MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- We know there is some kind of hoax involving Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, and we know the media are also involved, either as part of the hoax itself or as complicit for not checking for obvious flaws in the story. But you know what, there’s something to be said for a good media hoax.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- Here’s a little computer exercise for you to try: go to Google and search for the name “Emilie Parker.” The first entry includes pictures of young Emilie and President Obama. But the web site claims there is something odd about the photos: the pictures were supposedly taken after Emilie was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- I remember back in high school I had to do a report about Julius Caesar, and for one of my references I used Shakespeare’s play. My teacher gently pointed out that Shakespeare was a poet, not an historian, and in the future I should limit my references to authoritative sources.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- It seems almost an article of business faith that as revenues shrink you make the product smaller in an effort to save money. And for years it seems that newspapers have followed that model: as advertising revenue has gone down, newspapers have gotten smaller and smaller, with fewer stories, fewer reporters and, as a result, fewer reasons to buy the paper in the first place.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) -- We’ve heard a lot this past week about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, individual freedom and the rights of the states to set their own laws. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the constitution, were ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, and it is those amendments that protect our right to participate in the debates about gay marriage, the fiscal cliff, the war in Afghanistan, and the myriad of other issues facing our country.