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Re: “Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

Ann Coulter was being paid, so how much free speech vs how much someone's contract being cancelled? I say those who hired her for her services, changed their mind, same as if one cancels a contractor or any other hired help. California is at will employer state, after all.

Posted by Laura Metheney on 05/12/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

A California University journalism mass communication professor in a bubble? Out of touch with mid-western and southern states? Wonders never cease.

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Posted by KeyboardKommander on 05/07/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Land of the Free and Uncomfortable

"Here at Humboldt, a student group tried to hold a public debate this year. It invited a range of local politicians. But the group couldn't get permission from the school to hold the event because of the administration's concerns over the same public safety issues that kept Coulter from Berkeley."

Interesting self-censorship above: Burstiner, what student group? A debate on what topic? What administrator(s)? What specific concerns were articulated? Basic facts omitted from a core component of a journalism prof's arguments about first amendment issues.

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Posted by Old Leapheart on 05/05/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Press Time

Where was all the righteous indignation while Obama was massively building up the perfect weapon for use in a fascist regime? That tool is called JSOC and is currently used around the world to suppress our "enemies", or perhaps to murder innocent civilians with drones.
I'm constantly amazed that people trusted all the fools that have come down the pike to "help" us. Don't forget that the Nazi party started as a left wing party.
No, I am not some nutty Trump supporter, I don't trust him in the least. I don't trust any of them.
As a matter of fact I don't trust anyone whose goal it is to be in charge of me. Remember the people who ran for class president? These are those same people on steroids.
Wake up and stop believing in any of these idiots, they are not on your side.
"Society is infested with saviors." - EM Cioran

Posted by Frederik Kalor on 02/28/2017 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Smarten Up

There are organizations in media which promulgate real news free of agenda (National Public Radio and Television stations for example) and there are organizations in media who promulgate "false" news to promote an agenda. Unfortunately, many people who vote can't discern one group from the other. If people were better educated and therefore better able to understand politics, economics, history, communication theory, science, and psychology then Trump wouldn't have stood a chance. We constantly overestimate the collective intellect of the average American voter. Too much an optimist, I suppose. We forget how many see the world through their personal paradigms formed by self-serving messages delivered by religion, Right Wing propaganda, and poverty. Desperate, semi-literate folks desperate to believe things will improve without understanding how it can make low-hanging fruit for the political agendas of the 1%, the NRA, the Alt Right, KKK, & Donald Trump. Those folks respond better to dog and pony shows than they do facts.

Posted by Phil Braun on 12/31/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Smarten Up

How can "half the nation" elect anyone when over half the potential U.S. voters are not even registered to vote?

Media and education are two of the leading causes of misinformed, apathetic citizens, this article provides a good example why that's true.

Posted by Catherine Smith on 12/23/2016 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Smarten Up

Terence James Dehart In my experience most people do not want to be led. They would like honest data on which to make an informed decision. Sadly it seems as if the media (Yes, I know, a generality) has decided that it is best if they be guided by the wiser heads who have the power to ration the truth.

Posted by Anthony Westkamper on 11/29/2016 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Smarten Up

One of the most painful lessons I ever learned was that raw intelligence and reading books and listening to NPR was overrated if not unhelpful when attempting to lead people. Perhaps if you stepped out of your educated bubble you could learn about people who think differently and lead them more effectively.

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Posted by Terence James Dehart on 11/29/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Smarten Up

In my opinion Trump won because so many voters have reached a level of distrust in the media. When The New York Times or Fox News reported on their particular darling it was painfully obvious who the reporters wanted to win. The old school concept of impartiality and objective reporting have gone the way of the dodo, so if a damning fact emerged it was weighed against the media's bias and often discarded, whether it was a real fact or not. Special Investigators and Investigative Committees lost credibility as offense after offense was apparently whitewashed. Trump is the other side of the "Hope and Change" coin. Trump gave folks who've felt disenfranchised Hope that things would actually Change, this time in their direction.

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Posted by Anthony Westkamper on 11/23/2016 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Smarten Up

"Smarten Up"???

Coming from a journalism "professional" that has written too many editorials on elections without one word about the biggest sad.

I wonder if more than 10% of HSU students would vote if they knew that Australia passed universal healthcare after that nation initiated a monetary penalty for "failing to vote"?

Of all the local and national media I watched, Only Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now" reported that 80% of potential U.S.voters abstained in the 2016 presidential primaries.


Do better Marcy.

Much better!

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Posted by Carol Jones on 11/23/2016 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Smarten Up

Bernie knew the issue, Clinton knew how to govern, and Trump knew how to win, so we all Shut Down. Is it too early to start the Shoulda Voted Movement?

Automation, algorithms and deflation will define our species for the next millennium, and it's past time to have that conversation, and start planning for it.

Posted by Kirk Gothier1 on 11/19/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Smarten Up

Marcy couldn't possibly imagine that anything she writes would affect how people vote or if they vote. The only creature who listens to her is her dog, Phoebe. But yes. He won in part because millions of people don't pay attention to the press or they don't trust it. But she blames the press for failing to engage them. --Marcy

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Posted by Marcy Burstiner on 11/18/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Smarten Up

Maybe I'm misreading this, but it reads to me as If Marcy thinks the reason Trump won was people didn't pay enough attention to her and the rest of the media.

Posted by Fred Mangels on 11/17/2016 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Sign of Something

How shocking...

Another election-related story following 18 months and $1 billion of media hype all omitting the overwhelming context:

80% of the potential voters abstained in the 2016 presidential primaries.

Those who can't "do", teach.

And those that can, self-censor.

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Posted by Ted Nissan on 10/27/2016 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Warning: This Column Contains Objectionable Material
The Coddling of the American Mind, another side of the story and why trigger warning mentality can go arye

Posted by webs on 10/10/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Let it All Out

"When government agencies withhold information, people suspect that officials are trying to cover up bad or illegal behavior. Cover-ups are often worse than the crimes committed."
(Marcy Burstiner).

Are you serious?

That might have been true before an irony-weary public became too numb over a rigged society saturated in illegal behavior and cover-ups. Despite the Bernie Sanders "movement" and $1 billion dollars of media hype for 18 months, 80% of the potential voters abstained from the 2016 presidential primaries.

Today, Americans are not effectively protected as a whistle-blower and everyone from the janitor to the CAO keeps their mouth shut. They know that no one is watching, and if they are, the story will appear once before disappearing forever. If a similar story occurs it is usually reported as another isolated incident. In the worst examples, from police shooting unarmed poor kids to nationwide complicity with top Wall Street mortgage fraud, (having wrongly foreclosed tens of millions of families and crashing the world economy), few, outside the working poor and minorities, ever go to jail. When business or government is "held to account" there is usually a confidential "no-fault" monetary settlement paid by taxpayers or shareholders and the executive keeps his job. The "bad behavior" of Deborah Wasserman Schultz, former disgraced DNC chair, eclipsed without an investigation. Where's the public clamor?

Anyone actually paying attention to the media would be driven insane from the cognitive dissonance. Media reported a grieving U.S. Muslim father, (who lost his Muslim son in the Iraq war), responding to Donald Trump's anti-Muslim bigotry, "...would you like to borrow my copy of the U.S. Constitution Mr. Trump?" If the U.S. followed its Constitution only Congress could declare war on Iraq and Mr. Khan's son would probably still be alive. Media plays a huge role in distorting the public reality.

Back when student journalists were taught how to do their jobs professionally, share in their community's outrage and encouraged to do fact-finding, investigative work without fear or favor and without being outcast to the dwindling "alternative" press, (the consequence of the Bill Clinton administration's deregulation of media ownership), government agencies used to be far more selective in withholding information BECAUSE there were courageous journalists in most communities.

If public-interest reporting returned, would subscriptions increase? Would people return from the blogs in desperate search of meaningful community information?

For example, there were no headlines, nor followup, after Eureka's Public Service Officers faced layoffs and told the press, "We're handling 700 missing person reports each year, mostly youths". This is a community where volunteers operate second-hand stores to raise funds for wayward dogs while its county supervisors fight the CA Attorney General's subpoenas to investigate Humboldt's Child Welfare Services.

Would more residents rediscovery the usefulness of a "community newspaper" if Humboldt County's shocking "Trends Report" were headlined each quarter that it is published??

Oh, never heard of it? Hmmm.

Media shares a HUGE responsibility nationally and locally for the unprecedented collapse of the economy, healthcare, public services, housing, and the environment, due to the ignorance it perpetuates in every crisis we face.

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Posted by James White on 08/30/2016 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Our Sound of Silence

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Posted by Remedios Atkins on 08/17/2016 at 11:33 PM

Re: “SLAPP Back

Thank you for writing this article. I would like to point out a few inaccuracies and kindly ask that you make corrections as soon as possible. You have made several potentially harmful and misleading comments that I would like to clarify. I really wish you would have emailed me (you should have access to it) before publishing this article to get the facts straight. I have taken Journalism classes elsewhere, so this article really upsets me and I feel obligated to speak up. Please fix it and inform readers of these errors immediately.

1) Black Water is not a documentary - it is a fictional short and NONCOMMERCIAL narrative that explores how Killer Whales may feel in a captive environment, takes a critical look at the issue of keeping them and other animals in captivity, and above all provides an inspirational message for people who struggle through depression. It illuminates our emotions, how they can pull each of us down, and that in the end there is meaning to it all.

I wanted to tell this story in Black Water because so many people or their friends/family face depression each day and it's important to know there are reasons for what we go through, and that better days may come. The script is actually based on my own experiences with depression.

2) In regards to "Affolter made the unreleased documentary using footage of Kiska taken surreptitiously by an unnamed Marineland employee." - this is completely FALSE. None of my footage was obtained from Marineland employees.

3) In regards to "Considering how much time, effort and money PETA has spent defending Naruto's right to a selfie, I'd bet PETA won't leave Affolter high and dry in this lawsuit." - This is misleading and connotatively sends the wrong message. Neither PETA nor any other organization has given me funds in support of the film or defending the lawsuit.

4) In regards to "If you make a video that you don't ever charge people a penny to see, but it ends up raising substantial amounts of money for organizations that fight for causes related to the film's subject matter, does that categorize your film as commercial? The connection seems flimsy." - This makes it seem like my film is meant as a fundraiser for organizations, which it isn't. Furthermore, no money has been raised at all in terms of ticket sales or promoting the film, all I've raised is for legal costs to defend myself and as I said these organizations have not assisted me. My film is strictly noncommercial and is simply a passion project. While I am a part of organizations, this project is separate from those entities.

Even if you didn't intend, this article is very biased and inaccurate and needs to be fixed. Please keep facts straight in the future.

Zach Affolter

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Posted by ZachAffolter on 05/26/2016 at 5:02 PM

Re: “It's All About Us

Yes, the whole Titus family is to be admired. And YES Caroline is my personal hero as well. How many women in a small town would be able to stand up with all these relentless and untrue accusations going on and on. Let's all hope at least one fair board member realizes they need new members who are educated and want to to the right thing by the people of Ferndale and the whole of Humboldt county who love the fair and the horse races.

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Posted by Pamela Wagner on 02/11/2016 at 2:11 PM

Re: “It's All About Us

"Many journalists cozy up to the government officials they cover."

Marcy must have Arcata in mind with this chilling and spot-on statement.

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Posted by Charles Douglas on 02/07/2016 at 7:31 PM

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