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  • Sylvia Moore 11:28 am on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Revolution Will (Barely) Be Publicized 

    Unless you’re a political junkie, chances are you didn’t know there was a very large civil rights rally going on at Los Angeles City College last Saturday. The event was was among several satellite demonstrations held across the country as part of the One Nation Working Together rally in Washington D.C. Organized by civil rights groups, unions, environmentalists and other liberal organizations, the rally was meant to mobilize Democrats for the Nov. 2 midterm elections, as well as provide a counter-movement to the conservative Tea Partiers. The event took place on the National Mall, where thousands of Tea Partiers – led by conservative TV commentator Glenn Beck – had gathered a month before.

    The pro-corporate, anti-tax Tea Party movement has gotten wall-to-wall press coverage, even though only about 30 percent of the population actually supports it. Saturday’s event did get some national coverage from the major television networks, but that paled in comparison to the kind of attention the Tea Partiers are getting on a routine basis. Locally, all I could find was this 37-second clip from ABC7 News. Kudos to ABC for showing up.

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    Los Angeles’ only major newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, published a small photo of the Washington rally on its front page below the fold, with the story buried inside. There was no mention of the local event. However, the paper went out of its way to cover a Tea Party rally in Beverly Hills last week, where only 200 attended. One of the paper’s columnists, Steve Lopez, even provided additional commentary. Why the Times ignored the much larger, LACC One Nation event is a mystery to me. Maybe the editors thought coverage of the Washington rally was enough. But it seems to me when there’s a local angle to a major national story, the public should be informed about it.

     
    • Mary Altmann 3:08 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The Tea Party movement is a grassroots effort to restore accountability to our elected officials, and has roots in the 9/11 Truth movement. Sure it has tried to be hijacked by aweful conservative groups. Honesty, after reading the healthcare bill, and having my “liberal” elected officials pass it, I am so royally upset…. Democrats and Republicans are two heads with the same tail.

  • Sylvia Moore 11:45 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Tina Dupuy – Net Neutrality: A Crucial Issue With a Lame Name 

    A funny essay by humorist and journalist Tina Dupuy about Net Neutrality:

    The term “net neutrality” has the magical property of making most people’s eyes glaze over. First, it sounds like a gambling term. “I have a system and net neutrality – I can’t lose!” Second, no one using the Internet calls it “the net” anymore. Just like no one in San Francisco calls it “Frisco.” So the term “net neutrality” either sounds super techie and over-your-head, or more dated than the 1995 Sandra Bullock movie called…The Net.

    The concept of Net Neutrality is simple: all content should be treated equally. The Internet should be, as it has been, on a virtual level playing field.

    Google and Verizon announced at the beginning of August their agreement for an “Open Internet.” In their statement the FCC will continue to lack the power to enforce an open Internet, and it excludes wireless broadband from transparency, citing proprietary concerns. This is worrisome since wireless broadband is the future of the Internet. Plus, in order to ensure “openness,” wireless or not, the Internet should be regulated like any other public utility.

    So as soon as the word “regulation” is uttered, a Frankenstein monster of a faux populist movement arises to dispute and/or cloud the issue. With corporate sponsorship they’ve become a loud lobbying spectacle for business interests. Cleverly they use pro-working people language, and often working people themselves, to sell policies of freedom for corporations. Yes, the Tea Party or the Grand Old Party on caffeine, is (of course) against Net Neutrality.

    The Tea Party and its coalition of “grassroots” think tanks want corporations to be in control of the Internet so it will “stay open.” In a signed letter sent to the FCC and the media the day after the Google/Verizon agreement was announced, the Tea Party groups’ statement added that government regulation, “could also remove the ability for parents and ISPs to prevent inappropriate material from entering the home.”

    Catch that? Let business do what it wants or you won’t be able to protect your children from smut. It’s the most vulgar thing I’ve ever heard. Horribly untrue. And a cynical attempt at fear-mongering. “Your children are at risk!” Deplorable.

    Government regulation is always annoying – unless we can’t swim in the Gulf of Mexico, or eat eggs, spinach, beef or peanut butter. But wait – annoying to whom? Government regulation irks corporations. For those of us who drive the cars, eat the food or take the medications made by corporations, government regulations are in the most basic way – lifesavers.

    Personally, I would like a government bureaucrat between me and Salmonella.

    The Tea Party would have opposed the National Parks system. Sectioning off millions of acres of land which otherwise could be privately developed is a job killer! Letting places like Yosemite Valley just sit there without allowing business to “improve the experience” is an affront to freedom! Uncle Sam’s telling Americans where they can and can’t build is government overreach! The whole scheme will raise your taxes! Taxes – and they’ll take your guns!

    But no, Republican leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt saw how these parks should be nationalized, saved for future generations to have and enjoy. Lincoln did coin the phrase “for the people, by the people,” the perfect slogan for a walk through a government-regulated and, therefore, pristine forest.

    And our more perfect union needs to ensure that the Internet can be open and indifferent to content (even if you disagree with said content). Congress didn’t just sit on their hands and hope that just because no one had yet developed Yellowstone it wasn’t at risk of such a fate. No, they acted. They protected it. Yellowstone is still there for all of us to enjoy. It’s ours.

    What needs to happen? Earlier this year, the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia handed down the Comcast Decision stating under current law, the FCC doesn’t have the authority to regulate equality of content. This means the law must be changed.

    Congressman Henry Waxman, chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce that oversees the FCC, said he is for Net Neutrality. Waxman said any bill about the issue would have to come out of his committee. What’s taking so long? The hold up is that the term “Net Neutrality” sounds like a fishing ordinance instead of what Senator Al Franken describes as “the free speech issue of our time.”

    Reprinted with permission.

     
    • Scott Arboleda 12:14 am on August 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse and prove me now herewith saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.- Malachi 3:10-12

  • Sylvia Moore 3:33 pm on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Is Big Media Embracing Right-Wing Populism? 

    Is the mainstream media embracing right-wing populism? I heard KPFK host Ian Masters ask this question on his show, Background Briefing, this past weekend during a segment about the tea party movement. It’s hard to shake the feeling that that may be true, especially after going through an entire weekend of wall-to-wall television coverage of the first National Tea Party convention in Nashville and the dustup over CBS’s broadcasting of an anti-abortion group’s ad during the Superbowl, after the network in previous years rejected issue ads from left-leaning groups such as MoveOn.org.

    Despite the fact that only 600 people showed up at the Nashville convention, that didn’t keep the media from hyping the event and breathlessly highlighting former Alaska governor and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s keynote speech. By contrast, the first Netroots Nation, the yearly gathering of liberal bloggers and activists, attracted 1,400 attendees, according to the Washington Monthly. All the major networks and cable channels – CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC and of course, FOX – gave ample coverage to the National Tea Party convention, including commentary and interviews with attendees. All the nightly news shows – whose audience is more than the cable news networks’ audience combined – had segments on the event. CBS even has the entire video of Palin’s speech on its website. Liberal gatherings don’t get this much press. When hundreds of thousands of anti-war activists demonstrated around the world against the invasion of Iraq in 2003, how much of that did you see on your nightly news? And the thousands of gay rights activists and health reform activists who marched in various rallies in Washington D.C. last year barely got mentioned in the mainstream press compared with the endless stories about tea partiers screaming at town hall meetings.

    What’s troubling is that too many news outlets seem to be trying to mainstream right-wing demagoguery, while downplaying or outright ignoring alternative voices. Giving disproportionate attention to a loud-mouthed minority is distorting public opinion on every issue from healthcare to taxes to foreign policy. And what’s even more infuriating is that all the major networks and cable channels continue to give a platform to Palin – one of the most unqualified and intellectually-challenged political personalities ever to to be unleashed into national prominence. She keeps being touted as a possible presidential candidate for the Republicans, even though most Americans think Palin has no business being anywhere near the White House. Thirty, 20 or even 15 years ago, no one would have taken her seriously. And all the attention given to her by the American media just makes our country look more deranged to the rest of the world.

    Showered with a cascade of meaningless soundbites, the viewing public is given little context about the origins of the tea party movement. What started as a grassroots movement of anti-war, anti-tax Ron Paul supporters has recently been co-opted by astroturfing groups representing corporate lobbyists. Few primetime news shows (primarily on little-seen left-leaning cable outlet MSNBC) have extensively exposed the corporate funders behind the tea party movement. So most of the viewing public is not aware of the true goal of this wave of right-wing extremism – to consolidate corporate power over the people. Perhaps Big Media wants it that way because, after all, they are a part of Big Business.

     
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