This is what they think of us. This is how they view us. To the 1-percenters and their supporters and beneficiaries in government - federal, state, and local - and the MSM, we are riff raff who are much better when we're not seen or heard. They prefer us to be invisible to them.
We don't have much, if any, representation in government: you may see a few of us run for office, but we are most often beat by the incredible 1 percent money machine. We don't have much, if any, representation in the MSM: you may occasionally see us, but only in token feel good stories occasionally or crime reporting. Many of the 1 percent rarely think of us, save for the examples above and maybe if and when they give to charity, but even then, those thoughts are fleeting.
The quote "Public employees have become targets of anger and criticism" that was followed by "and that's leading to a growing number of them calling it quits," came from Lester Holt last night on NBC Nightly News.
John Yang reported from New Jersey where public worker retirement jumped 60% and nearly doubled for teachers in 2010. But it is not just Governor Chris Christie "mocking teacher benefits" who deserves all the credit. The report shows many states where politicians downgrading the value of public workers has become too much for the good government workers to continue. In 2010 California and Colorado each reported a 20% rise in retirees from the public sector. This year Ohio has reported a 34% increase and after the assault from Scott Walker public worker retirement in Wisconsin is up 96%.
One New Jersey teacher was the focus of the segment. Judy Cinnamond who has decided to give up teaching. This highly respected educator sums up the situation with "All of the sudden the teachers are the enemy and I don't want to feel that way. Having dedicated my life to this job, I just don't want to feel that way."
Or if you heard this loudly stated Opinion, would you think, "Well, They have a Right to their Opinions"
Mr. Johnson, who called himself the last iconoclast, regarded scientists as witch doctors pulling off a gigantic hoax so as to replace religion with science. He based his own ideas on the Old Testament references to a flat earth
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S.
in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market. More than 1 in 4 Internet users in the U.S. now log in with AOL Time-Warner, the world's largest media corporation.
In 2004, Bagdikian's revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations -- Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) -- now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric's NBC is a close sixth.
As we all know firefighters est muy macho and Texans knows how to cook cow. I ate enough Brontosaurus ribs at Netroots Nation to attest to the flavor of Texas beef. But you've got to love this tasty food story.
It was the cover story on CBS Sunday Morning this week and you just don't hear too many stories like this out of the MSM. It was a good day for commercial television and a great day for so many viewers who once thought a diet of vegetables would leave them feeling weak.
From that beautiful blue island sitting in a polluted red sea comes the story of some firefighters that are pumped, ready, strong and their motto is "Real men eat plants and boys eat meat." These firefighters have gone Cold Turkey From Meat.
Tracy Smith introduced the firefighters of Engine Company 2 in Austin, Texas with;
(an important media primer... - promoted by poligirl)
Little did I know, when I got my B.A. degree in Communication Theory
at a major American University, many, many, years ago --
little did I know then, that those studies might actually
come in handy some day! (At the time it was just
the 'easiest degree' I could accomplish, in the least amount time.
LOL, the 'true calling' of many an undergrad, these days)
Turns out many of those "Theories on 'Mass Media'" I studied,
which were investigated and confirmed over much the 20th Century,
are still quite relevant today, here in the 21th Century of spin rooms and Message Framing --
Maybe even relevant to "We the People", as we try to reinvent how Media works, to make it more interactive, so that it really says something important!
So that it -- the People's Media -- ends up, one day, actually "Speaking the Truth to Power" ...
(an accountability opinion.... :D - promoted by poligirl)
[Abbreviated version of original post: Jul 20, 2007 by jamess, on dailykos]
Freedom of the Press
By Ellen Hume, Director, Center on Media and Society,
University of Massachusetts, Boston, Mar. 29, 2007
... four essential roles that a Free Press serves:
1. holding government leaders accountable to the people,
2. publicizing issues that need attention,
3. educating citizens so they can make informed decisions, and
4. connecting people with each other in civil society.