Saturday, March 31, 2007

Saturday morning and the bloggers are angry...

Please just state your complaint and perhaps we will have the resources to develop your story idea further. That is what this blog was started for LISTENING, something I think we all agree is difficult for the media to do.

Yes, I know, I'm in a feisty mood today...

Friday, March 30, 2007

Remember Royal Alexander (no relation) who worked for Rodney Alexander?

The following is an edited excerpt from the John Maginnis FaxWeekly:

Republican Looks to Challenge Foti
Royal Alexander, a former congressional aide, says he is "seriously considering" running against Attorney General Charlie Foti this year.
The 40-year-old Shreveport attorney worked three years for Congressman Rodney Alexander (no relation)
(I love how we always have to say that)
and managed two campaigns for former Congressman Clyde Holloway.
Alexander would be the first Republican candidate to emerge and he is counting on it staying that way. He hopes to get the support of the state party and financial help from the Committee for a Republican Majority. Without that backing as the sole Republican-endorsed candidate, he said, "I'm not doing it."
He doesn't take a position on whether the attorney general should issue an opinion on John Breaux's eligibility to run for governor or what that opinion should be. "The state constitution is really ambiguous," he said, but that courts "tend to err on the side of allowing candidates to run."
Foti starts with a big financial advantage of $1.07 million in his campaign account.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Breaux says "one person can not solve all of our problems"

This is from his speech in Lake Charles at a non-political event. He says "if" he runs he is not going to save the democrats or kill the republicans.

What do you think?

The Bentley, Mayor Roy and Bridgette...

...not in that order but boy is it a busy post meeting day for Alexandria residents and those who are curious about where the Top Story and Headlines take us.

On the Bentley Hotel and possible city involvement. What do you think? From my limited amount of time sniffing around on the blogs just about everyone is against the city getting in the hotel business. So what are the options for the Great White Elephant in downtown?

Mayor Roy according to one post on this blog is enjoying a "honeymoon" with the local media and the blogger wants to know when it will end. I'm not sure there is one. Credit must be given to Mr. Roy for having a smart team of people working for him. Perhaps they know how to control us?

...and then Ms. Brown. She has become quite a figure in all of the Cleco discussions. Is her involvement really what the rate payers of Alexandria are concerned about?

Post away...some of us are listening.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Gee and I thought I could be an Anon...

I guess the wife, mother, sister, daughter thing gave it away.

I was sure the first comment would be negative and it was. What joy!

Let me skip to the comment on how stories are chosen. It is my belief the public thinks the media sit around and deliberate on ways to slant the news one way or the other. This may be true in some cases, but there are exceptions. And many of us simply don't have the time to think of ways to bend the truth.

Many of us in the central Louisiana media collect information from our personal sources, phone calls, faxes, email and visits. The information is usually compiled in some way in a computer with a schedule and then the news manager balances the resources he has with the list of story ideas and scheduled events.

As the day unfolds are there are changes made, depending on what comes in to the newsroom. A prime example is what occurred in Ball with suspected illegal immigrants arrested. The story came in at about 4:00pm and the day kicked up again in the news cycle.

IMHO (in my humble opinion) we all do a fairly good job with the resources we have. And now is a good time in the media for central Louisiana with the explosion (too big a description?) of the internet.

For those of us in the local media willing to listen, we will have more tools than ever to find the kind of news you will be interested in…are you willing to participate?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Since everyone else is creating a blog....

...why not the media? The truth is this is just another tool to try and get the conversation going between our viewers and us, "Cenla Media."

I have noticed the blogs get hot when talking about politics. It is, after all, the Louisiana passion. But why do we complain so bitterly when we get what we vote for?

The truth is only some of us get what we vote for and the rest feel left out and just plain angry about who was placed in power. With the Governors race in full gear, I ask what do you want in your Governor and what questions would you ask the candidates if you could interview them yourselves?