MSNBC: Cherry Picking News Issues to Make Toxic Democrats Look Good
Why are some stories “news” and not others? Why will NJ governor Chris Christie's antics make the top of MSNBC news broadcasts for weeks to come, while the poisoning of 300,000 people by corporate greed and government abandonment on a scale not seen since Katrina dips below the radar as soon as corrupt officials declare there's nothing to see here, nothing at all? Why do Chris Christie's follies get more air time...
Obama's Race To The Top Drives Nationwide Wave of School Closings, Teacher Firings
Among Obama supporters, the gap between popular perceptions of the president's policies and the actual content of those policies is nowhere wider than in public education. While the president pays lip service to the centrality of public education, teachers and parent input, his Race To The Top is paving the road to privatization, closing more public schools and firing more teachers than any president in US history.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Obama's FCC Intends To OK Unlimited Concentration of Radio, TV, Newspaper Ownership in Top 20 Markets
Back in 2007,the George W. Bush's FCC tried to give Big Media the right to unlimited ownership of TV, radio and newspaper outlets in cities across the country. They were stopped by a timely court ruling and a firestorm of public rage. The Obama FCC intends to do in a secret proceeding before Xmas exactly what Bush could not do in 2007. Can they be stopped? Where are those who promised to hold this president's feet to the fire?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012(1 comments)
California NAACP Sells Out to Big Ag on Genetically Modified Foods
When black leadership gets its legitimacy from the oppressed, but its funding from the oppressor, this is what we get. We call it the Black Misleadership Class. And why was Davey D the only black media figure we heard even asking the question? Is this the Obama phenomenon trickling down --- we don't dare question our black "representatives" because.... because.... well.... why?
Thursday, May 10, 2012(3 comments)
Why Isn't Closing 40 Philadelphia Public Schools National News? Where Is the Black Political Class?
Corporate media in other cities don't mention massive school closings, whether in Chicago, Atlanta, NYC, or in this case Philadelphia, perhaps so people won't have given the issue much deep thought before the same crisis is manufactured in their town. Even inside Philadelphia the voices of actual parents, communities, students and teachers are shut out of most newspaper and broadcast accounts.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Rigged Games: Obama's Fake "Jobs Bill" is Election-Year Theater
Barack Obama's job creation policies, like his foreign policies, like his environmental policies, like his stands on Clean Coal and Safe Nuclear Power, like where he is on network neutrality, genetically modified crops, and a hundred other issues, are pretty much the same as that of his Republican opponents.
Barack Obama, Social Security and the Final Irrelevance of the Black Misleadership Class
The masters of corporate media proclaim that their raid on social security, is a done deal. "Entitlements," their code word for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, will be cut in the lame duck session of Congress, with Democratic president Barack Obama taking the lead. Though the outlines of this raid have been clear for months, what passes for black America's political leadership class have been silent.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010(2 comments)
The Supreme Court? Is This Why We Vote For Democrats?
We vote for Democrats, the argument goes, because sending a Republican to the White House means sending racist conservative neanderthals to the Supreme Court. A clinching argument right? What would John McCain do? But is that the right question to ask?
Wednesday, January 6, 2010(2 comments)
Black Politics Is Over: Black Politicians No Longer Believe Social Justice Is Possible
before being sworn in, Atlanta's new mayor Kasim Reed pledged to the Chamber of Commerce he'd deal with downtown panhandlers in what he called a more "muscular" fashion. The hopes and predictions of white pundits that black political life would come to look like the rest of America have come true. But not because the inequalities in health, wealth, incarceration rates and other indices of disparity have narrowed.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009(1 comments)
If Democrats Don't Pass Health Insurance Reform This Year, What Do We Lose? And What Do We Gain?
The “public option” in the president's health care bill is like the “clean” in clean coal. One harnesses the awesome power of the word clean and attaches it to coal, which is anything but. Likewise Democrats deploy the rhetorical power of the words “public” as in “everybody in, nobody out” and “option” as in choice to describe an arrangement will be neither public or for most, an available option.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009(4 comments)
Why the Public Option is Doomed To Fail, and What Can Be Done About It.
The generous, expansive public option on the lips of Congressional progressives, which would be open to all and compete to lower insurance prices is largely imaginary, while the president's stingy, divisive and means-tested version is all too real. But what about the third version of the public option? What is the Congressional Progressive Caucus doing to promote it, and to allow states to pursue single payer on their own?
Sonia Maria Sotomayor -- She's No Clarence Thomas, But No Thurgood Marshall Either
What is and what should be the story around the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the high court? Should we spend all our time and energy refuting the racism of Republican talking heads, and none examining her record, and how she arrived at the door of the Supreme Court? Is this a good time to explore what a just and democratic society must demand from its courts?
Community Organizer v. Corrupt Politician: The Dec. 6 New Orleans Congressional Election
The Dec. 6 New Orleans congressional election isn't just a local choice between a privatizing "minority" Republican, a notoriously corrupt Democrat and a caring, competent community organizer running on the Green Party ticket. The days leading to this election are a test of whether there exists even the shadow of a national movement mature enough to hold any black Democrats the least bit accountable.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008(1 comments)
The Hidden History of US Broadcasting
The US broadcast media regime, in which greedy, amoral corporations enjoy completely free monopoly licenses to run their highly profitable businesses upon the scarce public property that is the broadcast spectrum is usually presented to us as the only "natural" and sensible media order. It is, we've all been told, the benign and logical outcome of democratic give and take and rigorous competition in a free marketplace.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Holding Barack Obama Accountable
It's time for a little less respect for the high and mighty of either party, and a little more action. It's high time for activists inside and outside the Democratic party to look for creative, innovative, sometimes impolite and civilly disobedient ways to reach larger audiences as they speak truth to the powerful. Even and especially when those in power are nominal Democrats.