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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 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.

MLive reports that Adams general manager Jason Kitchen denies that they rejected the ad.…

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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


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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Eclectablog’s own @LOLGOP now a regular guest on the Night Shift with Tony Trupiano radio show

LOLGOP takes to the airwaves

Our good friend Christine Barry from Blogging for Michigan has had to step down from participating in the Blog Role segment on the Night Shift with Tony Trupiano radio show on Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET. Taking her place is our very own LOLGOP. His first segment was last Thursday while I was camping. I just had a listen to it this morning and he did an outstanding job.

Here’s the audio:

Photo of Tony Trupiano by Anne C. Savage.

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Detroit News prints Koch brothers-funded Franklin Center anti-union op-ed about Netroots Nation coming to Detroit

Rewriting history to blame unions for Detroit’s crisis is offensive and ludicrous

As I announced earlier this year at the Netroots Nation conference in San Jose, California, in 2013 the conference will be held at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. This will be an incredible shot in the arm for the city as thousands of progressive organizers and organizations come to Detroit for several days to share ideas and strengthen their relationships. It will also be a tremendously energizing moment for the many Democratic campaigns that will be in full swing next summer as we head into the final months of the 2014 election cycle.

This clearly has corporatist, Republican-supporting groups freaked out. They want to keep Michigan in the hands of their well-funded Republican legislators for as long as possible and the thought of losing the House or, even worse, having corporatist poster child Rick Snyder removed from office must give them cold sweats at night.

As part of their response, the Virginia-based Koch brothers front group the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity wrote an opinion piece for the Detroit News titled “Netroots nation comes home to the unions’ roost”.

Click through where I unpack the myriad lies and the blatant anti-union propaganda in this offensive op-ed.

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UPDATED: Education supporters plan huge grassroots rally at Mich Capitol June 19th, teacher unions & media confused

Grassroots power in action!

NOTE: This post has been updated. See below.

A little under two weeks ago, my pals that run the Facebook page Save Michigan’s Public Schools announced a rally to support education and teachers in Michigan. Their page is the premier online resource for all things education in our state. It was started by Ann Arbor educator Rochelle Noel and former state House candidate from Traverse City Betsy Coffia. Being grassroots organizers in the most basic definition of the word “grassroots”, Rochelle and Betsy and their passionate team of volunteers chose to pull off their June 19th rally on their own without reaching out to the two biggest unions in Michigan, the Michigan Education Association (MEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).…

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