Take one for the team: Bill Richardson, homophobia, and media silence

(Crossposted from The Bilerico Project, by Karen Ocamb, editor of In Los Angeles magazine)

What caught me off guard when I watched the Media Matters clip of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on the Don Imus Show last year was how casually and easily the word "maricón" fell from Richardson's lips. "Maricón," as you probably know, means "faggot" in Spanish.

It was not an easy story to write, but as my co-author Chris Crain explains on his blog, it's a legitimate one that ultimately calls Richardson's judgment into question.

I met Richardson after he officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president. During the press conference that followed, I asked him why he didn't support full marriage equality for gay couples. He dodged the question, citing his good record on LGBT issues before scanning reporters' faces for another question. He dodged my attempt at a follow-up, too.

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Helping new journalists

Crossposted on Daily Kos.

As all of you know, I started writing posts here about the importance of an open sourced media list. So far, my posts have been pretty sporadic (this is my third!) and not very long. It's quite a bit easier to put things out in the form of an embryonic suggestion and hope to develop it through comment based conversation, but my inner laziness and my lack of reputation here on Daily Kos have made that hard to accomplish.  Let's hope that both of those change.

In my first post, I wrote about how having these lists handy would allow young journalists to establish themselves and get pieces published, as well as helping smaller publications get more attention.  I'd like to correct that by saying it's good for new journalists rather than just young journalists.

Why the distinction? Kick the flip.

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Media Project: Need Help

[Cross-posted at DailyKos. Edited slightly to reflect differences between DailyKos and MyDD.]

Hi, everyone.

I infrequently post here, and usually to Breaking Blue, so I don't know how many of you are going to see this. I have been thinking for a while now that one of the things that'd be a really useful tool for the liberal, progressive and Democratic movements (I consider all three to be different, although not necessarily discrete or distinct) is a site listing all the publications, major and minor, relating to our movement and to politics, along with submissions guidelines.

More on TEH FL1P! (Sorry, feeling very internet humourish today.)

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CEO's Dole Out Cash to Politicians

Yesterday MSNBC.com ran a piece on journalists who had given campaign contributions.  That journalists aren't supposed to give money to campaigns and political parties is old news.  I have no opinion as to whether or not they should be allowed to do so.  What interested me about the article was that it made no mention of campaign contributions from executives of the same of same media outlets. After reading the article the first person I thought of was Rupert Murdoch. How much did he and his fellow CEO's contribute?

If contributions to a political party, PAC, or campaign are an indication of media bias shouldn't funds donated by media executives also be scrutinized? Why doesn't anyone complain about the political contributions of CEO's, executives, even stock holders of media conglomerates?  

Below the fold I've compiled the 2006 contributions of CEO's overseeing the parent companies of TV news outlets. For comparison's sake I also included the contributions of journalists from those same organizations who were singled out in the article. It's a short list that leaves out donations to corporate PAC's. My intention isn't to accuse any organization of bias; however if media bias does exist wouldn't it make just as much sense to start examining it at the top?

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Bill Moyers, Cleaning Up Washington

Born on this day in 1934

America's corporate and political elites now form a regime of their own, they're privatizing democracy. All the benefits, the tax cuts, policies and rewards flow in one direction: up.
Bill Moyers

I happened to be reading Moyer's Blog early this morning looking for his interview with Public Citizen's Joan Claybrook which I missed when it aired on PBS last Friday on "Bill Moyers Journal."

The subject of the segment was lobbying and lobbyists and their pervasive influence on our political system.

I have a large measure of respect for both Moyers and Claybrook and an enormous loathing for lobbyists and their destructive influence on MY country and I was disappointed to have missed the program.

Fortunately for me I learned from Karl Rove that Al Gore invented the internet a few years back, and that invention led to the discovery of You Tube where I found a clip of the segment and I feel very good about the modern world this morning.

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