August 31, 2008
IN HER Critic's Notebook ["Gotcha, 24/7," Aug. 17], Mary McNamara spotlights cable news' clear need to find "sensation" to draw in viewers. This tactic has left me astonished at the content and dismayed at the low level [to which] the fourth estate has fallen. Here's an example I still can't wrap my mind around. Recently, I was stopped short, unable to believe what I was viewing on what had been the crown of cable news. Before me on my TV screen, CNN had its panel of rational commentators seated as usual behind a table; the topic of their "rational discourse" was behind them as backdrop: multiple pictures of Obama, each framed with the inscription in a kind of floral font saying, "Is Obama the Antichrist?"
June 2, 1994
In reference to the April 21 article by Scott Collins regarding public-access TV ("Commercial Appeal"), the specific purpose of the Gardena Community Access Corp. is to provide assistance to the general public, such as coordinating the usage and programming of two community access cable television channels within the city of Gardena. While one can argue that public access has not become "the electronic soapbox" that would put mass media in the hands of the masses and invigorate democracy, public access does give every citizen an opportunity to express ideas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2011 |
Knott's Berry Farm has reached an undisclosed settlement with the family of a 12-year-old boy who was seriously injured when the Xcelerator roller coaster's launch cable snapped during a 2009 accident. Every moment of the harrowing September 2009 accident — from the initial thrill to the ensuing terror — was captured by an on-board video camera. It shows Kyle Wheeler sitting in the front row of Xcelerator when the roller coaster's launch cable whips toward the riders and splits the fiberglass car in half.
May 4, 1989 |
For most English-language TV broadcasters, Cinco de Mayo means that yearly obligation to recognize their Latino viewers with a festive news feature or public service announcements. Not HBO and Cinemax. Of course, there'll be a special program--a "Cinemax Sessions" benefit concert featuring consummate salsero and crossover screen star Ruben Blades. But that's just icing from two of the nation's biggest cable TV programmers. The day that celebrates Mexico's historic defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla also launches the biggest phase of a combined HBO and Cinemax push to offer Spanish-language simulcasting to cable operators nationwide.
May 14, 1989 |
Remember the one about the guy who tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge? This time, the guy is for real. The guy is Lou Pabon--construction worker, bouncer, entrepreneur. Tarnished cable that once stretched like so many gossamer strands of the Brooklyn Bridge now lies in a heap about a mile away from the bridge. It is Pabon's plan to untwirl this giant mound of steel spaghetti and cut it into 3-inch paperweights ($30-$40) and larger brass-, silver- and gold-plated wall plaques ($150 and up)
April 18, 1989 |
The first fiber-optic cable across the Pacific Ocean went into service today, tying the United States and Japan together more tightly than ever before. The cable, no bigger than a garden hose, stretches 8,271 miles from California, through Hawaii, splitting in the western Pacific into legs that travel to Guam and Japan. Pacific Link vastly increases the capacity for communication across the Pacific, which is sometimes called the ocean of America's future. Instead of driving a golden spike, the builders of the $700-million cable marked its completion with a video teleconference between Japan and the board room of the New York Stock Exchange.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2009 |
Authorities closed both directions of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after a cable snapped on the upper deck of the span Tuesday. California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said the bridge would be closed for at least 24 hours so crews can try to repair the cable, which snapped during the evening commute. Van Eckhardt said the closure comes after a cable and a large piece of metal fell onto a westbound portion of the roadway about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Before the closure, traffic was already backed up into Oakland.