Somebody got left out.
Sean Kent @seankent
Who won the Pulitzer for making people think Hillary’s emails were more dangerous than electing a fascist?
4:01 PM – 10 Apr 2017
Old media is dead.
We’re all going to miss saying that.
Over the last nine years I have had several opportunities to photograph candidate and President Obama. I have thousands of those images in my archives, along with a collection of corresponding media credentials.
This image is from Kansas City, September 20, 2013. The light was perfect. By some accident of fate I managed to be doing something right with the camera that day. I took over 2000 stills. Most of them look this sharp. It was a good day.
It’s been a good eight years.
We wrote a lot of stories and posted a lot of photos in 2016. These were the posts which generated the most traffic during the last year:
1. Hillary Clinton Campaign Headquarters Open In Kansas City – February 17, 2016 (February 18, 2016)
A post on the opening of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign headquarters in Kansas City for the Missouri primary in March. For the rest of the election year people used Internet searches to look for Hillary’s Kansas City headquarters. This story kept popping up in their searches.
2. Your $27.00 won’t get you into heaven anymore (June 19, 2016)
The goings on at the Missouri Democratic Party state convention in Sedalia. There were vapors from the revolution crowd, also in the comments.
3. HB 2610: Two years ago I couldn’t spell injinear, now I are one… (February 24, 2016)
Your right wingnut controlled Missouri General Assembly. This time, in a pique of self interest, someone introduced a bill that serving two years in the General Assembly qualified an individual to be an attorney or a Circuit Court Judge. Right.
4. Hillary Clinton – Harlem, New York – February 16, 2016 (February 16, 2016)
We ran the transcript of Hillary Clinton’s speech on race in Harlem, New York. Apparently it showed up on a lot of Internet searches.
5. How much does it cost to buy a state? (September 3, 2013)
A post from three years ago on St. Louis City/County consolidation and big dollar campaign contributions. Missouri and unlimited campaign contributions a big story? No, really?
6. HB 44, HB 78, HB 79, and HB 104: they ain’t gonna prevail no more (December 1, 2016)
The assault on working people and organized labor. Bills filed in the House to limit or eliminate prevailing wage on the first day of filing for the 2017 legislative session. It’s going to be a very long session for working people.
7. Hillary Clinton Campaign Headquarters Open In Kansas City (January 13, 2008)
From the first presidential campaign. People were looking for Hillary Clinton’s Kansas City headquarters for the 2016 campaign and stumbled upon this post from 2008.
The January 2016 quarterly campaign finance report for Eric Greitens’ (r) [ultimately successful] 2016 gubernatorial campaign. Most of his campaign contribution total came from out of state.
9. If you’re planning on a revolution it actually helps if you show up (April 7, 2016)
Skepticism about the revolution after poor attendance at an April county mass meeting during the Democratic Party delegate selection process.
10. That’s our Claire – part 2 (August 20, 2016)
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) needled Kellyanne Riefenstahl (r) for her previous Missouri campaign experience via social media.
The Soapblox platform we used from 2007 to 2015 easily enabled registered users and comments, but in that period we really never had a surfeit of comments on the site. Though, sometimes the spammers trying to register as users were a bit much. We managed to keep things under control.
When we switched platforms to this, our present site, it came with a really nifty spam filter – we hardly spend any time dealing with that distraction.
A couple of us who are still here cut our blogging teeth as troll hunters on A list political platforms or blogs. We know what to do.
Back in the dark ages I was a volunteer troll hunter on Howard Dean’s campaign “Forum for America”, and then later, for a while on the Democracy for America successor. The software was pretty neat – you could note a troll working on a comment in real time and then delete their labor in an instant after they posted it. Those were fun days.
In our present environment we’ve noted that we’re getting a slight uptick in right wingnut trollery. It’s easy enough to deal with. We delete troll commentary, for the most part, while it’s still in an approval queue.
Free speech means anyone can start their own blog. The government, for now, can’t interfere in political speech on your own blog. People can choose to read what you write, or not. Probably not. Go ahead, knock yourself out.
Free speech doesn’t mean anyone else has free rein here.
During an election year. Forty-two days before the election.
Yael T. Abouhalkah @YaelTAbouhalkah
Well, THAT’S quite a start to a Monday morning:
Laid off at @KCStar after almost 37 years here.
*Hmm, where’s that resume when I need it?*
9:47 AM – 26 Sep 2016
Today Donald Trump (r) proceeded to crap all over his campaign again, holding a non-press conference tour of his new hotel which was shopped as his birther retraction, the presentation of which was enabled by old media. The event was a circus. As it turned out Donald Trump used the media coverage to accuse Hilary Clinton of starting the Obama birther nonsense. Most national media covering that statement correctly labeled it as a lie.
This evening the a news anchor at the Kansas City NBC affiliate reported on the story in their 5:00 p.m. broadcast, recounting Trump’s accusation about Hillary Clinton. There was no context other than “he said.”
While they were still on the air I contacted the anchor via social media:
Michael Bersin @MBersin
@MikeMarusarz Your failed to report that Trump’s assertion that Clinton started the birther nonesense is demonstrably false. Trump lied.
5:16 PM – 16 Sep 2016
Michael Bersin @MBersin
@MikeMarusarz Following you, Lester Holt and the NBC Evening News reporter covering the story managed to point out the assertion was a lie.
5:36 PM – 16 Sep 2016
Mike Marusarz @MikeMarusarz
@MBersin thanks Michael. We’ll make sure it’s clear in the future shows.
5:37 PM – 16 Sep 2016
Michael Bersin @MBersin
@MikeMarusarz Thank you for your prompt response – and the prospect of clarification.
5:39 PM – 16 Sep 2016
“Small moves, Ellie. Small moves.”
Apparently America’s media elite and gatekeepers of all that is sacred in inside the beltway conventional wisdom are upset that Hillary Clinton (D) has pneumonia and didn’t personally speed dial them immediately to deliver the news. Donald Trump’s (r) absent tax returns are no big deal.
I remember the 2000 election. Thought we’d forget all about it, huh, Ceci? Not a chance.
Years ago I was working a legislative reelection campaign for one of the genuinely nicest, most gracious and hard working individuals I have ever met in politics. At one point late in the very tough, stressful, and nasty campaign the silence of some previous supporters came up in a discussion. The candidate turned to me and said, with an uncharecteristically hard look, “I have a long memory.” My blood ran cold.
I, too, have a long memory.
America’s failed media experiment is why this blog exists.
The village, via Twitter:
David Sirota @davidsirota
Twitter is now just an unending stream of Dem operatives, Dem pundits & Clinton think tank folk berating journos for scrutinizing Clinton
10:39 AM – 12 Sep 2016
David Sirota has a point there. I mean, if they don’t scrutinize how many bottles of water Hillary Clinton drinks, who will?
Michael Bersin @MBersin
@davidsirota Yeah, for the good old days before social media when old media could gang up on Al Gore without consequence.
11:14 AM – 12 Sep 2016
….feeding the inside the beltway conventional wisdom, from someone who should know better:
David Axelrod @davidaxelrod
Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia. What’s the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?
7:20 AM – 12 Sep 2016
Because in an some people’s alternate reality our media actually covers relevant news stories effectively?
Michael Bersin @MBersin
@davidaxelrod Pretending the last 24 years of media chasing any shiny bauble never happened? Just speculating,would be irresponsible not to.
9:05 AM – 12 Sep 2016
Media narrative? What media narrative? (September 10, 2016)
Sigh. We hate meta.
Apparently Hillary Clinton doesn’t smile enough.
On Wednesday afternoon I was granted a media credential by the National Baptist Convention (NBC) for the purpose of covering Hillary Clinton’s speech before the convention in Kansas City on Thursday.
If a presidential candidate is speaking before an organization (religious or otherwise) at their meeting media credentialing is handled by the organization. That is, if you want to attend you have to ask them. We received an advisory about Hillary Clinton’s appearance at the NBC late on Monday night.
The NBC had information and a media credential application form on-line which I had to sign and return to them if I wanted their permission to cover the event:
…Videographers and photographers are not permitted to randomly approach an individual delegate in the convention hall at any time while the Convention is in session. Neither are you allowed to focus in on an individual delegate without the delegate’s awareness and permission. Members of the media are not allowed on the main stage and should stay out of the sightlines of the Convention’s camera operations. NBC [National Baptist Convention] reserves the right to require any member of the media, deemed to be behaving in an unprofessional manner, to leave the premises….
On Wednesday afternoon I received media logistics information for the Thursday evening event. Great, parking was close by! That’s important when you’re hauling cameras, a laptop, and a tripod. When you get there: parking is expensive.
Everything is hurry up and wait. Wait at the designated media entrance. It opens at the announced time. Check in. Go through a very thorough security process. Trek up to the press riser with equipment. Wait some more. This was apparently a last minute addition to Hillary Clinton’s schedule (that always happens in presidential campaigns). Someone on the riser stated they didn’t have time to reconfigure the hall for a cut (side view) riser. We were not allowed on the floor to photograph the podium. I asked.
The live music while everyone waited was fabulous (with a combo, soloists and a backup choir/group – how could it not be?). At least one of the local television stations ran short live segments including the music during their evening news broadcast.
You wait. For over two hours. You talk. Some people on the press riser are friendly, gregarious. They share stories about the news business. Others keep to themselves. I spoke with a national network cameraman assigned to the pool camera, the online producer for a local television news operation who was shooting stills, and a cameraman for another local television news operation. The latter also very helpful about trying to give me a line of sight behind him after a traveling (I assume) press video guy plopped in on my previous line of sight at the front of the riser, blocking me yet again.
The Clinton campaign media staffer was accessible, courteous, and helpful. I pointed out to him that the rotating stills spot line of sight was blocked by the pool video camera. He moved the marker for a clearer line of sight.
Halls A and B at Bartle Hall were open as the crowd trickled in. Hall A, closest to the podium, filled up. When they started closing the dividers at the halfway point, almost everyone (not me) on the riser turned around to photograph it or shoot video. And then they just as quickly turned to their devices to post it on social media. I asked a local cameraman why they thought it was relevant. He responded that the crowd was supposed to be her supporters and they didn’t all show up. I responded that it was restricted to those attending the convention. He replied that the hall was filled earlier for others. That’s an interesting take on the narrative. Gee, the event was added late to the schedule, it was at the end of the day, this was not a political convention, but a one for a serious religious purpose, and people had to go through extensive security (I assume). It doesn’t mean they ain’t gonna turn out to vote for her.
The vibe was palpable. The media as a group doesn’t like Hillary. Interestingly, one cameraman who has covered Donald Trump at rallies and filmed him in interviews stated to me in conversation while we were waiting, “He’s really nice one on one.”
We’re freakin’ doomed.
I got photos (just barely) of Hillary Clinton, no thanks to a CNN crew (reporter, producer, and cameraman) on the front row of the riser putting up a light in my line of sight to the podium to do a live stand up while Hillary was speaking. Blocking me yet again. I freakin’ kid you not.
At least the local television media did their stand ups to the side or behind the main press riser.
And some of the media narrative? Not what Hillary Clinton said, nor the reception of her comments, but that they closed off the back of the hall.
They believe they’re paying attention, but they’re not by any reasonable definition of the concept.
Yesterday afternoon, after the Missouri State Fair Governor’s Ham Breakfast, we posted a few photos on social media of candidates who attended the event. There was some interest in the image of Eric Greitens (r), the republican party nominee for Governor:
Mr. Truckerly @truckerly
@EricGreitens You must change from within. Destroy established corruption and seek real change. You have my vote.
4:29 PM – 18 Aug 2016
Well, it is a nice photo.
A champion in the battle to fight corruption in Jefferson City (or wherever)? Think about that for a second. One would assume that we all agree that money is part of the problem.
So how does someone who’s not exactly a paragon of transparency when it comes to very, very large campaign contributions become a champion for the cause fighting excessive money in politics (we assume) in the minds of his supporters? Cognitive dissonance.
As for the rest of us, we’ve already determined what Mr. Greitens (r) is, now we’re just trying to figure out who’s haggling over the price.
Our original, on Twitter:
Michael Bersin @MBersin
Eric Greitens (r) at the Missouri State Fair Governor’s Ham Breakfast this morning.
12:49 PM – 18 Aug 2016
Twitter “likes” include Jane Cunningham (r), Sarah Steelman (r) and Austin Chambers (campaign manager for Eric Greitens?). These individuals are not exactly supporters of our Show Me Progress point of view – at least two of them have been subjects of our posts over the years. We appreciate the irony in their approval of our photograph.
Trumpoids at the Missouri State Fair Governor’s Ham Breakfast (August 18, 2016)
Missouri State Fair Governor’s Ham Breakfast – August 18, 2016 (August 19, 2016)