2006-08-31

Wedding Site

Here, with the critical details.

2006-08-14

Engagement photos

2006-08-10

Rumor has it...

...that, apparently, I’m engaged. How about that.

2006-08-08

Manipulated reporting

I’m posting this belatedly...

The Jerusalem post ran an article a few days ago which relays the public admission by reporters that Hizbullah is actively manipulating reporting from Lebanon. That this sort of thing is occurring shouldn’t be a surprise, but it is highly unusual for reporters to admit it. This too should be unsurprising, since the original reporting was not qualified to reflect the manipulation, and a subsequent admission of manipulation could open the reporter to accusations of violating journalistic ethics. Consequently, it is especially pleasing to hear journalists stepping forward on this.
CNN "senior international correspondent" Nic Robertson admitted that his anti-Israel report from Beirut on July 18 about civilian casualties in Lebanon, was stage-managed from start to finish by Hizbullah. He revealed that his story was heavily influenced by Hizbullah's "press officer" and that Hizbullah has "very, very sophisticated and slick media operations."

When pressed a few days later about his reporting on the CNN program "Reliable Sources," Robertson acknowledged that Hizbullah militants had instructed the CNN camera team where and what to film. Hizbullah "had control of the situation," Robertson said. "They designated the places that we went to, and we certainly didn't have time to go into the houses or lift up the rubble to see what was underneath."

Robertson added that Hizbullah has "very, very good control over its areas in the south of Beirut. They deny journalists access into those areas. You don't get in there without their permission. We didn't have enough time to see if perhaps there was somebody there who was, you know, a taxi driver by day, and a Hizbullah fighter by night."

Yet "Reliable Sources," presented by Washington Post writer Howard Kurtz, is broadcast only on the American version of CNN. So CNN International viewers around the world will not have had the opportunity to learn from CNN's correspondent that the pictures they saw from Beirut were carefully selected for them by Hizbullah.

Another journalist let the cat out of the bag last week. Writing on his blog while reporting from southern Lebanon, Time magazine contributor Christopher Allbritton, casually mentioned in the middle of a posting: "To the south, along the curve of the coast, Hizbullah is launching Katyushas, but I'm loathe to say too much about them. The Party of God has a copy of every journalist's passport, and they've already hassled a number of us and threatened one."

Robertson is not the only foreign journalist to have shown viewers Hizbullah-selected footage from Beirut. NBC's Richard Engel, CBS's Elizabeth Palmer, and a host of European and other networks, were also taken around the damaged areas by Hizbullah minders. Palmer commented on her report that "Hizbullah is also determined that outsiders will only see what it wants them to see."

2006-08-06

Actual information regarding the Landis case?

For a change, maybe yes. While most of the press seems intent on convicting Landis of doping before he has had a chance to argue his case, the Houston Chronicle looks to have done the service of actually reporting some new information. If it’s true, the anti-Landis press is being grossly irresponsible and those of us who would rather believe Landis wasn’t doping have some cause for hope yet. Here are the two critical excerpts:
Landis reportedly tested negative eight times during the course of the three-week race, including the day he reclaimed the yellow jersey on L'Alpe-d'Huez. That was 48 hours before his four-hour attack over five Alpine climbs that won him the 17th stage, after which he tested positive for the only time. He also tested negative two days later, when he reclaimed the yellow jersey after a time trial.

It's not believed possible that a significant infusion of artificial testosterone could have cleared out of Landis' endocrine system in just two days. Also, a majority of doctors who study testosterone tend to either seriously question its effectiveness as a performance booster or contend it must be administered in regulated doses over a period of time to have meaningful impact on an athlete's prowess.

"Most of us (experts) have a hard time fully understanding that sudden and dramatic effect (Landis seemingly experienced on July 20)," Wadler said, noting that he was speaking only for himself and not on behalf of WADA. "I can't quite put it all together."


Chao conceded he had no medical theories to offer as to why Landis' testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio could have suddenly gotten so badly out of whack. Landis' came in at 11-to-1, whereas normal is 1-to-1 and up to 4-to-1 is considered acceptable under the anti-doping statutes. In Landis' case, his testosterone measurement wasn't outrageously high, but his epitestosterone had dropped precipitously, accounting for the abnormal numbers.