Monday, October 18, 2010

Political Coverage

I may be in a tiny minority, but I just don't accept what is being reported and analyzed about the outcome of the midterm elections. I read and hear about polls predicting a Democratic party route, but the Pew Research Center has suggested that the polls are only capturing people with hard-line telephones. The pollsters are not calling cell phone customers who have no phones at home. Doesn't that throw into question the "representative sample" upon which polls are based? Not that the predictions might not be true, but I just haven't seen any convincing evidence.

And how much of what is reported is coming from other news reports and "analysts" and not from primary investigation? The state of journalism being what it is most newswriters do all their work at the keyboard and not in the field or even on the telephone. I would hate to have my career determined by a second hand report of a telephone poll or some pretty face whose credentials are in entertainment and not journalism.

I've already voted by mail and will wait for the returns.

Publishing Update

The two books I did with the late Walt Crowley several years ago are now available through University of Washington Press. Power For The People tells the story of Seattle City Light and Hope On The Hill is about Seattle Children's Hospital, the old Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

The publishing game being what it is I had not seen either work for some time and it was with great joy and some wonderment that I reread what I had done. Not bad, if I say so myself. Naturally Walt had worked his magic on the stories and others added updates, but both are still my work.
Hope On The Hill launches on October 26, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at University Book Store. Marie McCaffrey, Executive Director of HistoryLink.org, Dr. John Neff, former Medical Director at Children's, and I will offer comments and sign books.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

On the air

Hot on the heels of the radio interview I appeared on KCTS Channel 9, our local PBS station. They are having a pledge drive and aired the documentary I did about Snoqualmie Falls. During the pledge breaks, as green-tee-shirted staff from Parks and Rec manned the phones, the host asked me quick questions about the story. Turn me on about history and I just keep on going. I didn't cause the show to go over too much.