Monday, June 18, 2012

Reporters Pay Price For Freedom of Press

"Newseum ousts reporters from Romney Q&A" June 15, 2012

WASHINGTON - The front of the Newseum has a 74-foot high marble engraving of the First Amendment, making it a massive monument to the freedom of the press sitting in a powerful corridor on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Capitol Hill.

Yet on Wednesday afternoon, following Mitt Romney’s 28-minute address, reporters were escorted out of the room where the presumptive Republican nominee was about to take questions from a group of some of the country’s most important business titans.

Cathy Trost, a vice president at the Newseum, said the matter was “very simple.’’ The museum rents out space to outside groups - in this case the Business Roundtable - and lets them decide whether to open their events to the public.

“It’s their space. They set the rules for what contents they put on in their program and what press rules they apply,’’ she said.  

That is so like agenda-pushing AmeriKan newspapers, where the money is what gets the message out.  


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When asked about the irony of allowing a portion of a building built for press freedoms to be cordoned off from reporters, she said, “Revenues from event rentals help with the museum’s mission, which is to educate the public about a free press.’’  

Oh, I think we have definitely been educated about a "free pre$$."

She pointed out that all museum exhibits are open to the press, as are events that are sponsored by the museum.

Officials at the Business Roundtable said they were under no obligation to open their meetings to the media. They also pointed out that President Obama spoke before their group in March - also at the Newseum, and under the same press guidelines.

“Our responsibility is to our CEO members, who pay dues to the Roundtable, and not to the press,’’ said Tita Freeman; senior vice president of the Business Roundtable. “Our job is to provide a forum for our members to come and have dialogue on the most pressing issues facing our country with leaders from the highest echelons from government. And we want that dialogue to be candid and robust.’’ 

And it was just an in-your-face insult to have it at the Newseum instead of somewhere else?

By letting the media hear Romney’s prepared remarks, Freeman said, “I think we did a service to the news media.’’ 

I do every day by plunking down my $2 for their pos.


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"Asian immigrants to US surpass Hispanics" Associated Press, June 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - For the first time, the influx of Asians moving to the United States has surpassed that of Hispanics, reflecting a slowdown in illegal immigration while American employers increase their demand for high-skilled workers.... 

Oh, you lazy American kids -- as the propaganda goes along with the jobs out of the country. 

Mostly foreign-born and naturalized citizens, their numbers have been boosted by increases in visas granted to specialized workers and to wealthy investors as the US economy becomes driven more by technology than manufacturing.

“Too often the policy debates on immigration fixate on just one part - illegal immigration,’’ said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a political science professor at the University of California-Riverside and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars....

The Pew analysis, released Tuesday, said the tipping point for Asian immigrants probably occurred during 2009, as illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico sharply declined because of increased immigration enforcement and a dwindling supply of low-wage work in the weak US economy.  

WTF are they talking about? That's about all that is out there if you are lucky enough to have a job.

Many Mexicans already in the United States have also been heading back to their country, putting recent net migration at a standstill....  

See: Border Patrol to gather intelligence on repeat crossers

And yet now it is the MAIN DISTRACTION, 'er, ISSUE in the CAMPAIGN! 

The shift to increased Asian immigration - particularly of people from India, China, and South Korea - coincides with changes in US immigration policy dating to the 1990s that began to favor wealthy and educated workers.  

Looks like Obama pandered to the wrong voting bloc.

The policy, still in place but subject to caps that have created waiting lists, fast-tracks visas for foreigners willing to invest at least half a million dollars in US businesses or for workers in high-tech and other specialized fields who have at least a bachelor’s degree.  

Did you check their green card , Globe?


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I probably won't even watch the real things. Why would I bother with practice? I mean, we are talking about practice.  Practice, man. We are talking about practice. Not a game, practice.