Drew Peterson Arrested For Murder of Kathleen Savio


The killer, Drew Peterson

If you have been following this case, well, this is what we have been waiting for all these many months.  Nancy Grace will need a sedative tonight for sure.  (I love her.)

Peterson arrested on murder warrant

petersonsavio200.jpgFormer Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson was arrested today in the death of his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found drowned in an empty bathtub in March 2004, according to Will County State’s Atty. James Glasgow.

At an evening news conference, authorities said a $20 million bail was included in the arrest warrant for Peterson.

Will County state’s attorney’s office spokesman Chuck Pelkie confirmed Peterson was arrested about 5:40 p.m. during a traffic stop at Lily Cache Lane and Weber Road in Bolingbrook in connection with an indictment in the murder of Savio.

When reached early Thursday evening, Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, said he was unaware of the arrest.

“You know more than I do. I’m on a plane it’s taking off in 5 minutes to go to NYC. I guess they’ll have a bond hearing Monday,” he said.

Another attorney representing Peterson, Andrew Abood, released the following statement:

“Drew has steadfastly maintain (sic) his innocence regarding the rumor and innuendo that has circulated regarding the unfortunate death of Kathleen. Although he is disappointed with the decision of the state, he looks forward to the opportunity to once and for all prove his innocence in a court of law.”

Thanks To Sean Hannity Dijon Mustard Back In News….And My Blog

With over 2,200 posts on this blog I am always interested when an old one rises to the top ten.  This morning I noted that not only an old post from the election about Barack Obama and Dijon mustard appear on my top ten picks, but that ‘Obama and Dijon mustard’ was among the top search engine terms that brought people to my blog today.

What was going on?

Well thanks to Sean Hannity and the FAUX News Nuts the issue of what President Obama likes on his burger is now a topic that ‘matters.’  Somehow in the crimped quarters of Hannity’s skull comes the idea that Dijon mustard is somehow elitist!  Really.

So I did a quick Google search and found the video of the bizarre at work.  Who really watches this stuff at night?

Rupert Murdoch Says Free Newspaper Websites ‘Flawed’

The future of newspapers, as has been noted here almost weekly it seems, is very important to the nation.  As a lover of newspapers, the latest trends and news about the industry, and the product that hits my front stoop every day makes me pay attention.  Such as the latest from Rupert Murdoch, a man who is not on my list of the most respected.  Be that as it may, I find his views about the business models of online newspapers troubling. 

Granted an on-line news site needs to find a revenue source, but given how open and accessible the internet is I do not think requiring a fee to access a newspaper site will be successful.    The issue, as I see it is not the fee itself, but the lack of original source material.  The Wall Street Journal is one such source that often provides must-read type information, and so one can make an argument about the ability of this paper to set a fee.    But most papers do not rise to that level of journalism or the ability to gather the volume of information that it does on a near daily basis.  Other newspapers will never be able to charge for their output.  With all due respect can you see yourself paying for the Madison Capital Times on-line?  If Murdoch thinks that fees are the new business model for newspapers I want to chat with him in 5 years, and see how he thinks that is going for the industry as a whole.

Rupert ­Murdoch expects to start charging for access to News Corporation’s newspaper websites within a year as he strives to fix a ­”malfunctioning” business model.

Encouraged by booming online subscription revenues at the Wall Street Journal, the billionaire media mogul last night said that papers were going through an “epochal” debate over whether to charge. “That it is possible to charge for content on the web is obvious from the Wall Street Journal’s experience,” he said.

Asked whether he envisaged fees at his British papers such as the Times, the Sunday Times, the Sun and the News of the World, he replied: “We’re absolutely looking at that.” Taking questions on a conference call with reporters and analysts, he said that moves could begin “within the next 12 months‚” adding: “The current days of the internet will soon be over.”

Plunging earnings from newspapers led the way downwards as News Corporation’s quarterly operating profits slumped by 47% to $755m, although exceptional gains on sale of assets boosted bottom-line pretax profits to $1.7bn, in line with last year’s figure.

Dwindling advertising revenue across print and television divisions depressed the News Corp numbers despite box office receipts from Twentieth Century Fox movies such as Slumdog Millionaire and Marley and Me. But Murdoch said he believed signs of hope were appearing.

“I’m not an economist and we all know economists were created to make weather forecasters look good,” he quipped. “But it is increasingly clear the worst is over.”

He continued: “There are encouraging signs in some of our businesses that the days of precipitous declines are done, and things are beginning to look healthier.”

U.S. Senate Debates Future Of Newspapers

Plenty of reason for tons of concern.

Old Media squared off against New Media as a US Senate panel examined the future of journalism in the digital age.

The demise of the newspaper industry took center stage as a Texas newspaper publisher, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, a top executive from Google and the founder of The Huffington Post website traded jabs in a Senate hearing room on Wednesday.

Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, called the hearing saying he was concerned that “newspapers look like an endangered species.”

“As a means of conveying news in a timely way, paper and ink have become obsolete, eclipsed by the power, efficiency and technological elegance of the Internet,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said.

The senator from Massachusetts noted that new media outlets were springing up on the Web but asked “whether online journalism will sustain the values of professional journalism the way the newspaper industry has?”

Kerry said he did not know what role, if any, government should play in ensuring the United States continues to have a thriving press but it was clear something had to be done in the face of the collapse of the newspaper industry.

Two major dailies, The Rocky Mountain News and Seattle Post-Intelligencer, have shut down in the past few months, casualties of the dramatic change in the media landscape brought about by the emergence of the Internet, and dozens of others are threatened, including Kerry’s hometown Boston Globe.

Several US newspaper groups have declared bankruptcy in recent months among them the Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and several other newspapers.

Among those testifying on Wednesday was David Simon, a former reporter at the Baltimore Sun who has moved on to a successful career as an author and a producer of the hit HBO television series “The Wire.”

Simon said newspaper publishers were largely to blame for their predicament because of “short-sighted arrogance,” mismanagement and venal profit-seeking.

But he said he was not encouraged by a “New Media” that “leeches reporting from mainstream news publications, whereupon aggregating websites and bloggers contribute little more than repetition, commentary and froth.”

“High-end journalism is dying in America and unless a new economic model is achieved it will not be reborn on the Web or anywhere else,” Simon said.

He said the industry was “going to have to find a way to charge for online content” and urged Congress to relax anti-trust prohibitions to allow newspaper owners to discuss such issues as protecting copyrighted material.

James Moroney, publisher of The Dallas Morning News, called for tax relief and a limited anti-trust exemption, saying newspapers would fare better if they could negotiate en bloc with aggregators such as Google News.

Google does not pay newspapers for the links to articles it posts on Google News but the Internet giant’s envoy to the hearing, vice president Marissa Mayer, argued that it drives traffic to newspaper websites.

“Google News and Google search provide a valuable free service to online newspapers specifically by sending interested readers to their sites at a rate of more than one billion clicks per month,” she said.

“Newspapers use that Web traffic to increase their readership and generate additional revenue,” she said, adding that papers can always opt out of having their stories displayed on Google News.

“We don’t want to pull out of the digital ecosystem,” responded Moroney. “We just want fair compensation for the content that we publish.”

Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the successful website that bears her name, said nothing was to be gained from “content creators attacking Google” and too much of the present debate revolves around the fate of newspapers.

“The future of quality journalism is not dependant on the future of newspapers,” Huffington said. “We are actually in the midst of a golden age for news consumers.

“The discussion needs to move from ‘How do we save newspapers?’ to ‘How do we strengthen journalism? — via whatever platform it is delivered’,” she said.

US Senator Ben Cardin made an appearance to promote legislation he has introduced that would give non-profit tax-exempt status to newspapers, a proposal embraced by several of the panelists.

“American journalism has entered a phase of creative destruction,” Cardin said, adding that “the rate of destruction is far outpacing the ability of new insitutions to replace what is being lost.”