Journalism

The PR Firm from Hell, Part 1

Submitted: Jul 01, 2009
By: 
Lloyd Carter

THE PR FIRM FROM HELL
As published in the June 30th, 2009 edition of the Fresno Community Alliance newspaper
(First of two parts)
By Lloyd G. Carter

http://www.lloydgcarter.com/content/090629251_the-pr-firm-from-hell  

    Cesar Chavez knew the power of a good march. He led by example and he never stopped trying until he found a way. And this is exactly what we are going to do. We never will stop until we find a way, find a way together here, because this is the right thing to do, because we need water, we need water, we need water, we need water [chanting with crowd]. --

            Gov. Schwarzenegger, on April 17, at the San Luis Reservoir, following a four-day grower-funded march in which non-union farmworkers were paid to walk 50 miles from Mendota.  Chavez’ United Farm Workers union did not participate.  UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta called it shameless exploitation of the late labor leader’s legacy.

 

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When East is East and West is West, who pays the bills?

Submitted: Jun 14, 2009
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

As the inveterate, hairy-chested managing editor of the Sun-Star heads off to embeddedment in Iraq again (because a female reporter went twice!), Tom Frazier asks real questions about a local issue: Who is paying for the Michelle Obama event? While the Imperial Tharp is Inshalla-ing to a fair-the-well about his upcoming war junket, Frazier is calling out the imaginary “feral dogs” of the press to find out what happened. Yo, Frazier, there are no feral dogs of the local press. They all been bought by UC Merced so long ago few still remember the UC inserts that once a month paid the bills back in the late 1990s. And the tame dogs of the local press are all bouncing their heads off the pavement and crying “Inshalla.” We would believe in Tharp’s conversion to Islam if he were going to what Genl. Petraeus even calls “the graveyard of empires,” Afghanistan.
But who cares where Tharp goes at all? Presumably McClatchy and the University of California – just as long as the Sun-Star doesn’t provide the answers to the embarrassing questions Frazier is asking.

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Statewide consequences of the knuckleheads we elect to office

Submitted: Jun 14, 2009
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

The article below from the LA Times, datelined Merced, observes that the Republican legislative delegation from the San Joaquin Valley, one of the poorest places in the nation, is going to once again do the "right" thing despite their desire to be compassionate and vote to lower taxes and cut health and human services in the next state budget.

"Herald chalks it up to core GOP ideology, a yearning to shrink government," the Times reports. 'In fairness to them,' he said, 'much of it is simply philosophical.'"

Because it's "philosophical," it is forgiven? Anyone who would dignify the plutocratic greed behind the rightwing ideology of our thoroughly bought-and-sold legislative delegation does a grave disservice to philosophy by avoiding facing the economic absurdity, the social dangers and the immorality of this ideology. This is the same, so-called "fiscal conservatism" which, as practiced in the "free" wholesale market for politicians, precipitated the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, is causing other nations like Brazil, Russia, India and China to act in self-defense to organize alternatives to the USD reserve-currency status, and has "bailed out" banks to the tune of trillions to reinflate the real estate bubble, as foreclosures keep on going on and banks keep on "banking" the public funds.

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A first look at the dairy crisis

Submitted: Jun 10, 2009
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

Although “oligarchy” may not be a word that springs to the lips of every dairymen, we bet that the top commentary in the collection below, “The Dairy Oligarchy,” will ring a lot truer to them than the three versions of the same McClatchy editorial calling for a “free market” for the dairy industry, presumably to solve the “over-production” problem.

 

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Baker's common sense economic journalism

Submitted: Jun 06, 2009
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

Dean Baker has always been good at explaining in terms of common sense why the speculative housing boom was extremely dangerous and completely unsustainable. By "common sense," we mean that Baker has covered this story for years using his training as a professional economist, using facts instead of advertising or blind academic free-market dogma, and bringing to his stories a humane perspective grounded in what all this means to ordinary working people.

Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

June 3, 2009
CounterPunch.com

Cheerleading the Recovery
Reporters With Pom-Poms
By DEAN BAKER
http://www.counterpunch.com/baker06032009.html
Last week we got a whole series of bad reports on the state of the economy. New and existing home sales both remain near their lowest level for the downturn, as house prices continue to drop at the rate of 2.0 percent a month. New orders for capital goods, a key measure of investment demand, fell by 2.0 percent in April. Excluding the volatile transportation sector, new orders were still down by 1.5 percent.

On Friday, the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index fell by more than 5 percentage points from its April level, approaching its low for the downturn. The employment component of the index did hit a new low.

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Education to Elegance with a Sprit of Tradition

Submitted: May 03, 2009
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The now famous UC Merced Valentine campaign to invite First Lady Michelle Obama to speak at the May 16 commencement exercises featured the following legend, found at this link:

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/167/v-story_images/story/684187.html

Education to Elegance with a Sprit of Tradition
UC Merced Commencment May 16, 2009

Since, as we say in the press, this message had pass through many sets of eyes, we wondered if "sprit" had an academic meaning that has escaped us all these years. However, the only definition we could find was:

sprit: a spar that crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally. (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary)

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Education to Elegance with a Sprit of Tradition

Submitted: May 03, 2009
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The now famous UC Merced Valentine campaign to invite First Lady Michelle Obama to speak at the May 16 commencement exercises featured the following legend, found at this link:

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/167/v-story_images/story/684187.html

Education to Elegance with a Sprit of Tradition
UC Merced Commencment May 16, 2009

Since, as we say in the press, this message had pass through many sets of eyes, we wondered if "sprit" had an academic meaning that has escaped us all these years. However, the only definition we could find was:

sprit: a spar that crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally. (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary)

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Clarifications from the Sun-Star

Submitted: Apr 13, 2009
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

Mike Tharp, executive editor of the Merced Sun-Star, sent in some clarifications regarding a recent Sun-Star editorial, posted and criticized on Badlands. The article on this site was called "The fish," March 15, 2009, http://www.badlandsjournal.com/taxonomy/term/24?page=1

Thanks for reprinting our editorial calling for big public/private projects that would both restore community spirit and help the local economy. A couple of clarifications, however: I returned from six weeks in Iraq for McClatchy last July (not "recently"); and the only time I spent in the Green Zone was to be taken there in an armored vehicle for interviews. Otherwise, I lived in the McClatchy bureau--well in the Red Zone--or was embedded with the 10th Mountain Division in Kirkuk.

Red Zone and Green Zone are duly noted. But, we can't help also noting that they sound like the Red Team and the Green Team Cardoza, Condit and his children, and Gov. Gray Davis used to command and control environmental law and regulation and state and federal resource agencies for the last great public works project here, UC Merced.

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State of the debate over Social Security

Submitted: Feb 18, 2009
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

2-16-09
The Guardian
Saving social security--Here's a cheap and effective form of economic stimulus – tell America's baby boomers that their welfare benefits are safe...Dean Baker
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/feb/16/obama-social-security-economy

The stimulus bill approved by Congress last week - and due to be signed into law by President Obama tomorrow - is a very good first step toward slowing the economy's decline, but it clearly is not large enough to accomplish the job. The US economy will be seeing a loss of close to $2.6 trillion in demand over this year and next due to the collapse of housing and commercial property bubbles.

To counteract this collapse, Congress gave President Obama just over $700bn in real stimulus. President Obama will have to make further requests from Congress to close the gap between what the economy needs and the stimulus package approved last week.

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CVSEN reply to Rominger/Dimock SF Chron op-ed Feb. 11

Submitted: Feb 12, 2009
By: 
Central Valley Safe Environment Network Board of Directors


Central Valley Safe Environment Network

P.O. Box 64
Merced CA 95341
CVSEN@sbcglobal.net

CVSEN.com

 

Central Valley Safe Environment Network reply to Rominger/Dimock op-ed in SF Chronicle, Feb. 11
 

Central Valley Safe Environment Network (CVSEN) is a coalition of grassroots groups that has defended environmental, social and economic justice in the San Joaquin Valley for 25 years, built largely on the principles of organization of Saul Alinksy in Chicago.

CVSEN is outraged by the smear of Lloyd Carter by Richard Rominger and Michael Dimock in the San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 11.

Rominger and Dimock wrote in part:

 

"Even more disturbing is that rising emotion over water is sparking hostility. Last Thursday in Fresno, a representative of the California Water Impact Network told a television reporter during a debate that saving farmworkers' jobs is a mistake because they are the "least educated people in America ... they turn to lives of crime, they go on welfare, go into drug trafficking ...." This is this blatantly racist, and evokes images of Europe in the 1930s and '40s." --http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/11/EDKB15RJ1M.DTL&type=printable

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