The Packers-Bears game has sped Palermo's entry into the world of TV advertising.
The Packers-Bears game has sped Palermo's entry into the world of TV advertising.

Palermo's launches first TV spot Sunday

A commercial  during Sunday's pre-game coverage on Channel 6 will mark the first foray by Milwaukee-based Palermo's Pizza into the world of TV.

Production on the spot, titled "Order Up," by Milwaukee's Meyer & Wallis ad agency, was sped up so that it could be ready in time for Sunday. Palermo's advertising will air through the game and post-game coverage.

The spot focuses on Palermo's new Hand Tossed Style Pizza, which launched last fall in the Milwaukee market.

Belling tried to explain himself this afternoon.
Belling tried to explain himself this afternoon.

Belling's "Jewish" comments

Last Thursday, WISN-AM (1130) talker Mark Belling knew he was wading in dangerous waters when he began by saying, "I'm going to choose my words carefully here," as he talked about opponents of the proposed Downtown Marriott Hotel, describing that they were a tight group, "they are part of the same country club."

Then he noted, without elaborating, "The fact that the majority of them are Jewish may be neither here nor there. It does mean, though, that they are friends and associates."

Here's a link to Belling's podcast from last week with the audio (starting at about 13:30)

His comments were picked up by Jim Rowen's liberal Political Environment blog, and floated around the blogosphere until Michael Horne elaborated on the story, which got a mention in Tom Daykin's JS Online blog.

Belling finally addressed the whole thing this afternoon.

"It is being suggested that my comments were anti-Semitic and bigoted," he said. "I'm going to address it head-on ... I stand by what I've said.

"I ain't gonna be pleading guilty to anything this time around."

"I would challenge anyone to name a person who in the last 22 years has been more outspoken in defense of Israel and outspoken in criticism of blatant anti-Semitism in Milwaukee."

He then went on with criticism of anti-Israel comments of Muslims in Milwaukee, and ripped the Islamic Society of Milwaukee and its leader.

"There is overwhelming sensitivity among Jews to the notion that there's a Jewish conspiracy," he said. "It's a charge that's been hurled forever ... I wandered into this area last week."

He ripped the Journal Sentinel's Daykin as "the weasel Daykin" for reporting what he'd said.

Belling repeated that it "may be neither here nor there," saying, "It's what I meant and what I believed.

"I don't care what it sounds like I'm saying," he said. "I don't give three rips what it might lead people to think."

ABC says its coverage will be anchored by Diane Sawyer with George Stephanopoulos.
ABC says its coverage will be anchored by Diane Sawyer with George Stephanopoulos.

Networks covering Tucson memorial

It's taken some time, but the four networks -- ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC -- finally are saying that they will cover the president's remarks at 7 tonight.

Obviously, the memorial will air live on cable news outlets, as well.

It isn't clear what'll happen to the pre-empted programming. It may depend on how long the president speaks.

CNN first reported Giffords dead, then pulled back.
CNN first reported Giffords dead, then pulled back.

Real breaking news is an ever-changing thing

We've heard the term "breaking news" overused by local and national outlets to cover something that's just plain news.

But the ongoing reports on cable news channels about the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords demonstrate the difficulties of providing accurate information as an event is happening.

A number of news services, NPR, Reuters and CNN among them, reported the death of Giffords in a shooting outside a Tucson grocery store this morning. As many as 18 people were reportedly hit in the shooting.

Then they started backing off after reports from a Tucson hospital that she was in surgery for a head wound.

As I write this, the congresswoman's fate is unclear and the story is still unfolding. The advice to follow in stories like this is simple: don't believe the first reports.

Although the instant news climate, with Twitter adding to its speed, this is nothing new, check out this video of ABC's coverage of the shooting of President Ronald Reagan 30 years ago as Frank Reynolds learns that the president had been shot, despite first reports that he was not wounded (about four minutes into this video):