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GQ Magazine: Spike Lee Is Still Doing the Right Thing

Spike Lee talks to GQ about the Haiti earthquake, the followup to his Emmy-winning HBO documentary about Katrina, and why he’s (slightly) miffed at Obama

What should Obama have done differently about the spill?
Before this catastrophe, our president was in favor of offshore drilling. And when this thing happened, he backtracked real quick.
[pauses] I don’t know why Obama ever trusted these BP guys! They would lie to their mothers. Hayward does not give a fuck. The thing we don’t talk about is that eleven Americans lost their lives and it took seven weeks to invite their families to the White House. I’m not trying to bash my man, but that’s a long time.

Photographic/Cinematic style of Journalism: Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris is a great  example of a more photographic/cinematic style of journalist, who is also a multiple award winning VII photo agency and Time magazine photographer.

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While Morris photographed the President Obama on assignment for Time magazine he also shot short films on Canon 5DmkII and 7D DSLRs. In each film he tries to convey a message – he uses black and white along with tilt and shift lenses to give unique feeling to his films. His great eye and unique access give a totally different view of a Presidency to that of the broadcasters. I would argue that this is good journalism, and that his ideas and his methodology are laid out – it is that magazine photo essay but in a moving format.

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DSLR News Shooter says news and documentary video from photographers on the internet are struggling to find an audience, and that if they keep using the same old-school formats as TV they wont be able to compete for long.

One thing is clear to me; news and documentary video from photographers on the internet is struggling to find an audience. If we continue to do only the same old formats as our TV brethren we won’t be able to compete for long – the likes of the BBC will do it better most of the time. I’m glad there are photographers, cameramen and women and videojournalists out there who are prepared to try to move the medium forward.

Christopher Morris Photography

TIME On Assignment: The War in Iraq, Photographs by Christopher Morris

Tavis Smiley calls Obama’s health reform ‘small change’

Dec. 20, 2009, 5 p.m.Radio/TV host Tavis Smiley today hit President Obama’s apparent looming victory on health care saying that the bill does not go far enough.

“Throughout the campaign, the president promised change,” he said on NBC’s Meet The Press.  “We have change on the horizon here but, unfortunately, it’s small change.  I find myself kind of like John McCain agreeing with Howard Dean, here I am agreeing with my friend Joe Scarborough.”

He continued:

“I think the real winners here are the insurance industry. They’re, they’re the–yeah, they’re the ones who win here.  I mean, you, you, you walk through that list, David, of those points you put up earlier.  The president wanted the public option, the industry said no.  The president wanted to tax their windfall profits, the industry said no.  The president wanted to do a variety of things, the industry pushed back.  And here’s the problem for me.  It’s not just, David, that we’re not getting the kind of health care that we were promised we were going to get, it’s that in the president’s first big fight with a powerful lobby in Washington, the White House lost and they lost big.  And that, I think, portends something very dangerous down the road for all the other issues we have to deal with where lobbies are going to be pushing back on the White House.”

Smiley has been a frequent critique of Obama, who he did not endorse. Obama has also never shown up for a major event held by Smiley.

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Let me know what your thoughts are? Is he right or wrong?

Obama Calls Kanye a ‘Jackass’ — The Audio