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In Case You Weren’t Totally Sure That ALEC, FOX, And The GOP Aren’t Best Buds…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 28, 2012

Sally Jo Sorensen once again does the establishment press one better in a story that will be found nowhere else — especially now, as I’ve made a point of making sure that her name is indelibly linked to it — by deeply tracing the ALEC connections of a prominent MNGOP officer and NewsCorp bigwig:

In Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Is an ALEC Member, PR Watch’s Rebekah Wilce reports that News Corps’ Senior Vice President, Bill Guidera,  “attended ALEC’s April 2010 Spring Task Force Summit in St. Louis, Missouri, as a member of what was then called the Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force.”

The presence of Guidera at the 2010 meeting creates a “discrepancy” between ALEC statements that News Corp., which owns Fox News Network, joined the corporate front group in 2012, Wilce reports.

As long time ALEC watchers, Bluestem can walk the Guidera-ALEC association back to 2007. In ALEC’s Regional Field Teams: Connecting with Members Face-to-Face, on page 2 of the December 2007 “Inside ALEC” newsletter, there’s this:

“At times a bill is seen as the easy solution to a tough problem, yet that bill may create even more problems. Todd (Kruse) and his team cut through the puffery to reach the core issues with clear, conservative policy solutions,” said Bill Guidera of News Corp, an ALEC member based in Minnesota.

Go read the whole thing. It’s definitely worth your time.

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Violence Higher In Unequal Rich Countries (Like The USA)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 28, 2012

This chart kinda says it all:

See here for more information.

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Just read Eric Rauchway/updated with actual link

Posted by Charles II on May 28, 2012

It’s been too long since I visited The Edge of the American West. Fortunately Paul Krugman steered me there. I learned the phrase, “at a level that could get you fired as a blogger.”

Yes. A lot of things that pass as serious articles could get you fired as a blogger. David Brooks. Tom Friedman. Half the guests on Charlie Rose. Charles Murray. And now the California Association of Scholars. They have produced a document whose errors can only be ascribed to overwhelming political bias and the desperate unwillingness to check the facts to which overwhelming political bias leads.

The report is signed by John M. Ellis (Professor Emeritus of German Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz.), Charles L. Geshekter (Professor of African History, California State University, Chico), Peter W. Wood (Anthropology Department at Boston University), and Stephen H. Balch (ex-Department of Government and Public Administration of John Jay College of Criminal Justice).

And in short order, political connections pop up. Balch is easy: In 2009 he was the recipient of the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award from the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Same for Peter W. Wood (linkibid): Dr. Wood has published several hundred articles in print and online journals, such as Partisan Review and National Review Online”. Geshekter has published one article for NRO. Ellis likes to complain about “political correctness”

The funding for NAS? Here:

Sarah Scaife Foundation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc
Castle Rock Foundation
John M. Olin Foundation

This report was bought and paid for.

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