Media Justice

CNN celebrates Latinos - but still hosts racist Dobbs

Basta Dobbs

More than 50,000 of us have joined Basta Dobbs' call for CNN to dump Lou Dobbs! Now it's time to take the next step.

Next week, CNN will launch its new series Latino in America, telling the stories of Latinos across the country. There's just one thing missing: Lou Dobbs. That's right. Four hours about the Latino experience in America, and not a word about the man who spends every weeknight telling lies about immigrants and spreading fear and hatred toward Latinos. Together with award-winning filmmaker Arturo Perez, Basta Dobbs is calling out CNN's hypocrisy with this powerful new video: CNN: Lou Dobbs or Latinos in America? Help grow the campaign by watching the video and sharing it far and wide!

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Nineteen more advertisers back away from Beck

Color of Change

A total of 80 companies are now distancing themselves from Fox's media hate. ColorOfChange.org has confirmed that 19 new companies whose ads aired recently during Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck program have asked Fox to stop their ads from running or pledged to not to run ads on the show going forward. The latest additions include Equifax, Hoffman La Roche, Schiff Nutrition, Subaru, and Toyota-Lexus. This after Beck called President Obama a “racist” who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people” during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

The news comes on the heels of stories that broke throughout British newspapers on Monday, reporting that advertisers seen during Beck’s program in England are feeling the heat as well. Diageo, maker of Guinness and Tanqueray, cut their advertising ties with Beck, as did Waitrose, a supermarket chain which is not only taking a stance against Glenn Beck, but also against Fox News Channel as a whole.

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Kevin Jennings, the Mainstream Media, and Right-Wing Target Practice

Eric Alterman, Mickey Ehrlich, Center for American Progress

In recent weeks, the ombudsmen (or “public editor”) of both The New York Times and The Washington Post have chastised their respective papers for paying too little attention to right-wing agitation on talk radio, cable news, and the blogosphere. In order to dampen charges of bias for the Times’ tempered coverage of the Van Jones and ACORN scandals—we wrote about the former here and the latter here—the paper has announced the creation of an editor to monitor the “opinion media.”

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Study details mainstream media's biased reporting on ACORN

Sue Sturgis, Institute for Southern Studies

Independent research from two university professors raises important questions about the way major news outlets frame stories -- and offers hard evidence that ACORN has been treated unfairly. The report describes how "opinion entrepreneurs" (primarily business and conservative groups and individuals) set the story in motion as early as 2006, how the "conservative echo chamber" orchestrated its anti-ACORN campaign in 2008, how the McCain-Palin campaign picked it up, and how the mainstream media reported these allegations without investigating their truth or falsity.

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Mt. Vernon council distances itself from Beck honor

Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times

On Wednesday night, the City Council of this town of 32,000 distanced itself from Mayor Bud Norris, who plans to give the keys to the city to talk-show personality Glenn Beck on Saturday.

The seven-member council unanimously passed a resolution proposed by member Dale Ragan that stated, "Mount Vernon City Council is in no way sponsoring the Mayor's event on September 26, 2009 and is not connected to the Glenn Beck event in any manner."

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Seattle civil rights organizations join chorus of opposition to media hate

Reclaim the Media

Groups criticize Beck, Dobbs and other "Mad Haters" for misusing the media to spread hate, fear and lies

Civil rights organizations representing a broad range of Northwest communities came together this week to condemn hateful and deceptive messages which have become prevalent in the national media.

The joint statement comes on the eve of Fox News broadcaster Glenn Beck's visit to Washington State, during which he will receive the key to the City of Mt. Vernon in a widely criticized move by Mayor Bud Norris.

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Just say no to Glenn Beck

Valerie Rose, Eat the State

After 25-plus years, I left Seattle for Mt. Vernon, the county seat of a rural area known for its annual Tulip festival and magnificent farmland. Moving here has been a series of culture shocks: from polite drivers yielding to me on my bicycle, to the stench of overt racism (as opposed to the often sublimated racism in Seattle.) I was unprepared to have many Euro-Americans assume that, because we share the same skin color, we share the same bigotry. This country's political pluralism is no longer an abstraction, it's now my neighborhood.

And now Mt Vernon is blighted by mayor Bud Norris' unilateral decision to give the "Key to the City" to the vituperative, racist hate-monger Glenn Beck. One of the frothing-heads on FOX "News," Beck was born in Mt. Vernon, though his family moved to nearby Bellingham before Glenn entered high school. Mayor Norris is a xenophobic loose cannon, a huge ego in a small town, and one of many people here who are dazzled by Beck's enormous audience and financial success. Edward R. Murrow, a real journalist, was also born in Skagit County--but he's dead, and not a raging hate-monger, so no special day for him.

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Mt. Vernon says NO to Glenn Beck's media hate

Reclaim the Media

UPDATE: check out the action in Mt. Vernon via Youtube, Flickr, or Twitter.

On Saturday, Sept 26, right-wing broadcaster Glenn Beck visited Western Washington--keynoting a conservative rally at Safeco Field in Seattle, then heading to his childhood home of Mt. Vernon, where Mayor Bud Norris presented him with the key to the city. Norris' decision to honor Beck was instantly controversial with local residents who reject Beck's history of on-air extremism and racist commentary. An online petition asking Norris to reconsider tarnishing the name of his city quickly gained over 16,000 signatures, and Mt. Vernon residents organized a protest against the honoring of Beck, with the theme "Hate is not a Skagit Valley value." The action took place at 5:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 26 outside McIntyre Hall at Skagit Valley College (2501 East College Way, Mt. Vernon).

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Mt. Vernon Mayor closes press access to event honoring Glenn Beck

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times

Is someone trying to restrict press access when Glenn Beck is presented with the key to the city of Mount Vernon? There will be no press credentials for the sold-out "Welcome Home Glenn Beck" event, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at McIntyre Hall — with the exception of one member of the local press who will accompany Mayor Bud Norris.

Norris, who planned the instantly controversial evening, said the directive came from Fox News and syndicated-radio personality Beck and his representatives, and that he wasn't told why: "No, I didn't ask for a reason." Norris said he would be choosing the one reporter allowed but hadn't decided who it will be.

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Internet access is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity

Malkia Cyril and Amalia Deloney, Center for Media Justice

In February 2010, the FCC will put forward a national plan for broadband deployment and adoption. On everyone’s mind is the question of whether that plan will achieve President Obama’s stated vision to stimulate the economy, increase jobs, and address social problems. The Internet has become an increasingly vital tool in our society. More U.S. residents are going online to conduct day-to-day activities such as education, business, personal correspondence, research and information gathering, job searches or communicating with medical providers. Each year, being digitally connected becomes more critical to economic and educational advancement and democratic participation.

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