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Radiozine on 09/12/08

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Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 09/12/2008 - 10:30am - 11:00am

Host Marlene Howell interviews Oliver Hayes and Ryan Westlund, recent PSU grads and Portland Street Medics. They'll discuss what  happened when they were both arrested last week in St Paul, MN, at the Republican National Convention.

Pigs, lipstick, lies

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A couple of things have happened of late that led me to believe that the once-proud institution of American journalism might shake itself free of its calcified stupor and cover this presidential campaign in a manner befitting a free society. But then the Pig-n-Lipstick Pageant broke out and it's back to breathless junior high whispering for the chattering classes.

Does anyone really believe that Barack Obama would be so stupid as to characterize Sarah Palin as a pig? C'mon. Any truthful review of Obama's comments shows that he was referring to a McCain policy and not his running mate. This is Al Gore sighing, this is John Kerry on a windsurfing board. Another useless diversion from what's actually being said, what's actually at stake.

And it's a shame, cuz one of the recent happenings that has led me to believe that American journalism might be -- might be -- on the way back from wandering in the He-Said-She-Said wilderness is the growing willingess of reporters from major news organizations to call the McCain/Palin campaign out on Gov. Palin's false claim that she opposed the "Bridge to Nowhere."

See, it's important for reporters to not simply be stenographers. It's not enough to report one side's claim, and the other side's response. A good reporter has to determine which party's story falls closest to measurable, objective reality. It's not enought to report, "Republicans today claimed that 2+2=5. Some Democrats disagreed."

A good reporter might conclude that observable reality -- including things like counting, centuries of tradition, and the application of heretofore accepted mathematical theories and practices -- supports the fact that 2+2 does in fact equal 4, and thus, the Democratic position is the correct one.

And pointing out a falsehood and calling it as much is not bias, it's not the "liberal media," it's good journalism.

Even better is the Obama campaign calling out McCain for lying:

"I don't care what they say about me, but I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift-boat politics. Enough is enough."

Lies. It's important to say the word. Lies are different than omissions, weasel words, or mistakes. Lying is a deliberate, conscious act.

John Kerry never came out in 2004 and said that Dubya was a liar -- about the war, about wiretapping, about torture, ad nauseam. In fact, he went out of his way during a debate to say he wasn't using that term. And he lost.

Obama is saying it. I hope he doesn't stop now.

And I hope the Pig-n-Lipstick Parade is over in time to talk about real life.

-A

Old Mole Variety Hour for September 8, 2008

program date: 
Tue, 09/09/2008

Hosted by Luz María Gordillo, this show deals with issues affecting Mexican-Americans as well as immigration.  We also learn about saving the planet, our city, and our neighborhoods by changing the way we landscape and garden in our yards.  You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above; or you can follow the links below to individual segments. 

1.  Gardening in the City: Bill Resnick talks with two experts, Dreya Mancini and Alissa Hartman.

2.  Community Organizing around immigration: Denise Morris interviews Amelia Cates and Amy Dudley

55:48 minutes (31.93 MB)

Immigration Organizing

program date: 
Tue, 09/09/2008

Community Organizing is going on around immigration issues in the Willamette Valley; two such activists are Amelia Cates and Amy Dudley.  They talk with Old Mole Denise Morris about their work with PCASC (Portland Central American Steering Committee), PACT (Portland Allies Coming Together), and the Rural Organizing Project.  Of immediate concern are two Sizemore ballot measures aimed against immigrants.

13:23 minutes (7.66 MB)

Alaska's Shannyn Moore on Sarah Palin

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Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 09/09/2008

 Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with Shannyn Moore, Anchorage, Alaska radio and television personality about the real Sarah Palin, hiding behind the media hype.

Barbara and Corrina
54:17 minutes (24.86 MB)

New McCain ad: Obama is a big scary black man who wants to teach your children about sex

 New McCain ad: Obama is a big scary black man who wants to teach your children about sex

Not really sure what to say about this one. It certainly plumbs hitherto unfounded depths of sleaze.

I don't know the particulars of the law in question. I'm looking into it.

-A

UPDATE: The Obama camp responds:

"It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited  political attack against a father of two young girls – a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds.  Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn’t define what honor was.  Now we know why."

LATE UPDATE: The law in question was from Obama's time in the Illinois Legislature. The kindergarten sex-ed referenced by the McCain ad amounts to teaching the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.

Locus Focus on 09/10/08

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 09/10/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Who is Sarah Palin?

Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with Shannyn Moore, Anchorage, Alaska radio and television personality about the real Sarah Palin, hiding behind the media hype.

Joe and Abe - Sept 9th

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Mon, 09/08/2008

 Hosts Abe Proctor and Joe Uris start out with a discussion on the current situation beween the US, Georgia and Russia.  Then they change gears to examine the new Sweetheart of the Republican Party, Sarah Palin.

 

53:52 minutes (24.66 MB)

Five reasons to be frightened of Sarah Palin

 1) She's a global warming denier.

2)  She thinks that God likes pipelines,  (h/t Juan Cole)

3) She has a whole lot in common with fundamentalists from other parts of the world.

4) She's a liar.

5) She believes the war in Iraq is God's work.

And there's more, believe me. I didn't even get to reproductive rights yet. Or the strange fetishizing of married teen parents.

Journalist Will Potter on the RNC

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program date: 
Thu, 09/04/2008

Hosts Melodie Silverwolf and Crystal Leighty speak with journalist Will Potter of greenisthenewred.com. They discuss the protests, the arrests, and other aspects of the RNC and DNC.

53:26 minutes (42.81 MB)
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