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"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
-Thomas Jefferson
 
3.08.2003

 
I'm hoping you get a sense that for a democracy to work, to be an effective part of our daily experience it needs to be fueled by accurate information about our world; specifically the actions of the players on the world stage.

In our TV mediated society we are told more about how someone looks, how his or her delivery was, than the quality of the substance of their speech. Notice that 'pundits' give no sense of history or context either; these expert commentators, they just deal with appearances, ideas dealt with in a self-referential vacuum. You may have noticed that Helen Thomas, the first person to ask a question at White House press conferences and the person to wrap he conferences up with "Thank You Mr President "; a tradition that has continued through the last 9 presidents wasn't heard from this last (scripted)conference.You may remember she has said "He is the worst president in all of American history." The situation might lead one to believe that to stay on the good side of the president is necessary to have access to him. How effective can reporters be if they need to pussyfoot around the people they are reporting on? Could you call a public figure on something that they said if you knew exposing their lie would ruin your career?

Also quoted from the linked article:

Also snubbed by Mr. Bush at last night's news conference was Mike Allen of The Washington Post, the second consecutive time that the president has skipped over The Post's correspondent, who was seated last night in the front row.

Will Mike Allen think twice before asking a substantive question? To save his job will he 'play nice' with this administration? Is that enriching, enlivening Democracy? I find a scripted press conference pretty darn shameful as it is. I grew up fed this ideal of 'Freedom of the Press' that was what made our nation great. Those 'misled folks' over in Russia had a pre-digested press.

Assistant Director of Security Fred talman gave the orders but Robert Williams, the 9 year security guard at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland New York has been fired. He was the fellow who confronted "Give Peace a Chance" t-shirt wearer Steve Downs as he lunched at the mall and asked the man to take off his anti-war shirt or leave the premises.

"Williams said it was Tallman who made the decision on Monday to have Downs arrested if he and his son, Roger Downs, 31, refused to take off T-shirts that bore peace slogans."

After the Downs paperwork was written up:

"Tallman was contacted by the officer, Williams said, and told the officer to have Williams sign the complaint because "he represents the company so he can sign.""

Go figure... I wonder about Mr Williams. Was he gung-ho about censoring the mall customers? Did he feel ridiculous bothering folks having lunch due to 'orders from the top' ...?

Isn't it a bit alarming that individuals can end up dealing with the Police because of what a t-shirt says; non -profane, nothing graphic, (although the world needs some good graphic peace shirts by my estimation) merely the words "Give Peace A Chance".

As a blogger that wants to work to let America be the America our forefathers envisioned I am proud to say " Give Peace A Chance" . I am proud to question an administration that is so comfortable in misleading the public, "We the People". A scripted press conference dealing with life and death issues is not right. People being bothered for differing from, and argueably,holding more moral views than our present administration is not right.

3/08/2003
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I'm hoping you get a sense that for a democracy to work, to be an effective part of our daily experience it needs to be fueled by accurate information about our world; specifically the actions of the players on the world stage.

In our TV mediated society we are told more about how someone looks, how his or her delivery was, than the quality of the substance of their speech. Notice that 'pundits' give no sense of history or context either; these expert commentators, they just deal with appearances, ideas dealt with in a self-referential vacuum. You may have noticed that Helen Thomas, the first person to ask a question at White House press conferences and the person to wrap he conferences up with "Thank You Mr President "; a tradition that has continued through the last 9 presidents wasn't heard from this last (scripted)conference.You may remember she has said "He is the worst president in all of American history." The situation might lead one to believe that to stay on the good side of the president is necessary to have access to him. How effective can reporters be if they need to pussyfoot around the people they are reporting on? Could you call a public figure on something that they said if you knew exposing their lie would ruin your career?

Also quoted from the linked article:

Also snubbed by Mr. Bush at last night's news conference was Mike Allen of The Washington Post, the second consecutive time that the president has skipped over The Post's correspondent, who was seated last night in the front row.

Will Mike Allen think twice before asking a substantive question? To save his job will he 'play nice' with this administration? Is that enriching, enlivening Democracy? I find a scripted press conference pretty darn shameful as it is. I grew up fed this ideal of 'Freedom of the Press' that was what made our nation great. Those 'misled folks' over in Russia had a pre-digested press.

Assistant Director of Security Fred talman gave the orders but Robert Williams, the 9 year security guard at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland New York has been fired. He was the fellow who confronted "Give Peace a Chance" t-shirt wearer Steve Downs as he lunched at the mall and asked the man to take off his anti-war shirt or leave the premises.

"Williams said it was Tallman who made the decision on Monday to have Downs arrested if he and his son, Roger Downs, 31, refused to take off T-shirts that bore peace slogans."

After the Downs paperwork was written up:

"Tallman was contacted by the officer, Williams said, and told the officer to have Williams sign the complaint because "he represents the company so he can sign.""

Go figure... I wonder about Mr Williams. Was he gung-ho about censoring the mall customers? Did he feel ridiculous bothering folks having lunch due to 'orders from the top' ...?

Isn't it a bit alarming that individuals can end up dealing with the Police because of what a t-shirt says; non -profane, nothing graphic, (although the world needs some good graphic peace shirts by my estimation) merely the words "Give Peace A Chance".

As a blogger that wants to work to let America be the America our forefathers envisioned I am proud to say " Give Peace A Chance" . I am proud to question an administration that is so comfortable in misleading the public, "We the People". A scripted press conference dealing with life and death issues is not right. People being bothered for differing from, and argueably,holding more moral views than our present administration is not right.

3/08/2003
|


 
I'm hoping you get a sense that for a democracy to work, to be an effective part of our daily experience it needs to be fueled by accurate information about our world; specifically the actions of the players on the world stage.

In our TV mediated society we are told more about how someone looks, how his or her delivery was, than the quality of the substance of their speech. Notice that 'pundits' give no sense of history or context either; these expert commentators, they just deal with appearances, ideas dealt with in a self-referential vacuum. You may have noticed that Helen Thomas, the first person to ask a question at White House press conferences and the person to wrap he conferences up with "Thank You Mr President "; a tradition that has continued through the last 9 presidents wasn't heard from this last (scripted)conference.You may remember she has said "He is the worst president in all of American history." The situation might lead one to believe that to stay on the good side of the president is necessary to have access to him. How effective can reporters be if they need to pussyfoot around the people they are reporting on? Could you call a public figure on something that they said if you knew exposing their lie would ruin your career?

Also quoted from the linked article:

Also snubbed by Mr. Bush at last night's news conference was Mike Allen of The Washington Post, the second consecutive time that the president has skipped over The Post's correspondent, who was seated last night in the front row.

Will Mike Allen think twice before asking a substantive question? To save his job will he 'play nice' with this administration? Is that enriching, enlivening Democracy? I find a scripted press conference pretty darn shameful as it is. I grew up fed this ideal of 'Freedom of the Press' that was what made our nation great. Those 'misled folks' over in Russia had a pre-digested press.

Assistant Director of Security Fred talman gave the orders but Robert Williams, the 9 year security guard at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland New York has been fired. He was the fellow who confronted "Give Peace a Chance" t-shirt wearer Steve Downs as he lunched at the mall and asked the man to take off his anti-war shirt or leave the premises.

"Williams said it was Tallman who made the decision on Monday to have Downs arrested if he and his son, Roger Downs, 31, refused to take off T-shirts that bore peace slogans."

After the Downs paperwork was written up:

"Tallman was contacted by the officer, Williams said, and told the officer to have Williams sign the complaint because "he represents the company so he can sign.""

Go figure... I wonder about Mr Williams. Was he gung-ho about censoring the mall customers? Did he feel ridiculous bothering folks having lunch due to 'orders from the top' ...?

Isn't it a bit alarming that individuals can end up dealing with the Police because of what a t-shirt says; non -profane, nothing graphic, (although the world needs some good graphic peace shirts by my estimation) merely the words "Give Peace A Chance".

As a blogger that wants to work to let America be the America our forefathers envisioned I am proud to say " Give Peace A Chance" . I am proud to question an administration that is so comfortable in misleading the public, "We the People". A scripted press conference dealing with life and death issues is not right. People being bothered for differing from, and argueably,holding more moral views than our present administration is not right.

3/08/2003
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