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Posted by Charles II on July 22, 2011
DDay would do FDL an enormous service if he would not just write accurate, measured posts but if he would read the comments and correct the wild misunderstandings that people come up with based on half-heard, quarter-understood information.
Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 22, 2011
Over at FDL yesterday afternoon, Bill Moyers — yes, THE Bill Moyers, the legendary Bill Moyers, the man among men Bill Moyers — stopped by for a Book Salon dedicated to his new book Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues.
I didn’t participate, because I’m in such awe of the man that I wouldn’t have contributed much more than “thank you so much, sir, for being here”. But others did, and he engaged them quite energetically and cheerfully — and put his weight foursquare with Jane Hamsher and FDL:
I don’t see any institutional methods to achieve what you’re seeking, Margaret; the corporate media is responsive only to advertisers and ratings. We need more newspapers based as the Guardian is on a significant trust fund that can provide the income needed for great reporting. Again, it’s the Net where I base my hope. In the l840s we had a highly contentious “media” based on a thousand or more little papers around the country started by individuals who could print their pamphlets and spread them hand-to-hand; they were feisty, defiant, sometimes garish and nativist worse, but they kept people talking; that’s an early metaphor, I think, of what the Net is. There are things to do — like supporting Firedoglake and other sites with a sufficient subscriber base to enable Jane to expand staff and technology and especially reporting. Just as PBS stations used to support themselves by really serving their publics who responded with pledges for serious programming, sites like this one have to count on their constituencies to do the same.
I think that’s a hint.
You know what to do. Tell ‘em Phoenix sent you.
Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 25, 2010
Is having a fundraiser:
They’re looking to get $50,000 by the end of June, and so far they’re over halfway there!
Fire Dog Lake is an independent source for journalism and advocacy like nowhere else you’ll find online. They’re building an independent movement that owes nothing to any party or corporate interest. They take action and change the course of politics and the country, as they did recently by keeping the public option alive eight months longer than anyone thought they could, and by using the organization mobilized for that fight to successfully push Congress to pass a student-loan-reform bill. Donations fund Marcy’s research, dday’s reporting, and the editors, moderators, and tech nerds; they allow FDL to create the unique mix of posts and actions that make it unique among internet sites.
Check it out and you’ll see what I mean. And feel free to drop in a few shekels, if you’re so moved.
Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 16, 2010
I’m still amazed at how much FDL’s managed to affect the debate on so many issues, with such comparatively minimal funding.
One of the benefits of that work is that while we may not score outright wins on some fights, the very fact of our flexing our muscles is helping us to win other fights, sometimes without having to do much at all.
For instance: From the first signs that the public option and Medicare drug purchase negotiation — in other words, the two best and most popular parts of any potential health care reform package — were going to be sacrificed to health and insurance industry lobbying in exchange for their not running $100-plus-million worth of Harry and Louise ads this election cycle, FDL was on the case. FDL documented when we were being lied to, such as with the lie that the reconciliation process wouldn’t work, even when people who should have known better (like Nate Silver) were attacking us for it — and managed to do damage to their own credibility in the process. (Of course, none of the people who were screaming at FDL and folks like Alan Grayson over this have ever bothered to apologize once it was shown that reconciliation was not only possible, but was the only way that any HCR legislation was going to get through Congress, especially once Scott Brown took Teddy’s Senate seat. But I digress.) A sellout that had been planned to be completed well before the August 2009 recess wound up taking until early this year to accomplish, and in the meantime plenty of material was put on the record demonstrating every detail thereof — right down to the fact that WellPoint VP and Baucus buddy Liz Fowler wrote the bill that would become law.
But, even as the industry lobbyists popped their champagne corks over finally killing off HCR provisions that the vast majority of Americans not only wanted, but liked a lot more than they did the WellPoint Bill, we managed to score a victory on student loan reform that came about precisely because Capitol Hill feared the message and leverage machine that FDL helped put together. That victory wouldn’t have happened if Jane and Company hadn’t committed to a fight to save the public option.
There are other victories, too. Jane Hamsher called for a primary challenge against Blanche Lincoln, and that challenge scared Lincoln so much, she was forced to back a piece of legislation that actually benefited people besides the corporate donors who have given her so many millions over the years. (Of course, now that she’s won the primary, she’s trying to sabotage that legislation, but that’s going to be a bit harder to pull off.) By working with libertarians, FDL got the Audit the Fed bill passed, 96-0.
And of course, there’s the fact that people who write for FDL — people like Marcy Wheeler, Michael Whitney, Spencer Ackerman, and of course Jane herself — get invited to appear on national TV or are quoted by the national press on a weekly, almost daily basis. FDL is affecting the discourse and keeping the Overton Windows from being shoved any further to the right — and all on a budget that wouldn’t sustain a typical right-wing think tank’s monthly payroll.
If you like what FDL’s been doing — and I should disclose that I have a very small role in it, nothing as stellar as what Jane and Marcy and the rest have been doing — please consider dropping a few shekels in their cup, or spreading the word in whatever way you can. And thanks for reading!
Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 13, 2010
This has been a public service announcement from Mercury Rising.
Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 23, 2009
Seems that the preferred definition of ‘bipartisanship’ in DC is the one that means ‘progressives and moderates get screwed while corporatists win’. There have been some moves to change that lately.
First, there’s this:
LEFT-RIGHT COALITION SAYS SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE MUST DELAY VOTE ON BERNANKE RENOMINATION
Letter Sent To Committee in Advance of Thursday Hearing; Group Also Behind Effort to Audit Actions of Federal Reserve at Early Stages of Financial Crisis
WASHINGTON – In a letter to members of the Senate Banking Committee today, a coalition of liberal and conservative leaders, strategists, activists and public interest advocates called for a delay of the nomination of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke to a second term.
The coalition includes Campaign for America’s Future co-director Robert Borosage, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist, Campaign for Liberty president John Tate, Center for Economic and Policy Research co-director Dean Baker and FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe.
Borosage said it’s simply astounding that the Banking Committee plans to vote on Bernake’s nomination for another term after only a couple of hours of desultory hearings with the chairman.
Now, there’s this:
Today, Grover Norquist and I are calling for an investigation into Rahm Emanuel’s activities at Freddie Mac, and the White House’s blocking of an Inspector General who would look into it.
Rahm Emanuel was appointed to the board of Freddie Mac in February of 2000 by Bill Clinton, after serving as White House political director where he was a vocal defender of Mr. Clinton during the Monica Lewinski matter. He served there until leaving to run for Congress in 2001, which qualified him for $380,000 in stock and options and a $20,000 annual fee.
According to the Chicago Tribune, during his tenure the board was notified by executives of their plans to misstate the earnings of Freddie Mac: “On Emanuel’s watch, the board was told by executives of a plan to use accounting tricks to mislead shareholders about outsize profits the government-chartered firm was then reaping from risky investments. The goal was to push earnings onto the books in future years, ensuring that Freddie Mac would appear profitable on paper for years to come and helping maximize annual bonuses for company brass.” (3/5/2009)
The Tribune further reported that “during his brief time on the board, the company hatched a plan to enhance its political muscle. That scheme, also reviewed by the board, led to a record $3.8 million fine from the Federal Election Commission for illegally using corporate resources to host fundraisers for politicians. Emanuel was the beneficiary of one of those parties after he left the board and ran in 2002 for a seat in Congress from the North Side of Chicago.”
Keep an eye on Fire Dog Lake for further developments.
Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 29, 2009
Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln thinks that her big campaign kitty, stuffed with insurance-industry dollars, will protect her from the consequences of screwing her fellow Arkansans — and Americans — on health care reform.
Let’s prove her wrong. FDL shows how.
Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 21, 2009
Terry’s agreed to host a fundraiser with Virginia and national bloggers who are insisting on a public option for the first Virginia Congressman who will take our pledge! This will be an awesome event to highlight and honor any Virginia Congressman who shows leadership on this issue. If you would like to be a part of the host committee for this event, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lowell and I are already on board, and I’m sure there will be many others!
Wanna know why Rick Scott, who thought he and his buddies’ billions had legitimate reform dead and buried, is suddenly very nervous? It’s because of people like Jane Hamsher and all the people she’s inspired. For a cash outlay of far less than what Scott and Company spend in a single day, Jane’s been able to keep real reform alive and very much kicking. Give her a hand.
Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 19, 2009
As Jane Hamsher notes over at FDL, Obama and Rahm have finally realized that the Republicans are not interested in doing anything that might benefit the Democrats, and so will go it alone on health care.
I suspect that the push by Jane to get a firewall of House Democrats to take the pledge not to vote for any health care “reform” bill that doesn’t include a meaningful public option — a push that bore fruit this week when 60 House members put their names on a letter to HHS’ Sebelius pledging just that — is what in turn pushed Rahm and Barack to do the right thing.
Give Jane a hand — she deserves it.