Media Justice

Seattle Mayor, City Council urge retailers to provide options for a no-cost DTV conversion

Reclaim the Media

Two weeks after a federal Digital TV coupon program effectively ran out of cash, elected officials in Seattle are asking retailers to do their part to help local consumers prepare for the upcoming Digital TV transition (currently scheduled for Feb. 17). Mayor Greg Nickels wrote to local electronics retailers asking them to carry DTV converter boxes at the low cost of $40-$45 (view letter here). All nine members of the City Council have following up with a similar letter.

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Media, civil rights groups voices support for black-focused TV network

John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable

Ion Media and Robert Johnson's Urban Television have a number of supporters, at least in principle, for their proposal to create a minority-targeted over-the-air TV network by programming multicast must-carry channels and trying to get the FCC to grant those stations must-carry status.

In separate filings with the FCC, Media Access Project/Common Cause and nearly a dozen civil rights groups weighed in on the proposal.

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The T-Man has gone too far, too often

Robert Jamieson, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

RADIO SHOCK JOCKS don't get better with age, just older and more crass.

Case in point: Rob Tepper, one of Seattle's most recognizable radio personalities -- the T-Man of KUBE 93.

Smarmy, garrulous and sometimes funny, this less polished version of loudmouth Howard Stern consistently reaches the bulk of area listeners between 18 and 34. On his FM morning show, Tepper and an in-studio circus skewer politicians and celebrities, and jabber about dating and sex.

But when he crosses the line -- and he's done so more than once -- the antics go beyond juvenile. They make you wonder what his bosses at Clear Channel are waiting for to pull the plug.

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Goodbye News and Notes: NPR's troubled history with black-oriented programs

Richard Prince, Journal-isms/Maynard Institute

The staff of "News & Notes," the show that started life on National Public Radio as "The Tavis Smiley Show," a vehicle for the network to reach out to African American audiences, is wondering whether it is about to go on the chopping block. [RTM Note - the show was in fact scheduled for cancellation shortly after this article was published.]

Kevin Roderick wrote late Friday on his laobserved blog:

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Huffington Post mutes women's voices

Jessica Wakeman, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Women's voices have long been lacking in corporate media. As Internet outlets compete more and more with traditional media as a source for news and opinion, will women's voices be heard there more frequently than in print publications? If the Huffington Post, one of the most prominent and successful blogs today, is an accurate barometer, the answer is no.

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Neo-Nazis, Obama, and the real domestic terrorists

Dave Niewert, Orcinus

Has anyone else noticed how little coverage the skinhead plot to assassinate Obama has been given?

Eric Ward has noticed:

While the public, political pundits, and even some law enforcement officials have been quick to downplay the actions of Cowart and Schlesselman using words such as “unlikely,” “unsophisticated,” and “bizarre”, these individuals are making a case for who they believe is an American. I can’t help but think back to 2006 when seven men who thought they were working with al-Qaida (but in actuality an FBI informant) were arrested in a plot against Chicago’s Sears Tower.

I can’t help but to ask if Coward and Schlesselman had been self-proclaimed Muslims would these same political pundits and law enforcement officials find themselves so blasé? Would the public write it off as “stupid kids who weren’t serious?”

Doubtful.

I know the looming election has sucked all the oxygen out of the newsroom. And it's true that the plot -- they wanted to kill 102 black people, 14 of them by decapitation, before they culminated their spree with a frontal attack on Obama -- more resembled a dumb fantasy out of a bad action flick than anything likely ever to become a reality.

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People of color show greater DTV awareness

This Week in Consumer Electronics

Hispanic and African-American residents showed a significant increase in awareness of the transition to digital television broadcasting, according to the latest poll release by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Thursday.

The NAB’s national telephone survey of 4,402 households conducted between Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 found 92 percent of Hispanic respondents were aware that broadcast television signals will be switching to an all-digital format, a 4-point jump since NAB’s May survey, the NAB said.

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The Anti-Muslim smear machine strikes again?

Hate speech rises in the media

Asian journalists blast Kathie Lee Gifford's antics

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey