Five by 8 – 6/8/10: Embarrassing presentations

It’s a quick 5×8 this morning, so I can get in to work early to talk to Cathy Wurzer on Morning Edition about Duy Ngo. I’ll post it here later.

1) I know News Cut readers don’t like to share their most embarrassing moments, but I’m compelled to ask for them anyway. Today’s attempt to invade your most personal moments is inspired by yesterday’s Steve Jobs unveiling of the new iPhone. Jobs is standing before hundreds of people, and thousands more — maybe millions — online when he can’t get his product to work.

You know how that feels, right? Because it’s happened to you. Take all the time you need to tell me about it below. Spare no details.

2) David Carr tackles President Obama for a cheap shot at the media during his visit to the Gulf Coast this week. Obama assured locals that he’ll still care after the media has left, ignoring the fact the media has been more informative about the oil disaster than, well, the president. But he drops this nugget farther into the story: BP is now bound by stock exchange rules in dispensing information, which will — if true — stem the flow of information:

“Given recent volatility in BP share price, I’m told that information related to top kill is now considered stock market sensitive, which means it has to be managed under disclosure rules for the London and NY stock exchanges,” said the note from a BP press official. “In a nutshell, that means all investors must be provided information on an equal basis. That precludes me from sending you updates as various aspects of the operation unfold.”

In other words, reporters on deadline could call government officials, but they would be handed off to BP press people who were prevented by stock compliance rules from providing answers.

Meanwhile, a new poll confirms the oil disaster is Obama’s Katrina.

Along the Gulf, politicians are lining up for face time:3) There’s something utterly relaxing about this new video of clouds over Rice’s Point in Duluth:

(h/t: Perfect Duluth Day)

4) Helen Thomas lost what was left of her career by suggesting Jews “go home.” It turns out, it’s not the first time she’s given someone that advice.5) Children of lesbian parents do better socially and academically than children of heterosexuals, a new study says.

Bonus: It’s a pity, really, that the soccer World Cup should take the spotlight away from the world shinkicking championships. Here’s the 2008 highlights:

“The sport dates back to 1636 when it formed part of the Robert Dover Olimpick Games and was said to be even more violent. In the early 19th century villages challenged each other to battles and contestants hardened their shins with coal hammers,” NewsLite says.


Apple unveiled the fourth generation model of its popular iPhone on Monday. How have smart phones changed your life?


Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) – First hour: How to regulate the financial industry.

Second hour: Is book publishing dying?

Midday (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – First hour: Dr. Jon Hallberg answers questions about medical and health care issues in the news.

Second hour: President Obama’s high school graduation speech given Monday night in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Talk of the Nation (1-3 p.m.) – First hour: The border is often ground zero in the debate over illegal immigration. But according Doris Meissner, the border is not the single answer to the problem of illegal immigration. Meissner and Julie Myers Wood, both former heads of U.S. Immigration, discuss the border and immigration enforcement.

Second hour: Anthony Bourdain’s brain offers a veritable buffet of strong opinions on every cuisine, every chef, and every kind of eater–including those who refuse to eat cooked food.

All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) – Hospitals in the Twin Cities are announcing their staffing plans for the nurses strike today. MPR’s Lorna Benson is covering the story.

MPR’s Chris Roberts, a Michigan lad, talks to the director of “Beyond the Motor City,” and considers mass transit lessons from Detroit.

  • I’m a pretty shy and averse to the spotlight sort of person.

    As far as embarrassing presentations, does fainting as an altar boy during Mass count? 😉

  • Bob Collins

    An emailer writes:

    I was in my first job, and then-V.P. George H.W. Bush was speaking at a conference we were hosting with roughly 1,200 in the audience. (Former) Senator Durenburger walked in the back of the darkened ballroom and I was told to get the message up to the dais that he was here so he could be recognized.

    One minor detail: I was among staff that had NOT been vetted by the Secret Service.

    With note in hand, and being conscious of keeping both hands clearly visible, I slowly made my way up the side. As I got closer and became more visible, I could see that the agents were reaching inside their coats.

    My boss (who was with V.P. Bush on the dais), scampered off and met me asking “What the hell are you doing? Trying to get yourself killed?” I replied that I was sent up because Sen. Durenberger had just arrived in the back and the V.P. might want to acknowledge his attendance.

    The reply was, “You were going to get yourself shot for that S.O.B.?”

  • Dave Dempsey

    The only cheap shot is the one you take at Obama. Is any criticism of the news media a cheap shot? That’s why the news media are as popular as politicians; you’re above criticism. Another failing institution.

    As for the poll suggesting BP’s fecklessness is Obama’s Katrina, there’s a difference between a hurricane and an oil spill. The latter is an act of a poorly-regulated industry. Obama and Bush share responsibility. At least Obama has showed up in the immediate aftermath, several times.

  • Bob Collins

    I think Carr pretty well explains why it’s a cheap shot.

    But you have to read the article to understand it.

  • Noelle

    Re: Katrina vs. BP oil spill poll:

    Democrats and Republicans are split in their views of the two disasters.

    Asked about the oil spill, 56 percent of Democrats gave the government a negative rating while 81 percent of Republicans said the same.

    Two weeks after Katrina, 79 percent of Democrats were displeased with the government’s reaction compared with 41 percent of Republicans.

    I find these splits interesting. Are members of the Tea Party in agreement with the dissatisfied Republicans regarding the oil spill? Is it ok NOW for the government to be more involved?

    Re: Children of lesbian parents do better socially & academically. Was this study intentionally excluding gay men as parents? I understand they were examining children born via artificial insemination, but I’d be interested to hear if the results are the same of children adopted to gay men, not just lesbians. Just an observation.

  • Noelle

    Hmm, the quote from the poll should have been all italics. Apparently I’m not so good at those HTML tags.

    (Bob notes: I fixed it. Weird Moveable Type thing that requires each paragraph to be formatted.)