Doug Thompson cancels his return to work and returns to rehab from motorcycle accident

One week after returning to the helm of Capitol Hill Blue, the Internet’s oldest political news web site, publisher and founder Doug Thompson has returned to full-time rehab and recovery from a motorcycle accident in the fall of 2012 that left him with life-threatening injuries. “I do not have the physical or mental resources to resume my duties,” Thompson said. “I need more time for recovery.” Thompson, 65, laid his 2009 Harley Davidson Super Glide down on the night of Nov. 9, 2012, in an attempt to avoid a collision with a cow on U.S. 221 south of Roanoke, Virginia,
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Capitol Hill Blue publisher severely injured in motorcycle crash

Doug Thompson, founder, editor and publisher of Capitol Hill Blue, was severely injured on Nov, 9 on U.S. 221 south of Roanoke, Virginia, when his motorcycle encountered cows that had used a hole in a fence of a farm alongside the highway to enter the roadway. Thompson, 64, suffered multiple broken bones in his right leg and face, internal injury, and brain damage, spend multiple days in intensive care before being transferred to the rehab unit of the hospital in December. He still faces multiple weeks in rehab to regain use of his leg and therapists are attempting to correct
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Political reporters are tired as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore

Many Americans say they are fed with up the relentless, bitter partisanship that runs rampant in political campaigns in this highly-contentious, seemingly non-stop Presidential election year. They aren’t alone.  Reporters, photographers, videographers and bloggers on the campaign trail say they’re tired as hell and they aren’t going to take it anymore. Writes Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for New York Times Magazine: This spring, for the first time since I started writing about politics a decade ago, I found myself completely depressed by a campaign. “How am I ever going to get through it?” is not the question you want
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Using music and images to make a political statement

Political protest and statement can come in many forms and activists have long used music to spread a message, be it “Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon, “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, “Draft Dodger Rag” by Phil Ochs or “We Shall Overcome,” the anthem of civil rights. Here at Capitol Hill Blue, we constantly look for new ways to spread news and information. Publisher Doug Thompson and his wife added documentary film making to their arsenal of communication tools several years ago and have produced a number of award-winning short films on topics ranging from bluegrass
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New media? Everything new is old again

Washington Post media writer Howard Kurtz shocked his colleagues and even his critics this week when he announced he was leaving the Post after 29 years to join The Daily Beast, a web-only news site run by Tina Brown. Kurtz is just the latest high-profile “mainstream” media journalist to abandon a “traditional” news outlet for one of the upstart web-based operations. Others include Howard Fineman of Newsweek and Peter Goodman of the New York Times. Both moved over to The Huffington Post. With so many mainstream journalists making the switch it’s getting harder and harder to tell the new media
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Battered Obama tries return to campaign gimmicks

President Barack Obama — battered by falling approval ratings, rattled by missteps and haunted by failures — is getting back to basics. Campaign basics. Obama’s White House is returning to “campaign mode,” with new strategies to limit Obama’s availability to the press and interviews, respond rapidly to critics and carefully scripted public events where the President speaks directly to the public. Obama will also cut back on press conferences and will, instead, resort to “carefully choreographed interactions with the press” to exert more control over the administration’s message. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs will use unsolicited blast e-mails to the
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