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Fighting for Air:  The Battle to Control Media – Day 2 of the National Conference for Media Reform

Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control Media – Day 2 of the National Conference for Media Reform

| January 13, 2007 | Reply

I’m reporting again from Memphis, where I am attending the National Conference for Media Reform sponsored by Free Press.  This morning, I attended a panel discussion entitled “Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media.  The panel was headed by Eric Klinenberg, who teaches sociology at New York University.  He is also the author […]

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The first time I did it in Memphis: a story about barbecue and walking distance

The first time I did it in Memphis: a story about barbecue and walking distance

| January 13, 2007 | 6 Replies

How many of you remember the first time you did it?  Eat barbecue in Memphis, that is. In cities where barbecue is taken seriously, you can easily become embroiled in vigorous debates about where one must go to can eat the best barbecue. Memphis is famous for its barbecue restaurants.  I am currently attending the […]

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Dennis Kucinich on A) Media Reform and B) How Bush is Scaring the Republicans

Dennis Kucinich on A) Media Reform and B) How Bush is Scaring the Republicans

| January 13, 2007 | 2 Replies

It wasn’t on the original schedule of the National Conference for Media Reform, but Dennis Kucinich agreed to hold a press conference tonight.  Kucinich ran for president of the United States in 2004.  He has indicated that he plans to run again in 2008. I hadn’t ever before been to to a press conference of […]

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Snain and a city stalled again (maybe).

Snain and a city stalled again (maybe).

| January 12, 2007 | 1 Reply

It’s snaining, again. Oh, no, it’s snaining again. This word is one I got from my father, who always said it with an appropriate sneer. Rain, sleet, and snow all rolling in at once. He’d never seen this sort of weather until he moved to the Midwest the year I was born. I’ve been busy […]

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National Conference for Media Reform – Opening events and talks

National Conference for Media Reform – Opening events and talks

| January 12, 2007 | 1 Reply

I am currently attending the National Conference for Media Reform at the downtown convention center in Memphis.  It’s pretty amazing to see and feel all this energy everywhere I look.  There will be in excess of 100 presentations. This is still the first day of the 2 1/2 day conference, yet I have already learned […]

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Never assume that a woman is pregnant (and other lessons I’ve learned)

Never assume that a woman is pregnant (and other lessons I’ve learned)

| January 12, 2007 | 3 Replies

I have long known that one should never ever congratulate a woman for being pregnant unless one knows (really really knows) that she is happily pregnant.  About seven years ago, my wife told me that one of the women living in our neighborhood was pregnant.  This surprised me, because I knew that Sally (not her real […]

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Eight ways to allow 3,000 people to die: a lesson in moral clarity

Eight ways to allow 3,000 people to die: a lesson in moral clarity

| January 10, 2007 | 17 Replies

President Bush is going to send more than 20,000 more troops into Iraq and spend billions of more dollars to carry on a hideous war. Why?  To protect Americans from terrorists, he tells us.  Bush convinced Americans to invade Iraq by accusing Iraq of being responsible for the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 Americans.  This […]

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No more smoke-filled rooms at the Capitol

No more smoke-filled rooms at the Capitol

| January 10, 2007 | 1 Reply

This is both a substantive and symbolic point, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. With the new year ushering in a D.C. smoking ban, House members could take refuge in puffing away in the Speaker’s lobby, an ornate room next to the House chamber. Members, reporters and staffers hang out there during votes. Not any more. […]

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Framing the abortion debate (part 2):  the nonsense of arguing about whether “life begins at conception”

Framing the abortion debate (part 2): the nonsense of arguing about whether “life begins at conception”

| January 10, 2007 | 19 Replies

In part 1 of this series, I pointed out a gaping hole in the argument of so-called “pro-life” supporters:  the missing premise that invalidates their entire argument.  In this sequel, I point out another gaping hole in their argument:  the nonsense of arguing about whether “life begins at conception” or, equivalently, whether a fetus is a […]

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