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May 2010

What oil spill?

I keep hearing news people describe the BP well problem as a spill. Is that accurate? Spill seems to suggest it was contained in something it wasn't in in the first place (like an oil tank) and then got out. The Exxon Valdez disaster--now THAT was a spill. The BP well head blowout is really an oil spew.

As long as no news people start calling it the penultimate oil spill. That would compel me to call them and ask how they know there'll be only one more forever after.

Reporters wearing sponsor logos on air

Phil Rosentahl,  Chicago Tribune


Label it what you will: If you wonder why some reporters at Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co.'s WGN-Ch. 9 might be seen wearing jackets with both the station's logo and that of L.L. Bean, it's because the station has a barter arrangement with the outfitter.

Article on FOIA Bill

This is an interesting article.  I'm especially disappointed at the cost a couple of the agencies would charge for fulfilling an FOIA.

News people voicing spots

I'm getting pressure to voice commercials.  In this era, of fewer staff members, what are your opinions on news people voicing commercials.  I know at WBBM and places like that the anchors do.


Thanks for your input.

FOIA--HB 5154

WAND-TV, Decatur, is asking for opinions about HB 5154, which would exempt all government worker performance evaluations from public light.  INBA strenuously objects to this bill, which has passed both the House and Senate and will be up for possible veto by the governor.

I may not agree with all the comments, but they are interesting.