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On the Fourth of July, I feel compelled to note that big government plays a glorious role in our country’s rich history.

I don’t venture into politics often here, because my focus is on journalism and media issues. But this is an area where our media’s practiced neutrality — which Jay Rosen calls the View from Nowhere — ill serves our readers and our country.

For all of my adult life, I have heard conservative politicians who wrap themselves in the flag rail against our government, ignorant or ignoring the fact that the flag itself stands for a system of big government. (more…)

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Did I miss that trend story about the National Hockey League suddenly being on top of the sports world?

Maybe a sports league that’s drawing huge TV ratings and selling out arenas across North America could afford to disrespect bloggers, but I don’t think that’s the NHL. As our TBD Community Network partner On Frozen Blog recounted yesterday, the NHL has decided to deny bloggers access to visiting locker rooms. OFB noted: (more…)

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Welcome to Washington. I hope you soak up some American heritage while you’re here.

If you’ve come to the nation’s capital for today’s “Restoring Honor” rally, I hope you take some time to see the magnificent sights here.

Since you’ll be right there at the Lincoln Memorial, climb the steps and read some of the words of that great American: “With malice toward none; with charity for all.” (more…)

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One of my favorites in my collection historic newspapers is the one that tells of the death of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Jan. 23, 1973.

It’s not that I celebrated LBJ’s demise, but I’m interested that the tragedy obscured the most significant news of the previous day: the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion and influenced politics and culture in the United States for the 36 years since.

In the same way, the recent news of the death of yet another newspaper, the Ann Arbor News, might have obscured the more important news of a significant web-focused community news organization, AnnArbor.com. (more…)

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Just a quick post to share three links on the future and past of newspapers:

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Here are liveblogging examples I used in my April 21 webinar for the American Society of News Editors:

Liveblogging unfolding news stories

Virginia Tech massacre on Collegiate Times

Northern Illinois campus shootings at rrstar.com

Liveblogs using Twitter (more…)

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