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This Is CNN

Written by John Ellis on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Two weeks ago, Kaplan was "reorganized" out of his job and replaced by an opaque operating committee of Turner Broadcasting executives. The stated reason for Kaplan’s dismissal was that ratings were down and that most of CNN’s programming seemed devoid of wit or edge. Off the record and on background, CNN executives blamed Kaplan for [&hellip
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Democrats in Disarray: Gore Needs to Build His Own Brand Identity

Written by John Ellis on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Everyone agrees (even Gore operatives) that Gov. Bush begins the fall campaign with a significant electoral college advantage, which is unquestionably enhanced by the absence of Perot. Key states that were lost by President Bush and Sen. Dole (like Ohio, Wisconsin and Missouri), in part because of Perot, now reside in the category of "leaning [&hellip
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The Red Sox and the Curse of Bad Management

Written by John Ellis on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Then the roof fell in. And the room, filled with Red Sox management and Major League Baseball personnel, went terribly still. By the time Buckner had booted Mookie Wilson’s ground ball and the winning run had crossed the plate, forcing the seventh game, everyone in that room knew, completely and certainly, that the Red Sox [&hellip
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Tiger Woods, the Greatest

Written by John Ellis on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

It is hard to overstate the magnitude of van Orman’s accomplishment. Golf is a hard game; the U.S. Open its most demanding tournament. To be one of the 156 players who qualify requires exceptional ability and fierce discipline. To paraphrase Washington Post sports columnist Tom Boswell, golfers who "make" the U.S. Open aren’t just better [&hellip
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What’s Up with Mainstream Magazines and Media?

Written by John Ellis on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Okay. Let’s take a look. Right here on my desk are the most recent editions of Fast Company (for which I write a regular column) and Wired. Among the "desperate for attention" Net companies advertising inside these tomes are: General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes, Honda, IBM, Compaq, Gateway, Oracle, Microsoft, Apple, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and, [&hellip
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Myths of the New York Senate Race

Written by John Ellis on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The departure of Mayor Rudy Giuliani from the New York Senate race generated an avalanche of commentary and coverage, much of which was misleading and some of which was simply wrong. Since there aren’t many people left in journalism who are knowledgeable about either politics or New York state, this was hardly surprising. Now that [&hellip
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The Age of the Customer, and How Time Warner Screwed Up

Written by John Ellis on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

And you thought New Coke was stupid. This wireless technology price-gouging scam may be the dumbest idea Coca-Cola has ever had. It offers Pepsi and other competitors an enormous opportunity to use wireless Web technology to cut the price of cold soda on a hot day and, in so doing, position themselves as pro-customer and [&hellip
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What’s Next for Microsoft and the Tech Revolution?

Written by John Ellis on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

There can be little dispute about Microsoft’s guilt. The Justice department proved beyond a reasonable doubt what virtually everyone in the computer hardware/software business has known for years: Microsoft leveraged its operating system monopoly to dictate terms of business engagement and thwart (some would say crush) innovative product development by rival companies. And they did [&hellip
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