Inauguration Headlines Abroad

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

On Tuesday (or Wednesday, depending on the time change), many eyes around the world were trained on Washington and Obama. People watched in town halls and in offices. They read on subways and at cafes. Mr Haydn was out in London on a night shoot and noticed late headlines advertising the ...

Back in Chicago and Watching

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Chicagoans were out on the streets, too, watching their senator become president. Matt Maldre, a Christian artist, designer, and self-described goofball, took a picture of them decorated by snowflakes. [spudart / Flickr] It looks almost like confetti.

Two Million Strong

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

If you were anywhere near DC or a TV or the web yesterday, you couldn't have missed the monumental inaugural crowd. (One of the coolest shots from the MSM: this 360 from the NYT.) If for some reason you had your head in a paper bag, here's a hint of ...

President Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States. About two million people watched the inauguration from the Mall, and just as soon as they unfreeze their fingers, they'll surely be posting their photos and videos and thoughts. Those watching at home or work are already uploading. Mmmmarshall of Evanston, Illinois, watched ...

Rewind: Election Day in 53 Seconds

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

[We will occasionally be posting cool stuff (under the heading "Rewind") that dates back to the campaign itself -- things we didn't have enough time to write up before the election.] One week until the inauguration. Maybe the right time to reminisce about election day with this brief video by mattymatt ...

Vice Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, October 5th, 2008

[Bright_Star / Flickr] If you weren't among the 70 million or so who watched the blockbuster VP debate live (not counting those who streamed it), you can see or read it here. By all accounts the night was primarily a referendum on Sarah Palin, so these comments focus largely on her: The ...

Palin: The Katie Couric Interview

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

[Notraces Flip Side / Flickr] Mainstream media winced a lot (even on the conservative side) over Palin's two-part interview this week with Katie Couric. The blogosphere today served up very similar reactions. (Help us dig up the smart contrarians here!) Timothy Burke teaches African history, among other things, at Swarthmore. He felt ...

Media and Gas Shortages After Gustav and Ike

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

Refinery problems due to hurricanes Gustav and Ike caused significant gas shortages across the southeast earlier this week. AMPinto0123 recorded the gas line at a Costco in Nashville -- the only station of eight in the vicinity that had any fuel for sale. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) Houtopia of ...

Feminist Progressives Defend Palin Against Sexism

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[quinn.anya / Flickr] The feminist, progressive group blog Shakesville is rolling out a growing series called "Sarah Palin Sexism Watch." Each Palin/sexism post comes with the caveat that "we defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we endorse her or her politics, but because that's how feminism works." In other ...

Was Charlie Gibson Unfair to Palin?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Before his glasses went on [matthewnstoller / Flickr] Sarah Palin did her first big network interview last week with ABC's Charlie Gibson. Here's one blogger's take on the way Gibson conducted the interview. John Orlando is an evangelical Christian and a student at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. Before returning to school, he ...

9/11, Blogging, and the Campaign

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 12th, 2008

[ccho / Flickr] Sarolta Cump just discovered Cass, who writes a blog called Villainous Company. Cass describes herself as a "dyspeptic Marine wife/tech wench," and it was the aftermath of 9/11 (her husband survived the attack on the Pentagon) that pushed her to the blogosphere. In this post, Cass weaves ...

Veteran Protests McCain

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Brian Glanz from Seattle captured this screenshot during McCain's convention speech. Brian says under the photo that he feels NBC and CNN did an inadequate job of reporting the protests in their written accounts of the speech. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [brian.glanz / Flickr] If you'd like to do your own fact checking ...

McCain and Obama “Reading Lists”

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Google just came up with another innovation: Google Reader reading lists from the McCain and Obama camps. Silver Smith provides a nice screenshot of the announcement on Google's homepage (thanks, Sue Salinger): [Si1very / Flickr] Google claims the feeds allow you to "read what they read, and see what's on their minds ...

Warren Better Than Network Anchors?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Rick Warren [kev/null / Flickr] You remember the Gibson/Stephanopoulos-moderated Democratic debate, right? That may have been on Mike from LeftFielder.org's mind when he decided Pastor Rick Warren was better at interviewing candidates than most network anchors. Actually, he just plain feels Warren did a great job: In my mind [...] the real ...

Obama in Berlin

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Rather behind the news on this one, but it seemed worth noting the huge number of Barack/Berlin photos that have shown up on Flickr since Obama's foreign-policy speech in Germany on July 24th. Here are a few of the ones we found last week. Gregory Donovan, "Educator, Agitator, Aggregator" from Brooklyn, ...

McCain On the Attack

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

In the last month or so, to inject his campaign with new energy, John McCain promoted several staffers who were part of Karl Rove's hard-hitting re-election bid for Bush in 2004. Since then, McCain has accused Obama of wanting to lose the Iraq war, insinuated that he's a socialist, and juxtaposed ...

Obama’s Western Wall Prayer

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Prayers in Western Wall [beggs / Flickr] The prayer that Obama slid into the Western Wall in Israel has been much debated since a Jewish seminary student and his friends filched it and passed it on to the media. Some people feel it was a piece of political polish written ...

Media Follows Obama, Not McCain, Abroad

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 18th, 2008

Media circus [Taz etc. / Flickr] Political Lizard would like you to know that John McCain's recent trips abroad didn't generate anything like the media circus that will soon surround Obama in Europe and the Middle East. Obama will be shadowed by all three nightly news anchors: Katie Couric, Brian Williams, ...

David Remnick and Rebekah the Ron Paul Twin

Posted by Ann | Friday, July 18th, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] It is frequently remarked that politics makes strange bedfellows. Well, last week New Yorker editor David Remnick and Ron Paul Twin Rebekah, two media figures who would be hard pressed to have less in common, found themselves in similar positions. Both Remnick and Rebekah were ...

The New Yorker Cover

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

This week's New Yorker cover shows Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim, Michelle outfitted as a Black Panther/terrorist, a flag burning in the fireplace, and Osama bin Laden in a gilt frame on the wall. It is, of course satire. Or it's supposed to be. It seems to be confusing ...