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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

Guess Who's Coming to Radio??!! playlist for 09/10/2008

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09/10/2008

this is part one out of two of the 'art as liberation' series...  tonight, we are looking at 'the wiz', speaking of its political implications in between the play and film musical adaptations.

Alaska's Shannyn Moore on Sarah Palin

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Locus Focus
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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)

guess who's coming to radio??!! on 09/17/08

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Wed, 09/17/2008 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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art as liberation: part 2

tonight we will be looking at art in alignment with active-ism, connecting it with the speeches of ossie davis.

guess who's coming to radio??!! on 09/10/08

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Wed, 09/10/2008 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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art as liberation: part one

tonight we will be the first of two parts: the first of which we'll be looking at the film 'the wiz' from a socio-political viewpoint, in between tracks from both the film and broadway renditions of the soundtrack.

next week (part two) we will be looking at art in alignment with active-ism, connecting this with the sppeches of ossie davis.

More Talk Radio on 09/15/08

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More Talk Radio
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Mon, 09/15/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am

The guest is Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, which organized the Witness Against War 2008 to challenge and nonviolently resist the conitnuing war in and occupation of Iraq.

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.

Flashpoints on 09/10/08

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Flashpoints
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Wed, 09/10/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

A report from Haiti where more than a thousand people have died from causes related to damage from recent hurricanes, a report from activist Malik Rahim of Common Ground in New Orleans, and an interview about women in prison.

Alternative Radio on 09/10/08

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Alternative Radio
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Wed, 09/10/2008 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Tom Hayden speaks on Movements and Machiavellians.

Tom Hayden has been involved in many of America's social movements for decades. He was the main author of the 1962 Port Huron Statement, the manifesto of Students for a Democratic Society, the campus-based, activist movement. He went from street protests and being indicted by the Nixon Administration to holding office in Sacramento. He served eighteen years in the California State Assembly and State Senate. Author of many books, his two most recent are Voices of the Chicago Eight and Writings for a Democratic Society.
 

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)
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