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ACORN Spokesman Defends Organization

my URLs were cut off above (surely not by intention?). Here are shorter versions of the same links:

http://tinyurl.com/yet2xg2

http://tinyurl.com/y9xkxbn

http://tinyurl.com/yzelabl

Thank you.

September 30, 2009 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Group Carries Guns In Starbucks

The problem with "open carry" for me is that, as an unarmed citizen, I can't tell by looking at a gun on someone else's hip whether it's loaded or not. It's not a symbol like a sign; it's a threat. The wearer is 1 second away from being able to draw the gun. And just like a bank teller or anyone with a cash register facing a person with a gun, I wouldn't stand there and say "hey, is that thing loaded?"

Personally, I'd get the hell out of any business or public place where I see someone carrying a gun. Maybe that's the real intent -- chase people out of businesses.

September 30, 2009 at 8:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

ACORN Controversy Heats Up

I agree with John Warren here. I also feel what's primarily being reported is Republican PR. Gloria should interview Peter Dreier & Christopher Martin of Occidental College about their report: “Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN was in the news, and what the news got wrong” available from: http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/acorn...

or at least watch a more complete investigation of the story:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/...

Very little investigative journalism happens any more. Too many “news” reporters just report the press releases. The more complete story is about how well the Republican party has learned to USE the media and how cowed the Democrats are by that tactic.

September 30, 2009 at 7:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

ACORN Spokesman Defends Organization

Yes Gloria, it is partisan. It’s a Republican hatchet job. All that’s being reported is Republican PR. You could interview Peter Dreier of Occidental College about his report:
“Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN was in the news, and what the news got wrong” available from: http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/acorn...

or watch a more complete investigation of the story from Rachel Maddow:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/...

I think the real news story here is about how little investigative journalism happens any more. News reporters just report the press releases. The real story is about how well the Republican party has learned to USE the media.

September 30, 2009 at 7:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wrongly Convicted Get Help From Innocence Project

Your guest, Justin Brooks, began with a crucial issue: cross-racial identification. And he gave an excellent explanation of the source of the problem. "Black male" is not a good description but is commonly used in descriptions of criminals. Black people describe other Black people first with expressions of skin color (medium brown, chestnut, cafe au lait, milk chocolate, etc.) and shape of face or build, while white people tend to start with hair color & style. The Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices should advocate for training in cross-racial identification for police -- in the academy & in the field. The police are by no means the only ones who suffer from this inability, but starting there might raise public awareness and hopefully result in fewer wrongful arrests (or worse) to begin with.

September 29, 2009 at 10:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )