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(OpEdNews Contributing Editor since October 2006) Inner city schoolteacher from New York, mostly covering media manipulation. I put election/finance reform ahead of all issues but also advocate for fiscal conservatism, ethics in journalism and curbing overpopulation. I enjoy open debate, history, the arts and hope to adopt a third child. Gustav Wynn is a pseudonym, but you knew that.
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Sunday, July 12, 2015(1 comments)
NY Teachers Seek Answers From New Education Commissioner
Hired amidst a whirlwind of controversy and corruption in Albany, New York's new top educator replaces a Commissioner long accused of catering to the billionaire class, instituting Common Core and invalid evaluations designed to blame teachers for problems unique to low-income urban environments. For her first week, the activist teacher group NYBATs released an open letter asking Commissioner Elia to respond to the evidence.
Saturday, February 7, 2015 EVALUATING THE EVALUATIONS: How Can Math or English Tests Be Used For All Teachers?
In September 2013, New York City began basing teacher evaluations on Common Core test results, but neglected to create tests in subjects other than Math or English Language Arts. Instead, they simply assigned test scores in these subjects to everybody. Over a year later, we find teachers in danger of being fired, and inner city schools seeing teachers flee, knowing that low scores are linked to high poverty in the community.
Sunday, August 31, 2014(7 comments)
BUYING TIME INDEED: Is Andrew Cuomo's Money Keeping Zephyr Teachout Out Of The Media?
Was the Moreland Commission killed because it pointed back to a media payola system used by the governor to buy influence with the media? Onlookers can only speculate as Cuomo has gone silent, running out the clock as the DOJ investigation seems unlikely to indict or absolve Cuomo before the Sept. 9 gubernatorial primary. Meanwhile, anti-corruption candidate Zephyr Teachout struggles to expand her name-recognition in time.
Thursday, August 7, 2014(2 comments)
Zephyr Teachout Aims to Capitalize on Cuomo's Moreland Mess
Offering New York Democrats a progressive alternative to the increasingly "moderate" governor, progressive upstart candidate Zephyr Teachout hopes to make the upcoming primary competitive in the wake of the ballooning Moreland Commission scandal. Her unusual name aside, Teachout's anti-corruption credentials make her an interesting and relevant candidate in the mold of Elizabeth Warren.
Sunday, May 4, 2014(11 comments)
CONFLICTED: MSNBC's Mixed Reporting on Common Core and Charter Schools
Wondering why MSNBC is slow to cover conflicts of interest as public funds flow out of classrooms in every zip code? The push to make all states "common" doubles down on testing and private contracts and diminishes local input, with accountability rules that mirror model legislation put forth by ALEC. See how coverage of these hot debates has fared on the left-leaning network as Common Core and charters continue to roll out.
Monday, January 27, 2014 BACKFIRE: James O'Keefe's Latest Video Mostly Absolves Battleground Texas
TEXAS TAPE TOO TOXIC FOR FOX: After hyping James O'Keefe's latest sting video on Fox-TV, Megyn Kelley ended up not showing the video which purported to show Wendy Davis supporters laughing at the disability of Republican opponent Greg Abbot. Read why the story ended up relegated to sites like WND and Infowars.
Sunday, November 10, 2013(3 comments)
Is Rachel Maddow Going Easy on MSNBC Advertisers? [UPDATED]
A look at the effect MSNBC advertiser dollars may or may not have on programs like The Rachel Maddow Show. With big industries ready to spend unlimited cash on issue ads, buy off politicians, plant fake news and junk science, the public awareness of GMO foods and hydrofracking seems to be going nowhere. We ask if a potent progressive broadcaster like Rachel Maddow can be muzzled by corporate overlords, drunk with ad cash.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013(10 comments)
FACT-CHECKED: Hannity's Lies Harming American Consumers
Sean Hannity's new low in deception has prompted responses from several top news and consumer reporting outlets, attempting to set the record straight for US citizens who need to know about the new state exchanges that will providing health care policies. Are citizens yet recognizing the immediate harm, waste and fraud that this broadcaster is causing to the public?
Monday, April 15, 2013(20 comments)
Learning the Hard Way: The False Promises of Standardized Tests
With parents choosing to opt their kids out of state testing in increasing numbers, we look at the question of whether it's been hurting or helping schools. The data is in and since implementation, performance across the country has flat lined, while billions have been sucked out of school budgets to enrich a handful of large, privatized testing firms while killing the love of learning for a generation of American students.
Sunday, March 17, 2013(24 comments)
Questions Persist After Guilty Verdicts in Steubenville Rape Trial
A verdict was handed down Sunday in the case of "Jane Doe", a teen who was allegedly gang raped during a series of wild parties in August. Two defendants were found guilty of rape, in this case, the use of their fingers to violate a sixteen year old who was not in a position to give consent. But questions persist, including the case of other youngsters photographed in the same basement...
Saturday, February 16, 2013(29 comments)
Maddow: MSNBC Special on Iraq WMD Will "Upset" Many
Will we finally see evidence the Bush administration lied about Iraq's WMD program on TV? This Monday, Rachel Maddow + MSNBC's documentary "Hubris" will detail how many dissenting views of Iraq's WMD threat simply got steamrolled.
But will this show include the most damning details that cry out for war crimes investigations? If Cheney's team misled US officials, how could it not be high treason? We'll wait and see.
Sunday, February 3, 2013(57 comments)
Selective Tyranny: Why "Terrorized" Gun-Owners Applaud Obama's Worst Constitutional Abuses
The gun debate in the US has reached fever pitch following the Newtown massacre, but daily gun violence was normalized long ago, inextricably linked with gun access. Gun-toting patriots claim to be a check on government abuse, looking narrowly at their Second Amendment rights while the ignoring indefinite imprisonment - or death by executive order.
Saturday, January 19, 2013(4 comments)
Hannity Takes Pay to Astroturf For Hydrofrackers
What would you do if you wanted to expand hydrofracking in New York state, but the public was protesting because of the risks to the environment? You call Sean Hannity, the #1 public opinion masseuse. That's what happened this week as the media noticed Hannity's ire for Cuomo's fracking delayy, but this began just days before Hannity started promoting a new pro-fracking film in a paid ad campaign. Coincidence?
Sunday, December 30, 2012(10 comments)
2012: Another Year in Mainstream Media Malpractice
Do you get frustrated each year looking back at the way the media reported the news? Are you seeing the worsening influence of corporate control on story selection and context? Do you see fewer and fewer examples of credible journalism as you span the radio and TV dial? If so, take a gander at some of 2012's most under-reported stories and feel free to comment or add your own.
Monday, December 10, 2012(2 comments)
Walmart CEO To Be Picketed in NYC at Speech on Global Responsibility
Picketers will take to the streets at 4:30 Tuesday to address the hypocrisy of the CEO of Walmart in giving a speech called "The Responsibility to Lead". Protesters say he leads the most exploitive, parasitic retail chain in history, with a horrendous track record on women's rights, food monopolization, displacing workers and factory conditions. Lexington Ave and 68th Street in Manhattan.
Saturday, December 8, 2012(10 comments)
Caught: Hannity's Sleight of Hand on Bush Tax Cut Claims
Do the Bush tax cuts for the rich create jobs? Do they raise revenues? According to history, no - but that doesn't stop Sean Hannity from saying so. In pursuit of continued breaks so multimillionaires can take cash out of the American economy, top Republicans continue to assert rosy claims about the Bush cuts for the wealthy when Clinton era tax policies fared much better.
Thursday, November 29, 2012(5 comments)
Speech Suppression? FCC Loses "Petitions to Deny" WTMJ + WISN Broadcast Licenses
The FCC says "the dog ate my homework" in the case of a filing documenting serious broadcast imbalance during Scott Walker's re-election campaign.
The government has little discretion to regulate free speech, but the FCC licensing process clearly provides for public feedback, complaints and even a "Petition to Deny" relicensing, as well as statutes governing 'comparable time' during election periods in the "public interest"
Friday, November 23, 2012(2 comments)
Walmart CEOs Concealed Evidence of Vast Bribery Scandal
Since Walmart's CEO makes more in an hour than his average worker makes in a year, you'd think he would be more accountable when something goes wrong. Quite the opposite, Walmart's CEOs are expected to elude prison even after evidence has surfaced suggesting they failed to report possible fraud as Walmart's rapid expansion overseas was allegedly fueled by over $24 million in bribes to foreign officials.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012(2 comments)
Shock Audio: Hannity's Latest Lies Politicize NY/NJ's Suffering
Heading into election day, Sean Hannity made false statements painting a bleak picture of the Tri-state area's recovery following Superstorm Sandy. He insulted dedicated, highly effective work crews and citizen-samaritans to attack Obama, but it was also discovered Hannity had falsely attributed 2011 audio of striking Verizon workers to union members he said harangued visiting repair crews last week.
Saturday, November 3, 2012(4 comments)
Hannity Audio: The 47% Will Still Vote For Romney and "Everything Else He Says Is Correct"
On the same day Mother Jones released the full 50 minutes of footage from Mitt Romney's private fundraiser, Sean Hannity was leading talk radio in agreeing the "47%" who pay no federal income tax were deadbeat Obama voters "unable to take responsibility for themselves", unwilling to correct this erroneous percentage nearing half our nation, or the sentiment behind it. Hannity was rendered but a cuckold weeks later when Romney
Monday, October 8, 2012(22 comments)
NSA's "Stellar Wind" Violates Every American Citizens' Constitutional Rights
Both major parties agree - the founding fathers never envisioned a terror attack on US soil. This is why both parties have embraced suspension of our Constitutional rights. Under the NSA spying program Stellar Wind, all of our communications are subject to collection by the government, without suspicion of the commission of a crime. In short, bin Laden changed your rights as an American citizen - so says President Obushma.
Sunday, September 30, 2012(4 comments)
Former Collaborator of ACORN "Pimp" Lays Bare Plot Aimed at Obama Pastor
Congresswoman Maxine Waters + Jeremiah Wright were alleged targets in messages shared online by Nadia Naffe, former collaborator of gonzo right-wing activist James O'Keefe.
Using O'Keefe's own tactics for digging up dirt, Naffe has apparently teamed with a variety of indie bloggers to expose secret emails found in O'Keefe's personal email account.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012(7 comments)
Obama's Unconstitutional NDAA 'Detained Indefinitely' by Federal Judge
Judge Katherine Forrest made permanent her initial injunction blocking unconstitutional provisions in the NDAA today, turning back the Obama administration's suggestion that the court "step aside'. Read about the sinister intentions of the law, and it's sister law, the Trespass Act, which serve to destroy the protections clearly outlined in the US Constitution.
Monday, September 10, 2012(15 comments)
Obama's Bush-Era Incoherence on Constitutionality of NDAA
In a video interview, president Obama seems to claim he opposes the NDAA provisions stripping away all US citizens' right to trial, explaining he only voted for it because Congress forced his hand. But Obama also went to court to enforce the provisions, providing a confusing backdrop for a detention law already presumed unconstitutional.
Sunday, August 19, 2012(5 comments)
Netanyahu's Plan to Bomb Iran Allegedly Leaked in Protest
Richard Silverstein, blogger at Tikun-Olam and TruthOut is claiming to have obtained war plans drafted by the Netanyahu administration, detailing Iranian targets to be attacked in an impending strike.
Sunday, August 5, 2012(2 comments)
Supreme Corruption: Mega-Expansion of Citizens United
We know the Montana challenge to Citizens United was struck down, but most don't know how this broadened the ruling to unleash corporate cash into state and local races. NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman assembled a posse of AGs to prove the original ruling was baseless, but the Court refused to budge. The battle against a corrupt Supreme Court and profit-hungry media continues as 2012 elections approach.
Sunday, July 22, 2012(2 comments)
Romney's Twitter Account Surges With Phony Followers
Questions abound as Mitt Romney's Twitter account surges in followers. With twenty times his daily average, folks started looking at who was requesting his tweets and found the accounts were mostly fakes, auto-generated by someone, for some reason.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Frackstabber: Gov. Cuomo Excludes Public From Privileged "Stakeholder" Communications
Problem: Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised natural gas drillers he'd expand hydrofracking, while also keeping a promise to keep the people and NY environment safe. Cuomo's recent designation of drill zones in five NY counties has brought renewed protest to the state's environmental review process, but new revelations show fracking corporations were given a special "inside track" via secret communications with Cuomo's DEC.
Monday, June 18, 2012(13 comments)
"Ignore the Poor" Guy Won't Retract #OWS Fabrication
Caught lying! Wisconsin candidate for US Senate makes headlines after he shows disdain for the poor and unemployed. But a campaign ad aired in Wisconsin making an outlandish claim about #OWS turned into an embarrassing exchange when the candidate admitted his research was baseless...
Tuesday, June 5, 2012(6 comments)
Free Speech vs. Public Interest: FCC Complaint Against WI Talk Radio Looms Large for Hannity and Limbaugh
The equal time provision called the "Zapple Doctrine" is getting a fresh look after monitors in WI discovered imbalanced broadcasting at two Milwaukee stations during the Scott Walker recall election period.
With air time going 120 to 1 in favor of Walker, critics believe the stations do not qualify for the "news interview" loophole that allows on-air support for one candidate without allowing relevant rebuttal time.
Thursday, May 3, 2012(9 comments)
Media Malfeasance: Corporate News Downsizes OWS, Downplays Murdoch Ruling
Can you trust the corporate media anymore? Mayday reporting from NYC showed how top outlets like CNN, Reuters and Washington Post flubbed the most basic facts in reporting the massive march Tuesday. At the same time, the punditsphere remained notably quiet as a Parliamently committee ruled Rupert Murdoch "not fit" as the head of News Corp.
Monday, April 23, 2012(3 comments)
"Corrupt" Wal-Mart Seeks 159 Stores in NYC
Instead of Walmart's Mexican cover-up scandal, consider their operating plan at it's most basic, relying on extremely aggressive growth to grab a 1/5 market share wherever it casts its shadow. Walmart has been drooling over NYC for two years, but one estimate warns a net 4,000 jobs would be lost if they met their typical targets, suppressing wages while making welfare spike. Is this the future of New York City?
Wednesday, April 11, 2012(2 comments)
AUDIO: Hannity Blabbed Content of "Off The Record" Conversation with George Zimmerman
The media world lit up in response to the news George Zimmerman called Sean Hannity, but Hannity promised not to discuss the "off the record" conversation. This audio shows however that Hannity did divulge on his radio show today that George Zimmerman told him that the screams heard on the 911 tape were not Trayvon's but his own.
Sunday, April 1, 2012(39 comments)
Limbaugh and Hannity Turn To Twitter In Response to "Slut" Crisis [Updated]
Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have been advised to rustle up support on social media in light of "Slutgate". Hannity allowed some balance on his radio show, but just hung up on callers after finally allowing them to voice their opinions. Limbaugh and Hannity hope to entice diehard fans onto Twitter to counter the flood of complaints that changed the national conversation on "radio decency" for weeks.
Monday, February 27, 2012(2 comments)
Updated: Nadia Naffe Weighs In as Breitbart "Rape" Hypocrisy Hits TV
A new barrage of tweets between Andrew Breitbart and Keith Olbermann's guest host David Shuster have escalated the controversy over Breitbart's silence in the James O'Keefe "barn" matter, but a surprising tweet by Nadia Naffe, the staffer who accused O'Keefe of harassment adds new detail, questioning Breitbart's perspective on the incident.
Friday, February 24, 2012(3 comments)
Does Breitbart's Rape Rant Apply to James O'Keefe's Alleged "Barn" Plot?
Andrew Breitbart has been championing the rights of rape victims in Occupy sites, but has a longer pattern of ignoring the issue of victims rights. Ironically, Breitbart's infamous protege James O'Keefe today stands accused in a potentially serious rape plot, suggesting knock-out drops may have been used on an attractive young blogger on Breitbart's staff with the intention of having her pass out in O'Keefe's barn.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012(5 comments)
Schneiderman: Outcry and OWS Caused Obama to "Retool"
Eric Schneiderman has offered interesting statements while making the media rounds, addressing tough questions about his role as co-chair of Obama's working group seeking to prosecute crimes that led to the economic crisis. While many mistrust Obama, Schneiderman opines that major changes in politics and the economy have led Obama to get more aggressive in seeking accountability, including #OWS.
Saturday, January 21, 2012(25 comments)
Obama to Grant Banks Robosigning Immunity in Showdown With Breakaway AGs [Updated]
Despite months of outcry, the Obama administration is drawing closer to a deal with the five biggest mortgage banks to settle charges of robo-signing and foreclosure fraud. Led by NY AG Eric Schneiderman, six rogue AGs have defied the "50 state" panel, DOJ and HUD, insisting on carrying forward investigations into forged documents and improper procedures but bank-friendly authorities are seeking a more bank-friendly approach.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 Sex, Drugs and Videotape: James O'Keefe Implicated in Barn Rape Plot?
James O'Keefe is in another legal pickle, as criminal harassment charges were filed against O'Keefe by Harvard-educated conservative blogger Nadia Naffe - after a video project meet-up ended in alleged verbal abuse and physical impairment of Ms. Naffe, the lack of reporting and official comment on the allegations have led to speculation that O'Keefe has something to hide.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011(2 comments)
48 Members of Congress Move Towards Prosecution of Wall Street, But Need You
Dozens of members of Congress are waking up to the "Occupy Wall Street" sentiment sweeping the country. Instead of laying low as the Obama Administration crafts a deal to "sell immunity" to Wall Street firms, some in Congress are rallying behind the six rogue Attorneys General who have been actually trying to do their job and put crooks in jail for robosigning, mortgage origination and securities fraud.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 #OWS Applauds as Massachussetts Attorney General Stands Up To Banks
#OccupyWallStreet has another accomplishment to celebrate this week, the lawsuit leveled at five major mortgage banks in Massachussetts. This is another action taken in leiu of Obama's DOJ or SEC doing it's job of putting Wall Street criminals in jail and yet another action taken on the state level to prevent Obama from selling immunity to Wall Street as he has been doing for years.
Monday, November 28, 2011(9 comments)
#OWS Cheers As Defiant Judge Stops Obama From Selling Immunity To Wall Street
The common practice of selling justice may have hit a snag as Judge Jed Rakoff slammed the brakes on another sweetheart settlement proposed between Obama's SEC and Wall Street titans Citgroup. At the heart of the issue is selling immunity for large pay-outs that often times are split with law firms assisting the banks.
Friday, November 11, 2011(15 comments)
The #OWS Video Rupert Murdoch Doesn't Want You To See
Rupert Murdoch is painting #OWS as a mob of lawless, rapist, druggie, nudist anti-Semites. Is that accurate? Maybe not, but it's legal. Fox and News Corp literally made lying on the air legal in this 1996 court ruling. This week Murdoch gave air-time to convicted felon Jack Abramoff, while hiding Sean Hannity's ties to Abramoff's web of political payola. See how you can oppose the next Fox FCC renewal here.
Monday, September 12, 2011(1 comments)
Media Whitewash on Cheney War Crimes Palpable as Whistleblowers Cry Foul
Promising "heads will explode", Dick Cheney made the beltway media rounds bragging about his calculations to skirt US laws in the war on terror. But an undeniable critical mass of evidence now screams that he and George Tenet knowingly withheld key internal dissents from Colin Powell and thereby Congress insisting on a fraudulent need for military strikes against Iraq.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011(7 comments)
Ny AG Schneiderman Finds Support Fighting Next "Bank Bailout"
Eric Schneiderman not only has a duty to enforce the law, he wants to know how recent mortgage fraud caused the collapse of America's economy. Those who are in no rush to find out include Obama, his cabinet, the top banks and especially the folks who broke laws to create impossibly labyrinthian mortgage securities, imbedded with toxic balloon loans.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011(4 comments)
*UPDATED* Help NY's Attorney General Stop Obama's Whitewash of Major Mortgage Fraud
The big banks have fashioned a "settlement" with the Obama Administration that would let them pay some fines to exonerate them in mortgage fraud relating to the Countrywide securities scandal that unraveled into a gigantic worldwide economic crisis.
NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has prevented finalization of the deal, despite pressure from Obama's cabinet who want us all "blindly" to "not look backwards".
Wednesday, August 10, 2011(1 comments)
*[Updated]* MSNBC "Recalls" Maddow, Live Anchors as Results Delayed
Before we found out the Wisconsin recall effort would fall short, we waited and waited for results that should only have heightened the drama that evening. From serial incompetence to allegations of tampering, there was a lot to cover, yet MSNBC pulled the plug, unceremoniously sending their star talent home to miss the outcome. Out of touch with surging outrage, MSNBC misses again, chasing viewers into deep, deep sleep.
Monday, August 8, 2011(7 comments)
Hannity Transcript Censored After Viagra Gaffe Goes Viral
What does the Fox propaganda machine do after Sean Hannity alienates virtually all females in an explosively hypocritical gaffe?
Perhaps fan out on the web to mitigate the damage, posting older "shelved" articles and flooding Twitter with banal self-promotional posts, so as to literally knock indie media articles off the page.
Sometimes, Hannity's quotes are too much to ignore - every once in a while, he just "Fox up"!
Monday, July 18, 2011(39 comments)
Caught Scissorhanded: Sean Hannity Edits Obama's Answer at Press Conference
Caught again! See exactly how Sean Hannity edited President Obama's press conference to distort the meaning of his answer. Worse, Hannity set up the clip by saying Obama was avoiding answering the question when Hannity had edited out about three-quarters of the response.
Friday, June 10, 2011(6 comments)
Details Emerge on Dan Wolfe, Breitbart's Source For Weinergate as "BornFreeCrew" Implodes - UPDATE
More details emerged this week about the lead up to the Weinergate scandal and the involvement of Dan Wolfe and Mike Stack who reveals it was "a friend of Drudge" that handed Wolfe this radioactive sex scandal scoop, perhaps to keep the actual source concealed. With Breitbart, Dana Loesch and Lee Stranahan on the case, you'd think we'd have some answers, but everyone seems to be avoiding .
Monday, May 30, 2011(11 comments)
Breitbart Again Demonizing Average People in Hoax Videos
Another hyper-partisan activist video has been promoted by Andrew Breitbart's website, painting average folks on the street as un-American "fascists" due to their willingness to criticize conservative radio hosts and websites. Plainly, the subjects are lied to and coaxed to sign a hoax petition they do not seem to understand.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Fraud! Breitbart Admits Editing "Truth" From Hoax Petition Video [Updated]
Partisan operative Andrew Breitbart promotes a video showing college students joining a fake "ban" on Conservative talk hosts like Limbaugh and Hannity as they are asked to support free speech. But the filmmakers didn't understand they were confusing the petition signers and then admit to editing out students who refused to sign.
Monday, April 18, 2011 Audio Treasure Trove From National Conference For Media Reform in Boston
The 2011 NCMR event held last weekend was a well attended progressive grassroots gathering, converging media, technology and democracy around important current issues. Recap offered here with links to full audio for dozens of workshops now available online for those who missed out.
Thursday, March 10, 2011(15 comments)
Report: Glenn Beck Staged Calls as Wacky DJ, More Questions Abound
Gawker is reporting claims from a "prominent", "veteran" producer that Glenn Beck has in fact planted callers on his show, including recurring characters, in his days as a wacky morning show host. He also describes Ryan Seacrest and others use the service regularly in prank call bits and questions arise about Premiere's "inspired caller" servic for sale.