The Post, however, got embarrassed. The main event that day was what we now call the “I Have a Dream” speech of Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most important speeches in U.S. history. But on the day it was given, The Post didn’t think so. We nearly failed to mention it at all.
We were poised and ready for a riot, for trouble, for unexpected events — but not for history to be made. Baker’s 1,300-word lead story, which began under a banner headline on the front page and summarized the events of the day, did not mention King’s name or his speech. It did note that the crowd easily exceeded 200,000, the biggest assemblage in Washington “within memory” — and they all remained “orderly.”
In that paper of Aug. 29, 1963, The Post published two dozen stories about the march. Every one missed the importance of King’s address. The words “I have a dream” appeared in only one, a wrap-up of the day’s rhetoric on Page A15 — in the fifth paragraph. We also printed brief excerpts from the speeches, but the three paragraphs chosen from King’s speech did not include “I have a dream.”
I’ve never seen anyone call us on this bit of journalistic malpractice. Perhaps this anniversary provides a good moment to cop a plea. We blew it.
Leading the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, "synthesizes all of my interests and passions," Warwick Sabin said today by phone. After five and a half years as publisher of the Oxford American, he said the timing was right for him to leave and that he was confident he was leaving the magazine on good footing.
He begins as executive director of the new nonprofit on Sep. 1. He'll be focused on encouraging entrepreneurship in the region.
The new job won't keep him from continuing his term in the state House of Representatives, he said.
"All of the members of the legislature have other professional responsibilities. Certainly if any conflict were to arise I would seek to avoid that and maintain my ethical integrity."
Sabin said advertising director Ray Wittenberg will serve as interim publisher of the Oxford American.
Sabin led the Oxford American during a tumultuous period. He became publisher while working a full time job at UCA after an office manager at the magazine embezzled more than $100,000, sending the magazine into bankruptcy. He was an unpaid volunteer during his first year and a half on the job. Last year, of course, he weathered a nasty exit by founder and editor Marc Smirnoff and managing editor Carol Ann Fitzgerald, who were fired by the Oxford American board following allegations of sexual harassment. Sabin's hiring of former Harper's editor Roger Hodge to replace Smirnoff was seen as a coup in the media world. Earlier this month, the magazine opened South on Main, a restaurant and performance space.
Sabin said that the magazine's circulation and advertising sales have stabilized since the trying financial times, and it's recently won more grants and charitable donations than at time in the magazine's history.
I have a note into Rick Massey, who's on the Oxford American board, about plans for a publisher search.
The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub was announced in late July. Similar projects have produced great results in some other places. The announcement was accompanied by instant controversy — petty politics on the part of Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, who didn't want the Museum of Discovery, which receives $200,000 annually in city support, participating in a project in North Little Rock.
Sabin didn't specifically comment on any of that, but did say, "It's very important to me that this new effort is really about building a regional and collaborative approach to this kind of economic development. Because I think that Central Arkansas is ripe for a coordinated and collaborative effort very much modeled after what’s happened in Northwest Arkansas."
We wrote about start-up culture in Northwest Arkansas last year.
Warwick Sabin has been named the executive director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, a new non-profit organization that will promote entrepreneurship through business incubation, academic research, technical and manufacturing assistance, and job training. Sabin will assume his responsibilities on Sept. 1.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to establish a new collaborative regional approach to promoting entrepreneurial business development in Central Arkansas," Sabin said. "The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub will bring together corporate leaders, educators, nonprofit foundations, and local, state, and federal governments in a focused effort to assist startup ventures and prepare the workforce for the jobs that will follow. This is a comprehensive, cooperative, and practical way to achieve our potential as a region."
Many other regions of the country have embarked upon similar efforts with positive results, including New Orleans, Louisiana, and Northwest Arkansas. In May 2013, after a successful pilot program of the innovation hub model in Youngstown, Ohio, the U.S. government announced competitions for teams across the U.S. to win a combined $200 million to develop manufacturing innovation hubs. Furthermore, U.S. President Barack Obama's 2014 budget proposal included $1 billion to launch 15 advanced manufacturing hubs throughout the nation.
The first phase of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is the recently-unveiled Argenta Innovation Center (innovateargenta.com), which includes a co-work space, a youth arts program and an advanced-technology maker space that will operate in tandem to provide education, training, prototyping, and startup and entrepreneurial opportunities.
"Central Arkansas has the talent, amenities, and resources to support the development of cutting-edge new businesses," Sabin said. "But we need to work together — as cities, counties, colleges and universities, school districts, corporations, chambers of commerce — with the recognition that everyone has something to contribute to this effort and everyone has something to gain from its success. This is our chance to synthesize our assets and grow our regional economy from the grass roots in a way that is sustainable and real."
I've written before about Republican animosity toward free speech that is not their own.
The Republican National Committee has threatened not to cooperate with NBC and CNN in 2016 debates if the networks don't drop planned productions about Hillary Clinton — a miniseries on NBC starring Diane Lane and a film on CNN. Talking Points Memo reports.
Got that? If these networks run shows on Hillary before the election cycle, Republicans will cut the networks out of the 2016 debates.
Blackmail, extortion. Call it what you will. Republican are nothing if not relentless about message. In addition to pumping their own, they do their best to stamp out competing messages, 1st Amendment or no. Legitimate health service funding must be stripped from an agency that engages in medical practices with which Republican legislators disagree. State marketing money should not be spent on media Republicans don't like. A Democratic congresswoman is silenced for criticizing Republican actions against food stamps. A Pennsylvania legislator is prevented from speaking in support of gay marriage. Occupy Little Rock demonstrators are photographed and harassed at a Republican rally in the River Market. George W. Bush protesters are banned to "free speech zones" far away from places the president spoke.
Dictating program content to national TV networks is a new and bigger wrinkle, however. A mini-series on, say, Rick Perry and the Texas 'Miracle' would be less cause for unhappiness, I'd guess. I'm reminded that Republicans didn't complain when Sinclair, the coming new owners of KATV, aired the swift boat attack documentary on John Kerry on all its stations in the heat of campaigning.
UPDATE: It's hardly a surprise that Doyle Webb, the Arkansas Republican Party chair, also supports coercion to suppress TV entertainment programming:
Webb said: “I applaud Reince Priebus’ leadership on this issue. It is clear that CNN and NBC are attempting to sway the opinions of voters by running puff-pieces about Hillary Clinton ahead of her likely 2016 presidential campaign. For that reason, I will vote to prevent the RNC from partnering with these networks on 2016 presidential primary debates unless they reconsider their decision to act as promoters for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. This is just the latest example of why the national news media has lost credibility with the American voter.”
This could be good news for Mike Huckabee, whom you might remember once lived in Arkansas. (And still had a North Little Rock house for sale at last report.)
But in recent weeks, Cumulus has been quietly reaching out to radio talent agents and political insiders about new local and regional station hosts to fill some of the airtime that will be left vacant by Limbaugh and Hannity, industry sources said. Cumulus is also expected to move some of its existing talent — which includes Mike Huckabee, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage — into one of the slots.
Huckabee's breakout into Limbaugh slots might be coincidental with this news about his own show.
CUMULUS MEDIA NETWORKS has added a lineup of recurring guests to "THE MIKE HUCKABEE SHOW." Among the new regular contributors will be retired radio talker NEAL BOORTZ, SALEM Talk WNYM-A (AM 970 THE ANSWER)/NEW YORK afternoon co-host and former NEW YORK Governor DAVID PATERSON, syndicated talker LESLIE MARSHALL, former NEW MEXICO Governor GARY JOHNSON, FOX NEWS contributors JEHMU GREENE and DOUG SCHOEN, NEWSWEEK's DANIEL KLAIDMAN, pollster JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, former NEBRASKA Governor and Senator BEN NELSON, former NEW YORK Governor GEORGE PATAKI, Rep. MIKE ROGERS (R-MI), and others.
From jimRomensko.com, a media website, a report on unhappy former Miami Herald employees who found photographs taken for their newspaper press passes for sale on eBay.
Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher wrote to Romenesko:
Now that I see mine, it’s both a kick to see them and a bit of an outrage that the company we entrusted with our images has just dumped everything into the hands of some eBay merchant. I have concluded that images of my former self aren’t worth $32.88, so when the sale expires in a few hours, I assume the pix will vanish into the same giant dumpster that now contains the rest of the glories of One Herald Plaza.
I feel their pain. But, absent an explicit agreement (the exceptions generally pertaining to work of photographers, not of their subjects), material produced for newspapers is the property of the newspapers. I suspect, for example, that the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has a trove of personal material — from photos to personnel files — on former employees. I doubt the publisher would turn them over to me or anyone else who went knocking on his door to ask for him to turn them over. Certainly not if he'd already sold them to John Rogers.
I don't know, either, who'd pay $32.88 for a press hack's photo (some of the Miami shots are selling for as little as $11), but I guess you never know. It's working out OK, however, for Rogers, featured in a cover story here a while back.
The billionaire Koch brothers have a massive imprint, from energy to forest products to multi-tentacled political front groups including the likes of Americans for Prosperity, important in the Republican takeover of the Arkansas legislature.
It ain't enough.
Now they want to control the messengers, too.
NY Times reports on their interest in buying major newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and Los Angeles Times.
As in most things, for people with the Kochs' money, I'd note that Arkansas could be bought cheaply. A good offer to Walter Hussman and Warren Stephens and, in a twinkling, the Kochs would control the editorial voice of most of the daily newspaper circulation in Arkansas. I hasten to add that's not on the table. Yet anyway.
The Times observes on the Kochs' interest in the Tribune newspapers:
The papers, valued at roughly $623 million, would be a financially diminutive deal for Koch Industries, the energy and manufacturing conglomerate based in Wichita, Kan., with annual revenue of about $115 billion.
Politically, however, the papers could serve as a broader platform for the Kochs’ laissez-faire ideas. The Los Angeles Times is the fourth-largest paper in the country, and The Tribune is No. 9, and others are in several battleground states, including two of the largest newspapers in Florida, The Orlando Sentinel and The Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. A deal could include Hoy, the second-largest Spanish-language daily newspaper, which speaks to the pivotal Hispanic demographic.
One person who attended the Aspen seminar who spoke on the condition of anonymity described the strategy as follows: “It was never ‘How do we destroy the other side?’ ”
“It was ‘How do we make sure our voice is being heard?’ ”
Also: How do you make sure there are no other voices, or voices so weak they can be easily outshouted by a conglomerate of legislative lobbyists, political pressure groups and dominant news media.
Nice plug in Politico for the Times' David Ramsey's coverage of the unfolding Medicaid expansion debate in Arkansas:
— ARKANSAS REPORTER MIXES IT UP WITH FORBES COLUMNIST OVER EXPANSION — David Ramsey, whose reporting for the Arkansas Times on his state’s unusual Medicaid expansion approach set the tone of a national conversation, shredded Forbes’s Avik Roy yesterday, contending the columnist ignored important facts on the subject. Roy used a column yesterday to disparage the deal Arkansas is working on — namely to take Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion dollars but use them to buy private coverage through the state’s insurance exchange. Roy called the arrangement a bad deal in part because Medicaid patients are supposed to have access to “any willing provider” of medical services, regardless of cost. But Ramsey reported that Arkansas’s version of expansion wouldn’t be subject to the “any willing provider” rule and would still engender competition on the state exchange. The Roy column:
A short statement from Alice 107.7 morning show host DC McGhee (whose real name is Willard Moran), was posted on the Alice 107.7 Facebook page last night. Moran was reported missing last Friday morning after he didn't come to work, sparking a wide search around his house and much fretting by fans of the popular show. He was later found sleeping in his own attic. He hasn't appeared on the morning show since.
"To my family, my friends and fans of Alice 107.7. After the events of last Friday, I have decided to seek treatment for certain personal and medical issues that I have been dealing with for some time. While I regret being away from the show during this time, I look forward to getting back to work in the near future. I appreciate your support during this difficult time.
Much Love, DC"
The message reminds us of another beloved local radio personality who has been through his own share of troubles of late.
Family members reportedly became concerned, and went to McGhee's house. His car was found there, but he was nowhere to be found. The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance as a missing person's case, and is reportedly searching woods near McGhee's home in Cabot. A post on the Alice 107.7 Facebook page says the station doesn't know anything more than the media right now, and asks listeners for prayers.
Here's a 2004 story we did on McGhee when he and his partner Heather Brown won our Best of Arkansas Poll for Best Radio Personalities.
Rick Fahr, former publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat, has found a new job, taking the publisher's seat of the River Valley Leader in Russellville on November 26. The more interesting news is the direction he's thinking of taking news collection, as in: straight up, via unmanned, news-collecting drone aircraft.
Recently on his Facebook account, Fahr said that he's had theories he's wanted to put into action for years, and will pursue those with his new position. "First wild thing we're gonna pursue?" Fahr wrote, "Eye in the Sky. We'll probably call it RVL1 — a camera-equipped helicopter or drone that will give us the ability to cover all sorts of happenings like never before (at least for any media outlet not a major TV station)."
Crazy idea? Sure. But not as crazy (or expensive) as you might think — even for a small media outlet like the River Valley Leader. Politico reported in November on a project by a Missouri NPR affiliate which would use a $25,000 grant from the University of Missouri to research and build several news-collecting drone aircraft.
As the North Little Rock Police Department could probably tell you, the FAA has strict regulations on drones and slip ups can lead to catastrophic crashes — not to mention death, given that a drone is basically a flying lawnmower. But if the red tape ever clears, media drones would be loads cheaper than the news helicopters of yesteryear.
Arkansas Blog Air Force, anyone?
Graham worked as an investigative reporter for both KATV and KLRT during his long career. He ran for U.S. Congress in 2000 and was defeated in a runoff by Mike Ross, and ran unsuccessfully for Pulaski County Sheriff in 2006.
I spoke to Graham for the Arkansas Times media column in January 2005 following his departure from KLRT, where he said his assignments amounted to running "rat and roach patrol" at local restaurants, and doing “live shots in front of empty buildings in the dark." Quite a character, as I recall.
Gladner said he's leaving Arkansas for another opportunity that he can't yet divulge. He won't be on-air in his new position.
"It was a very difficult decision. I've made so many friends in my time here," he said.
He'll continue on Fresh Talk for at least another week.
An Obama victory, Karl Rove, Fox News — a priceless opportunity for Jon Stewart who slam dunks.
Sorry, the embed function isn't working, but you can watch the clip at the Daily Show site.
Yesterday, Drudge, Hannity, Daily Caller and other foot soldiers in the Republican echo chamber breathlessly trumpeted release of a video of a speech Barack Obama gave five years ago.
Startling revelation: Obama said nice things about Jeremiah Wright, then his pastor.
Problems: The speech was open to the press. Copies of the speech were distributed. The speech was covered by press. Fox News reported on it. MSNBC reported on it. Jeremiah Wright, you've heard about.
This is what passes as an "exclusive" in Drudge and Hannity Land, the faith-based world where they are never dictated by fact-checkers.
Roger Hodge, the new editor of the Oxford American magazine, spoke to a full crowd tonight at the Clinton School. With prompts from moderator Jay Jennings, he talked about his time at Harper's, where he spent much of his professional career, "clawing his way to the top" from an intern in 1996 to editor, a position he held from 2006 until 2010. Lewis Lapham, long time editor of Harper's had been a mentor, he said, imparting to him the "importance and sancity and the power of the first person singular." Which I think means he believes in empowering writers (Lapham has used the first-person singular line before, including in his praise for Hodge in the OA release). Inspired by working at Harper's along with "a group of people who...have now taken over magazines," including Mother Jones co-editor Clara Jeffrey, GQ editor Jim Nelson and Texas Monthly editor Jake Silverstein, he said he hopes to foster a similar culture, where talented, if often unproven, editors and writers can flourish.
Later, after a question from someone in the crowd about the ownership structure of Harper's, he joked that he wasn't going to say anything bad about Rick MacArthur, the publisher and primary benefactor of Harper's who fired Hodge in 2010, if that's what the questioner was after. (He's been more candid elsewhere.) He also sidestepped an opportunity to be critical of his predecessor, Marc Smirnoff, when asked what he didn't like about the magazine, saying things like every editor does things differently, that he "will enter into a conversation with the traditions of this magazine with the same amount of respect I expect our writers to approach their material" and that an editor should be a coach, not a dictator. Adding more character- and narrative-focused literary journalism is a priority, he said.
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