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Join us for a discussion in Wilmington on Monday, Aug. 4, about SPJ’s proposed Ethics Code revisions, with guest speaker and SPJ board member Paul Fletcher… 64 more words

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Claims that Obama Administration the most transparent in history

What a laugh. On Sunday, the White House stood by President Obama’s position that he continues to be the most transparent president in U.S. history, despite widespread complaints from journalists and other Americans about a lack of information or apparent misinformation.

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A missed opportunity

I posted this on my personal blog, Bayou Zeitgeist , a few minutes ago and am copying it here for those who might not follow it: 705 more words


A missed opportunity

Last Friday night, I muffed an opportunity to extol the need for strong public records and open meetings laws.

The occasion was the Arkansas Press Association’s annual convention, where I received the APA’s Freedom of Information Award, which is given each year to someone who fights to keep publicly funded organizations transparent and accountable to the public. 643 more words


Richmond Times-Dispatch's Bob Brown to receive George Mason Award

Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter


July 14, 2014

Contact: Chapter VP Robyn Sidersky, 954-296-4407, or robyn.sidersky@gmail.com


George Mason Award

Coalition of Journalism Groups Denounce Obama Administration for "Politically-Driven Suppression of the News"

We have previously discussed the attacks by the Obama Administration on civil liberties and privacy. Obama has also been accused of attacks on press freedoms… 1,431 more words


Brad S. reblogged this on SiriusCoffee and commented:

"...The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." - John Swinton, Chief Editorial Writer, New York Times

With the concentration of ownership of mainstream media outlets by a hand-full of corporations - all of which are large donors to political agents - all with lobbyists and agendas of their own, you can assume that the news is manipulated to manage politicians and laws rather than inform the public as a primary agenda. Where the truth conflicts with a financial, PR, or political agenda, the story will be sanitized or buried.

This Week in Government Transparency

If you were an Obama voter in either 2008 or 2012, and you tell me that you expected this kind of story to be written, I will strongly suspect that you might–just… 339 more words