Monday, February 19, 2007

What Americans really think of Bush

How much coverage do you think this poll will get? It's a week since this poll was released and I haven't seen it referenced once. If you see it on any major news outlet, please add a comment about it. /DJ

What Americans really think of Bush

Twice a year, pollsters for the Pew Research Center ask Americans to
say the "one word that best describes" their "impression of George W.
Bush." As late as February 2005, the top two volunteered responses
were "honest" and "good." The new top two: "incompetent" and "arrogant."

"Honest" has fallen to No. 3. Rounding out the top 10: "good,"
"idiot," "integ rity," "leader," "strong," "stupid" and "ignorant."
"Ass" checks in at No. 13, "president" sits at No. 18, and
"unconfident" brings up the rear at No. 32.

-- Tim Grieve


Monday, February 12, 2007

Show Some Love to the FCC's Top Man

Sending a valentine to Kevin Martin is wonderfully ironic, and may actually be effective, depending on how sensitive Martin is to public pressure. It's certainly worth a try.

From: []
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 2:19 PM
To: Dick Jones
Subject: Show Some Love to the FCC's Top Man

free press action alert

Dear Dick,

Martin Valentine 1

Martin Valentine 2

Watch the Video

Send a Valentine to the Chairman

Valentine's Day is Wednesday, and FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has spurned the public's love in favor of the largest media companies. It's time we won back his heart.

So we created this 40-second Valentine's Day video for Chairman Martin. Watch the video, sign the card to Martin, and tell your friends to do the same:

Send a Valentine to Chairman Martin

Last year, Martin was caught in bed with corporate lobbyists (See the actual photo on the right). We need to woo him back to the people he's really supposed to serve.

2007 is a pivotal year for the chairman. He will be making several decisions that will have a direct impact on the future of television, radio and the Internet.

Before he gets back in bed with corporate lobbyists, Martin needs to hear from you. Sign the card and ask Chairman Martin to:

  1. Stop Big Media from swallowing up even more local outlets.

  2. Prevent big phone companies from destroying Net Neutrality.

  3. Help foster more diverse voices and points of view.

Take action today to demand a media system that puts our interests before those of the corporate media lobby. On this Valentine's Day, let's make sure the public can't be ignored.

Send a Valentine to Chairman Martin

Thanks for all that you do,

Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press

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Friday, February 9, 2007

Rupert Murdoch publicly admits Fox News tried to "gin up" the Iraq War.

Here's my debut report on the hypocrisy of the Media Barons! How nice that it broke just when I'm launching my blog and need a highly visible example of the reasons for my concern about the motives of those who provide our news.

In several recent international reports Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, admitted publicly that Fox News had tried to "gin up" the American public to support the Iraq war. Though he maintains that their efforts failed, and they have been increasingly skeptical in their coverage, everyone in America knows that Fox News has been a major public cheerleader for the war. Unfortunately, his actions, though despicable, can not be prosecuted.
Seeing Murdoch blithely admit this on video is startling, and worth seeing. I saw it on Countdown with Keith Olberman and then again on his site. Click on the link button above to, then on the show, Countdown With Keith Olberman, and then click on "The Fox War Machine." You'll see Rupert Murdoch admit that Fox News tried to "gin up the American public to support the war." Otherwise, search Google or YouTube for video of Rupert Murdoch.

Best regards,


Mission Statement

Mission Statement:

Welcome to NewsHacker. Everyone is welcome to to participate in building this discussion, which I consider one of the most important and least understood public democracy issues.

It seems that the American public pays little attention to where their news comes from and whether the reporter or organization has an unspoken agenda. I want to change that. I want Americans, and people everywhere, to be more attentive and attuned to the motives of our news providers.

American news outlets, whether TV or radio or newspapers, shape public perceptions of the health and fairness of our society, and the effectiveness of our government representatives and their policies, by selecting the stories they will cover. If news breaks they would rather not cover, they minimize coverage, adopt a disapproving tone and ask skeptical questions.

If more Americans would think like "citizen journalists" and blog about their questions, the better the information available to society would be.

Welcome, and please share your views and concerns.

/Dick Jones