Sunday, November 23, 2014

Perspective


This is pretty black and white, isn't it?

2 comments:

Bubba Muntzer said...

This is common knowledge among the "'merican people." Not. As is not the fact that George W Bush and Ronald Reagan both did immigration reform with executive orders.

Liberals and Progressives have a serious problem in how conservative the media has become, freezing out any point of view from the Left, and many of the facts that would benefit its arguments.

KANW used to air the program Counterspin, which unravels some of that kind of right-wing mainstream media propagandizing, in the way it covers things. Perhaps they could be called upon to bring it back.

It's put out by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, FAIR, which also maintains a web site. Media Matters is another group that does the same thing.

These web sites show how the media stacks shows about whether we'll go to war with proponents of military intervention, or stacks shows about policy debates with Republicans, or ridiculous examples where a bunch of men are sitting around talking about abortion.

The other day I was going to make note of this debunking by Counterspin:

http://fair.org/blog/2014/11/21/fair-tv-keystone-misinformation-war-works-and-nprs-cosby-questions/

which shows, briefly, how several current stories are being slanted by how they're being covered.

The Keystone pipeline, for example. It plays a little clip of how NPR is inaccurately framing the issue, then shows an "ABC This Week" clip. To answer the question of whether the pipeline will create the 40 or 50,000 permanent jobs its proponents say it will, or whether it will only create about 50 as others say, ABC has on the chairman of the company that's going build it. That's it. No one is there to refute him, and the ABC host lets stand what he says.


That's the promise of the Internet, that it can force some honesty into public debate, and it has the potential to take up the slack as mainstream media declines, which is all the more reason we have to do everything we can to ensure Net Neutrality.

And to make sure Heinrich, Udall, Grisham and Lujan push for it. They've all been dodging this issue, with the exception of one small squawk, one little email from Heinrich to his email subscribers.

No speeches, no press conferences, no press releases, no attending events that would publicize the issue, no op-eds, nothing, from any of them.

If we don't make them, they'll just keep dodging it, and keep posting those pictures of themselves standing in front of pretty scenery.

Anonymous said...

I'm more concerned with what is happing in Mexico and the country needs to change to where the Mexican people have more opportunities to join the military, go to school, open a business and go to college without having to bribe someone. The political elite that has ruled Mexico for 100 years has to go. Maybe we should support the Mexican people that are in the street demanding changed an end to the politico elite.
I've been listening to Canadian radio stations and it's interesting to hear their prospective on America. They think that America has deep social problems and I don't think that they would want to move here since they seem to be more civilized than us. Also they have better health care, but they are concerned with what is going on in the U.S. i think that they think we are a dangerous country to live in.