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Apologies to Don McLean

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Every morning I receive a rundown of news that will never make the mainstream media.

Here's a headline worth noting from this week: "Video Leak: U.S. Attack Helicopter Kills Farmers While Pilot Sings."

Under the headline is an apology to singer-songwriter Don McLean who wrote these words:

"So, bye bye...

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America: You Are All Heart

(2) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 1:32 PM

Happy birthday, America -- you are very young for a nation -- you have so much left to do.

Don't we all?

On this, your 236th birthday, let's remind ourselves that the word democracy comes from the Greek "Demokratia" ... which translates into "People Power." In this large and diverse...

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Rather Outspoken

(10) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 9:41 AM

Dan Rather's latest book, Rather Outspoken, reminds us that reporters had best be careful when they set about the business of digging up news. And they'd damn well better make sure the media corporations for which they work are ready and willing to stand by them. Of course, Rather's unsettling...

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Ashley Judd Has Grit

(6) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 10:42 AM

She first appeared on my radar after starring in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Judd played her Tennessee Williams-type role with an elegant, uniquely Southern neurosis. Throughout the film, human frailty seeped from every pore.

I gained even more respect for her after reading her biography. Getting knocked around...

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Real Reporting Does Not Include Hollywood

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 6:29 PM

In the U.K., news "anchors" are called "presenters." It's high time we make that distinction here in America as well. Those who read the news and interview others are little more than highly paid middle men. Wall Street taught us that middlemen and women do not always work in our...

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Anchors and Reporters: Stop Going Down With the Ship

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 4:03 PM

In the U.K., news "anchors" are called "presenters." It's high time we make that distinction here in America, too.

Those who read the news and interview others are little more than highly paid middle men. Wall Street taught us that middlemen and women do not always work in our best...

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The Three "T's" of Breaking Up With Bank of America

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 7:54 AM

Most of us like our breakups clean and fast.

Close eyes, rip Band-Aid. Be Hemingway -- don't look back, don't mince words, avoid self-inflicted wounds.

Just slap your hands in that "I wash my hands of it all" way and move on.

And keep in mind that differences...

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Run Your Race

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 1:59 AM

"He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the...

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Journalists Abandon the Fourth Estate -- People Take to the Streets

(5) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 12:56 PM

"Occupy Oakland" participants are taking a few rubber bullets to the butt at this very moment. One thing is clear, the people are mad and they are not going to take it anymore. This is not satire, this is real. And, when all is said and done... we are in...

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Journalism 101 -- How To Avoid Being A Propaganda Tool

(29) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 10:27 AM

It's been a long, slow slide for CNN. The once-proud cable news pioneer has consistently crawled under the media's lowering bar, but this week it blazed a new trail to the bottom.

In at least one glaring example last week, the CNN editorial staff threw out the basics of textbook...

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In Bed With Red

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2011 | 7:18 PM

Joe McCarthy must be turning over in his grave.

After all, who would have thought capitalism and communism would turn out to be such greedy, self-centered bedfellows?

This convenient marriage has its fair share of problems. Right now, though, America is tossing and turning because it's having a heck...

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Sun Tzu and the Art of Knowing

(6) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 12:32 PM

Sun Tzu understood war.

In the 6th century BC, the shrewd general and philosopher developed his influential military strategy against the backdrop of China's "Warring States" era. It is, unfortunately, more applicable than ever. Sun Tzu wrote,

"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself,...

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Wiki-Tiki-Tavi? The Mongoose is Loose

(8) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 2:07 PM

In our United States of Amnesia there is a thin, carefully manufactured line between truth and spin, between real and computer generated and, apparently, between heroes and traitors.

Blowing the whistle used to be a good thing. On the school yard or in the middle of a busy intersection, the...

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Rachel Maddow Takes Us Back to the Future

(54) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 11:46 AM

Every June, I leave my Northern California home and head south to our annual Gulf Coast family reunion. I might as well be an alien visiting from another planet. My appearance at these soirees is a bit scandalous because, quite frankly, many suspect that my time in California has turned...

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Put Reporters on the Ground and Ground the Helicopters

(8) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 11:01 AM

Moments after the 1992 not guilty verdict came down in the Rodney King trial, the first violence I witnessed at the Los Angeles county courthouse came from a white man. He ran out to the courthouse parking lot screaming "You've got to be kidding me!?" He then busted a car...

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A Sex Kitten Pageant = It Pays for her Schooling=Another American lie

(5) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 3:55 PM

Miss America poses for what she's told is fresh and new

Sexed up pictures--rusty relics of ridicule

Do the dance, shed the clothes, world peace traded for pieces of vaporized souls

Corporate commercials sold

Exploitation thrives in:

A corset

A Hijab

A Burka


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Come on Home, Van Jones

(6) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 4:58 PM

Oakland is your home. We need you here. Can you ride to the rescue?

Oakland needs a mayor. The recycled ideas and personalities of the past are not working in the present.

Come on home.

The globe is shifting to solar power and you are a...

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Saint Sara at the Bully Pulpit -- Never Underestimate a Beauty Queen

(24) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 5:07 PM

Reporters used to laugh when beauty contestants began saying they wanted to someday be television "anchorwomen." They did not say "reporters." They wanted the lights! They wanted the camera! They wanted the action and attention that comes with "anchoring."

No one is laughing now, except for those former beauty queens...

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Plucked Peacock takes nuptials with Comcast, AT&T, NBC

(12) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 1:42 PM

NBC, Comcast and AT&T prepare for wholly-owned matrimony

We, Comcast and AT& T, take you, NBC, to be our wedded peacock -- to have and to pluck as we see fit.

Let the nuptials begin with a quote from one of Comcast's current bedfellows. Drum roll please! He's the...

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The San Francisco Bay Bridge And an Ethics Revolution

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 1:11 PM

The San Francisco Bay Bridge is the artwork right outside my family room window. But, last night it was Van Gogh without his ear.

It was horrible to find out that two, newly-installed cables broke and that this left the remaining cables straining to hold up tons of bumper to...

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