NFL fumbles trying to control news gathering

By Freedom Newspapers The National Football League has picked another fight this year with the news media, which have helped make it the world’s most profitable sports franchise. There has been an uproar about vests that all news photojournalists are supposed to wear while on the sidelines of every football game. The vests carry two […]

‘O’Reilly Factor’ costing Fox big bucks

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers My coworkers have to hear me talk about TV and movies all the time. The way I figure, why deprive readers that same joy? With that in mind, here are four things I think about TV, movies and media: 1. The tit-for-tat continues with Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly and […]

China’s treatment of media setting country back

By Freedom Newspapers Just now the Chinese government is focused on U.S. media, claiming they (we) have exaggerated the extent to which Chinese food products are tainted in the wake of all those dogs and cats dying horrible deaths a few weeks ago. This aggressive defense of Chinese quality standards is considered important not only […]

NCAA wrong in limiting event coverage

By Freedom Newspapers The National Collegiate Athletic Association is applying 20th-century thinking to 21st-century news events, tossing the constitutional right of a free press as it tossed a reporter from the press box at a college baseball tournament. The offense? Blogging. The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reported one of its sports reporters, Brian Bennett, was […]

Understanding key to racial harmony

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers By the time you read this, Don Imus’ racial slur aimed at the Rutgers women’s basketball team will have been talked to death. But will there be a resolution to forgive and forget? I doubt it. Since Imus recently referred to the mostly black team as “Nappy-headed hos” after they […]

Clovis native studies MySpace

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A graduate of Clovis High School is researching the popular social networking Web site MySpace. Tamyra Pierce, assistant professor and graduate director of mass communications and journalism at California State University in Fresno, has linked use of MySpace by California high school students to drops in grades. Her research […]

Extending credit to immigrants poses no threat

By Freedom Newspapers We must confess to befuddlement over all the anger directed at Bank of America for its policy, revealed Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal story, that it will offer credit cards to Spanish-speaking people who do not have Social Security numbers. The implication, of course, is that the most likely candidates for […]

Fill yourself with the best of media

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist The word “media” encompasses a wide variety of devices and systems these days. When my sister Susie and I were growing up, media meant radio, the newspaper, Reader’s Digest and especially television. Susie and I had our favorite TV shows, and one of them was “Gunsmoke.” As I remember, […]

Military life can be difficult

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist People seem to have an uncontrollable desire to share their opinions about the war in Iraq with me, a simple yet exuberant military wife. A conversation usually starts with questions such as, “Where is your husband right now?” and “When is he getting back?” It quickly progresses to heavier topics […]

Limiting media’s freedom hinders public freedoms

By Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to take a case involving a prosecutor seeking the telephone records of two reporters with The New York Times. The decision is regrettable — even though it is far from certain that the high court would have decided the case as we would have preferred. […]

McCain may lose status as media darling

Editorial Arizona Sen. John McCain owes much of his caché as a media darling, as well as his reputation as a “maverick,” to being a non-Republican Republican who bucks party orthodoxy on a host of issues. One of the only issues on which he doesn’t part company with President Bush and most Republican colleagues in […]

Public fright powerful tool of control

Walter Williams Syndicated Columnist John Stossel, ABC’s “20/20” anchorman, has a recently released book about the various untruths we accept, many from the media and academic elite. The book is appropriately titled “Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity.” Being a longtime media insider, Stossel is well positioned to talk about the media’s gross lack of understanding […]

Prepackaged ‘news’ no business of FCC

Tibor Machan Syndicated columnist It looks like some media outlets are making use of prepackaged “news” produced by the state department and various corporations. The Center for Media and Democracy, a left-wing media watch group, did a study in which it found that “at least 77 television stations were making use of these faux news […]

Jolie at KFC: Finger-licking good news

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist In the first place: If I never see another stupid, cutesy shorthand (i.e., Billary, TomKat and Bennifers I and II) applied to another celebrity couple, I will light candles of thanksgiving. In the second place: Namibia? As you know unless you, well, have a life, that South African nation is […]

‘Truth’ not necessarily based in fact

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist So apparently, we didn’t get the real story on Cindy Sheehan’s arrest. Some of you will recall that I wrote last week how Sheehan, the anti-war activist, showed up to President Bush’s State of the Union address wearing a T-shirt that referenced the number of Americans killed in Iraq. Capitol […]

1/8 Birth, Artist of the month, Reunion

Ogilvie Ted and DeAnn Ogilvie of Corinth, Texas, are the parents of Grant Lee, a 7- pound, 3-ounce boy, born Dec. 20 at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, Texas. He has one sister, Arden.       Grandparents are James and Sherry Curtis of Farwell and Charlotte Ogilvie of Clovis. Great-grandmother is LaNell Stancell of Muleshoe. Reunion roundup The U.S.S. […]

12/18 Letters to the editor

Clovis golf course offers little challenge In 1929, the nine-hole Clovis Municipal Golf Course was established for the public to enjoy. Almost 80 years later, the course is still here — with no water hazards, sand traps, uphill, downhill or side hill lies to challenge us. In addition, the flat, small greens make a round […]

Officials remain mum on slaying

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Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler, left, talks Thurday to media, local authorities and family members about the death of the 30-year-old Laura McNaughton. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Officials investigating Laura McNaughton’s homicide held their first press conference on Thursday, but released little additional information. McNaughton’s body was found […]

Ebony helped create a different world

By Leonard Pitts: CNJ columnist “Why is there an Ebony? If some white guy started a magazine called Ivory, you blacks would riot in protest.” Give me a dollar for every white guy who ever asked me that and I’d be too rich to write columns for a living. The point of the question, of […]

Sen. McCain more Democrat than Republican

Editorial Only three things make Arizona Sen. John McCain recognizable as a Republican these days: • He continues to stand out as a critic of congressional pork-barrel plundering, true to the GOP’s all-but-abandoned claim to being the fiscally responsible party. • He remains hawkish on most defense and foreign policy matters. • And an upper […]