1) Local media slanted its coverage to make the Jena story as much about unfair reporting by the national media – thereby misleading casual observers of the Jena events that the story was about “more of the same” injustice in a stereotypically racist Southern small town.
2) National media pursued its usual “celebrity driven” line and only really went into the Jena story once national figures like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton associated themselves with it.
3) National media relied too much on using information provided to them by sources with agendas (including blogs such as this one).
You probably already heard that Romney is “suspending” his campaign. Apparently the decision had nothing to do with the fact that he’s getting his ass handed to him from one coast to the other. No, the reasoning is far more noble:
“If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” Romney told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
Right now the Senate is embroiled in debate over whether or not to grant the major telecom companies (chiefly AT&T and Verizon) retroactive immunity for their participation in the NSA’s illegal surveillance program, in addition to legitimizing vast new surveillance powers over Americans with almost no oversight. You already know my feelings about that, so I won’t belabor the point.
On this issue, as with many others (such as their opposition to net neutrality), the two giants of the telecom industry have been largely buddy-buddy. Both of them stand to lose millions in damages from lawsuits brought against them for their actions, before even getting into the bad publicity the case has already caused. It’s easy to forget that these two companies are (at least in a technical sense) competitors, and don’t always pursue the same goals in the same way.
In the mid-1970s Graham Parker was portrayed as a quintessentially Angry Young ManÂ®, a pub rocker with an attitude who helped shape the British New Wave (a movement that remains perhaps the most creatively vital five years in recent rock history).
15 years later he had matured into a Responsible AdultÂ®, with 1991′s Struck By Lightning offering us songs about marriage, domesticity, kids and dogs. As he sings in “A Brand New Book”:
I once read the story of somebodyâ€™s life
I had a few moments to spare
He was a good man who lived with his
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