Posts Tagged ‘Journalistic Freedom’

If you ever needed proof that the difference between a conservative and an Obat depends on which end of the animal you are feeling, it’s what is going to happen on April 10th on PBS.

Bill Moyers is retiring. PBS is about to replace the “Bill Moyers Journal” with two other shows: One is “Ideas in Action” co-produced by the “George W. Bush Institute” and the other is “Need to Know”, an integrated broadcast and current affairs project.

At a time when we need, more than ever, independent, investigative journalism, and a forum for all, PBS intends not only to substitute the pontifications of a think tank, but those of the distinctly rabid right winged bat kind. I fail to see how this kind of TV viewing can ever be more that Bushian apologists attempting to direct the herd. It’s highly insulting to Moyers’ legacy and to my brain. Even though I’m liberal, I wouldn’t like it any better if this new show were coming from Al Gore’s similar group.

Based on PBS’s current decision making capabilities, I have no idea whether the second show will be any better.

And just to let you know that Bushism is still alive and has the FCC and Public broadcasting in its clutches, there is this tidbit. PBS is also REMOVING David Brancaccio’s “NOW” on April 10th. David has done a fine job of taking over Bill Moyers show, when the Bushians were able to get Moyers removed. David made the show his own.

These two shows have continued to bear the brunt of speaking truths to those in power. Even though the Commission is now weighted 3 Democrats to 2 Republicans, it’s clear that the Obama’s FCC has every intention of directing PBS down the Bush path and continuing the legacy.

Michael Getler is the ombudsman at PBS.ORG. CONTACT HIM HERE.



Chairman Julius Genachowski: http://www.fcc.gov/commissioners/genachowski/mail.html

Commissioner Michael J. Copps: http://www.fcc.gov/commissioners/copps/mail.html

Commissioner Robert M. McDowell: http://www.fcc.gov/commissioners/mcdowell/mail.html

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: http://www.fcc.gov/commissioners/clyburn/mail.html

Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker: http://www.fcc.gov/commissioners/baker/mail.html


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In business, and other fields such as information systems, “Knowledge Management”, (to quote Wiki,) has been “an established discipline since 1991”. If you click on the link above, you will see that essentially it is a field of study in how knowledge is learned, passed around, and the process optimized.

I’ve always found it to be a pretty interesting subject, especially in regard to the twin topics of “Explicit Knowledge” and “Tacit Knowledge“.

Perhaps explicit knowledge best relates to the left side of our linear brain, where thing can be discussed, measured, stored and written about.  Knowledge like this might include databases, manuals, or drawings.

Tacit knowledge is different in that is not directly communicated. Closed communities and groups develop shared pools of information, not directly articulated. An example might be when a junior person observes a senior employee’s efforts with a difficult client. The junior will certainly learn more quickly what works and what doesn’t. This form of mentoring is highly useful and an efficient way of increasing the knowledge pool of the company. Aside from the explicit knowledge being transmitted, the hand gestures, facial expressions, attitudes, and subliminal word meanings are part of what is being learned. Funny examples might include the day someone tells you that your dog and you look and act alike, or you hear your child whining, complaining or yelling and are horrified they sound like you.

The pools of information that are formed by growing explicit and tacit knowledge are part of what is called the intellectual capital of a business, information system, or group.

Why am I talking about this subject? Here is an example of the point I am about to make:

If you haven’t yet been over to the Confluence today, be sure and check out Dakinikat’s comments on monetary policy, HERE.

Dakinikat has extensive explicit knowledge in the subject of banking, monetary policy, and economics.

Her blogs are dense and sparkly. As her waves of logic pull you along, the patterns in the economic sands are revealed to us all. Even though she is sharing explicit knowledge, her sharing, or “story telling” provides other information.  I have a sense of her truth and fairness, of altruism in the desire to communicate, and her outrage over our current economy. So, from that vantage point, as one of the less informed,  it is pretty easy to trust and work to understand what she says. I would feel that way even if I didn’t usually agree with her.

One of the ideas in knowledge management is that there is so much information in the world; that it is becoming difficult to evaluate what to read, where to get data, and whom to trust. How is good information to be gained?

One idea is to “fly” over the river of information and “dip” in, like a seagull might do for the right fish. This assumes the seagull, us, has a method of judging the fish or data, before she dips and bites, and after, if it turns up rotten. I can see how this method might work in an information technology system, where only tiny bits of data are identifiers. I don’t think dipping is proving so far, for me, at least, to efficiently make a judgment on quality, and absorb the information. I need much more time in the day.

For me, tacit knowledge often is what determines what I choose to read, and whether I read or not. As we flatten more and more of our information in order to compress it into the media river, it seems to me the fairness, research and depth I want in an article, a report, are getting harder to find. So this brings up another point.

As newspapers continue to retrench and media in general is taken over by the oligarchy, how are we going to find the real journalists? How are going to find our truth tellers? ? How we are going to support those who are?

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ABC reports Saberi will be freed:

 Iran Frees Jailed U.S. Journalist Roxana Saberi

Iranian-American Wins Appeal, Won’t Serve Her Eight-Year Prison Term on Espionage


April 23, 2009—

 [American journalist Roxana Saberi was freed from a Tehran prison today after an Iranian court suspended her eight-year sentence handed down after she was convicted of espionage. That means no prison time, and she will be able to leave the country immediately, though Saberi will not be allowed to report from Iran for five years, her lawyer told ABC News….]


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b16_days_topEach year the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers highlights sixteen women, men and organizations that standout in the fight against gender violence. Representing December 5th, is: (more…)

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