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Good News, Bad News, No News

Good News, Bad News, No News: Executive Transparency, Printed Blogs, and Hotel Cutbacks

John Moe

Angela Kim

It's time for our weekly parlor game to keep track of the good, bad and unworthy news of the week. We're joined by Luke Burbank, host of the radio show "Too Beautiful To Live" in Seattle; Kerry Howley, contributing editor to Reason magazine; and Yale University Professor of Literature Amy Hungerford.

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Saying there's been "too much secrecy in this city," President Barack Obama reversed a Bush administration policy that made it harder to get information through the Freedom of Information Act. Instead of having to make a case for why information should be made public, as was previously the case, the de facto position will be to make it public unless a case can be made for secrecy.

What kind of news is that?

Big city newspapers are dying and the internet is being blamed. But one entrepreneur is doing things in reverse. Joshua Karp is the publisher of The Printed Blog, first editions appeared in Chicago and San Francisco this week. It's a free printed selection of material originally published online. What kind of news is this?

As the economy worsens, people travel less. That means hotels have more vacancies and less money. So, according to the Wall Street Journal, they're cutting corners, eliminating perks like hand lotion in the rooms, coffee in the lobby. They're giving out fewer towels.

Is that good news, bad news, or no news?

More stories from our Good News, Bad News, No News series

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  • By Susan D Shamblin

    From Morganton, NC, 01/24/2009

    I am going to miss your program but I am glad to no longer have to suffer through the goodnews/badnews part. Most of the conservative right-wing comments were mean spirited and I wonder why they were given air. I know opinions are opinions but ...
    Best wishes to all because the program was mostly excellent!

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