Frank Strategies: The Blog

Citizen Journalism Promoted on YouTube – By Endangered MSM Reporters?
June 30, 2009, 10:57 am
Filed under: MSM, Online Video

One of the greatest developments of the past few years is the ability for just about anybody to become a citizen reporter on YouTube – whether that means posting video from inside Iran in the midst of a media blackout or going around the often biased mainstream media here in the U.S. to break news and deliver your message unfiltered directly to your target audiences. Or just asking your local Member of Congress why he secured a particular pork-barrel earmark, and exposing him as a jerk in the process.

Now the folks at YouTube have set up a new “Reporters Center,” which they say is designed to help you report the news. It’s a decent idea and it includes several videos featuring helpful tips from people who have had success reporting news on YouTube.

Curiously, however, the channel also features videos from some of the old media’s most sclerotic institutions: the New York Times, CBS News, and the Washington Post. In one video, NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff offers advice about how to cover a global crisis. Tips include not arguing with guys with big guns, and remembering that “Americans typically don’t care about thousands of people starving. But they can be made to care about one individual.” As if people in every other country don’t also make a deeper connection when a story is personalized – so why limit the statement to “Americans?” It’s exactly this kind of sneering anti-Americanism that is leading the old dinosaur media into bankruptcy, so why turn to them to explain what works on YouTube?

In another video, Katie Couric offers advice on how to conduct a good interview: “It’s important to be a gracious host… I always try to be very warm and welcoming…” You know – just like she was in those Sarah Palin interviews.

So go ahead and check out YouTube’s Reporters Center and start being a citizen journalist. Just stick to the videos from real citizen journalists – not the ones who are being put out of business by them.


Billy Mays Here…
June 29, 2009, 9:50 pm
Filed under: Online Video

In a shameless attempt to bump at least one Michael Jackson video off the list of the world’s most viral, here’s Billy Mays driving through McDonalds… sadly ironic…

June 29, 2009, 7:07 pm
Filed under: Online Video

At the moment, 16 of the 20 most viral online videos in the world either feature or are related to Michael Jackson. The only political video on the chart is Neda dying in the streets of Tehran.

ABC’s Obamacare Infomercial
June 25, 2009, 10:18 am
Filed under: Health Care, MSM, Obama

Last night I DVR’ed ABC’s prime-time health care “conversation” with President Obama, and when I got home from dinner I fast-forwarded through the hour-long show. As I did, I noticed that Obama certainly seemed to be doing a disproportionate amount of the talking, so I pledged to watch the whole thing in the morning with a stopwatch in hand and calculate the percentage of the program that Obama spent filibustering the “conversation.”

This morning, I woke up, grabbed my stopwatch, and checked the online news to make sure nobody else had already quantified Obama’s talk-a-thon. I’m glad I did, since Drudge had already linked to this report from the fine folks at the Business and Media Institute.

The report confirms exactly what I suspected last night: that Obama sucked up the vast majority of the time to pitch his health-care plan, regardless of what questions were asked. Not exactly what I’d call a balanced conversation:

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Cool Photo of the Day
June 24, 2009, 10:23 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Astronauts in the International Space Station fly directly over an erupting volcano off the coast of Japan. More photos here. In a related story, Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi today called on the EPA to sanction the volcano for contributing to “climate change.”

Volcano from space

Video: Iranian Demonstrators at White House Urge Obama to Stand Up for Democracy in Middle East
June 21, 2009, 7:31 pm
Filed under: Obama, Online Video, Protest

Here are a few scenes I shot at this afternoon’s big Iranian demonstration outside the White House. As you’ll see, it was large, energetic crowd – at least several hundred strong – with protestors chanting slogans like “Democracy for Iran,” “Human Rights for Iran,” and “Down With the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Many people held up posters bearing the image of Neda, the Iranian woman who was killed while protesting in the streets of Tehran this weekend. Others held up signs that read “Mr. President, Have You Heard The Cry for Democracy in Iran?” and “Please! President Obama, Help Innocent Iranians!”

Of course, a lot of unsuspecting tourists who happened upon the scene feverishly snapped photos and video. Interestingly, however, I didn’t see any broadcast TV news camera there – even local stations who could have used the footage to provide a local angle on the international story.

Tax the Evil Rich! Oh, Wait…
June 16, 2009, 10:10 am
Filed under: Online Video, Taxes

Cato’s Dan Mitchell explains in this new online video why the Left’s constant call for higher taxes on the so-called “rich” is a very bad idea.

In the process, he also illustrates how organizations, candidates and elected officials can quickly and easily transform what would historically be a plain old newspaper op-ed into a more interesting mode of communications that will reach thousands of additional key opinion leaders around the world.