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Friday, March 31, 2006

Judge rules in favor of free speech on web

Posted By on Fri, Mar 31, 2006 at 11:03 AM

An interesting AP story about a Washington man and his website.

The state Supreme Court ruledThursday a trial judge overreached his authority when he restricted aman from posting information on a Web site.

Paul Trummel was jailed for more than threemonths in 2002 in his free-speech standoff with the judge over the Website he used as a forum for attacking the Council House, a federallysubsidized retirement home where he once lived. Trummel posted the phone numbers and addresses of Council Housestaff, directors and residents - something that King County SuperiorCourt Judge James Doerty characterized as harassment.

Apparently the higher court ruled that Trummel was, in fact, harrassing these people, but it said that he should have been allowed to print their info on his website.

Sound at all familiar?

Slandering Jill Carroll

Posted By on Fri, Mar 31, 2006 at 10:49 AM

Not everyone likes reporters who risk their lives to do their jobs! Saw this quote about freed reporter Jill Carroll on Andrew Sullivan's blog this morning:

"She strikes me as the kind of woman who would wear one of thosesuicide vests. You know, walk into the, try and sneak into the GreenZone ... She cooked with them, lived with them ... She may be carryingHabib's baby at this point," - Bernard McGuirk, Don Imus' executive producer, Thursday morning, on the just-released American captive, Jill Carroll.

Sick. Sullivan gives McGuirk a Malkin award (a reference to blogger Michelle Malkin): "for shrill, hyperbolic,divisive and intemperate right-wing rhetoric."

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Correction: Kirby Mtn is not conservative!

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2006 at 11:51 AM

Got an email from Eric at Out of Kirby Mountain who complains about being included in the conservative edition of my Tuesday Deadline Linkdump. He writes:

"Imagine the prospect of 'conservative' viewers anticipating a sympathetic voice in my blog and finding instead a site that supports vegetarianism, animal rights, the environment, economic justice, and anarchism. What will they make of the recent posts against meat-eating, about U.S. soldiers massacring families in Iraq, and the march of fascism? Perhaps they will follow some of the links and become avid readers of Emma Goldman or check on the day's historical events in the labor struggle!"

I responded, saying that every time I looked at the blog, it had some anti-wind post. And it sounded to me conservative, i.e., conserve the ridgelines. He wrote back saying he's a conservationist, but not a conservative.

"There's a disturbing lack of criticism of industrial wind from the left, or even honest assessment of both its impacts and its benefits (or utter lack of, apart from being an efficient means of moving scads of public money into the pockets of investors)."

So I guess I have one fewer conservative on my blogroll than I thought. I've been looking hard to find other conservative voices in the VT blogosphere. I know they must be out there. If you know of any more, please advise.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Weekly Post: from Dohiyi Mir

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2006 at 10:55 AM

N.Todd Pritsky of Dohiyi Mir is the author of this week's Vermont blog post spotlighted on the Letters page of Seven Days. In a post written on my 31st birthday, N.Todd disagrees with Congressman Barney Frank about the value of all the talk recently about impeaching G Dub. 

Barney, what do you think the impeachment debate would include if notthe disastrous war in Iraq and the lies that led to it, not to mentionillegal, unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping and all the othersins of this administration?  This is a way for the Dems to control thedebate.

Read on...

Also, it looks like Dohiyi Mir came in third in this year's Koufax Awards for Most Deserving of Wider Recognition. Though frankly, I'm having trouble figuring that out. But it looks like he did...

UPDATE: Yes, I really am that dumb... Bill Simmon writes, "I don't think the Koufax results are posted yet.  Notice how the list you linked to is in alphabetical order?" Whooops! Sorry for the confusion.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Not to belabor the plagiarism point, but...

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2006 at 5:02 PM

Washington Post blogger resigns after discovery of plagiarism. Ben Domenech had been hired to write the "Red America" blog for the WaPo. A bunch of liberal bloggers uncovered evidence that he had been guilty of plagiarism in the past. He resigned, but apparently would have been fired anyway.

Jim Brady, executive editor of Washingtonpost.com, which operatesindependently from the newspaper, said he would have dismissed Domenechif the former Bush administration aide and Republican Senate stafferhad not offered to quit first. He said there was "enough smoke" in theallegations of plagiarism "that we needed to sever the relationship."

To their credit, even the conservatives recognize that what Domenech did was wrong.

Michelle Malkin, a prominent conservative blogger, wrote before theresignation that Domenech had edited one of her books and she had beencheering for him. "But now the determined moonbat hordes have exposedmultiple instances of what clearly appear to me to be blatant liftingof entire, unique passages by Ben from other writers." That, Malkinsaid, is "unacceptable . . . And, painfully, Domenech's detractors, areright. He should own up to it and step down."

Keep in mind, all of this controversy is about material Domenech wrote before he was a blogger. Imagine what would have happened if he had plagiarized material directly on his blog.

 

The Weekly Post: from Vermont Daily Briefing

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2006 at 7:45 AM

This post o' the week comes from Philip Baruth at Vermont Daily Briefing . He writes about a peace rally in Rutland last weekend that drew a bunch of folks. Find a shorter version of his post on the letters page of this week's Seven Days.

And if you're looking for interesting reading, you might pick up Philip's 1999 novel about Burlington called The Dream of the White Village. It's actually a collection of interwoven short stories that touches on the two degrees of separation thing we've got going on here. I read it in a book group years ago and really liked it. And I'm not just saying that because I was on VPR with the guy. 

Seven Days site back online

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2006 at 7:36 AM

Lucky you! Now you can read my State of the Arts column about Stowe resident Tom Evslin and his quest to win a Blooker Prize.

I also summed up the whole Explore New England blogger fired thing for the print audience. Because material like that should be shared. Heck, all those offline readers should have a chance to weigh in on what a tattletale careful reader I am.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Seven Days site down thanks to Drudge

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2006 at 10:14 AM

Don't know if anybody's noticed  yet, but the Seven Days website crashed sometime last night after Matt Drudge's Drudge Report linked to Peter Freyne's story about Chris Graff. Apparently we weren't ready for all the traffic. But I guess that means that Peter got the best dirt, which is cool.

Don the designer/web guy is working on it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Newspaper Death Watch

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 10:40 AM

Longtime journo Buzz Merritt wrote Knightfall: Knight Ridder and How the Erosion of Newspaper Journalism is Putting Democracy at Risk. Here he is talking with Bob Garfield of NPR's On the Media on Friday:

Now, the issue for me is not so much can we save newspapers? The issueis can we save newspaper journalism and get it migrated onto theInternet and these other platforms before it's totally eroded by theeconomic pressures?

Exactly.

Why did the AP can Chris Graff?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 9:06 AM

Reports from Peter Freyne and The New York Times. And yes, he was fired.

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