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Olbermann, O'Reilly and The Death of Real News

November 13, 2010

In my soul, I'm a journalist.  The first 15 years of my working life I spent as a broadcast news and sports reporter, producer and anchor.  That's why I'm sick at heart about the arrogant, slanted shouting that is being served up to the American people these days as "journalism."  It's not.  Fox, MSNBC -- it's entertainment designed so that people can tune in to have their own beliefs and prejudices confirmed, rather than their thinking informed and challenged. 

Ted Koppel, long-time journalist who was the host and managing editor of ABC News' Nightline for 15 years speaks out about this debilitating trend in this excellent piece in The Washington Post.

Even Female Law Partners Suffer Wage Disparities

November 6, 2010

Lawyers are the ones we hire when we need somebody strong and smart and savvy about the system to be our advocate.  Right?  So you would think that women law partners would have long ago tackled and overcome the gender wage gap in their profession and law firms.  But pay disparity and the practices, beliefs and ingrained barriers that keep women two steps behind are as insidious and prevalent in law as anywhere else.  At a time when 50% of law school graduates are women, law firms are making a critical mistake to continue ignoring this ugly little secret.   Newsweek columnist Jesse Ellison tells the story.  

I Had the Pleasure of Knowing Sparky Anderson

November 4, 2010

Joe Lapointe, long-time New York Times sports reporter, was on the sports beat in Detroit in the late 70's and early 80's at the same time I was.  He was a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press.  I was a sports reporter and anchor for the CBS affiliate, WJBK-TV, Channel 2. Sparky was "old school" and wasn't thrilled with women sports reporters coming into his team's locker rooms.  But he never blocked my entry, always treated me fairly and -- eventually, once I had earned my stripes, he and I had a great working relationship.   

He was a high quality man of integrity and great charisma.  He held himself and all of his players to high standards.  I can't do better than Joe Lapointe did in profiling a high quality man who rose from very humble roots to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Click here to read Joe's piece on Sparky. 

Mid-Term Election Results and Women Candidates

November 4, 2010

The numbers of women running for office at the local and national level continues to surge.  That's great.  Were there some big losses in the recent elections?  You bet.  On both sides of the gender line.   The biggest slip is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi -- third in line for the presidency before the elections -- who loses her gavel.  But there's good news too, particularly that women candidates are no longer an anomoly.  We even had a number of high profile women-against-women races.  For those who are interested in how women of both parties fared, here's a great summary from Forbes. 

Five Myths About Female Candidates

November 2, 2010

Whatever your reaction to the campaign and the outcome of these mid-term elections, there has been plenty of great people watching -- including many new varieties of female candidates.  Some outstanding, some just as pathetic as pathetic male candidates.

Great article in the Washington Post this week by Rebecca Traister, political guru and author of Big Girls Don't Cry:  The Election That Changed Everything for American Women.  Click here to read.

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