plus, I'd get to bring this up in conversation and have people say with astonishment, "You don't have your air conditioning on?!" Eschewing air conditioning is a conversation starter in North Carolina in August.
Anyway, friends and family have asked me to please, please, PLEASE update my site (a shout out to my buddies, Lloyd and Chase!) with something --- anything --- because it's getting, well, lame. I figured now is a good time to get back to blogging: We survived Hurricane Isabel with minimal power loss; the Mighty Oregon Ducks bested the No. 3-ranked Michigan Wolverines last Saturday 31-27 on national television; I'm the proud owner of a brand-new computer; and I just had chicken parmesan for lunch at a nice Italian restaurant with my writer roundtable friends. Sheer bliss.
BTW, the "parmesan" link above proves decisively that linking on the Internet is far too easy for the average person.
Regarding work: I'm starting a feature about branding and small businesses, as well as a story about re-engaging employees on the job. Recent surveys reveal that employees aren't "into" their jobs anymore. Go figure.
Anyway, more later. I promise...!
Posted by Chris @ 03:13 PM EST [Link]
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