Monday, March 13, 2006

Be Back Shortly

Just wanted to let you know that I haven't disappeared, but will be out of town for a few days and will probably have limited access to the Web. I'll be back by the end of the week and will do a catch-up post on Hyman's recent editorials, along with a look at his latest attack on academia in which he accuses college teachers of spreading hate filled rhetoric.

As you come down off your irony overdose from that last statement, feel free to consider this an open thread. I'll catch up with everyone this Saturday.




At 11:08 PM, Blogger Lancer said...

I just heard (literally) on the NPR station WYPR (Baltimore) that Sinclair was shutting down it's "News Central" arm, including, as I understand it, Hyman's "The Point".

We can only hope!

At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before we all start popping corks on champagne bottles, does anybody have independent confirmation on the shut-down of "Propaganda Central"?
Mike B. in SC

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the skinny, Lancer and Mike:,0,7711484.story?coll=bal-business-headlines

At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks anon, but the article doesn't mention Hyman or "The Point", and it goes on to say,

"David B. Amy, Sinclair's chief financial officer, said last night that the company decided to change the format because of low viewership. He denied Internet rumors that described the programming as being eliminated entirely."

While Sinclair is getting rid of the live anchors that send out news feeds from Hunt Valley, its television stations will be sent "content feeds," much like a wire service sends stories to subscribing newspapers, Amy said.

"It's just a matter of the numbers," Amy said of the reduction in News Central. "It wasn't generating the kind of ratings we had ... anticipated it would achieve."

That would seem to leave plenty of wiggle-room for "Propaganda Central" to continue it's brainwashing of viewers.
Mike B. in SC

At 1:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is hilarious!

Remington chooses to spend quite a bit of time in an obsession with Mark Hyman, which can basically be summed up as follows:

\"I disagree with everything Hyman says, therefore, he\'s unintelligent.\"

That\'s pompously funny!

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Bradley said...

Dear "Anonymous",

Actually, what Ted does is point out, "Just about everything Mark Hyman says is fundamentally, demonstrably wrong. Here's why. Therefore, I disagree with him." Hyman may or may not be stupid. He certainly comes across that way based on his rhetoric and evasion of logic, but I tend to think that he deliberately pretends to be dumb (just as, I think, our current president pretends to be dumb) in order to appeal to ignorant people like yourself-- people too lazy to actually collect facts and think for themselves, who naturally trust any snake oil salesman who tells them that the world really is a simple place, and there's no reason to pursue a deeper knowledge of any issue.

Mike B.-- I agree with you when you say that it's disappointing that it looks like Hyman's going to stay on the air even with this reorganization. It's interesting that the Sinclair people would compare their corporately-produced disinformation packages to a wire service like Reuters or the A.P. That suggests that local producers-- like local editors-- can decide whether or not to use what comes from the central office. I used to work in newspaper layout, and I can assure you that the wire services don't use strong arm tactics to force newspapers to print specific stories the way Sinclair has-- historically-- forced its local stations to promote its own untenable ideology.

Maybe Sinclair will prove me wrong, and give more power to local stations. I'm not holding my breath, but it could happen. Meanwhile, though, it does warm the heart to know that Sinclair's sleazy business practices and irresponsible use of the public airwaves has suffered a pretty tremendous setback-- it indicates to me that, perhaps, the general public really is "Sick of Spin," and that the selfish spinmeisters at Sinclair and Fox News are going to have to abandon deception and distortion if they're to remain competitive in a market of more thoughtful, discriminating viewers.

At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa, pseudo intellectual leftist chest beating, kewl!

At 12:35 AM, Anonymous Bradley said...


If you tell me which words you didn't understand, I'd be happy to dumb it down for you.

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Lancer said...

Bradley, he clearly understood all the words. However, because he lacks any effective counter to your level-headed arguments, he had to resort to lame retorts totally lacking in content (or style for that matter-- who uses "kewl" anymore?).

True, you did call him "ignorant" but my guess is that if he cared for an honest debate about the validity of Hyman's "The Point" (or of Ted's blog), he would have called you on it. Instead, he went for substance-free mockery.

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks, It sure seems like Ol Masta Complainer Mike (Thayer or "SickOfSpin") is still lurking on this blogsite.

What can you say about a guy who supports President Chimpy's Torture initiatives and constantly bitches about how bad Ted is?

Ol Mikey either sticks to his own blogsite (and is forced to read unpleasant diatribe after diatribe by his fellow extremists) or, perhaps missing better company, floats over here.

Given how poorly Americans are informed (just compare a half hour of BBC and a whole day's worth of CNN's output), only someone afraid of information can be so silly and void of substantive arguments. Mikey just basically says that we all suck.

I guess we must give Mikey some odd pleasure.

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the St. Petersburg Times (Wednesday, March 8), it was reported that Sinclair is ending local news service on the WB affiliate WTTA, which it owns.

Ah, how those Republicans love to maximize revenue why minimizing public service.

These people hate any regulation that would require highly profitable businesses (such as TV stations) to return something back to communities.

These same people, however, like to tell OTHERS how they should be living their lives. Selfish hypocrites. The party of greed is killing our country. And the Sheeple just bleat at the malls.

At 1:15 AM, Blogger avonbarksdale said...

The skinny on Sinclair...

The new "foramt" or news wire service will be run on all Sinclair stations which produce news or have shared news agreements. They will have a "Must carry" tag on them. The only reason they didn't shut the whole Newscentral operation down was so they could still hold some semblance of propaganda power-- The can still air "The Point", they can still run packages about how bad illegal immigrants are, etc.

Basicially they fired everyone except a few clone swho will continue to disseminate this one-sided content.

So no, a local producer will have no choice BUT to run what's sent down--either that or lose their job.


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