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Written by Joe Tetreault | 27 January 2011

SNOWTORIOUS B.I.G. STRIKES NEW HAVEN The lack of plows is a feature not a bug. Note how WTNH gets results: 

Brett Aiello says that when he calls public works of  both New Haven and East Haven he doesn't get a response.

So, News 8 put two calls in to New Haven Mayor John Destefano's press secretary. Maybe it's a coincidence, maybe not, but seven minutes later the cavalry arrives.

Yes, Mayor Destefano recognizes that WTNH will play a greater role in getting him re-elected than the Aiellos.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 27 January 2011

'PUTER ON THE DECLINE AND FALL OF CHARLIE SHEEN Just a taste, it's short enough for you to read the whole thing, "Hollywood, CBS and everyone on Two and a Half Men can bite 'Puter's love hog. You are watching a grown man slowly but surely kill himself, yet you continue to use him to enrich yourselves."

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 27 January 2011

NELSON MUNTZ SAYS: HA HA Are they officially the LOLeafs, now?

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 27 January 2011

THE LITIGIOUS SENATOR ASSHAT no comments

Written by Joe Tetreault | 27 January 2011

THE RAYS GET A NEW FIELD? Unfortunately, it's in the same old dome.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 27 January 2011

INFOGRAPHIC FUN You can't tell the players without a scorecard and you can't tell the glitterati without an infographic. Of course the Lakers have one.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 27 January 2011

SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING THE CUBS The forecast for mediocrity on the North Side continues indefinitely.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 27 January 2011

SPECIAL GUEST STAR WILL FERRELL to help close out Steve Carell's tenure in The Office. A four-episode stint will not absolve Ferrell for his failures at the box office lately, but reuniting with Brick Tamland won't hurt.

Probably.

Maybe.

Uh, yeah.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 26 January 2011

FAUSTIAN BARGAINS? Blogs affiliated with YES either toned down their criticisms of the Rafael Soriano signing after the fact or were punished with the removal of their YES toolbar according to a report by Moshe Mandel at The Yankee U. I read both Pinstriped Bible and River Ave. Blues. They are great blogs with talented and passionate writers. They were not censored, censured is more like it.

To be censorship, there has to be a direct suppression of content. This wasn't.

However the incident illustrates the grander problem with sports journalism and why independent voices with some clout are necessary for proper coverage. The broadcast networks and cable networks that cover teams or sports strike bargains to gain the rights to air those teams or sports. In doing so, they become partners with the leagues or teams. The relationship between NESN and the Red Sox, YES and the Yankees and SNY with the Mets is more overt as the clubs own their networks. The boundary between the club's temptation to shape coverage and the networks decision to alter coverage to shine the most favorable light on the team is indistinguishable. Mandel notes this:

[O]ne of two things took place:

1) Ownership asked YES to block the criticism from being affiliated with YES in any way, and YES complied,

OR

2) YES took preemptive action because they knew that ownership would be upset if they saw the criticism linked to from the YES website.

At what point does the desire to maintain access interfere with the ability to be an honest broker of information? One need only examine the fawning entertainment press to understand the awfulness of that outcome.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 26 January 2011

MORE TSA NONSENSE

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