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September 30, 2005

Journalistic integrity, eh?

As we all know, I hate the media.
I also hate this guy.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/30/bennett.comments/index.html

But I guess it's that slant of the liberal media. What a bunch of BS, that is.

The media sways with the party in power. That's how it goes. If I ever find this man, I will run him over, put it in reverse, and run him over again...

There's a very, very special place in Hell reserved for him.


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Contrarily, it's good to see there are still reporters doing their jobs and having a real set of core beliefs.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/30/cia.leak/index.html

And what a shocker, it was Dick Cheney's chief of staff who leaked the name of the covert CIA operative.

But you know, this administration really has saftey and security in mind, especially when you leave no national guard to defend the home front and start letting slip the names of undercover agents.

What a crock.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 05:26 PM | Comments (6)

September 29, 2005

Videogames for Sale

Alright, y'all...

I figure I'll put this here for all to see before I try selling anything elsewhere. If anyone is interested in buying any of these or know someone who might be, let me know.

One Sega Genesis console, almost brand new, still in origial box, with styrofoam and original manuals and plastic wrap. All cables and controllers.

One Genesis entertainment cabinet for storage of games and controllers

Two NES consoles in original box with all cables and controllers

One NES with controllers and cables but no box

One SNES with all cables and controllers

Games:

SNES:
Yoshi's Island
Pilotwings
Mario RPG
Desert Strike
PGA Golf Tour
Rock N Roll Racing
Link to the Past
Tetris 2
Super GameBoy
Firepower 2000
Timon and Pumba's Jungle Games
Mario Kart
Championship Pool
Mario All-Stars
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing
Super Mario World
NHLPA Hockey

Genesis:
Target Earth
Sonic 2
Sonic 3

NES:
Mario 3 (2 copies of this)
Pinball
Castlevania III
Adventure of Link
Tetris
Tetris II
Klax (Hooray for Tengen games)
Rollerball
Fester's Quest
Contra
Castlevania II
Pyramid (another pirated game)
Metal Gear
Treasure Master
Silent Sevice
Demon Sword
Ninja Gaiden II
Bugs Bunny Krazy Kastle
Baseball Stars
Mega Man II
Pirates
Roger Clemens MVP Baseball
720
Marble Madness
Jack Nicklaus Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf
Rad Racer
Final Fantasy
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out
Loopz
Yoshi Cookie
Dr. Mario
Blades of Steel
Kirby's Adventure
Code Name: Viper
Zelda
Top Gun
Adventure Island

If interested, email me at kevin@gccafe.com or call (412) 480-4258

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 01:46 PM | Comments (2)

September 28, 2005

Weblog Portfolio

Welcome, welcome, to another year at Hogwarts. Wait, no. Wrong book, sorry. The Portfolio, seen here, is not the greatest work known to man. Some might find it offensive, whereas some may find it insightful. I cannot say which is true, I just keep doing my thing. The only aspect, up front, I wish I could say was in better order is that of interaction. I've commented a few times on people's journals, but the comments on my own are lacking. Alas, such is life of the jaded person.

Coverage:
In Response to Spot News.

The Reporter's Notebook.

The Trib and Channel 4.

Why is Ther Journalism and what is the truth?.

Who journalists work for, Verification, and Indep. from faction.

Trib Review: Speech Codes.


Depth:

Who journalists work for, Verification, and Indep. from faction.

In Response to Spot News.


Timeliness:
In Response to Spot News.


Wildcard:

Please allow Myself to Introduce...Myself.


Xenoblogging and Interaction:

In Response to Spot News.

Let's see - Mike's response to my blog

My comment in Lou's blog.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 08:59 AM | Comments (0)

Trib Review: Speech Codes

And thanks to SHU, I can fully declare that speech codes are a bunch of bullshit.

Now, had I said that in the public domain at Penn State, I would have had some serious Hell to pay. Do not get me wrong, I'm not trying to present the view that SHU is the be-all, end-all of schooling, but it is, in my opinion, infinitely better than PSU.

But Speech Codes...

I can't even put into words how much this stuff pisses me off. Granted, it doesn't take much to make me angry, but still. I understand, there is a certain respect one must have for other individuals and groups and so on. That's just human decency, but what these codes are doing is censoring the people and keeping them totally in control.

Consider a teenager; either when you yourself were one, or if you've raised one - wasn't it true that the more you put the screws to them and controled them, the more they would go out of their way to defy you? How is that not true for a society as well?

When I was in grade school, I had a girl who happened to be Jewish in my class. That's fine. Most of the other students were Catholic or Protestant in some form, but we all got along. The Jewish girl, though, would always find a place to complain about what was being taught, even things that were being taught objectively. At Christmas time, all religions would be discussed, not just the Christian holiday, but she would complain that we were being unfair.

It is because of people like her that these speech codes exist. It's the rotten one who ruins it for the other million.

To put it bluntly, the more you try to censor me, the more abbrasive I will become. I'm not one to back down, and I will continue to fight.

I think it's all a bunch of bollocks, and I'm not afraid to say it.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 08:51 AM | Comments (0)

Who journalists work for, Verification and Indep. from Faction

In truth, at the lowest and highest level, Journalists work for the citizens. Not just of their community or even country, but of the world. Reports from across the world land on your doorstep. Jim Bob of your hometown did not go to Korea to get you the story.

Even being contracted out by a company such as the AP or the local paper, the journalists duty is still to the citizens, not the CEO.

There was a film made a few years ago called "Shattered Glass," which told the story (true) of Stephen Glass, a writer for "The New Republic," in which all of his stories were fabricated because he was playing to his bosses, over-his-head and loved the attention.

Additional information can be found here.

When the reporter abondons the readers for money or anything else, they deserve the humiliation that will befall them, not to be put in prison like the NY Time reporter who was put in jail for refusing to reveal her source.

What a journalist must do, though, is provide the truth, inbridaled and hurtful as it may be, the truth shall set you free. It is the journalists job, although given the final say in what their news is, to remain totally invisible and silent. Granted, there are some exceptions (such as critiques, op-eds), but that's about all.

One must always verify their sources as good and reliable. They must always have the facts in line and able to be checked at a moment's notice without impudence.

Once again, all these aspects can be seen in the film.

And to remain Independent from factions may be the hardest part. In today's world, it's hard to find a job and not be polarized. I know even for myself that in my workplace, I immediate routed out the left-leaning politicos and grouped with them. If you want to work at FOX News, you have to be prepared to present a skewed view to the right. Much as most people would say the same of CNN, only to the left.

There is bias everywhere. We're drowning in it. And when a truthful story does emerge, it is immediately painted as opposition to one side's views and being imbalanced.

It sucks to be a reporter now.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 08:36 AM | Comments (0)

Why there is Journalism and what is the truth?

The bare bones essence of journalism is to present the people with information regarding current events. Typically, jounralism was reserved for special events or major events (at least at it's onset), but now...Tabloids rule the paper and television.

It was once the principle of the media to uncover the ultimate truth and bring it forth, now the media will just play along with whatever is said, without investigation, regardless of it's accuracy. Dan Rather reported fake news and got fired. The President lied to the country about weapons and got re-elected. Such is life.

Journalistic truth is present in the mind of the beholder; for if the reporter can provide the facts, only the facts and not present a bias, truth has been achieved. If there was a red dog, and the reporter said "The dog was red," he would be telling the truth. If he said "The dog was reddish, but could have been seen as..." then they are obscuring the truth from the people.

Woodward and Bernstein...I'm amazed that they haven't lashed out at everyone yet. If they were dead I would say they were spinning in their graves, but they are alive and well. I thought I would hear more from them on the current state of illogical reporting and refusal to tell the truth.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 08:29 AM | Comments (0)

Trib and Channel 4

I never was, nor ever will claim to be, a fan of the Tribune Review. I've never liked their paper, and from people I know who have worked their, the journalistic integrity is less-than-perfect.

The story about the Tasers was interesting. Newsworthy? Somewhat. It's been an issue for a long time, but comparing the two, one would think they read two totally different stories.

Channel 4, my prefered new channel, barely made mention of the event. Mostly they showed a woman being tasered and said "it happened in Oakland," where as the Trib (kudos to them) gave the full back story on the Taser use by police, where, why, and how of the attack (Oakland, anti-war rally, angry officers). The Trib also provided information regarding what will come next in the process for the offending officers.

Those who have come to know me know that, generally, I hate the media. Even being a part of it myself, I can't stand them. Especially nowadays given that we've lost our press and that the media is being controller (not in the public domain, but in the rhetorical sense) by the Government, but that's a rant all by itself.

The trib got the job done. Well played.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 08:23 AM | Comments (0)

The Reporter's Notebook

I almost ashamedly admit, I had previous knowledge of a lot of the material covered in the first thirty-odd pages. As I've said a few times, I've been around the business for a few years, and though it doesn't make me a professional, it gives me a bit of a leg up.

I try to avoid using some of the "stock questions" that are listed for interviews and the like, but every now and then I've needed a question that didn't totally and completely attack or attempt to drill the subject. Pleasantries are nice once in a blue moon.

I would say it helped with organization, but it didn't really get used for that. Admirable as the attempt is, I'm probably not going to use the little blocks in there as a planner.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 08:08 AM | Comments (0)

September 21, 2005

Not school related by any stretch...

Man, this world can kiss my ass in Hell, that's for damn sure.

If I didn't fully plan and intend on kicking the world's ass in the next few years, I would soooo have given up by now.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 01:07 PM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2005

In response to Spot News

Yeah. It wasn't anything I hadn't really done before. The past two years I've been in LA covering the E3 Expo (hoorah for Videogames), conducting interviews, presenting news on the fly, doing immediate analysis of what's being presented.

Granted, yes, I had a little more interest and investment into my E3 experience because, well, videogames are a large part of my life, but because it's also a business venture (not to mention a free trip to LA). This...sorry to say, really didn't mean much to me. I don't live on campus, I don't plan on living on campus, I don't really care much about the dorms...sure, it's nice to see the school growing and needing to house more students, but it sure would have been a whole Hell of a lot nicer if they had put in more parking.

That's yet another thing that's been pissing me off. I'm sick of this parking crap. I have to park all the way in the seventh level of Skahulu Hell and then wait for the shuttle, or take a long walk to the building.

I know the dorm was needed, but still..some more parking would be nice. I said in my own LiveJournal "There is no, and I mean no parking available unless somebody dies. It's reason enough to come here an hour or two early just to find parking. Christ almighty in a chicken basket."

Back on topic, though - I guess it was a good exercise. I mean...sure, it was nice and all, but it just didn't have any draw for me whatsoever.

Perhaps I'm just a jaded person, maybe I'm just tired. Whatever the reason, I found my interviews with the lead programmer on Call of Duty: Big Red One and the head graphic designer for Prince of Persia much more interesting than an old lady.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 12:22 PM | Comments (2)

Please, allow myself to introduce...myself

Allow me to set a few ground rules for this...

First, I don't like this. I have my LiveJournal which I keep fairly well protected to those I don't want reading it. Don't expect a grand and wonderful thing to be of this.

Second, I will use some risque langugage. As per request, I will edit out some of my langauge, but don't expect me to be prim and proper.

Next, If you have a LiveJournal, by all means, let me know. I'll be more than happy to add you to my friends list.

Next, I speak openly and often about politics and, truthfully, whatever the Hell else is on my mind. If you don't like it, don't read. Nobody is making you (in the rare exception when Dr. Jerz makes you read it...).

Also, I have a natural ability to piss people off. It's not a personal matter, please don't take it as such, I'm just kind of a prick.

Don't expect me to be pleasant and cheerful. I'm not a doomsday prophet, but...let's be honest, life is pretty shitty.

Lastly, I commute and am angry enough at that on a daily basis, I don't need extra rage by buying all these effing books.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 12:12 PM | Comments (1)

September 02, 2005

Let's see

Why I still do this crap, I'll never know.

Additionally, wheeeeeeee

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 05:16 PM | Comments (1)

Yet another note...

Also, try and get all my html files from the FTP and optimize my damned journal...

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 05:07 PM | Comments (0)

Yar har har

Note to self: I think I left my dignity somewhere behind a tree. I need to find that. That is all.

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at 05:05 PM | Comments (0)