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Corporatist profiteer Richard Berman attacks AFT President Randi Weingarten in Detroit News “Op-Ed”

The Detroit News published an op-ed yesterday by a man so well-known for being a corporatist shill and profiteer that running it must have been a decision made by the News‘ advertising department. The piece was penned by a Richard Berman and attempts to lay the entire blame for the poor quality of Detroit Public schools at the feet of the teachers union and, more specifically, at the feet of Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

It hardly bears pointing out that Detroit schools didn’t get where they are because of greedy, self-interested teachers. You don’t go to work in Detroit public schools with the aim of becoming wealthy thanks to your cushy union job.…

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For-profit charter school corporation’s Detroit media ad buy now has a price tag: several hundred thousand dollars

UPDATE: I hadn’t taken into account that the National Heritage Academies actually began their ad blitz at the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News on Sunday. This post has been updated to reflect that.

It’s Day Four of the explosive Detroit Free Press exposé of Michigan charter schools and also Day Four of the National Heritage Academies complete takover of the websites of Detroit’s two biggest newspapers with a monstrous ad buy. NHA is Michigan’s largest for-profit charter corporation. Like yesterday, when you open the webpages of the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News today, you’re greeted with an overwhelmingly large NHA banner ad:


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If you have your browser set for normal view (I zoomed out to grab this screen shot), the ad takes up well over three-quarters of the window.…

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MLive erroneously reports that EAA student MEAP scores “showed improvement”

I don’t normally hammer on the mainstream media journalists in Michigan. The job they do is very difficult and they are doing it with fewer and fewer resources all the time. I also try to cultivate a reasonably positive relationship with them because I know the relationship between full-time journalists and bloggers is often contentious.

That said, when a journalist perpetuates something as “fact” that is actually untrue, particularly if it helps to support something I disagree with, I feel compelled to point it out and that is why I am writing about this post at MLive.

The article is about the person chosen to be the interim Chancellor for the Education Achievement Authority, Governor Rick Snyder’s failed education experiment on Detroit children.…

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Fear of retribution from Snyder administration appears to kill Progress Michigan’s anti-Snyder billboard in Lansing

What the heck did Chris Christie SAY when he was in Michigan last month???

Progress Michigan’s Tax Day billboard

Progress Michigan ran an anti-Rick Snyder digital billboard in Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Allen Park today — Tax Day — as part of the effort to raise awareness of Republican tax hikes on seniors, middle class, and poor Michiganders over the past three years. Actually, it’s more accurate to say they TRIED to run billboards in these cities. Adams Outdoor Advertising, the company that owns the billboards, rejected the contract that involved the Lansing billboard, apparently to avoid upsetting the Snyder administration.…

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Michigan Radio wins Michigan Association of Broadcasters “Public Radio Station of the Year”

This news is three weeks old but I wanted to highlight it because Michigan Radio is one of the premier news sites in our state, one I am proud to support with a monthly donation.

The station won the Michigan Association of Broadcasters “Public Radio Station of the Year” in March. In a state with so many excellent public radio stations, this is a high honor and one that is well-deserved. Their reporting is spectacular and they exemplify good journalism during a time when that profession is on the wane in so many ways.

Here are some of the Michigan Radio team members who we spent time with during President Obama’s visit to Ann Arbor last week:


l-r, Rick Pluta (Michigan Public Radio), Tamara Keith (NPR White House correspondent), Mark Brush, Melanie Kruvelis, Kate Wells, Jake Neher (Michigan Public Radio), and Michigan Radio Executive Producer Zoe Clark

In addition to this fine accomplishment, Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith was recently selected as a finalist for “Young Journalist of the Year” by the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists which recognizes the area’s best journalists in print, online, radio and television.…

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Rick Snyder’s videographer and CNN journalist impersonator gets national notice, featured on MSNBC

Good to see that Jeff Steinborn, the Snyder campaign videographer/photographer busted for impersonating a CNN reporter at a Mark Schauer campaign event, is getting some well-deserved national ridicule.

Here he is last night on The Ed Show being skewered by Ed Schultz:

Relentless positive ineptitude?…

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Snyder videographer poses as a phony CNN reporter at Schauer campaign event

Seriously? That’s the level you’ve sunk to?

This past Saturday, a videographer working for Governor Rick Snyder posed as a CNN reporter while filming Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer at a campaign stop in Coldwater.

Schauer staffers questioned the man who showed them this homemade media pass:

When asked where he was from, he pointed to his CNN hat. A Schauer staffer then explicitly asked Steinborn if he was working for CNN, and he replied, “Yep. We’re keeping an eye on the race.” He then proceeded to videotape the event wearing his bright orange CNN hat seen in these photos:

After the event, he left promptly without attempting to interview Schauer, an odd thing for someone from a major cable news network claiming to be “keeping an eye on the race.”

It turns out that Steinborn was NOT working for CNN.…

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Eclectablog photographer Anne C. Savage featured in the American Journalism Review

Wifeproud

The American Journalism Review recently relaunched itself as a web-only publication, a major move for a major publication.

The central article on the newly launched site is a piece by Jackie Spinner titled “‘Identity Crisis’ in Photojournalism”. It’s a terrific piece that discusses the new trend of major print media outlets shedding photographers and having their writers taking photos and video for their reporting, often using smartphones. The journalists and photographers she interviewed for the article talk in depth about how this compromises the quality of both the photos and the writing.

Spinner was the editor for The Daily Egyptian, the campus newspaper for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, when Eclectablog photographer (and my wife) Anne C.…

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REMINDER: The Senate’s “clean continuing resolution” to fund government is already a HUGE compromise by Democrats

Let’s stop this talk about Democrats refusing to negotiate and compromise. It’s a lie.


[Photo credit: Chris Savage | Eclectablog]

I am continuously astonished by how well Republicans are able to shape reality and perceptions. Honestly, with enough focus group work by Pete Luntz and poll-testing of messaging, they can convince Americans of nearly anything. The fact that our media let’s them get away with it is one of the surest signs that democracy is in bad shape in this country; our watchdogs are asleep.

The most recent example of this is obviously their current effort to convince American that President Obama and the Democrats “won’t negotiate” and “won’t compromise”.…

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The media-enabled tea party has run amok and it’s time for the media to quit enabling them

Don’t feed the seagulls.

Last Thursday, Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer ventured into the lion’s den and made a campaign appearance in conservative Howell, Michigan in Livingston County. From the reports that I’ve seen, over 100 people showed up which is remarkable because (a) we’re still 13 months out from the election and (b) there are people who would tell you there aren’t 100 Democrats living in Livingston County. So, it was a pretty big deal. The local newspaper, the Livingston County Press & Argus made a brief mention that the event was happening 12 days before in its “News Briefs” section but that was it.…

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