WHITE NOISE: News from inside the Media Bubble

by YES! Weekly staff

WHITE NOISE: News and information from inside the media bubble

by Keith T. Barber, Brian Clarey and Jordan Green

People will believe what they want to believe category

Pernicious myths die hard, even, apparently, when retired General Colin Powell and Fox News do their part to correct the record. The McDonald’s restaurant at the Adams Farm Shopping Center in Greensboro keeps its television monitor set on Fox, and Monday afternoon the right-leaning network rebroadcast Powell’s comments on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” the day before, including the former Bush administration secretary of state’s expression of dismay that Republicans keep saying Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim. “I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, ‘Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.’ Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian.” “Ha!” a white-haired gentleman wearing a McCain pin bellowed from behind the wastebasket at McDonalds. “That’s a joke.” A father having lunch with his preschool-aged son concurred: “I agree with you, Sir.” — JG

Online publication launches in Greensboro

Randall Gregg, publisher of several print and online newspapers, announced the launch of his latest online publication, the Greensboro Telegram, on Monday. Two years ago, Gregg started the Raleigh Telegram, an online newspaper which currently receives 70,000 hits a month. “I think traffic will be a bit less on the Greensboro site,” Gregg conceded. “It’s a small-town paper in a big city.” Gregg said the Greensboro Telegram will focus on the small stories, like the dedication of a historical Edward R. Murrow marker, which was held in Greensboro last week. Gregg said the website would feature photo galleries and streaming video as well. “We try to not just get the story, but show it to our readers, too. We want it to be fun; we want people to enjoy it.” Gregg added the Telegram will be non-partisan in its political coverage. Check it out at  — KB

Miller time?

In a move that should come as a surprise to… no one… former New York Times scribe Judith Miller has joined the on-air staff at Fox News. “She has a very impressive resume,” says Senior Vice President John Moody. “We’ve all had stories that didn’t come out exactly as we had hoped. It’s certainly something she’s going to be associated with for all time, and there’s not much anyone can do about that, but we want to make use of the tremendous expertise she brings on a lot of other issues.” He was, of course, referring to the WMD fiasco and a series of events that saw Miller jailed for refusing to reveal a source. Miller was later compelled to testify in the trial of former Dick Cheney aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who leaked to her the identity of a CIA operative whose husband had just written an article in the Times rebuking Miller’s central thesis on WMDs — that Iraq was buying yellowcake uranium, used to make nuclear weapons, from Niger. Still, before her disgrace Miller reported ably for the Times from 1977 to 2005, acting as Cairo bureau chief, news editor of the Washington bureau and deputy media editor. In 2002 she shared a staff Pulitzer Prize for work on the global terrorism network. And we think that for Fox News, which recently hired boy genius Karl Rove, Mike Huckabee and a slew of young, attractive blondes, this is actually a step towards respectability. Our advice for Miller, who recently came out as a Barack Obama supporter: Stick to the facts. — BC