Media (page 133)

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    Congratulations, Don, on 40 years of skydiving

    When he’s not exposing corrupt politicians or skewering state government boondoggles, Don Carrington jumps out of airplanes. He’s been skydiving for 40 years, a milestone WRAL noted Thursday during a “Tar Heel Traveler” segment.
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011
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    The dumbest generation?

    Those who read Mark Bauerlein’s book with that title might appreciate historian Niall Ferguson’s latest Newsweek column, in which he laments the fact that teens tend to read only tweets and texts — not books. Why does this matter? For two reasons.
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Months before any voters cast real ballots in the 2012 presidential race, media outlets already have started pursuing their favorite story lines. Jon Ham discusses early media coverage of the 2012 campaign during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. You’ll also hear what some Charlotte-area voters heard…
    Mitch Kokai, September 2, 2011
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    A ‘go-to’ pundit’s spotty track record

    Andrew Ferguson’s latest media tweak as Commentary’s “Press Man” focuses on the continuing use of Mark Zandi as an economic expert — despite an apparent lack of expertise. Zandi, a Democrat, is often portrayed as a Republican, “noted conservative,” or “an economist who has advised both…
    Mitch Kokai, September 1, 2011
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    Fired teacher assistant featured on WRAL gets rehired

    Do you remember the story of Ashley Lancaster, a teacher assistant at B.T. Bullock Elementary School in Sanford?  Probably not.  She was the focus of a June 1, 2011 “Damn Republicans!” report by the folks at WRAL. On the same day Republican lawmakers said they protected all public school…
    Terry Stoops, August 18, 2011
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    2011 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll released

    The 2011 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is out.  The prize for the worst question goes to the following: “Generally speaking, do you hear more good stories or bad stories about teachers in the news media?”  Approximately 68 percent of respondents said “yes” and…
    Terry Stoops, August 18, 2011
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    The Perry Problem

    No, I am not talking about Rick Perry.  I am talking about Democratic political strategist Perry Woods. As you may recall, a company called Brave New Films produced a documentary that accused the Koch brothers of using their fortune to re-segregate the Wake County Schools.  (Quick review: 0 out…
    Terry Stoops, August 17, 2011
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    My interview with Brave New Films

    A few months ago, the studio that produced the recent “guerrila” documentary on the Koch brothers, Brave New Films, sent a camera crew to the John Locke Foundation offices.  Their target was Americans for Prosperity, who have offices in our building, but they got me instead.  I am…
    Terry Stoops, August 16, 2011