You are surely aware of Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia. While sometimes comically inaccurate (but rarely nowadays), Wikipedia is actually a fairly reliable resource for basic facts (How many touchdowns has Tom Brady thrown? Which years was Warren Harding president?). It is almost a ... More >>
It is a commonplace that politicians will spin facts to their benefit. Indeed, politicians have been known to stretch the truth so far that it reaches into "that is simply false" territory. "Truthiness" it's called. And it is not limited solely to politicians. Even more disconcerting is that social ... More >>
We know that most people don't watch partisan political cable TV news. But that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about the effect of Fox News on elected representatives, both Republican and Democratic. There has been some research that Fox News made GOP voters more conservative, but th ... More >>
Or, more plausibly, they know their audience -- old, white people -- well. Check out the above screenshot from them vis-a-vis the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Yes, hip-hop is to blame. I love the Fox News "move" of using "some see . . ." Who "sees"? "Some." (I.e., a Fox News produc ... More >>
The way broadcast journalists and politicans present themselves to th epublic is explored in Tell Me What You Want ro Hear by Liz Magic Laser
As I wrote about yesterday, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz kind of re-calibrated the acceptability scale for the f-word on Saturday when he dropped it in the middle of his brief speech welcoming Bostonians back to baseball in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Hell, even the FCC wasn't go ... More >>
People tuning into Beaumont's CBS affiliate, KFDM, for the news at noon will notice something unusual: It will be anchored by a newscaster from the local Fox affiliate. And here's why: KFDM's beloved anchor Bill Leger was killed in a car accident in Louisiana December 22, and other newscasters are ... More >>
"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth or something I guess..." -- Luke 13:28, A Copy Of The Bible I Swiped From A Hotel Room Hello and welcome to Hair Balls' election night live blog and comment, where tonight I will be chronicling the mania of the 2012 presidential ... More >>
Three resident artists put on a strong group show.
TexasSparkle is the highlight of the Houston Chronicle's "Anyone Can Blog" page. Kathleen McKinley is her real name, and she's a person who thinks Sarah Palin is a serious individual, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh make sense, etc., etc. Her bio says she is a "co-host [of] SmartGirlNation on FTRadio ... More >>
Sarah Palin in her Michigan-fan days.Okay, I'll admit that might have been the most duplicitous headline of a post ever, not because Sarah Palin and Glen Rice didn't sleep together (They apparently did, back in the late '80's. More on that in a minute) but because the "w/ VIDEO" would seem to ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
What NewsFix is...will be revealed SaturdayThe world, or at least that portion of it peopled by journalists, is mightily anticipating Channel 39's Saturday night newscast. Why would they care about a weekend newscast that Houston barely watches? Because most of them will be gleefully hoping ... More >>
Rocks Off is a modest sort of music blog. We generally need both of our arms for typing, so we don't want to risk breaking one of them patting ourselves on the back. But once in a while, through hard work, dumb luck or (most often) some combination of the two, we push over the first domino in ... More >>
Don't forget to wrap your iciclesThere are hard-freeze warnings for tonight in the Houston area. That means Houston must brace itself for an overwhelming barrage of tips on how to deal with temperatures in the 20s, or maybe the very low 30s. There are tips like the first one on KHOU's list, ... More >>
Photo from KPRCJerome Gray: Contract not renewedJerome Gray, who has been a TV presence in Houston for more than 20 years, has told the Houston Chronicle that KPRC is not renewing his contract. Gray has been the co-anchor on the station's 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts; he came over from KHOU i ... More >>
ONN's Brandon Armstrong: not wanted in HoustonBig, bold changes are coming to television news in Houston. For the fourth, fifth, 18th time? Who knows?Next up in the bold-changes batting box will be Channel 39, KIAH, which is owned by the Tribune Company. And the Tribune Company has a "chief innov ... More >>
Nick Kosir, Beaumont's Rapping Weatherman, has a posseWe wrote about Beaumont's rapping weatherman Nick Kosir last week, and as we mentioned then, we weren't the first to do so. ESPN2's Sports Nation, The Huffington Post and the ever-illustrious Ryan Seacrest have all recognized Kosir for his ... More >>
The above clip is not from The Onion; it may be from the files of Teens Pulling Pranks On Reporters.At any rate, you owe it to yourself to watch these marvelous four minutes from a San Antonio news station.And then read the comments that the clip brought forth from Gawker, after the jump.
For a couple of weeks now, commuters on the Loop near Meyerland have been seeing a billboard featuring a lovely looking black woman leaning seductively into the camera, a come-hither look on her face, with the caption "Watch me at 9." Her autographed first name just increases the intimate intensi ... More >>
Daniel Kramer ABC News is reporting that Beyonce, who sang tributes to Michael Jackson at her Toyota Center concert and at New Orleans' Essence Music Festival over the weekend, will perform at Jackson's funeral in Los Angeles this afternoon. Also expected to attend are Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, Sm ... More >>
Our own Miss Pop Rocks wrote an entry some time ago about the Secret Lives of Houston's Hottest Male Newscasters, which seemed...incomplete to me somehow.I wasn't sure of the exact problem until she followed it up with the admission of her crush on KPRC's Jennifer Reyna, then I realized that by not ... More >>
The famous $100,000 tool bag lost by an astronaut on the current shuttle mission has been found!And no, not by that nut from Minnesota who's been calling media outlets all over to say the bag is up for sale on eBay.It's been found in space, streaking through the night.An amateur astronomer in Ontari ... More >>
Wack's here to tell you: more than you might expect
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A proposed Medical Center project gets big, big play
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Houston braces for an invasion of TV news
Glory days for KHOU and Anna Werner
Chuck George, KPRC-TV Channel 2
Unhappy Talk TV. At KHOU, the hit tune is "Take This Job and Shove It!"
During the Branch Davidian siege, a Waco TV reporter risked his life to help federal agents -- then was falsely accused of setting them up. Before the compound burned, his career was in ashes.
Two veteran TV news reporters accuse Channel 11 of age discrimination
No, says Multiplicity, you don't want to be two places at once
Inside Houston tries to go inside your wallet
For decades, 13 ruled the Houston airwaves. Now 11 is coming on strong. Is KTRK's broadcast dynasty losing its hold?