Saturday, February 19, 2011

Obama to Meet With Zuckerberg and Other Tech Exec's (by Jolie O'Dell) Mashable

Obama to Meet With Zuckerberg & Other Tech Execs
by Jolie O'Dell, Mashable

U.S. President Barack Obama is paying a visit to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbuerg and a roster of other technology executives during a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

On Thursday, February 17, Obama is slated to sit down with Zuckerberg and other tech CEOs at a private dinner during his overnight trip to the West Coast. President Obama will not be making any public appearances in the San Francisco area.

According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, "The focus of the discussion is innovation and job creation, and these are representatives of businesses… who know a lot about private sector job growth."

While innovation, one of the key talking points from the President's recent State of the Union address, is to be the main topic of discussion, "Obviously other topics could come up," said Carney.

For security reasons, neither the White House nor Facebook representatives can confirm any other details, but a full roster of attendees will be released soon.

CBS Complicit in news coverup (by Michael Graham) Boston Herald

CBS complicit in news coverup
By Michael Graham, Boston Herald

60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, 'Jew! Jew!' as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's main square Friday."

Powerful reporting on an important story. Two problems: It didn't run until yesterday, and CBS didn't run it. The quote is from the New York Post. And it was The Wall Street Journal that reported "the separation and assault lasted roughly 20 to 30 minutes."

But CBS? They sat on their own story. For five days, as reporters reveled amid giddy celebrations in Tahrir Square, and as President Obama praised President Obama's handling of the Egyptian crisis, CBS reported nothing.

Only when other media had the story did CBS break the news that its own chief foreign correspondent was the victim of "a brutal and sustained sexual assault."

Five days of silence — not even "60 Minutes" coverage of the Egypt story. No mention of the "mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy" who attacked their own reporter.

How is that not news?