Open Letter to George Soros

http://archives.betterhumans.com/Columns/Column/tabid/79/Column/280/Default.aspx

I wrote this as a column for Better Humans. If someone here is in contact with Soros please give him this.

Time for Some Real New Media

An open letter to George Soros and other rich guys angry at Bush Jr
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More poor journalism from the AP

More journalistic hackery from the AP:

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Arts & Democracy--the good news

Perfect reading on a Saturday. Okay, maybe the arts don't seem like the most important issue of the day in a time of war . . . but let's not forget that the arts are essential to democracy--as a realm of political dissent, critical thinking, free expression, citizen journalism, even the exploration of science. All of these issues are explored in this cool new series. Check it out . . .

DemocraticVistas Profiles: Essays in the Arts and Democracy

http://artspolicy.colum.edu/DVProfiles.h tml

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Hooray for USA Today

20 years ago, I'd have bet I'd never say this, but I think we should take a moment and thank our stars for USA Today.  They haven't exactly been crusading journalists, but from the beginning they have been consistently the most likely of the majors to publish, on the front page, important stories that reflect badly on Busholini, Count Dickula, or one of their GOP minions. And, USA Today's national circulation sends this information to percolate through the heartland, where the local newspapers are even worse than the WaPos and NYTs.

Compared to the WaPos, NYTs, and CNNs hiding under their desks, USA Today's simple willingness to do its job counts as a kind of heroism.  Bravo.

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[Immigration] Washington Post Stenographers

Leave it to the miserable establishment media to predictably rely on their out-of-the-box, already-assembled "objective journalism" artifact as a tool of covering any story, that is: weighing opposing arguments as if they merited the same factual standing, and thereby failing to inform the public.

This Washington Post article presents just one more example of how, by resorting on the "he said, she said" story covering ploy, these so-called liberal media stenographers (posing as journalists) misinform and often provide cover to the conservative/republican frame of reference. Incredulously, the Washington Post stenographer (see Steven Colbert's comment on the media, "He's the decider, he announces the decisions, and you type them up and report") begins with:

While a series of marches focused much of the nation's attention on the plight of illegal immigrants, scores of other Americans quietly seethed. Now, with the same full-throated cry expressed by those in the country illegally, they are shouting back.

Let's read that second sentence again: [W]ith the same full-throated cry expressed by those in the country illegally, [opponents of undocumented immigrants] are shouting back. This sentence is laughable and deserving of my contempt. Seriously. Let's consider what the pro-citizenship rallies that I and other American citizens, including documented and undocumented immigrants, looked like (from the LA Times, see here and here) and let us just imagine what it must have sounded like:

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