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Roundtable: Filner v. Hoteliers; UT-TV Examined; CPR Ethics; Drone Medal Controversy

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Rick Rogers, a blogger with, talks to KPBS about opposition to awarding medals for the performance of drone pilots in combat.

Aired 3/8/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Scott Lewis, CEO, Voice of San Diego

Sara Libby, managing Editor, Voice of San Diego

Maureen Cavanaugh, host, KPBS Midday Edition

Rick Rogers,


The Mayor on the Port, Hoteliers: In the last few days, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has offered new plans and initiatives and tried to undo some old ones.

He has been sued by the Tourism Marketing District for not releasing funds the district says it needs to market San Diego to summer tourists. The mayor says the district doesn't need the money and anyway, the city itself should get more of those funds.

He has asked the city's Convention Center Corporation to take back authority over sales and marketing of the Convention Center from the private Tourism Authority.

And he offered a new plan to use the Port of San Diego to create jobs, 6,000 of them, and go greener. Oh, and he released guidelines for qualifications for becoming one of San Diego's commissioners for the Unified Port of San Diego.

Looking At U-T TV: Sexist and cringe-worthy or ambitious and bold? Or both?

U-T TV, the cable and radio arm of U-T San Diego, published a story about itself in which a freelancer called the service “a new frontier for news.” To some critics, however, it looks like sports talk-radio sounds. It has filled its anchor slots with white men and young attractive women. And it has crammed its on-air banter with sexual innuendo and sexist put-downs.

According to Voice of San Diego Managing Editor Sara Libby, the cable service is an (expensive) illustration of the recently published Women’s Media Center report, “The Status of Women in the Media 2013,” which finds that things haven't changed much on-air or in corner offices since the 1960s.

To Give -- Or Not Give -- CPR?: When 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless suffered what looked like cardiac arrest in a Bakersfield retirement facility, a woman who identified herself as a nurse called 911.

She then refused the emergency operator’s pleas to give Bayless CPR on the grounds of company policy.

The story, which underwent several adjustments to its “facts” over the week, raised questions on the ethics of such a policy, on appropriate medical care in nursing homes and independent living facilities, and on the importance of advanced directives for medical care.

Ranking a New Combat Medal: The Pentagon’s new Distinguished Warfare Medal honors the performance of drone pilots in combat. So far, so good for most in the military.

But the problem, according to groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, is that the medal ranks in status above the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. In other words, it’s a more prestigious medal than some earned during actual combat.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, Jr., as well as Reps. Susan Davis and Darrel Issa, have weighed in on the controversy, as have thousands of others who have signed an online petition to the White House to have the medal lowered in rank.

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Gravity_Boy | March 8, 2013 at 2:19 p.m. ― 4 years ago

On the medals for Drone pilots, bunkum. Drone strikes for one are unlawful, inhumane and break the Constitution of the United States of America. Drone strikes are being done in areas not at war, to people not engaged in acts of aggression, nor proof of such aggression; all on hearsay.

Ask yourself who the Constitution of the United States of America serves? Do these laws and ideals only provide for American citizens alone? Do we believe that the "All men are created equal" in our Declaration of Independence refers only to the men we choose? Are we such hypocrites that we want protection for ourselves only, that law protects us only; even if it means killing others?

Have we seen any evidence which supports the needs for summary executions of thousands around the globe? Executions without trial, without evidence, and based on hearsay that can be kept secret anyway?

Medals for cowards in control rooms is a disgrace to Audie Murphy, Pat Tillman, and countless other hero soldiers and hero American citizens, many who died earning their honors.

Medals for cowards in control rooms is a disgrace to humanity and seems to be nothing more than trying to give honor to minions that pull the trigger for the true criminals; the criminals to our Constitution, to our nation, to the people; to humanity. Medals for Murder, how else could they calm those souls.

When they start killing Americans on our soil, and keep the evidence secret because they need to, will you feel safer, will you feel safer for your children? Do you think the tortured souls that lead to holocausts like Hitler and Pol Pot would never take power here?

It is the actions of murder without proof, without trial, and without law, that tell you those responsible are not working for a better America; the medals are nothing more than an attempt to ease the minds of those fooled into executing their crimes.

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