white noise

by Brian Clarey and Jordan Green

white noise

YouTube scoops

Greensboro blogger Ryan Shell, though he failed to survive the Greensboro City Council primary election in his bid for an at-large seat earlier this month, still has his sights set on city doings. He posted a bit of found YouTube video on his campaign website ( depicting not one but two hairy street fights that took place in downtown Greensboro on Saturday night. The first, between two African-American males, featured an astounding uppercut. But the second, between two African-American females, arguably demonstrated more heart. The coup de grace was a bodyslam executed by the better-dressed of the two, with her skirt hiked up past her thong. The clip was reposted on Roch Smith Jr.’s blog,, prompting true-crime writer Jerry Bledsoe to comment: “I never would have dreamed sumo wrestling finally would reach Greensboro, but here is solid evidence. Brings back fond memories from Japan nearly half a century ago.” Honestly, I didn’t know he was so funny. — BC

Fox in the henhouse

The frontline of the culture wars that erupted in the wake of the 1960s is almost certainly now in the media. (Read blog postings and comments challenging the credibility of YES! Weekly’s and in particular my own reporting for a taste of it.) For several years now, Fox News has been the loudest and most polarizing voice in the media landscape. The wars have escalated to the point that other mainstream journalists are calling it out in mainstream publications. Take Jacob Weisberg, riffing in the Oct. 26 issue of Newsweek on the Obama administration’s recent criticism of Fox. Weisberg calls Fox “un- American.” Weisberg asserts that Fox’s right-wing slant is obvious and beyond debate, and calls on his fellow reporters to stop lending their prestige to the media company. “Whether the White House engages with Fox is a tactical political question,” Weisberg writes. “Whether we journalists continue to do is an ethical one. By appearing on Fox, reporters validate its propaganda values and help to undermine the role of legitimate news organizations. Respectable journalists — I’m talking to you, Mara Liasson — should stop appearing on its program.” — JG


We would be remiss not to mention that the Hamburger Square Post, the “downtown paper with city-wide appeal” named for the iconic corner of Elm and McGee streets, turned 30 years old this month. The October issue, the 361 st monthly edition the paper has put out since its inception in 1979, features memoirs by Publisher Emeritus Betty Cone, current Editor Betsy Seale and columnist Charlie Brummitt. Pick one up before the month runs out. And congratulations to our friends at the Post. — BC