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"...will defend to the death your right to agree with them"; or: Just plain hypocrisy

http://csgv.org/action/tell-wttg-general-manager-patrick-paolini-fire-emily-miller/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=csgv&utm_content=1+-+Click+here+to+tell+WTTG+General+Manager+&utm_campaign=EmilyMillerCampaign&source=EmilyMillerCampaign

Tell WTTG General Manager Patrick Paolini: Fire Emily Miller

In its Code of Ethics, the Society of Professional Journalists states that journalists should “act independently” by avoiding “conflicts of interest, real or perceived” and “political…activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality.”1

By this standard, Emily Miller has no business being the Chief Investigative Reporter for WTTG, the Fox affiliate for Washington, D.C...

This is the behavior of an activist and pundit, not a journalist. Given her record, D.C. residents can’t trust that Miller will provide objective coverage on matters of concern to their city. If WTTG is at all concerned with journalistic integrity, it is time for them part ways with her.

Tell WTTG General Manager Patrick Paolini: Fire Emily Miller.


This is getting support at DU:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12627928

I wonder how that sort would have reacted if David Gregory
had been canned immediately after his little stunt:

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22David+Gregory%22+magazine&sitesearch=democraticunderground.com

Or the journalists going to this?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172158915

http://dartcenter.org/content/apply-now-southwest-workshop-on-covering-guns-gun-violence

Apply Now: Covering Gun Violence

The Dart Center is offering a two-day workshop for journalists on covering guns and gun violence, April 17-18, in Phoenix, Arizona.

---Snip---

To help journalists and news organizations in the Southwest improve their reporting on guns and gun violence, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School is organizing a two-day regional workshop April 17 and 18, 2015 for reporters, editors, news directors, photographers, producers, and bloggers. The workshop, funded by Everytown for Gun Safety, will offer independent expert briefings and specialized reporting skills training to enhance the practical ability of journalists to report on guns and gun violence knowledgeably, ethically and effectively. The workshop will cover such topics as state and federal gun laws; patterns of gun sales and gun trafficking; national trends and polling; education and prevention initiatives; social, economic and public health impacts; and special populations (e.g. children and youth, women and returning veterans.)

Speakers include national public health and policy experts; researchers and clinicians; award-winning journalists, and prevention advocates and survivors.

The workshop will:

* Serve as a forum for improving journalists’ knowledge of guns and gun violence, and the implications of public policies like background check requirements

*Explore new research, reporting ideas and best practices with leading public health and policy experts

*Confront challenges — and identify opportunities — that exist for local journalists pursuing these stories with limited resources

*Provide practical tools to enable journalists to successfully produce meaningful stories on guns and gun violence.

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Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jan 26, 2015, 10:25 PM (7 replies)

The TSA Wants To Read Your Facebook Posts And Check Out Your Purchases Before It Will Approve You...

..for PreCheck


https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150123/09423229792/tsa-wants-to-read-your-facebook-posts-check-out-your-purchases-before-it-will-approve-you-precheck.shtml

The TSA Wants To Read Your Facebook Posts And Check Out Your Purchases Before It Will Approve You For PreCheck

from the ah,-now-I-understand-the-phrase-'documented-citizen' dept

The TSA is disappointed that so few Americans have opted out of its bottle-tossing, package-groping screenings by signing up for its PreCheck program. For a few years now, the TSA has been selling travelers' civil liberties back to them, most recently for $85 a head, but it's now making a serious push to increase participation. The TSA can't do it alone, so it's accepting bids on its PreCheck expansion proposal. (h/t to Amy Alkon)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is seeking vendors for TSA Pre√® Application Expansion initiative to develop, deliver, and deploy private sector application capabilities expanding the public's enrollment opportunities for TSA Pre✓® through an Other Transactional Agreement (OTA) awarded by TSA. The Government plans to award an OTA to multiple vendors. The Government will evaluate the proposed ready-to-market solutions' application capabilities against this TSA Pre√® Expansion Initiative Solicitation and Statement of Work.
...

...More protections here:

Risk assessments may not be based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, financial status (e.g., credit ratings/scores, liens, bankruptcies, foreclosures, annual income), health records, constitutionally protected activity, or other records reflecting an individual’s socio-economic status.
...


Ahh, but then there's:

For purposes of this private sector enrollment initiative for the TSA Pre√® Application Program, “commercial data” includes: public record data, such as criminal history and real estate records produced by federal, state, and local governments; other publicly available information, such as directories, press reports, location data and information that individuals post on blogs and social media sites; and wide ranging data such as purchase information, customer lists from registration websites, and self-reported information provided by consumers that is obtained by commercial data sources such as data brokers.


As the great Tom Waits once said:

"The large print giveth, and the fine print taketh away"



Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jan 26, 2015, 10:07 PM (7 replies)

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-national-security-technology-and-liberty/i-was-arrested-learning-foreign-language-t

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.
January 23, 2015
By Nick George at 11:14am

Five years ago, the Philadelphia police thought that carrying Arabic-language flashcards was enough to warrant the arrest of an innocent traveler. A settlement reached today in a lawsuit I brought against the police department makes it clear that it is not...

...It's that attitude that is so problematic. Even after searching my luggage without probable cause of a crime and finding nothing out of the ordinary, TSA agents and the police felt they had the authority to detain and then arrest me, purely on ignorant assumptions about a language spoken by 295 million people worldwide.

That's why this lawsuit is important: to make it clear that arbitrary arrests are illegal, even at the airport. In addition to some modest damages, the settlement we signed requires the Philadelphia Police Department to amend its policies to make this clear. As law enforcement officers, they will be periodically instructed that they have an independent duty to establish probable cause before arrest, and cannot simply clap in cuffs anyone the TSA calls suspicious.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jan 25, 2015, 03:52 PM (18 replies)

Detective wanted arrest warrant for NBC's David Gregory

Source: USA Today

Detective wanted arrest warrant for NBC's David Gregory


Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY 5:36 p.m. EST January 24, 2015

The controversy over former NBC anchor David Gregory's display of a high capacity gun magazine got new legs this week.

An affidavit shows a Washington Metropolitan Police Department detective requested an arrest warrant for Gregory, according to Conservative website Legal Insurrection. In December 2012, the then host of NBC's "Meet the Press" broke the district's laws by waving the 30-round ammunition magazine at the network's studio during an interview...

...According to the affidavit, a NBC editor exchanged several e-mails with authorities who informed the editor that possessing the magazine would violate the law and be a misdemeanor. Police recommended using a photo instead of the magazine during the interview.

Gregory later displayed the magazine. In response, police investigated the incident. And, Wayne Gerrish, a Washington Metropolitan Police Department detective, requested an arrest warrant for Gregory. It was declined in January 2013.



Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/24/detective-wanted-arrest-warrant-for-nbcs-david-gregory/22275317/



Naturally it was declined- Gregory could be trusted with that magazine, he's not
one of "those people..."

<sarcasm mode to OFF>
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 24, 2015, 06:20 PM (23 replies)

Gun control for thee, but not for me: "Detective wanted arrest warrant for NBC's David Gregory"

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/24/detective-wanted-arrest-warrant-for-nbcs-david-gregory/22275317/

Detective wanted arrest warrant for NBC's David Gregory

Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY 5:36 p.m. EST January 24, 2015

The controversy over former NBC anchor David Gregory's display of a high capacity gun magazine got new legs this week.

An affidavit shows a Washington Metropolitan Police Department detective requested an arrest warrant for Gregory, according to Conservative website Legal Insurrection. In December 2012, the then host of NBC's "Meet the Press" broke the district's laws by waving the 30-round ammunition magazine at the network's studio during an interview...

...According to the affidavit, a NBC editor exchanged several e-mails with authorities who informed the editor that possessing the magazine would violate the law and be a misdemeanor. Police recommended using a photo instead of the magazine during the interview.

Gregory later displayed the magazine. In response, police investigated the incident. And, Wayne Gerrish, a Washington Metropolitan Police Department detective, requested an arrest warrant for Gregory. It was declined in January 2013.


Of course it was declined- Gregory wasn't one of "those people..."
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 24, 2015, 06:12 PM (24 replies)

A pack of hypocrites and selective tough guys, advocating violence against the law abiding

Nuclear Unicorn has their number. From a thread in GC&RKBA:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172159686#post8

They're selective tough guys.

They have a right to SWAT and tackle law-abiding, peaceable citizens but law-abiding peaceable citizens don't have the right to defend themselves from rapists, robbers, muggers, burglars and stalkers perpetrating forcible felonies.

Gun control isn't about stopping violence because gun controllers are endorsing violence.
This story has forced the mask to fall away. It's about control and nothing more.


That was in response to this:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172159686#post1


bowens43 (15,246 posts)
1. we have a right to protect ourselves against gun toting idiots.

he should have broken his damn arms...


Fuck Foster and *anyone* (and the keyboard they rode in on)
who supports or excuses his actions


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jan 21, 2015, 08:08 PM (0 replies)

The DEA Just Ended A Secret 15-Year Phone Call Spying Program

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-us-drug-enforcement-agency-halts-huge-secret-data-program-2015-1

The DEA Just Ended A Secret 15-Year Phone Call Spying Program
Reuters

John Shiffman, Reuters
Jan. 16, 2015, 5:40 PM


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has halted a secret, nearly 15-year program that collected virtually all data on international calls between the United States and certain countries, according to documents and officials familiar with the matter.

The sweeping bulk DEA database program was stopped in September 2013, shortly after elements were revealed by Reuters and then The New York Times, according to a redacted court filing made public on Thursday and U.S. officials...

...The 2013 Reuters report disclosed that federal agents were trained to conceal the role of Special Operations Division and its techniques in certain cases. This deceptive process, the agents said, is commonly called "parallel construction."

Agents had been directed to obscure how such investigations truly began - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Jan 20, 2015, 06:16 AM (1 replies)

A question for AA DUers- is this a nice tribute to MLK or oblivious cultural appropriation?

It struck me as somewhat...off..., for lack of a better term- but I'm an older white guy
and realized that my viewpoint may be somewhat blinkered

(also posted in GD)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026066232

I'm sure the Halalisa Singers are all good liberals that mean well

There's just one thing about them that struck me, and it's...well, you'll see:

http://www.halalisa.org/concerts-tickets.html

The Halalisa Singers present:
“I Dream A World: Songs of Hope and Justice”
Mary Cunningham, Artistic Director
Trevor Berens, piano
Bertram Lehmann, percussion

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Halalisa Singers present a program of folk and world music celebrating the legacy of the great civil rights leader.
The 34-member Lexington-based ensemble will sing songs from around the world reflecting themes from MLK’s life and work.
“This is music that emerged from unjust circumstances when people found their voices and raised them in song to inspire hope and promote change,” says Artistic Director Mary Cunningham.

The program features songs U2’s “MLK” and Jason Shelton’s bluesy “King for a Day,” written specifically to honor Dr. King anti-apartheid songs in the South African languages Xhosa and Zulu;
Andre Thomas’ setting of Langston Hughes’ “I Dream a World,” dedicated to victims of the September 11 attacks; and “I Am Willing,” sung at a 2006 White House rally to protest the invasion of Iraq.

The concerts will also honor the late folk legend and activist Pete Seeger with “Guantanamera,” a Jose Marti poem reflecting the perspective of a Cuban revolutionary from the late 1800’s that Seeger adapted for the peace movement, and the poignant “To My Old Brown Earth.”

Also on the program are songs from “Ragtime,” Sweet Honey in the Rock’s tribute to the women of South Africa “We Are the Ones,”
and “Hope for Resolution,” a piece that juxtaposes a European chant melody with an anti-apartheid song from South Africa.
A traditional Yiddish folk song, spirituals, a Maori-inspired song from New Zealand, and the rousing jazz-infused gospel piece “Freedom Train” round out the performance.


http://www.halalisa.org/about.html

The Halalisa Singers are dedicated to the performance of music across all cultures and nationalities.
Halalisa is a Zulu word for “celebration,” and in that spirit, the Halalisa repertoire includes African, Latin, American Spiritual, Gospel, Jewish, Folk, and Jazz music.
A diverse group of thirty men and women, the Halalisa Singers are inspired by the belief that music is a universal language with the power to uplift and unite us all.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mary Cunningham, this Lexington-based vocal ensemble is now in its twentieth year offering performances in the Boston area.


Yeah, about that 'diversity':











Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 10, 2015, 12:27 AM (7 replies)

I'm sure the Halalisa Singers are all good liberals that mean well

There's just one thing about them that struck me, and it's...well, you'll see:

http://www.halalisa.org/concerts-tickets.html

The Halalisa Singers present:
“I Dream A World: Songs of Hope and Justice”
Mary Cunningham, Artistic Director
Trevor Berens, piano
Bertram Lehmann, percussion

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Halalisa Singers present a program of folk and world music celebrating the legacy of the great civil rights leader.
The 34-member Lexington-based ensemble will sing songs from around the world reflecting themes from MLK’s life and work.
“This is music that emerged from unjust circumstances when people found their voices and raised them in song to inspire hope and promote change,” says Artistic Director Mary Cunningham.

The program features songs U2’s “MLK” and Jason Shelton’s bluesy “King for a Day,” written specifically to honor Dr. King anti-apartheid songs in the South African languages Xhosa and Zulu;
Andre Thomas’ setting of Langston Hughes’ “I Dream a World,” dedicated to victims of the September 11 attacks; and “I Am Willing,” sung at a 2006 White House rally to protest the invasion of Iraq.

The concerts will also honor the late folk legend and activist Pete Seeger with “Guantanamera,” a Jose Marti poem reflecting the perspective of a Cuban revolutionary from the late 1800’s that Seeger adapted for the peace movement, and the poignant “To My Old Brown Earth.”

Also on the program are songs from “Ragtime,” Sweet Honey in the Rock’s tribute to the women of South Africa “We Are the Ones,”
and “Hope for Resolution,” a piece that juxtaposes a European chant melody with an anti-apartheid song from South Africa.
A traditional Yiddish folk song, spirituals, a Maori-inspired song from New Zealand, and the rousing jazz-infused gospel piece “Freedom Train” round out the performance.


http://www.halalisa.org/about.html

The Halalisa Singers are dedicated to the performance of music across all cultures and nationalities.
Halalisa is a Zulu word for “celebration,” and in that spirit, the Halalisa repertoire includes African, Latin, American Spiritual, Gospel, Jewish, Folk, and Jazz music.
A diverse group of thirty men and women, the Halalisa Singers are inspired by the belief that music is a universal language with the power to uplift and unite us all.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mary Cunningham, this Lexington-based vocal ensemble is now in its twentieth year offering performances in the Boston area.


Yeah, about that 'diversity':











Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 10, 2015, 12:12 AM (6 replies)

Being blocked by a claque of wannabe Dantons and Robespierres is hardly shameful

I know the GCRA regulars fancy themselves as guardians of
progressivism and the Democratic Party, but in truth they're rather more like:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jan 1, 2015, 02:31 PM (0 replies)
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