The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The "Subprime Six": Mostly Dems--(but don't tell the AP)

Funny, you aren't seeing this one on the masthead of the New York Times (think the AP will pick it up??):


1. Senator Chris Dodd-(D-Conn.)
2. Kent Conrad (D-S.D.)
3. Alphonso Jackson (D-HUD Secretary)
4. Donna Shalala-(D-HHS Secretary)
5. Richard Holbrooke (D-ASecretary of State)(and future Sec. State?)
6. James Johnson (D-Obama Veep Selection)

Were there no Republicans involved?

UPDATE: Ah, Alphonso Jackson is a Republican. I seemed to remember this as a bipartisan scandal.

ANOTHER UPDATE: But kinda lopsided. Video here.

Hopefully, Glenn won't start charging me $2.50/word (via the effervescent Dr. Shackleford):

The AP wants me to pay them $2.50 a word when I quote them.

As a legitimate news source, why don't I just do what the AP does when it quotes Reuters? Attributes a story to them without a link. For instance, this AP report on a Reuters and Access Hollywood report about denials that Paul Newman had cancer:

Hotchner, a longtime friend of Newman's, wavered in his public statements later Wednesday, telling "Access Hollywood" that he had no knowledge of Newman being treated for any illness. He confirmed the cancer report to the Reuters news agency, however.
How much does the AP pay Reuters when they use them as a source and vice versa? Nothing. I'll take the same deal.

This is actually part of the backstory on how The Jawa Report became the first right-of-center blog I know of to be a Google News source. I was reading an AP article which had no sources of its own, instead it was quoting the AFP (or maybe Reuters). Seriously, nearly a whole story by the AP simply saying that, "the AFP reports", etc. So I thought to myself, if this is "news" then why is it not "news" when I quote some other news source and then add a little commentary?

That combined with Google News listing some objectively pro-terrorist websites as "news" (and a dare) is how I originally applied to Google News back when there were only a few hundred sites listed, and nary a blog.

So, will we be forking over any cash to AP soon?

In fact, the AP should be paying me. From now on we'll follow the AoSHQ model and just quote the AP, citing them as a source, without a link.

DiscerningTexan, 6/17/2008 08:17:00 PM |