Bil Browning: How Perry Bindelglass became the official Bilerico photographer at National Equality March

This weekend's National Equality March was absolutely amazing and the unexpected moments kept piling up. We ran into Glee star Corey Montieth while shopping and the Mayor of DC stopped me in the street to say hello, but one of the most amazing introductions I had came minutes before the beginning of the March. That's when I met Perry Bindelglass at the march's press offices.

Perry, a straight photographer with little knowledge about LGBT politics or history, was told about the march by his mother who had heard about it from the cast of Hair. He showed up that morning and asked for a press pass and on our way out the door he asked if he could tag along with the Bilerico team in exchange for the right to publish some of his photographs.

My executive committee member access level allowed me to sneak Perry backstage for some of the most stunning photos from the march. I've highlighted five of my favorites, but at the end there's a slideshow with over a hundred more you won't want to miss. Feel free to reprint any of the pictures you'd like as long as you use the photo credit.


Veteran activist David Mixner addresses the National Equality March. Mixner originally called for the march for LGBT rights. Photo credit: Perry Bindelglass for


Protestors flow down Pennsylvania Avenue and onto the Capital lawn during the National Equality March. Photo credit: Perry Bindelglass for


Performer Lady Gaga addresses the National Equality March. The singer spoke directly to the President saying, "Obama, I know you're listening." Photo credit: Perry Bindelglass for


Over 200,000 LGBT activists attended the National Equality March. Photo credit: Perry Bindelglass for


Actress Cynthia Nixon addresses the National Equality March about the need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Photo credit: Perry Bindelglass for


The cast of Hair on stage during the National Equality March. Photo credit: Perry Bindelglass for

Which Is It, NYT?

The other day, Kevin Drum noted how confusing it can be for readers when two different papers report substantially different versions of the same story. But how about when the disagreement occurs within the news pages of the same publication? Consider this passage from Dave Leonhardt’s column in the Sept. 16 The New York Times, which...

What’s the Deal With NBC Universal?

NEW YORK ( -- The potential combination of Comcast and NBC Universal has launched what seems like a thousand stories over the last several weeks -- and this even though the deal has yet to be consummated and could be derailed by any number of factors. That won't stop us from spilling more ink over this fascinating subject, simply because the ramifications for consumers and advertisers are too great to ignore. Here are some points to keep in mind as the deal moves forward.

Former Orchard CEO Scholl To Head Local Platforms For NBC Universal

A week after exiting digital music label The Orchard as president and CEO, Greg Scholl is joining NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) as president of Local Media Platforms. NBCU has been ramping up its local online offerings for the past year. The competition has been looking to get more local too. At the same time last May that NBCU pulled the curtain up on its New York-based hyperlocal project, so did Huffington Post, which also has partnered with ESPN (NYSE: DIS) on a Chicago-centric site as well. Scholl, who was with The Orchard (NSDQ: ORCD) for six years, is being given the task to meet those challenges, as local online ad dollars are becoming less untapped.

On top of Scholl’s hiring, NBC Local has also promoted Brian Buchwald from SVP of Local Integrated Media, to EVP of the group and will add oversight of the NBC Everywhere out-of-home business to his duties. Also, Mark French, who previously served as SVP and GM for NBC Everywhere, will take that title and move over to Local Enterprise Solutions, a cross platform business unit.

As for Scholl, he will report directly to John Wallace, president of NBC Local Media, and will report to work on November 2.


How Watching Cable News Induces Despair

What could have possibly reduced Center For American Progress blogger Matt Yglesias to a state of "agitation," "despair," anger, and "helpless[ness]" inside of 20 minutes on a Monday? The lack of accessible bike lanes? The overall mediocrity of the Washington Wizards? No. These things take the better part of an hour to get Yglesias to the point where he's "pissed off."

As it turns out, the irritant was the return of the constant, frantic bleat of cable news, after a prolonged period of time abroad enjoying the "high-fiber" content of "CNN International and BBC World News." While this is not something I go home and complain about, knowing that my wife -- having worked on her feet all day at an elementary school -- is not likely to offer me much in the way of sympathy, I feel Matt's pain:

Just like traders have CNBC and Bloomberg on in their offices, political operatives are constantly tuned in to what's happening on cable news. The result is a really bizarre hothouse scenario in which people are basically watching.. well... nothing, but they're riveted to it. How things "play" on cable news is considered fairly important even though no persuadable voters are watching it. And cable news' hyper-agitated style starts to infect everyone's frame of mind, making it extremely difficult for everyone to forget that the networks have huge incentives to massively and systematically overstate the significance of everything that happens.

One of the things you quickly notice, as you become a full-time consumer of cable news, is that it's largely formatted like top-40 radio. The goal is not to present a constantly evolving and advancing line of thought -- it's to rotate the day's "greatest hits" as often as possible. This makes perfect sense, when you understand that the typical consumer of dayside cable coverage glances in for a brief period of time during the day. If you sample a mere fifteen minutes of, say, MSNBC, you'll likely get a dose of top and breaking news, a panel discussion on the key issue of the day, and enough of what's going on "this minute" to feel reliably informed. When you watch the entire day, however, you start the feel the oppressive, repetitive pound of whatever stories are in heavy rotation.

Remember back when that Susan Boyle was taking the world by storm singing a song competently while simultaneously not looking glamorous, turning everything you knew about talent and celebrity on its head? Well, if you were a typical news consumer, you caught the story once or twice on cable news. If you were a "political operative" or a media watcher, you saw the same segment 14 times a day for a week, and by the end of it, the strains of "I Dreamed a Dream," were enough to make you nauseous.

Based on my experience, I can tell you that nothing in the world feels better than those rare and looked-forward-to occasions when the news breaks away from their pattern to cover an unfolding, high-speed police chase. And, if you want to send a Washington, DC-based cable news watcher into a spasm of fear and loathing today, the only thing you need to do is speak four words aloud to them: "Safelite repair, Safelite replace". Trust me on this.

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Ralph Nader Blasts The President: Calls Obama “A Frightened Man”

naderobamaThe politician who commemorated Barack Obama’s election by pointedly asking if Obama was going to be an “Uncle Tom for the giant corporations” is at it again.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance’s Tech Ticker, Ralph Nader lashed out at the president on a variety of scores, calling him “a frightened man” and “Bush-Cheney redux” and mocking his Nobel Peace Prize win, saying the Nobel Committee must have been “eating too many sardines.”

These weren’t just offhanded comments: almost all of the five-and-a-half minute interview is devoted to criticizing Obama, on fronts from health care to corporate governance to the war in Afghanistan. It’s a sign of Nader’s fallen star that he gave such a juicy, inflammatory interview to Tech Ticker, of all outlets. And even though it was posted at noon yesterday — in blog time, a full day is an eternity — it’s gotten barely any coverage.

The Huffington Post wrote about Tech Ticker’s Nader interview, but bizarrely omitted all criticism of Obama from the piece, focusing instead on a different segment where he calls out the Federal Reserve. This is not in the same league as titling a column about all of the sporting events Jaycee Dugard missed during her years of captivity “Many odd things have happened in sports the past 18 years,” but there seems to be a similar principle of making the story sound deliberately boring so no one will look into it.

Here’s the video:

(via Metafilter)