Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What is "News-ish"? (Part II)

This is news-ish...

(Will the Tea Party Go Nuclear?, Sue Sturgis, Texas Observer)
From Facing South, where this story was first published.

Among the special interests that see the outcome of the mid-term elections as a win for themselves is the U.S. nuclear power industry.

NRG Energy, the New Jersey-based power company that's seeking federal subsidies in the form of Department of Energy loan guarantees to build two more reactors at the South Texas Project near Bay City, has already told Bloomberg that it expects to benefit from Republican gains in Congress:

What is Facing South? I'll let their website tell you...
Since our founding in 1970 by veterans of the civil rights movement, the Institute for Southern Studies has established a national reputation as an essential resource for grassroots activists, community leaders, scholars, policy makers and others working to bring lasting social and economic change to the region.

The Institute draws attention to the national importance of the South and offers an exciting vision of the region-a place brimming with a capacity for progressive change that challenges its reputation as a monolithic, conservative stronghold.
An organization that advocates for progressive policy change. Which is fine, encouraged even. After all, people and organizations have a right to champion their views.

For that matter, news organizations have a right to advocate for views*. Provided they're shooting straight. The problem with the Observer is that they are play-pretending to be a straight news site....
We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of humankind as the foundation of democracy.

Except when they're running stories from Democratic-aligned, progressive groups that is right? THEN they might serve a group or a party. Maybe.

The Texas Democratic Trust may have failed, but their legacy lives on.

*As a matter of fact, I wish more of them did. I just wish that the Texas Observer, the Texas Tribune (Now, with more HIP eye wear!!) and the American Independent would just be open and honest with everyone about what positions they are advocating.

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