Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Cheerleader Strikes Back

In one of the more amusing contributions to the "Comments" section of OMAnews, someone identified as "journalism101" writes,

Everyone I know in local TV news has stopped reading this blog. This blog takes me back to high school, where the geeks at the Dungeons and Dragons table in the corner of the lunchroom made fun of the athletes and cheerleaders from afar. And like those nerds, Ted has shut off the actual journalists from joining the fun at the geek table by his censorship known as "moderation". The racist and sexist nature of Ted's writing is disgusting.

Where to start? After we stop laughing, of course. Just for giggles, let's dissect this brilliant missive:

"Everyone I know in local TV news has stopped reading this blog."

First, the fact that about 50% of the hits on this page come from Hearst, Journal, or Gray computers suggests one of three scenarios: (a) j101 doesn't know many people in local TV news, (b) j101 is deluded, or (c) all three companies have serious security breaches that allow non-employees to sneak in around the clock and use station computers to view this blog.

Second, based on tracking and other clues, we're 98% certain that j101 is the same dizzy anchorette who told co-workers she wouldn't consider them friends anymore if she caught them reading The Blog. This would also be the same ditz who filed a police complaint against The Blog, which we know about only because several of her co-workers told us about it and how idiotic they think she is for doing it.

"This blog takes me back to high school, where the geeks at the Dungeons and Dragons table in the corner of the lunchroom made fun of the athletes and cheerleaders from afar."

We're guessing she was a cheerleader. Cheerleaders everywhere must be relieved that she's finally standing up for them. They've long suffered the slights and humiliations that go with being perky and attractive and wearing really short skirts; it's about time that this persecuted group has a spokesperson.

"And like those nerds, Ted has shut off the actual journalists from joining the fun at the geek table by his censorship known as "moderation".

Um, longtime readers will recall that the "moderation" (why are we putting quotes around that word?) came about after several idiots posted very personal information about particular individuals in the "Comments" section. If j101 would like her address and phone number or graphic sexual remarks about her posted by some random reader, that's her business. But we won't be providing the forum.

"The racist and sexist nature of Ted's writing is disgusting. "

Ahh, the new last refuge of the scoundrel: the race/sex card. Unfortunately, the evidence suggests that we're a pretty equal-opportunity operation when it comes to doling out criticism, and none of the criticism offered has ever focused on ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. You'll notice, for instance that one of our most frequent targets, Travis Justice, is a white, male, heterosexual. Ditto John Knicely.

Coversely, if you check our list of People We Like, you'll find a wide variety of folks, young and old, male and female. Admittedly, there's only one African-American name on the list, but given the scarcity of African-American reporters in this market, that's hardly surprising from a statistical perspective.

"Journalism101" seems an inappropriate name for someone who has so little regard for facts. Perhaps "Reckless101" or "PeaBrain 101" would be a better fit.

26 comments:

Hosh said...

I was so amazed that you were able to find flaws in her post. Wow, you're good. Her's was so concrete.

ahschnooky said...

Who could J101 be? Is it Omarosa? McDiaster? If those were the girls who were the popular cheerleading types at their high school, the D&D nerds must be laughing their asses off now.

Talk about clinging with desperation to times they were feared/admired. Ah, glory days!

Nebraska News Editor said...

For the record, I work in local TV news and everyone I know consumes this stuff like steroids at Husker homecoming. Some may hate Ted, but they know where to get their fix.

Flim Jowers said...

...you KNOW you're hot when someone resorts to the teenaged "...nobody reads it anyway" stance.

Keep it up, Ted... because management & consultants aren't gonna enlighten 'em... You're the voice of reason & honesty that these clowns need.

Omababe said...

Uh, might it be that some of these ex-cheerleaders and ex-jocks are a bit envious of the ex-DND geeks and their here and now six figure salaries? :)

mTm said...

It is just laughable.

The arrogance of our local wanna-be elite media. It is ironic that they could care less who they destroy in a news story to attempt to boost their career but when they get a taste of it directed at them. . . . "bbboooo-hhhoooo."

Damn . . I was the sports man in high school with a cheerleader (sorry to say) and I love this site.. Gee what is wrong with me????

UNMCStudent said...

"Everyone I know in local TV news has stopped reading this blog."

But YOU still are !

And, to know that others have stopped reading must mean that this blog is a frequent topic of conversation.

UNMCStudent said...

Uh, might it be that some of these ex-cheerleaders and ex-jocks are a bit envious of the ex-DND geeks and their here and now six figure salaries? :)"

Omababe - J-School isn't as easy as you think - UNL's Broadcast program requires maintenance of a rigorous 2.75 gpa - That's almost straight-Bs! Good thing I had med school to fall back on.

journalism101 said...

Mean people suck. Dissect that Ted.

John Thomas said...

Critics of this blog are missing the point. As others have stated, it's a place to discuss the state of local news in Omaha by venting and complimenting (of which both are done by Ted and the many contributors). I find it funny as hell and right on many of the times whether it's critical barbs being tossed out or praise for the news people that are actually doing a fair job. I must admit if I were in TV news I might be hurt if something bad was said about me but I would also look at it as constructive criticism. Rather harsh constructive criticism but constructive nonetheless and something I might learn from. "Oh my God, I better stop doing that," is what news people who are criticized should be saying rather than getting all pissy about what is being said. And for those getting pissy about what is being said in this blog, "We're sooo sorry your greatly inflated ego has been hurt. Come on down to earth."

joeygrisgris said...

If who ever it is gets this freaked out by criticsm on a blog....what the hell do they do when it's face to face?

Cogitor said...

Ted indicated that J101 might be the same person who filled out a police report concerning this site. I would hope not. I want a little more from the people who deliver the news to me.

To those of you who work in the business and soak this stuff up like steroids at Husker Homecoming (I liked that reference by another poster): As boneheaded as some of you are, even you ought to know something about the first amendment, and what constitutes threats, racism, and sexism. If you don't, you've got no business being in the business. Take Ted's advice. Look at the list of Who We Like. It's a diverse list. Most of us would probably even add a few people to that list. Some people might even have you on the list, if you work in the business.

Look, we don't want you to fail. Really. What we'd like to see is for you to step up to the plate and do the job that should be done. You can't tell me that the stuff going on at KETV lately is the best product you can produce. It's crap. You can't tell me that the price of hot sauce and spinach at the Acme grocery is the best you can do over at WOWT. That's crap. You can't tell me that Trav yelling at the camera, searing through a sportscast so fast he leaves a contrail is the best that can be done. I don't actually mind Trav, and used to like him on TnT pretty well, but I don't like trying to catch a word or two as they fly by during his three minutes. Some consultant believes sounding winded gives it more urgency, more of an "action" feel. Guess what? Crap. You can do better. And for you at 42 and 15, thanks for playing, but there's really no telling where to start.

mTm said...

Still here..........

journalism101 said...
Mean people suck. Dissect that Ted.

3/09/2006 11:44 AM

travia said...

To all those people in the media who think that they are being picked on by this blog and that it's not fair. How about looking at it this way.
Until I started reading this blog, I rarely watched the news. Now I try and catch it whenever I can, not for the great content but more for the f-ups but I am watching.I usually watch KETV and last week when I saw FF sitting at the anchor desk there was no way I was changing the channel. I actually wanted her to surprise me and turn in a stellar performance but unfortunately she didn't. I do feel Ted is a little to harsh on individual performances at times and I like to place more of the blame on the people making the personnel decisions. For instance we all know there is no way that FF was even close to being ready to anchor the 10 PM news, yet someone in charge there decided this was a good idea. Hopefully next time they will re-think this and say to themselve's "maybe Rob should just handle it on his own tonight".

Len said...

Ted you are awsome. I know you know that already but I had to share.

You put down on paper/computer exactly what I feel.

Keep it up.

rivercity_jack said...

"Mean people Suck" Sounds like J101 is still in high school taking j101. Ted, keep up the great work! I agree w/ flim jowers. YOU ARE the voice of reason and honesty amongst an otherwise self serving local news media.

bonomaha said...

I second travia's emotion: I am new to Omaha and never watched Omaha news until I found out about this blog (from a professor at Creighton Law, who has turned many-a-person on to it with oodles of praise and adoration).

Secondly, I tried to find out what Emmys Fubar has won (her bio on the station web site says she has won three) and have come up with bupkis. Anyone have any info on this?

Hosh said...

I think her Emmy was for most creative, most unexpected, and most compeltely out of the blue blow ups.

operationseng said...

As I have stated before regarding this blog; if it bothers you, don't read it!! What is so difficult to understand about that? And by the way, I am a "jock" and I think Ted's doing a great job. Now, if only we could get a blog doing the same to the idiots that write that farcical rag known as the World-Herald. Any takers?

Gatlin said...

I love the blog. I use it an attempt to not repeat the same mistakes at our little station. (Even though you have made fun of us in the past, I still like you.)

Carol Scot said...

Wow, Omaha news has gone downhill.

Omababe said...

>Now, if only we could get a blog
>doing the same to the idiots that
>write that farcical rag known as the
>World-Herald. Any takers?

Be my guest. I would love to see it, but I wouldn't touch that one if somebody paid me. The WH tends to be quite ruthless in regards to things it doesn't like. :(

operationseng said...

Omababe-this is precisely why someone needs to take the World-Herald on. They've gotten far too large for their oversized breeches and are unable to take any criticism for some of the trash they put on paper and pass for news. They've taken it upon themselves to make the news rather than report it and only report the conservative side of issues. Or anything that furthers their agenda, whatever it is. They are negligent in their fact checking as well. This, in and of itself is irresponsible journalism and a virus that infencts not only local news but national as well. Is it any wonder that Omahans are so grossly misinformed about what transpires in the world about them? The reporters and the organization should never be larger than the stories they cover. Sadly this is not the case anymore, both locally and nationally. Personally it is reprehensible to me.

And I might actually start a blog taking on the World-Herald, as I am not afraid of their attempts at retribution. They need to realize that this is free country and not governed by the Conservative establishment. There's a little thing called the Constitution that guarantees all the right to an opinion and free speech whether the Weird Herald likes it or not. Hope I didn't get on too high of a soap box. Oh, and I apologize for getting off track when this is so obviously a television blog. Thanks, though for letting me air my frustrations.

Omababe said...

>And I might actually start a blog
>taking on the World-Herald, as I am
>not afraid of their attempts at
>retribution.

And I'll be your first viewer! :)

I just remember what they did to the Sun and to some of the good people who worked there years ago when they (the Sun) stepped on their (WH)toes. :(

>Constitution that guarantees all
>the right to an opinion and free
>speech whether the Weird Herald
>likes it or not.

However, I can see the Powers That Be at the WH doing all they can to flush you out. If you think that the television management types are shaking the trees trying to find out who Ted Brockman is, you haven't seen anything yet!

>Hope I didn't get on too high of a >soap box.

As I said, more power to you! I say go-4-it! :)

Matt_X said...

"I am not afraid of their attempts at retribution. They need to realize that this is free country and not governed by the Conservative establishment. There's a little thing called the Constitution that guarantees all the right to an opinion and free speech whether the Weird Herald likes it or not."-Operation Seng

Unfortunately, we have to live in the real world. In the real world, the corporations, with their millions or billions of dollars now render the Constitution irrelevant. Do you have the money to pay lawyers for the next 10-12 years that the OWH's corporate will force you to spend in court with appeals, hearings, or whatever BS they can think of? The fact is, this country is run by the people with piles of wealth (not rich people, WEALTHY people) and the armies of attorneys at their disposal. As long as the country as a whole re-elects the same Congress they support less than 35% of the time, 99% of the time, we deserve the proverbial ass fucking that follows. But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

operationseng said...

Sadly, Matt X, I would tend to agree with you. But someone needs to do something to change the status quo. It's what this country was originally built upon. Every American should read "1776" by David McCulluogh. It gives a wonderful perspective on what was actually going through our forefathers' minds with regards to the freedoms we have so easily given away by electing the people we have elected. Ambivalence and ignorance runs rampant. :(

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