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It started as an offhand conversation with my new editor in my first week as media critic:

People spend all this time thinking about their food diets, we marveled. Why don't they think more about their media diet?

Months later, I've cobbled together a story for the Times on the concept of a media diet -- if you thought of your media intake like a food diet, what's good, what's bad, and how do you come up with a balanced meal which works for you?

We didn't have room for this graphic, which shows my news media diet displayed like an old-school food pyramid, with newspapers as the roughage at the foundation, public broadcasting as the nutritious vegetables, cable channels as the fruity middle, the Internet as the red meat, with the newscast parody The Daily Show as the sugary cherry on top.

In the story, I also provide a sample of the media diets from folks like Gov. Jeb Bush and TV writer David Mills. If you feel like sharing, I'd love to know: What's your media diet like?

CNN Courts Conservatives -- Again

Lefty media watchdog groups are howling over two recent hires by CNN outlets: football star-turned-black conservative politico J.C. Watts (as a CNN contributor) and right-wing talk radio firebrand Glenn Beck (as host of an hourlong shows on CNN Headline News).

Indeed, it was amusing to see CNN Headline News president Ken Jautz describe Beck as "self-deprecating and cordial." Local radio listeners who heard Beck's show back when he was based in Tampa can recall a typically in-your-face, Rush Limbaugh style commentator who hosted Clear Channel-supported rallies nationwide to support the war in Iraq and called Hurricane Katrina refugees "scumbags" amid mistaken reports of riots at relief centers.

Watts, who left the U.S. House in 2002 amid concerns he was being marginalized, is one of the few black conservatives who doesn't come off as a total sellout -- helping establish a Smithsonian museum of black history while also supporting the GOP.

Perhaps CNN feels it needs two conservatives to the replaced the departed douchebag of liberty, Robert Novak.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:35pm]


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