"I’m writing this in South America, where the news is regularly filled with images of death — high profile and otherwise. (Latin American media outlets are far less skittish about showing bodies than their North American counterparts.) In these parts, death is very much a part of life — whether it’s a common murder or a report of a mass grave left behind by some brutal regime or cartel. And I think that’s the way it should be. Hollywood films gleefully celebrate slow-mo death and dismemberment, but real-deal death is something we North Americans have a hard time dealing with as a culture. We put it off. We avoid mentioning it in the presence of children. In the media, not only do we resist images of bodies (especially American or white ones), in some cases, we even resist images of caskets."
"No one, least of all me, is suggesting that running a newspaper company is a piece of cake. But the people in the industry who are content to slide people out of the back of the truck until it runs out of gas not only don’t deserve tens of millions in bonuses, they don’t deserve jobs."
— David Carr gives media execs who lay off workers while lavishing bonuses on themselves the SMACKDOWN. Worth a read
"News America was led by Paul V. Carlucci, who, according to Forbes, used to show the sales staff the scene in “The Untouchables” in which Al Capone beats a man to death with a baseball bat. Mr. Emmel testified that Mr. Carlucci was clear about the guiding corporate philosophy. According to Mr. Emmel’s testimony, Mr. Carlucci said that if there were employees uncomfortable with the company’s philosophy — “bed-wetting liberals in particular was the description he used” Mr. Emmel testified — then he could arrange to have those employees “outplaced from the company.”"