I'm a member of the ACLU and that does not prevent me from personally despising the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, neo-Nazis and everything that they do, and the effect that corporations have over health, social, and scientific policies. And I think that the ACLU, though its scope is limited, is doing a lot of good. A good reason to join the ACLU --the work they are doing to fight unjust voting laws.
It's all about Marcy, right?
I wonder if the students in the Journalism Department are taught to proof read their work before submitting it for publication? Ms. Burstiner clearly did not do so with this weeks Media Maven submission.
"We live in a world of politics and posturing, where people post their every superficial thought..."
Oh, the irony.
If you ever decide to pen a critical investigative report on HSU, for example, the plethora of wrongful termination suits, HSU's 99% loss of arbitration rulings, the class-centered fee, tuition and services structure, the multi-million dollar emphasis on leisure and entertainment, the lack of a single executive with an advanced degree in their field, the lack of a single study showing that privatization of campus services is efficient or cheaper....the failure of the school newspaper, the "Lumberjack", to file routine Public Record Act requests...
...then you will discover, (like so many other faculty, staff and student employees that always learn the hard way), tenure and due-process rights are useless after you are wrongfully fired and face state attorneys for ten years to enforce you rights and win back your job, if you're still solvent, or alive.
The National ACLU is also opposed to adoptees having. their rights to their original birth certificates. Some local ACLU chapters around the country have been supportive of adoptees rights to their own original birth certificates. It seems the national ACLU doesn't believe that the 14th amendment applies to people who are adopted in this country. I think it's just become yet another corrupted political organization
These protesting ASU Students are laying their futures on the line in support ofsomeone who supported them for years Read the MadRiverunion for iintensive covererage
marcy is in a diffucullt position as is the new president---the problems
formed in the past administration-- it is"No--it is POLICY...NO-"--there is a
Need to know
Concerned citizen,ACLU since 1980,HSU student 9409-86690
by Mad RiverUnion informative---
I like that idea humboldtrick, and I would even take it a step further and say that we are each individually our own ACLU. If it gets down to it you need to advocate for yourself if you feel that your constitutional rights are not being respected by individuals or organizations that like to interpret laws how they see fit. I can easily see the ACLU being taken over in a clandestine move the way certain right leaning individuals tried to take over the HCDCC here. Sounds like the national strategy needs some revamping and perhaps a change in leadership.
Perhaps our local group should split from the national group (large organizations tend to become corrupt) and become the HCLU (Humboldt Civil Liberties Union) or possibly the PCLU (The People's Civil Liberties Union).
"I teach media history..."
Well, thanks for clearing up the confusion.
Terrific writing once again!
"The problem with the news industry is that it feels compelled to report what's new."
This is the sort of loopy prose that I'd expect to see in the letters to the editor in a small town newspaper, but instead we're getting it from the "chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Humboldt State University."
This one kind of threw me for a loop. I agree with your message that newspapers and media in general swamp us with bad news. It's like a pack of dogs during dinner time, they go to where the easy meal is. The easy stuff tends to be the bad stuff. The dogs devour that stuff as gluttonously as the rest of us do. But you are so right. We are safe for the most part. Now that news is worldwide and updated by the minute, it's easy to get lost in it all, to lose your grip on reality if you follow it too closely. For that reason a good journalist should take his time and breath a situation in before he reports on it. And as for the rest of us, we should do the same. It's too easy to go with the pack. We should take the time to chew our daily dosage of news before we swallow it.
Marcy, I hear you, but if newspapers ran their main headline with "Nothing Bad Happened Today," no one would read them.
News--Who makes the decision what does the public want to hear and
what shall we bury?---selective news is not news..
I'm with you Marcy. So what should you and your colleagues in Journalism be doing to make our newspapers better?
This is a joke, right?
"I'd like to wake up every morning and see a big five-column headline in my paper: "Nothing Bad Happened Today." That's a paper I'd read."
No, you wouldn't. Too boring.
Thank you for an excellent article. It reminded me of what was, I think, Rollin Richmonds first year and the work up to invading Iraq had everyone astir. There was a site on the HSU web site that listed news sources on the subject. They were all of the ABC, NBC, NYT ilk. No mention of any so-called alternative sources such as Common Dreams, Democracy Now, etc. I email Rollin and submitted a list of sites with a request they be added on. He refused. I kept at it and finally requested an in person meeting with him. I was a returning student in my 50's, he clearly was expecting a young 'un. He had peppered his office w/ books meant to dazzle some sweet young thing and I was not only not dazzled but made it clear that I was familiar w/ them all and then started a discussion about my friend Noam Chomsky and tossed Howard Zinn in for the heck of it. My list got added to the site. I never thought much of Rollin after that.
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