OutKast Performance Puts CBS In More Hot Water

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CNN (which hasn’t removed pop-ups) is reporting that CBS, fresh off its apology for the Super Bowl fiasco at halftime, has released another mea culpa.

This time, the net is trying to relieve some tension caused after Andre 3000’s Native American-themed performance at the Grammys last week was seen as having “the most disgusting set of racial stereotypes aimed at American Indians that I have ever seen on TV”, or so said Sean Freitas, board member of the Native American Cultural Center in the Reuters/CNN piece.

I didn’t hear about anything offensive happening yesterday on CBS, but it’s still early on Monday afternoon so far – but I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

Pop-Up Advertising Loses Another User

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According to BBC News, Microsoft has announced that it is removing pop-up advertisements from its sites across the globe. It’s good to see that they’ve decided to do something which we have all wondered about for a long time. It was surprising to me the first time an MSN-based site had a pop-up while I was surfing on it. I hadn’t thought that MS “missed the boat” on that with their customers and Internet-viewing public, but apparently I was incorrect.

One would imaging MSN’s global sites make up a decent percentage of overall advertising on the ‘net, and impact will be seen as “new” ways to advertise come about.

The Revolution Will Be Televised

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World Magazine’s Ed Veith posts today about the Trio network’s “Feeding the Beast: The 24-Hour News Revolution” feature that premieres tonight.

I’m not sure that I have this channel (it’s in there somewhere, I guess), as Trio points out that DirecTV may have removed it from my programming. If you have Trio, check out the program at 9pm (Eastern) tonight.

Jason Whitlock Doesn’t Care: But We Do

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If you’ve ever watched The Sports Reporters on ESPN, then you know it usually ends up with one or two comments being said which get jumped on by a few other people – today was really kind of different than normal, and I’m surprised at the lack of surprise and vigor that the statement I’d like to go into received.

The Kansas City Star’s Jason Whitlock, a regular on the show, was discussing the issue of steroids as related to Major League Baseball and the sports’ fans. While Bob Ryan, Ian O’Connor, and host John Saunders seemed to have a very different opinion, Whitlock truly seemed convinced that the steroid issue wouldn’t be a big deal to baseball, and that fans just wouldn’t care. I’ll give you that steroids might not have been on the top of the list of “issues” fans care about, as discussed here on CNN by the Gallup Poll’s Frank Newport back in December – but that was before there was “proof” of how close steroids were to our players.

I’d also have to say, at the very least, that the bulk of columnists disagree with your theory on this. I’ll take three of four people on this morning’s show as a decent litmus test. As columnists write on the topic and players get bigger, talk starts moving around the league. Every city has an example. Back in May of 2002, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was talking about Bret Boone. Barry Bonds has had rumours flying for a few years now. Houston’s Ken Caminiti came out and said that he was using steroids and that it was prevalent in the game. I know people grow up and buff up, and technology and exercise has improved in ten years, but I remember a Ken Caminiti baseball card from like 1987 where he was a scrawny kid – he’s one of the more jacked players I’ve seen in….ever.

It’s fine that you (and I’m paraphrasing without a transcript here, so apologies for any errors) “went to school and played sports with players who were using steroids”, and that “it didn’t seem like a big deal” or whatever it was that you said, but I’d really have to disagree with you, Mr. Whitlock. I remember it being a pretty big deal when certain people I went to high school with left school in June and were the same as they’d been for the last two years, but when I saw them in September they were only *slightly* more huge than they should have been. Gee, that wasn’t too odd seeing them all of a sudden go from average player with talent to star player. No one thought that was a good thing, to be honest – sure it was nice to have a competitive team, but don’t think we weren’t all walking around going “What happened to him?” in the hallways.

If Sammy Sosa had been caught in the locker room with a needle in his backside, instead of cork in a bat, would we think that 1998 was an utter disaster? I think the bulk of the population would have to agree. While I certainly believe Sammy used the bat in batting practice almost exclusively, just because I give him that much credit, I don’t buy what he says about batting practice as being true for the game. Sure, fans want to see the longball – but we don’t want cheaters. It’s funny to watch high-bouncy balls fly out of your bat, but two seconds later when you realize what happened, it’s not a good thing.

This isn’t the WWE, Mr. Whitlock. If we wanted juiced forearms, we would turn that on. It was bad enough that the Mike Gallegos (no offense, Mike) were hitting opposite field home runs ten years ago out of nowhere, and baseball took us all to task stating that there was no difference in the baseballs. But to honestly think that we wouldn’t care if it came to light that Barry Bonds’ trainer, who was indicted recently on steroid distribution were ever to come out and say that Bonds was participating in taking these products, it would be a disaster, in my opinion. I know I would care, and the other fans who actually care about the game would do so as well. Read what these fans had to say when talking about Sosa when they were asked about the corked bat incident.

I think Jason Whitlock is vastly underestimating baseball’s fanbase, and I truly hope that he’s not surprise when fans continue to turn on “the National Pastime.” Baseball doesn’t need a disaster like this – 1998 helped after the strike a few years earlier, and having something harsh come out just six years later could put the game back in the doldrums that it lingered in for a couple seasons.

Finding *Your* Candidate. Okay, Not Really.

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Salon’s Joyce McGreevy shows you that finding your candidate isn’t about “the issues”, it’s about Me! Me! Media’s portrayal of the candidates that is important. C’mon, let’s be realistic here for a second and get down to brass tacks.

Best Quote: “We say, “Here’s the bush. Here’s a bunch of non-bushes. And here’s 15 seconds of one of the non-bushes doing something that we have distorted for your entertainment.”

A little lightheartedness never killed anyone, right?

Does The Government Need A Creative Commons Lesson?

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There’s a good post at Techdirt which talks about a recent attempt by the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign to use a cut from this past Sunday’s interview on NBC’s Meet the Press program where Tim Russert spoke with the President for the full hour.

According to the referenced internetnews.com article, the campaign sent out an email to people on their mailing list with a link to a brief video clip online that came from NBC’s footage, but had “music” and “other images, graphics and footage unrelated to the interview.” After NBC “objected to use of its footage in the promotion”, the campaign team took down the video file, and have said they would be releasing a new clip sometime soon.

The campaign states that is has the right to use the video for their needs, but if you take a quick glance at this comic strip over at Creative Commons, it gives a quick sketch on how this might work, and clearly states in the first set of panels that the interview, as created by NBC’s cameras, are “automatically protected by full copyright”… And since what was ultimately created was obviously a derivative work, and not just replaying the video for the sake of replaying it, it would have been a good idea to ask before creating something for the campaign’s benefit.

Ever Wonder How They Got There?

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Perhaps you haven’t realized it yet, but some sort of history is being made in the last few years in the radio and television personality “industry”. We’re seeing the personalities who will replace our current nationally known folks come into their own.

Yesterday, MediaWeek’s Katy Bachman wrote that Rick Dees was leaving his show on Los Angeles’ KIIS-FM station, and might be replaced with Ryan Seacrest, who is taking over for Casey Kasem on American Top 40.

Later on yesterday, KIIS-FM announced that Seacrest would indeed be taking over on Dees’ morning show, and had it announced by Britney Spears on-air, which you can listen directly to at kiisfm.com for the time being, but I expect that audio to disappear shortly. Interestingly enough, Seacrest’s American Top 40 will continue to be competition for the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, which is also heard stations nationwide.

So while some of you might not be so “into” Seacrest, he’s obviously congenial and absolutely resonates with teenagers (especially of the female persuasion), so he’s an obvious choice. Look for Seacrest to be around a long, long time. He’s also the host of On Air with Ryan Seacrest, which is on television at the moment, and was the reason for him leaving the radiowaves last month, where he previously was on KYSR/STAR 98.7 in Los Angeles. And yes, he’s *also* the guy you see on American Idol, keeping those judges in check (okay, not really).

At the same time this is occurring, Carson Daly continues to make his way into Dick Clark’s famous shoes. He might not have American Bandstand on his resume, MTV’s TRL has been a coup for the station that has made playing music on its long-time network a thing of the past – except at 5pm, Monday-Friday. He also hosts Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC, and is on New York’s own Z100 on weeknights from 6-7pm. He’s all over the place, just like Seacrest.

Fresh faces they’re not – at least not anymore. Both Daly and Seacrest obviously are pretty bright and know which risks to take, and surely have some great support systems going for them. It’s not just a good smile and the ability to talk in public – it’s a little bit of realism. When these two aren’t trying to preen for the camera, they can both be a little doofy – which you start to see if you watch/hear them enough. Daly’s been known to do some silly things on the set of TRL, and Seacrest doesn’t seem quite so staged when he isn’t on Idol. I suppose Dick Clark, Rick Dees, and Casey Kasem weren’t exactly universally loved at one point, but managed to make it for some reason – that they were good at what they do.

So what does this mean for the rest of us? Well, that none of us are probably getting Dick Clark’s job anytime soon, and that hopefully, the jingle for the American Top 40 will get done over real soon – I can’t wait to hear Seacrest go over a dedication about a dead family member.