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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:18 PM
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Bitch to the Media, or the Politicians?
Folks, we need to bitch to both.

We need the media to cover these stories, but we need the politicians to enact change.

The media may serve our needs by spreading the word to those who don't use the Net to get their news. But those of us who do, have little time to police the MSM and get them to do their jobs. We get our news from the Net, whether it's MSM-based or not. And I assume guys like Will Pitt who actually write a fair amount of that news, don't have time to bitch to the MSM either.

We need to write to our representatives, but if we also write to the media, others might take up the cause if their awareness is eventually raised.

So how do we do it all?

I was wondering if these tasks could be or should be divided somehow.

I can't blast the NY Times for their lousy coverage of the Ohio recount, for example, if I don't actually read the rag anymore to get my news.

It's fine to come here and complain about CNN, Faux, NYT, etc. but they really need to be blasted to their faces, so to speak, by those who actually pay attention to them. It's great to tell Olbermann he's doing a good job, if you think he is, but we need more Olbermanns, and they won't happen without us bitching about their absence.

Any suggestions about this? I know it's a bit of a rant, but those of you working on forming "groups" might be interested.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:23 PM
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1. Bill, I haven't signed up for a task yet in Arnheim's group but
I'm thinking I'd like to work on MSM.

I canceled my papers (SFChron, NYT) but have to read them on line and also have to have the chatters on all day to do my job. So, I do keep pretty good track of them, as nauseating as it is.

To do it, I think we need a core group of letter writers/distributers via email and also to post actions regularly. Same group could help us keep it fresh, finding new ways to impact coverage.
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New Earth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:27 PM
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3. that is also one thing i am onto
getting more people to get their news from different sources.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:39 PM
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4. Maybe we could split it up this way, Faye. You could be point
person for getting people and REAL news together; I could organize a team to talk back to the MSM. They need to know we know they know.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:26 PM
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2. And, to address another point of yours, no, I don't think these
tasks should be divided because they go hand in hand. Instead, what about assigning them geographically?
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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:36 AM
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5. If you mean geographically by each media outlet that makes sense.
And I think this should be as bi-partisan (including Red and Blue states) and as fact-based as possible.

We could start by bitching about the coverage of the Electoral Vote challenge. First time since 1877 that this has happened and I assume, there was hardly any coverage. Even PBS didn't have much on it, if I recall.
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sepia_steel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 03:39 AM
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6. Someone send me a task.
I'll help too. I don't care which task it is.
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