WE MUST HOLD MEDIA ACCOUNTABLE!!!!!! CALL, WRITE, COMMENT ON WEBSITES.......MAKE APPOINTMENTS TO VISIT THEIR OFFICE......COMPLAIN TO THE FCC....
DO IT ALL!
I READ IN THE NEW YORK TIMES POLITICAL SECTION AN ARTICLE A REPORTER DECIDED TO GIVE ONLINE FRONT PAGE VIEW. IT STATED THAT SOME TEACHERS ARE VOTING REPUBLICAN AS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS LEAVING THEM BEHIND. IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY YOU WILL SEE THAT THIS WAS A BLIP ON THE STATISTICAL SCREEN AND THE ARTICLE WAS PRINTED SIMPLY TO ESTABLISH TEACHERS AND UNIONS OUTSIDE THE DEMOCRATIC NORM. SUCH A SMALL COHORT WOULD NEVER MAKE NEWS.
I WROTE TO THIS REPORTER EXPLAINING THAT THE POLICY OF RAHM EMANUEL AND OBAMA IS REPUBLICAN AND THAT THEY WERE OUTSIDE THE DEMOCRATIC NORM. WE HAVE YET TO HEAR MEDIA EXPLAIN THE THIRD WAY CONNECTION TO THE WALL STREET CRISIS AND THE GOALS OF THEIR POLICIES WHICH HIGHLIGHT HOW THEY ARE KILLING THE 95%. WE HAVE A CAPTURED MAINSTREAM MEDIA!
TODAY I HAD TO LISTEN TO MY CAPTURED BALTIMORE PUBLIC MEDIA WYPR AS THEY ALLOWED THEIR ECONOMIC SPOKESMAN BASU TO GIVE WHAT WAS THE MOST SKEWED AS TO BE CRIMINAL ASSESSMENT OF THE ECONOMY. AGAIN, THIS INFORMATION IS DESIGNED FOR 5% OF THE PUBLIC AT THE EXPENSE OF 95% AND SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING, ESPECIALLY IN PUBLIC MEDIA. BELOW YOU'LL SEE MY COMMENTS TO TONY BRANDON, THE CORPORATE CEO OF OUR PUBLIC MEDIA STATION.
WE NEED TO WRITE AND CALL THE FCC, YOUR POLITICIANS, AND AMERICAN/NATIONAL PUBLIC MEDIA TO SAY WE DO NOT WANT CORPORATE INTERESTS RUNNING OUR PUBLIC AIRWAVES. THEIR CHARTERS REQUIRE THE PROGRAMMING TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST!
WHENEVER I ATTEND 'PUBLIC MEETINGS' WHETHER FOR GOVERNMENT POLICY OR ACADEMIC THINK TANKS, THERE ARE FEW REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PUBLIC PRESENT AND WHEN I, AS AN ACADEMIC, SPEAK OF PUBLIC ISSUES, THERE IS AN IMMEDIATE PUSH TO SILENCE THOSE VIEWS. JUST DON'T CALL ON HER IS THE APPROACH TO SILENCE THE VIEW. HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED THE 3 MINUTE TIME LIMIT GIVEN THE PUBLIC AS THEIR ONLY OPPORTUNITY TO SAY WHAT THEY THINK? IT IS CRITICAL WE STAND UP AGAINST THIS. WE MUST DEMAND MORE TIME AND INPUT. WE MUST DEMAND MORE MEDIA PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC INTEREST PROGRAMMING.
AS I SAID YESTERDAY THE COMMENT THE BLACK YOUTH MADE REGARDING THE EXISTENCE OF ORGANIZATIONS IN BALTIMORE BEING CREATED AND RUN BY WHITE PEOPLE SAYING THEY ARE WORKING FOR BLACK JUSTICE ISSUES IS VERY TRUE.......THESE ARE THE MARYLAND NON-PROFITS CREATED BY JOHNS HOPKINS AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES. BY THIS IS MORE THAN A RACE ISSUE.....THIS PRIVATE NON-PROFIT, I CALL THEM NGO'S, MEAN TO AFFECT ALL AVENUES OF SOCIETY.....NOT JUST POVERTY ISSUES. SO MIDDLE-CLASS PEOPLE HAD BETTER GET THEIR COLLECTIVE PROTEST SHOES IN MOTION OUR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR DEMOCRACY COMPLETELY!!!
YOU HEAR THIS IN THE COMMENT BY THE TEACHER BELOW. THIS IS DIRECTED AT ROMNEY, BUT IT IS SYSTEMIC THROUGHOUT ALL PUBLIC SECTOR ACTIVITIES. IT IS ORCHESTRATED. WE SEE EUROPEAN PROTESTS EXPLODING AS THE AUSTERITY TO SAVE FRAUDULENT GAINS BY BANKS BECOMES UNTENABLE. AFTER THIS NOVEMBER ELECTION, YOU WILL SEE THIRD WAY DEMOCRATS JUMP TO ACTION IN SPENDING CUTS AND PRETEND TO BE THWARTED YET AGAIN IN GETTING THE RICH TO PAY.
DO YOU HEAR YOUR INCUMBENT SHOUTING AGAINST ALL THIS?
WE NEED TO VOTE OUR INCUMBENTS OUT OF OFFICE!!!!
Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 07:20 PM PDT
Romney to teacher "I didn't ask you a question"
Sorry to post twice in one day. When I saw this I had to share it. It has only received around 300 views so far, and it really needs to go viral. It is a video of a CO teacher describing her experience at a round table with Mitt Romney. According to the teacher, Romney was going on about schools failing and how we need a voucher system. When she said she had an answer for that he told her "I didn't ask you a question."
The video has captions, but I have also included a partial transcript below the fold.
When i was asked to speak with Mitt Romney it seemed like a very important thing to me, and I wanted to put a lot of careful thought into what I would say. So, I went to the round table discussion very optimistic and interested in hearing what he had to say. When he sat down, one of the first questions he asked was, he said "I understand there is a teacher here today, which one of you is a teacher?"
So, I raised my hand, thinking that's a good thing, he's interested in education, but it wasn't a good thing. I felt like his view was a little old-fashioned and I was surprised by it. He went on to kind of lecture me about schools and how bad they are. He talked bad about the teacher's union. He was talking about the importance of private schools and voucher systems.
At one point, I said to him, "I have an answer for that." And he said, "I didn't ask you a question."
______________________________________________________ ACROSS THE NATION, PUBLIC MEDIA IS BEING STAFFED WITH THIRD WAY/CORPORATE BOARDS THAT ARE CONTROLLING THE PROGRAMMING AND IT ALL PROTECTS THE STATUS QUO......THE 5% THAT ARE SHAREHOLDERS. OUR STATION TAKES THAT SLANT TO THE EXTREME AS THE PROGRAMMING TAKES ON A 'NEW ECONOMY' STANCE EMBRACED BY THE 1% OF MARYLAND. WRITE THE FCC TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE LACK OF BALANCE FOR MOST OF THE COMMUNITY!
MY MESSAGE TO TONY BRANDON---CEO OF WYPR:
We must feel badly for the economists like Basu who have to compromise themselves professionally so as to provide the right propaganda for Wall Street. It does show Baltimore that its 'public media station WYPR' is captured by corporate interests and we need to shake that.
What Basu said was 'collective wealth' has rebounded and is growing. This is code for the 5% of shareholder wealth has rebounded and is so large that it skews collective values.......income inequity has indeed exploded with Bernanke's policies with the help of the Justice Department.
The Fed's policies are designed to move free money to banks and by extension to corporations so they can make profits from markets and not work. It allows them to expand overseas development while keeping domestic markets stagnant so labor costs go further towards third world levels and governments are starved forcing more privatization of public assets. Meanwhile the bond buyout takes all safe investment havens to risky....0% interest makes banks savings interests nil and therefor forces people into the stock market that we all know to be criminal. That is the goal of the Fed's policies......Wall Street at Main Street expense.
The 5% of shareholder wealth is only on paper as their wealth is mostly from massive fraud that has yet to come back to the people....that was the Justice Department's part in failing to enforce Rule of Law. So the $14 trillion national deficit represents the fraudulent profits that will come back to the 95%......therefore, Basu's statement is false and shows he is trying to hide the sins of his master.....Wall Street.
The MarylandReporter.com is a good source for what is happening in Annapolis. I do not see any attempt to be investigative; they simply provide information. They would be the go-to for resources and as you see below, even they know of no way for the general public to find out in advance when and where open public meetings across Maryland will occur. IT IS INCREDIBLE THAT THERE IS NO CENTRAL ACCESS SITE ON THE GOVERNMENT'S WEBSITE FOR CURRENT, UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS! THIS IS THE TRANSPARENCY AND CORRUPTION PIECE........WHO ATTENDS THESE PUBLIC MEETINGS AND HOW THEY ARE PORTRAYED AS 'PUBLIC CONSENT' FOR ISSUES THIS MARYLAND ASSEMBLY WANTS TO PUSH FORWARD.
You will notice that only after the fact will you hear on your local news that a public meeting on issues in front of the Public Works or Public Service Commission has taken place.......and almost every time, the groups supporting the issue as the governor or assembly leaders want amass a good crowd while the dissenters have relatively few. WELLLLLL, IT'S BECAUSE NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT THESE MEETINGS IN ADVANCE. UNLESS YOU CHECK EVERY COMMITTEE, AGENCY, OR ORGANIZATION'S WEBPAGE ALL THE TIME, YOU CANNOT BE APART OF THESE PUBLIC MEETING ENFORCE. THIS IS HIGHLY IRREGULAR AND UNDEMOCRATIC.
So, when you see these paltry crowds outside the General Assembly......it has as much to do with one or two organizations having contact with politicians on the issue. I'm not saying that apethetic crowds are a problem, BUT THESE CROWDS MAY BE APETHETIC BECAUSE THEY ARE LEFT OUT OF THE LOOP AT EVERY TURN!
IF YOUR POLITICIAN IS NOT SHOUTING LOUDLY AGAINST THE FAILURE OF THE STATE TO GET INFORMATION OUT ON THESE PUBLIC MEETINGS.....A CUMULATIVE LISTING ON THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE, PRESS RELEASES THAT LOCAL MEDIA ARE REQUIRED TO BROADCAST WELL BEFORE THE MEETINGS........VOTE THAT INCUMBANT OUT!
BELOW IS THE RESPONSE FROM ONE OF THE BEST SOURCES FOR GOVERNMENT RESOURCES:
You can’t get what you want. You generally have to go to the right site, and know where to look. Sorry. And compiling these while useful would be mighty time consuming.
Check out the General Assembly hearing schedule. They have things other than legislative meetings. http://mlis.state.md.us/2012RS/hearsch/0524_date.htm
Editor and Publisher
How does one get news alerts that tell, in advance when and where public meetings across Maryland will occur? All I can find is the Board's regular meeting schedule.....
AS WE WATCH NBC NIGHTLY NEWS BRING US PRIVATIZING OF PUBLIC EDUCATION COURTESY OF ITS SPONSOR PHOENIX UNIVERSITY AND 'EDUCATION NATION', A PRO-CHARTER, TEACH FOR AMERICA GROUP AND BELOW YOU SEE THE WASHINGTON POST BEING TAKEN TO TASK FOR THE SAME THING.......BELOW IS MY COMMENT TO ALL MEDIA.......REMEMBER, PRESIDENT NIXON WAS FORCED TO RESIGN WITH THESE POLITICAL CRIMES....NOW WE WATCH AS A PRESIDENT GOES ON TV AND SAYS TO THE CAMERA.........'I SEE NO CRIME ONLY GREED' WITH THE ENTIRE WORLD KNOWING HE IS LYING:
FROM WASHINGTON POST:
Thanks for taking the time to write. I just wanted to pass along the ombudsman's column from this past weekend in response to this issue.
All the best,
Editorial Aide to the Ombudsman
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20071
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Date: 09/17/2012 01:45 PM
Subject: WHERE ARE THE DAYS OF WATERGATE?
We are losing all of our government investigation and accountability at a time when crime and corruption is flourishing. Can you image an Obama back at the time of Nixon turning to the camera as saying 'I see no fraud only greed' when the entire world knows the fraud is systemic?
We are watching the corporate interests of for-profit education and now big oil develop your story-lines.
It is a sorry state of affairs for a once great newspaper.
Patrick B. Pexton Ombudsman Post Live: Brought to you by Big Oil?
By Patrick B. Pexton, Published: September 21
Was The Post too cozy with the American Petroleum Institute — the main oil and gas industry lobby — which sponsored two Washington Post Live panel discussions on energy policy at the recent political conventions?
And when it published two pages of excerpts from these discussions, should The Post have disclosed who sponsored the events?
These are among the questions raised by the left-leaning media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, which got its many followers to shower me with e-mails objecting to the way The Post handled the events and published excerpts.
Post Live is a division of The Washington Post Co. that produces on-the-record newsmaker events and expert panel discussions on national issues.
Such events are a growing part of the news business and a growing source of revenue, not just for The Post but also for other publications. My former employer, National Journal, does many such events, as does its sister publication, the Atlantic. So do the Wall Street Journal, Politico and a host of other D.C.-centered publications.
No one is charged admission to these events, and they’re popular among Capitol Hill staff, lobbyists, reporters and policymakers, who attend to get the latest expert thinking in a policy field.
These events earn revenue through corporate sponsorships. The corporations pay a fee and may pay for rental of the event room and refreshments. In return, they get to put their logos all over the room, receive nice thank-yous from the moderator when the event begins and be perceived by the audience as a player in that policy arena.
Accordingly, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and The Post sponsored panel discussions in Tampa and Charlotteon the differences between President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s energy plans and what they might mean for the future of energy policy.
But let’s be clear on some points:
Mary Jordan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist in charge of Post Live, did not consult API on whom to invite. She and her staff did the inviting, wrote the questions, moderated the discussion and chose the excerpts that were published in the paper. API, Jordan said, had no editorial input, nor do other corporate sponsors of Post Live events.
The energy discussions had two additional sponsors, Hilton Worldwide and Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company. And the event was co-hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank whose name actually means what it says.
Panelists included members of Congress, nonpartisan energy experts, and oil and gas industry representatives. The speakers were not paid; they came voluntarily.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting makes a couple of worthwhile points. First, “Entirely missing from this ‘debate’ were environmentalists or any strong critics of the fossil fuel industry,” stated the group’s action alert. That was certainly true at the Tampa panel. In Charlotte, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a strong environmentalist, appeared. No representatives from any of the major environmental groups were present, however, at either panel.
Jordan said she invited representatives from two well-known national environmental groups, but they declined. Part of the problem, Jordan said, was the timing of the conventions — many people were on vacation in late August and around Labor Day, and lots of groups decided to skip the conventions this year.
The second point the watchdog group made is that The Post’s two-page spread on Sept. 11 should have said that API, under its Vote 4 Energy campaign, sponsored the events. I agree. In the paper’s explanation about Post Live, I think the corporate sponsors should have been named, along with a sentence pointing out that sponsors had no editorial input on Post Live events. Jordan said she plans to do that for future published excerpts.
With the economic model for the news business broken, the pressure to get more revenue from these corporate-sponsored events is considerable. But they almost always come close to the line of looking like pay-for-a-point-of-view. It’s important that the rules on these events be clear to readers and that participants come from a wide spectrum of views.
Journalists are in the business of transparency; it’s incumbent that we bend over backward to behave that way.
Patrick B. Pexton can be reached at 202-334-7582 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.