Tag Archives: Gawker

Don’t Start Me Talking…I’ll Tell Everything I Know*

5 Sep

 

 

 

The majestic equality of laws forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.
Anatole France
Journalism is printing what some else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations
 George Orwell

 

 

 

Slave owning Thomas Jefferson was on to something when he suggested eternal vigilance would be necessary to preserve the government he and his fellows envisioned and instituted. While since those heady days of birthing a nation many of the fundamental tenets of democracy and social justice are frequently besieged, none is more so than the First Feedom, the freedom of speech.

 

 

Apparently the oppressive climate stirred up by the Gawker /Hulk Hogan khamsin has continued. The documentary, Nobody Speak :Trials of the Free Press presents a useful primer on that libel/First Amendment case as was well as introducing two billionaires, Peter Thiel and Sheldon Adelman who make up 2/3 of the authoritarian troika that is committed to undermining a free press and open society.

The New York Times dismissed Nobody Speaks calling it “bombastic” while the Guardian ** presented a lucid brief for the films usefulness.

This film sets the case [Gawker/Hulk Hogan] alongside a more conventional attempt to control the press, that is simply to own it – also what the super-rich plutocrats love to do. In 2015, the Las Vegas Review-Journal was bought by the aggressively litigious casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who incredibly tried to keep his identity as buyer a secret. The paper’s reporters themselves had to ferret out the truth. The new management promptly declared that star columnist John L Smith could no longer write about Adelson, who had in fact already sued him. Most of the paper’s talent quit, but it was an extraordinary putsch.

As for Trump, it is notable that he considers himself something of a one-man press baron, by virtue of his millions of Twitter followers – a situation he compares to owning a newspaper without the losses. His contempt for the press, aside from what may be revealed about Russia, is an almost hysterical expression of his hatred of criticism – a lèse-majesté he always resented as both boardroom blowhard and TV star. Now Trump wants to loosen the libel rules for wealthy plaintiffs (who of course have always found the UK a more congenial place to launch lawsuits). This documentary is an invigorating, disturbing portrait of the arrogance and sinister self-importance of rich people, bullying politicians and their battalions of lawyers.

 

Gee, who ya gonna believe? The NYT or your lying eyes?

 

 

 

 

 

Of course you remember the noisy and avid exhibitions ovsupport for ‘free speech’ when the French magazine Charlie Heldbo suffered the killing of ten of its  for publishing anti Muslim cartoons. Well , it appears that that free speech is different than the free speech** the magazine is exercising in it portrayal of Houston disaster survivors…

 

So, there is more to be said about the Gawker legal mugging and in this case while the film was a fine representation,  I  can’t wait for the book. Hopefully, someone like Matt Taibbi or Charles Pierce will write it…

 

 

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  • Title inspired by Sonny BOY WILLIAMSON CLASSIC

 

 

**   https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jun/22/nobody-speak-trials-of-a-free-press-review-hulk-hogan-gawker-netflix

*** https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/08/31/cover-of-frances-charlie-hebdo-suggests-hurricane-harvey-victims-are-neo-nazis/?utm_term=.4246a3b21dea

Mas MISCELLANY: ITS A MEAN OLD WORLD

20 Aug

I have always liked Terry Francona— I especially like what he did when the two spuds who announce Red Sox games were disrespecting him

Tito salutes Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy

Tito salutes Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy

I am no fan of the bottom feeding website Gawker but this is a unique take of Straight Out of Compton and NWA

My kind of useful consumer research( except for including V necks) thanks to Garrett Kamps

The current legal wrangle involving the NFL and one of its big money, big time players is in itself in the scheme of things barely newsworthy (except that it is). It does raise some fun questions—like knowing what they knew about the great, big zed Roger Goodell how could the players union agree to a CBA (collective bargaining agreement) that game him so much power?

Baseball apparently can make you do dumb things

No surprise that the Amy Winehouse documentary has a large audience. The surprise is that Amy’s father, Mitch, still shows his face and continues to cash in on his brilliant daughter.Well maybe not—he comes off as a money grubber when she was alive so…

I bet you don’t know what The Glomar Response is. Well, if you read (as I think you should)Laura Poitras’s (director of Citizen Four)‘interview’ at the Daily Beast you will find out about that and some other disquieting things about your government in action. That’s if you haven’t read this about AT&T helping the NSA

The Lower Quarter by Elise Blackwell

The Lower Quarter by Elise Blackwell

I have been mulling over the meteorological event known as Katrina (perhaps in the future it will stand as a symbol of governmental malfeasance) I came across a fine novel,The Lower Quarter by Elise Blackwell set in post Katrina New Orleans Jenny McPhee blurbs

A bedazzling southern noir set in post-Katrina New Orleans, The Lower Quarter catches us up in the tangled paths of four individuals, each haunted by a brutal past. While expertly unraveling her characters’ intertwining stories, Elise Blackwell in her highly atmospheric new novel powerfully conveys the endlessly destructive legacy of violence and the redemptive beauty of art.