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Shame: Ignoring Death Threats to Wisconsin Politicians Is Media Bias

(477) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 2:31 PM

Three questions for you.

  1. Do you think of Republicans and the Tea Party as dangerous, violent extremists?
  2. Do you think the Wisconsin protests over GOP Governor Scott Walker's move to strip public sector employees of collective bargaining were peaceful?
  3. Do you scoff at the right wing notion that mainstream media...
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GOP Rep. Steve King on Shirley Sherrod, Pigford and Racism (VIDEO)

(5) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 12:14 AM

As part of my documentary about how the Pigford settlement designed to help black farmers was hijacked by trial lawyers and politicians, I interviewed controversial congressman Steve King (R-IA) about the evidence he's personally heard about Pigford.

During the interview, he discussed the charge that it was the White House...

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The Odd Timing of Shirley Sherrod's Lawsuit Against Andrew Breitbart

(107) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 12:15 PM

I spent a slightly surreal weekend hanging out with Andrew Breitbart at CPAC this past weekend and at the end of the conservative convention, he was served with a lawsuit from Shirley Sherrod, the former USDA official who was forced to resign by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack back...

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Four Practical Steps to Being the Change You Want to See

(21) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 5:08 PM

"Be the change that you want to see in the world," Mahatma Gandhi

Isn't that great advice for anyone who sometimes feels overwhelmed by either world events or even just the complexities of daily life? Gandhi did change the world but he recognized where the focus needed to start.

So...

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Blue Dog Congressman Sanford Bishop Knew About Pigford Fraud

(7) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 1:50 PM

While I was conducting a video interview with a Georgia farmer named Eddie Slaughter a couple of weeks ago, he made a surprising and stunning allegation: that he had told his congressman about fraud in the multibillion dollar Pigford v. Glickman settlement and that the congressman responded by telling him...

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Why We Should Say No to Self-Improvement : My Interview with Derek Rydall

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 2:37 AM

Can we change the world by dropping the idea that we need to improve ourselves?

That's the radical but rational notion put forth by author and licensed therapist Derek Rydall, whose book "The Law of Emergence: A Revolutionary Principle for Achieving Your Full Potential" is due out this year.

Lee:...

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The Congressional Black Caucus vs. Black Farmers

(53) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 1:14 PM

Pigford v. Glickman was supposed to help black farmers discriminated against by the USDA. Instead, it's diverted hundreds of millions of dollars to people who never farmed and diverted attention away from the plight of real farmers.

The people helping to perpetuate the Pigford...

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Feds Sues Lucasfilm for Undermining VFX Artists

(7) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 2:01 AM

Earlier this year, I wrote about the poor working conditions for the animation and visual effects artists who have helped create some of most incredible (and profitable) films and TV shows of all time in an open letter to director James Cameron. In that piece, I discussed the...

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USDA Continues to Lie About Pigford Fraud Despite Lawyer Statements

(13) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 1:24 PM

Candidate Obama ran on a platform of openness, transparency and accountability in government but when it comes to the Pigford scandal, the USDA and Secretary Tom Vilsack continue a pattern of deception. At issue are accusations of fraud that may amount to hundreds of millions of dollars in a settlement...

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The Media's Failure to Report on Pigford Hurts Black Farmers

(14) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 9:39 PM

I'm writing this a little before sunrise at a hotel room in Jackson, Mississippi. I'm traveling with my family -- my wife, three of our kids and two cats -- and gathering facts and conducting interviews about the Pigford vs. Glickman settlement that was designed to remedy the decades of...

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Why Anderson Cooper Botched the Billion Dollar Pigford Story

(39) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 11:16 AM

Anderson Cooper is certainly capable of doing good journalism, but in many cases he simply can't overcome the clichéd convention of what passes for news reporting on television. Here's the scenario that nearly every news show on TV uses -- get two talking heads that are supposedly on different sides...

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Is Hollywood Ready for a Gay Male Adult Actor in Mainstream Roles?

(38) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 8:16 PM

Sasha Gray has done it. Tracy Lords and Ron Jeremy have been doing it for years. Jenna Jameson wants to do it on Broadway.

These adult film actors and a handful of others have begun making the transition to more traditional entertainment work for years now. But behind the media...

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I May Run for President and I Am Available for a Lucrative TV Deal

(7) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 10:25 AM

The 2012 elections are just around the corner so it's obviously time for me to start hinting that I may run for President. Because, who knows? Don't count me out. I might! It's too early to say but I'm just saying. If I don't see any other candidates who are...

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Will Obama Ignore The Political Experts Who Caused This Election Rout?

(34) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 11:47 AM

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Eninstein
"Forever in debt to your priceless advice." -- Kurt Cobain

It's hangover day. Democratic politicians and pundits are waking up, feeling a familiar soreness in their head, slowly and methodically...

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Why The Democrats Deserve To Lose

(8) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 1:08 PM

It's fitting that Halloween and Election Day are only a few days apart. Both days use the iconography of fear to help gain treats and both leave a sort of sickening aftertaste.

The Republicans definitely don't deserve to win this election season but it's clear that the Democrats absolutely deserve...

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Unrated Horror Film Hatchet 2 Pulled From Theaters; Does The MPAA Have Too Much Power?

(12) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 1:11 PM

When writer / director's Adam Green's debut feature Hatchet opened in theaters in 2006, the experience was both a dream come true...and a nightmare. Green says, "It was exciting to be able to sit down in a real theater with a paying audience to watch my movie but the film...

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Is America About To Reach A Third Party Tipping Point?

(32) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 3:59 PM

Another miserable election season approaches where good citizens are urged to hold their noses and vote for the lesser of two evils...but I'm an optimist. I think that America may be close to hitting bottom and that a new, viable third party might be about to emerge from our current...

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Obama's Double-Dip Disappointment Is Bad for Business

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 11:31 AM

As a small-business owner, I don't need to wait for the government reports of leading indicators and indices to know that there's been a tightening in people's willingness to spend over the long hot summer of 2010. The day-to-day experience of talking to clients and other business owners confirms that...

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Note to CNN: Hand Jon Stewart the Keys to Your Failing Network

(617) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 7:57 AM

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart is America's most trusted news anchor and if CNN wants to stay alive, they should put the Emmy winner in charge of their network for a month or so.

Sure, Stewart is comedian but unlike Fox New's Glenn Beck at least he's a successful...

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House Minorty Leader John Boehner Comes Out : I'm Black

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 9:05 PM

John Boehner, Republican representative from Ohio's eighth Congressional District and ironically the House minority leader, has told friends and family that he is an African-American.

According to reporter Marc Ambinder, Boehner arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently. "It's taken me 63 years to be comfortable with this...

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