by German Lopez
Posted In: Media
at 12:01 PM | Permalink
Cincinnati's largest cable provider to drop Current TV
Time Warner Cable will not be taking up Al Jazeera’s newly acquired channel. The Associated Press reports Cincinnati’s largest cable provider will no longer carry Current TV after its sale to the Pan-Arab news network.
After the buyout, Al Jazeera announced plans to
gradually transform Current TV into Al Jazeera America by adding five to
10 new U.S. bureaus and hiring more journalists. But immediately following the acquisition by Al Jazeera,
Time Warner released a statement: “Our agreement with Current has been
terminated and we will no longer be carrying the service. We are
removing the service as quickly as possible.”
As AP reports, Al Jazeera has faced an uphill
battle reaching American audiences. In 2010, Tony Burman,
managing director of Al Jazeera’s English branch, blamed hostility from
the Bush administration for reluctance among cable and satellite
companies to carry Al Jazeera.
But at least part of the reluctance is due to the perception from some that the Qatar-based network is anti-American. Dave Marash, a former “Nightline” reporter who worked as
Al Jazeera’s anchor in Washington, D.C., left Al Jazeera in 2008, saying he sensed an anti-American slant.
Despite problems establishing a foothold in the United
States, Al Jazeera has built a substantial following for hard-hitting
news, and it earned multiple U.S. journalism awards in 2012.
Al Gore confirmed the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera
Wednesday. The former vice president cofounded the left-leaning Current TV
in 2005 to provide what he saw as an alternative perspective in media
through user-generated content. But the network always struggled, making
multiple programming and personnel changes in its quest to become
relevant.TheBlaze, Glenn Beck's media company, also tried to buy Current TV. But the network declined, reportedly saying, “The legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view.”
by Danny Cross
Posted In: baseball
at 12:13 PM | Permalink
Former ballplayer says no icebergs = no shipwreck
When Jose Canseco last
month offered his sincere concern over the world’s energy
consumption and various global warming issues that have resulted, we at
CityBeat were quick to report such thoughtful commentary. In a story
titled “Ranking Jose Canseco’s Global Warming Tweets” we
provided some background on the former Major League Baseball
player/steroid user/author and recapped his series of
Most of us believed
that our immense enjoyment of Canseco’s socio-political commentary
would be short-lived — after following him on Twitter for a few
days we were offered only recaps of him winning long drive
competitions and pleading with Major League clubs to sign
him even though he’s 47.
Then on Sunday
something awesome happened. Apparently inspired by the recent release of
Titanic 3D, Canseco in fewer than 144 characters again blew everyone’s
minds: “Titanic 100 years wOw. Global warming couldve saved
titanic. Sad to say.”
Canseco was prompted by skeptics to elaborate: “Because we don't recycle and consume
like crazy icicles are non existent. Titanic wouldve still existed
today," he wrote.
He then showed frustration with the people who didn’t understand the irony he was describing: “You
clowns it's very simple. With global warning the weather is hotter so
the icebergs would be melted and titanic saved.”
Canseco went back to blasting our wasteful lifestyles: “100 years
ago people actually cared about planet and respected nature. Now we
can care less and consume energy like it's free.”
And then, for good
measure, he offered a couple slices of personality that prove follow Jose Canseco on Twitter will continue to be a worthwhile endeavor, political activism or not: “Titanic
reminds me of the days I had two yachts in Miami but no icicles" and “I had a bat I named Titanic .It was biggest rawlings ever made
and beautiful and unbreakable dont know where Titanic is now.”
It’s good to know
that influential people like Jose Canseco are taking on such causes,
even after learning that Al Gore is not dead. Hug 4 u, Jose.
0 Comments · Thursday, July 9, 2009
Robert Kenner systematically investigates the development and refinement of food production, seamlessly weaving several personal narratives into his argument while cannily using images of the process to create a sense of foreboding that might seem familiar to audiences. The visuals are in keeping with oppression and the totalitarian futurescapes. Will that excite us and goad us into action when facts, which are far more threatening than the cause for immediate alarm, merely make us hungry for more of what ails us? Grade A.
0 Comments · Friday, June 5, 2009
Veteran documentary filmmaker Kevin Rafferty looks back to his own undergrad days at Harvard in this surprisingly tepid reexamination of a 40-year-old football game. The director interviews 37 players, nearly all of whom recall the "landmark" game with a mix of nostalgia and regret, depending on which side of the ball they resided. Grade: C.