Jan 22, 2018

MMMM # 583 -- Old Fashioned News Absorbtion

WHEN: This evening between anchoring the 9:00 News on WCOV (FOX) and the 10:00 News on CBS 8/ABC Montgomery.

WHERE: In the Alabama News Network Newsroom, Montgomery, Alabama

WHAT: Reading the Sunday New York Times.

WHY: OK, it's 9:30 on a Sunday night and I've sent hours absorbing news on TV, Radio and online, and reporting it on air and online, but I usually carry The Times to work with me. I still like the physicality of holding a newspaper, turning the pages without ads popping out at  me. I know the printed papers won't be here for long, even the NY Times won't be able to survive. I also take the Sunday Montgomery Advertiser, currently the largest daily newspaper in Alabama (though I suspect it will soon follow the other former daily papers soon and cut back to three or so days a week in physical print). 

I pass both papers on to my friend Gary, who WILL recycle them when the city resumes recycling, presuming it does.


   My job in Vietnam in the U.S. Army was something of an oxymoron during my first six months in Vietnam. 
     I was assigned to a Public Information in the 5th Division in 1970. The title "Military  Journalist" is jarring.
     But there i was.
     Part of the job was assisting civilian journalists get around. Almost all were men, but as the NY Times reported last year, some were women.

[The Monday Morning Media Memo is a longtime regular feature of this site, www.timlennox.com. Now in its 11th year online!]

Jan 21, 2018

Sunday Focus: Quilts

     Real Alabamians love 'em, because they are part of their family history and because of those wonderful women in Gees Bend who have brought soft and friendly attention to a state that is sometimes better at attracting the media for less genteel pastimes.
     It turns out that filmmaker Ken Burns is a quilt collector. I do not know if he owns a Gees Bend quilt, though it seems likely. 
    A sample of his collection is now on display at The International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln Nebraska. The exhibit opened last Thursday.

      I do not own a quilt. But one of my favorite ties came from the gift shop at a museum in Houston and it is "based on a quilt" from Gees Bend. 
    I'm going to wear that tie Sunday night in the Alabama News Network on CBS 8 or ABC Montgomery. 5:30 and 10:00 PM. Yes, that is a touch cheesy but what the heck.
    The N.Y. Times wrote an article about the Nebraska exhibit today. (There is a pay wall, but a limited number of articles are free per month.) 

[Sunday Focus is a longstanding feature of this website, now it its 11th year online. www.TimLennox.com]


Jan 19, 2018

12 Strong (Minus 1 Dead)

      The movie 12-Strong tells story of the first American soldiers to go to Afghanistan in the start of what would be a very long a payback mission for 9-11. But it leaves out the part where the Alabama guy dies. Really.

     The story is about the first Special Forces soldiers to hit the ground in the country that spawned the Taliban---but the real story includes CIA agents who were along for the ride, and about the one agent who  paid with his life. Mike Spann was killed by prisoners during an uprising in the Afghan prison where Taliban members were being held.  The move uses artistic license to change the story and have one of the Special Forces soldiers take his place...and only portrays him being wounded. 

     I believe Spann's family still lives in Alabama---in the tiny town of Winfield. His father became the ultimate guardian of his son's sacrifice, and any father would. The last time I heard a story about him he was attacking Barack Obama for trading prisoners. 
   Stars and Stripes had the story HERE. It quotes the father, Johnny Spann:

“I’d almost bet you that if one of President Obama’s children had been killed in this war or on 9/11, he would have a different reflection and a different attitude as far as any leniency that he would give to al-Qaida and Taliban leaders who have been active in the death of Americans,” he said.


The CIA Photo above shows Spann in Afghanistan. 
For the true story the movie is based on, read the book "Horse Soldiers". It includes Spann's murder.

Jan 17, 2018

Think The Media is Fair? Balanced?

Most people disagree.

New Gallup research shows:

 HERE's the research.

Cold? You want COLD?

The coldest of the cold where people live year round is the Russian village of Oymyakon:

The town’s official measurement recorded the temperature at minus-74 Fahrenheit this week, though a new digital thermometer installed in town for all to see, part of the town’s reputation for frigid temperatures, broke as it registered minus-80 degrees on Sunday. According to the Siberian Times, some residents’ own measurements had shown the temperature below minus-88 degrees, approaching a former record from the 1930s.
The village recorded an all-time low of minus-98 degrees Fahrenheit in 2013.

See photos and the full story in the full Washington Post article HERE.

Quite a bit of snow overnight, for Alabama anyway.