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Arrest That Woman! She’s A Journalist!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 24, 2011

Courtesy of Bluestem Prairie.

Even as Kurt Zellers and the rest of the Minnesota Republican Party caucus at the Capitol were trying to scrub the record and remove all official evidence that they invited arch-nutjob Bradlee Dean to give the opening convocation on the day an anti-marriage-equality bill — henceforth known as “The Bradlee Dean Bill” — was supposed to be passed, one of Dean’s minions had a folding table set up in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Hutchinson, looking to raise money for Dean’s “You Can Run But You Can’t Hide” ministry.

Bluestem Prairie’s Sally Jo Sorensen tried to interview the kid running the table, but was rebuffed — and you’ve got to watch the video at her site to see what happens next. Suffice to say that he, like Scott Walker, seems to have confused local law enforcement officials with his own palace guard.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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Monday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 23, 2011

— Earlier this year, I mentioned Bluestem Prairie’s breaking the story of a certain repeat sex offender, Jeremy Giefer, who seemed to be getting astonishingly gentle treatment from various prominent “law and order” Republicans such as Tony Cornish. Well, guess what? The Twin Cities media doesn’t seem to be much interested, but as BSP’s Sally Jo Sorensen reports, the DC-based The Politico has picked up on it:

Pawlenty’s pardon problem involves Jeremy Geifer, who had been convicted in a statutory rape case involving a 14-year-old girl he later married. Geifer had been described by everyone in his life as a model of reform, which eventually led to a 2008 pardon by a three-person board led by Pawlenty.

But late last year, Geifer was accused of sexually assaulting another underage girl more than 250 times. Pawlenty moved swiftly, asking for a probe into whether Geifer lied on his pardon application and pushing to close down a day care run by his wife.

What Politico chose not to mention: The latest alleged victim of Giefer’s is none other than his own teenage daughter, the very person he fathered off of the 14-year-old girl he married.

— Speaking of local journalists breaking stories, Karl Bremer, of the blog Ripple in Stillwater, just got one heckuvan atta-boy:

The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has informed me that I won a Page One Award for “Best Use of Public Records” for my series on “Minnesota and the Man Known as ‘Bobby Thompson.’” They won’t reveal whether it was 1st, 2nd or 3rd place until the annual awards banquet June 7.

‘Bobby Thompson’ is the assumed name (probably one of many) of the notorious scammer and Michele Bachmann pal behind the fake charity known as the “U.S. Navy Veterans Association”.

— Speaking of Page One Awards, City Pages’ Nick Pinto was nominated for one for his followup work on the Giefer story mentioned above, the one Sally Jo Sorensen broke at BSP.


(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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Time For Another Blogger Ethics Panel

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 30, 2010

Good news: StarTribune and national-media’s go-to pundits pick up on Sally Jo Sorensen’s Bluestem Prairie story about Jeremy A. Giefer, the sex offender given a Pardon Extraordinary by Governor Tim Pawlenty, and who is now facing charges of incest.

Bad news: They somehow, ah, forgot to credit her or BSP.

I’m starting to lose track of the number of times some legacy-media outlet snarfs up a story first broken by a blogger and then fails to credit the blogger. At least we try to hat-tip or link to the sources for our stuff, when we pass along something someone else discovered.

Posted in blogger ethics, blogs and blogging, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Minnesota, real journalism, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, Tim Pawlenty | 2 Comments »

New Local News Link

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 20, 2009

Mercury Rising welcomes the Anoka County Eagle to our sidebar. Homebrew journalism!

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I Agree With Margaret Carlson

Posted by MEC on September 25, 2008

Just now, on Countdown, discussing Governor Palin’s replies to reporters’ questions:

It’s an insult to small-town people to say that Sarah Palin represents them.

Posted in real journalism, Sarah Palin | 1 Comment »

Support journalists jailed for covering RNC

Posted by Charles II on September 4, 2008

Amy Goodman has requested that people write to St. Paul Attorney John Choi and Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, with ccs to the indicated DN address to ask them to drop the charges against her and her producers, Nicole Salazar and Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

This is not a venal request. The arrest and roughing up of these three journalists represents an unusual transgression by police across the line drawn by the First Amendment. This ain’t normal, folks, and we cannot let it become so. The cops deserve plenty of leeway in which to make mistakes, but these arrests were very clearly deliberate, political in nature, and intended to silence the last gasps of a free press.

Posted in Good Causes, media, real journalism | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »

Vote buying scandal in New Mexico

Posted by Charles II on March 8, 2008

Bradblog has links to audio of Peter B. Collins interviewing Brad, reporter Laura MacCallum and former NM governor David Cargo on voters paid to attend convention (and, presumably, vote) for Representative Heather Wilson, who would like to succeed Senator Pete Domenici. Some people were voting outside their congressional districts.

Posted in corruption, real journalism, Republicans acting badly | 3 Comments »

Transforming The Debate

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 1, 2008

Digby has a good piece on the necessity to transform the debate and undo the four decades of increasing right-wing control and framing of it.

The thing is that it has to be a collaborative effort between politicans and sane-media sources.  Republicans knew the value of getting every one of their memebership on board with using Gingrich’s and Norquist’s talking points — that’s why Jeffrey Feldman pushes framing so much on our side.

In addition, we need more sane media.  Not just another blog, but a TV network or a really strong radio network.  We need to reach people where they’re most likely to hear us:  At work, in their cars/buses/trains while commuting, or in the evening during the supper hour.

Posted in beat the press, big money, Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, capitalism as cancer, Democrats, getting a clue, GOP/Media Complex, real journalism, Republicans | 1 Comment »

Got A Copy Of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 9, 2007

And Boy Howdy, is it an eye-opener.

If you’ve been following the discussion surrounding it, then you probably already know its basic premise: The powerful ultra-rich neocons and neoliberals who worshipped at the feet of Milton Friedman and his “Chicago School” of corporate idolatry took his message to places like Chile, Argentina, Iraq, and New Orleans, seeking via the tenets of ‘disaster capitalism’ to profit from existing disaster (or a disaster they helped create) so that they can swoop in and take over the existing societal structures and remake them for their benefit and not that of the masses of people living there.

But what’s interesting is how she ties it all together, showing various tidbits that the US media generally won’t mention — at least, not in such a way that it sheds light on the whole situation, as part of a coherent contextual framework.

For instance: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in 'starving the beast', GOP/Media Complex, Grover Norquist, Iraq war, neocons, neoliberals, New Orleans, privatization, real journalism, rightwing moral cripples, totalitarianism | 5 Comments »

AP Headline Writer Gets It Right

Posted by MEC on September 14, 2007

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Bush’s speech yesterday was supposed to convince people that Bush was agreeing to a troop reduction in Iraq. In fact, the “reduction” will, at best, revert to the level before the surge. And the AP headline writer decided not to play along with the deception:

Bush preserves big troop level in Iraq

Jennifer Loven, the AP reporter, also focused on the facts:

President Bush’s claim that progress in Iraq justifies preserving a large U.S. military presence there for at least 10 more months was shadowed by discouraging developments on the security and political fronts.

Friday morning, 12 hours after Bush’s address to the nation, the White House was to report that Iraqi leaders had gained almost no new ground in meeting U.S. benchmarks on bringing about reconciliation and stability.

Other bad news hit 12 hours before Bush’s speech, when Iraqi police reported the assassination in Anbar province of a prominent figure in a local alliance with U.S. troops against al-Qaida. It was a sharp blow to Bush’s frequent celebration of military gains in that region as a model for the rest of the country.


The president’s speech marked only the latest shift in direction — and rationale and packaging — for a war that has lasted 4 1/2 years and cost a half trillion dollars and nearly 3,800 American lives.

More real journalism like this, please.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, Iraq war, real journalism, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

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