The videos that a newspaper does should, on the whole, reflect the intellectual sensibilities of that newspaper. That is, a newspaper known for intelligent, in-depth reporting, quality writing, features, and a point of view, should probably carry that philosophy and tradition over into their online videos. Readers of the paper will have little trouble transiting from that kind of print article to that kind of video story. In fact, they will expect it. What they don’t expect is the cat in the tree video, (Unless, of course, you have a cat in the tree newspaper, in which case, there you are). Finally, one of the problems with quality and in-depth reporting in video is that, until now, it has been[…]

Now, early on in this crisis, it was possible to argue that it was mainly a panic. But at this point, that’s an indefensible position. Banks and other highly leveraged institutions collectively made a huge bet that the normal rules for house prices and sustainable levels of consumer debt no longer applied; they were wrong. Time for a Swedish solution. via More on the bank plan – Paul Krugman Blog – NYTimes.com.

“The criticism of CNBC and the business media in general was completely out of line,” Zucker said. “Just because someone who mocks authority says something doesn’t make it so. The audiences have been there in very strong numbers in the last seven days. So there doesn’t appear to be any effect.” via NBC’s Zucker Calls Jon Stewart ‘Incredibly Unfair’ (Update2) – Bloomberg.com. alternate writeup here on yahoo from reuters sorry jeff, nice try to spin that, but stewart’s 2.1 million viewers to cramer’s 300K kind of speaks to itself, maybe a mandate. try the mirror test on that quote above, because stewart seems to have the authority and zucker is trying to marginalize it. you got it wrong. cnbc =[…]

Verizon told George Vaccaro that bandwidth charges in Canada were .002 cents per kilobyte, but billed him at .002 dollars, or 100 times as much as he was quoted. But Verizon customer service insists there’s no difference between .002 dollars and .002 cents. Here’s the recording of the call. George was incredibly patient with the Verizon customer service supervisor, who just couldn’t understand the many examples George gave him to explain the difference between .002 cents and .002 dollars. VerizonMath (Thanks, Jim!) via Verizon doesn’t understand simple math – Boing Boing.

Dan posted this over at Boing Boing today: Paying for News: A Mega-Merger Thought Experiment – Boing Boing. My comment that i posted: @dan — ummmm…. yahoo newspaper consortium? @GMOKE — the begging bowl you’re describing is pretty much the model of public media like npr and pbs. we’ve got that, and it fills a niche of a certain size in the infoscape. which is pretty much what this proposal would empower by creating a void in free content: a more powerful and robust public news media or, shudder, a more powerful and robust state-run news agency. because when the bombs are about to fall, or the tornado is heading for your neighborhood, the pay for breaking news idea falls[…]

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