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For FOX Sake!

If you only have time for one Daily Show clip this week, then make it this one from last night’s show:

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FOX fans out there should take ten minutes to watch the above clip as well; the payoff is understanding why most of the country sees that FOX News certainly isn’t “fair and balanced.” The only people propagating that claim are those that watch FOX News exclusively.

Jon Stewart nails the main point:

The FOX Opinion Guy’s outrage becomes the “some say” source for the news side. It’s a perpetual revulsion machine.

In other words, deciding what is newsworthy at FOX is done by the FOX pundits. The FOX news anchors then chatter about whatever the pundits have put on their agenda for the day.

Also, FOX fans: no one is talking about censoring or shutting down FOX News, especially not the White House. All the White House did was identify the network for what it is: the propaganda wing of the GOP.

Inauguration Size and Cost

There’s a little white lie going through the right-wing media outlets, especially FOX, Drudge, and Newsmax. I want to do my part to make sure it doesn’t stick.

Barak Obama’s inauguration is NOT 3-4 times more expensive than GWB’s second inauguration — they actually cost about the same.

What happened is that the widely touted $160 million cost for the Obama inauguration includes the cost of security, while the $42 million cost for GWB’s second inauguration does not:

In other words, it’s the unsubstantiated Obama cost of $160 million (inauguration + security) compared with the Bush cost of 42 million (inauguration, excluding security). Those are two completely different calculations being compared side-by-side, by Fox & Friends, among others, to support the phony claim that Obama’s inauguration is $100 million more expensive than Bush’s.


However, buried in a recent New York Times article published one week before the controversy erupted over the cost of Obama’s inauguration, the newspaper reported that in 2005, “the federal government and the District of Columbia spent a combined $115.5 million, most of it for security, the swearing-in ceremony, cleanup and for a holiday for federal workers” [emphasis added].

You read that correctly. The federal government spent $115 million dollars for the 2005 inauguration. Keep in mind, that $115 million price tag was separate from the money Bush backers bundled to put on the inauguration festivities. For that, they raised $42 million. So the bottom line for Bush’s 2005 inauguration, including the cost of security? That’s right, $157 million.

So, the next time that someone points to Obama’s inauguration as a sign of “liberal excess” or other such malarkey, you can tell them what for.

On the home front, we packed the place at the Civic Center Ballroom last night for the Inaugural Ball put on by the Lubbock Juneteenth Committee. Over 600 attended, and we had a great time.

Local coverage of the Lubbock Inaugural Ball:

More about KTXT-FM

My friend Jason started a most excellent Facebook group SAVE KTXT 88.1 FM which in 24 hours of existence already has approximately 2,000 members.

(design by the unstoppably great Dirk Fowler)

The facebook group is your one-stop shop for all the ideas and contact information you need to take action.

Of special urgency: please contact the Texas Tech Board of Regents, who continue their end-of-semester meeting tomorrow (Friday, December 12) at the Student Union Building. They need to hear the obvious public outcry over the shutdown and transfer of KTXT-FM. I think it’s even worth showing up to the public portion of their meeting to voice your protest.

Other than that: call in to Lubbock talk radio shows, write letters to the editor, write emails to elected officials in the region, and write letters to the relevant faculty at Texas Tech.

What is happening to KTXT-FM?

Terrible news today from Texas Tech Student Media:

Texas Tech University’s Student Media department is undergoing several changes. The most significant of those changes occurred today when KTXT-FM, the university’s student-run radio station, ceased its broadcasts on 88.1 FM and

Control of the radio station’s FCC license, which is maintained by the university, is being shifted from the Student Media department to Texas Tech’s other educational radio station, KOHM-FM.

No firm plans regarding the future of the 88.1 FM frequency or the related Web site have been announced.

“We agonized over this decision and looked for ways to enhance KTXT-FM’s role within the Texas Tech community, but ultimately we had to face the fact that changes needed to be made,” said Susan Peterson, director for Student Media. “We recognize this is a huge loss to those who are loyal to KTXT-FM - its listeners and its staff - but the department must grow and change in order to best serve the entire student body.”

Changes in Student Media were planned following an extensive study of departmental operations. Student input, fiscal reviews and administrative and in-house assessments factored into the decision that Student Media’s continued support of KTXT-FM was no longer feasible.

I don’t know if the budget at Student Media is going to be cut severely (I would not be surprised at this given who our Chancellor is), or if a turf war is being fought within the University over who controls KTXT (also would not surprise me), or if some other, unknown factor is at work here.

Lubbock is at risk of losing one of it’s most valuable community resources if KTXT goes away. This radio station can be heard all over Lubbock County and well into the surrounding counties. It’s how I know I’m getting close to home when I come back from a road trip. It’s how I know what day of the week it is sometimes (based on their evening specialty shows). It’s how I find new music (especially local music) and learn about shows here in town. It was going to be an integral part of my business advertising for Awesome Books in 2009.

This situation stinks. Something is going on that is bigger than a broadcast frequency being reassigned to another department of the University. Someone or some group is making a cultural play.

And don’t buy the line about KTXT losing money for Student Media. College radio stations are not for making money. They are for students to learn how to be on the radio, and they are news and culture resources for the community.

Let’s get to the bottom of this and do something about it.

KTXT-FM on Wikipedia

Bob Barr on the Todd Klein Show

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Bob Barr will be calling in to the Todd Klein Show on Monday, July 28 from 9:30-10:00am.

The Todd Klein Show airs every weekday from 9:30-11:00am on KRFE 580 AM. The call in number is 806-745-5800.

Congratulations, Todd, for landing a presidential candidate as a radio guest!

Monday: The Todd Klein Show

I’ll be on Todd Klein’s radio show on KRFE AM 580 Monday Morning from 10-11AM to discuss the election returns from Saturday and whatever else comes up.

This will be my second appearance on the show. The last time was in February, and we discussed the intersection of technology and politics.

I’m looking forward to the show, and I hope you’ll tune in!

Cheerful AM Talk Radio Moment

Sometimes I turn the car radio to conservative AM talk radio because I hate myself and love heartburn.

On my to lunch today, I actually heard Rush Limbaugh attack the idea of “hope,” which one might argue is the primary message of Obama’s campaign. Rush used a Nietzsche quote (of all things) to back himself up, and got into it with a caller who was saying that hope kept him alive for 52 years.

The whole exchange had Rush looking like the bully that he is. I understand the Rovean strategy of “attack your opponent’s strengths,” but some concepts are simply unassailable.

Good luck with your battle against hope, wingnuts.

Bill Clinton in Lubbock: Local Coverage Roundup

Lots of good mainstream media coverage of Bill Clinton’s visit to Lubbock:

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Photo Gallery
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Slideshow
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal speech coverage
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal audience coverage
KCBD (local NBC affiliate)
Fox 34

Mmm… that’s good media!

And there is a bonus news piece about the Obama meeting I mentioned yesterday at Fox 34’s website as well.

My virgin radio experience

I was a guest on local talk radio for the first time in my life today. Thanks, Councilman Todd Klein, for having me on the Todd Klein show this morning! We discussed the intersection of politics and technology, which is probably in my list of top 3 favorite things to talk about.

I am still evaluating the experience. It was a positive one, to be sure, and I’m happy to go back on the show if he asks.

The Todd Klein show airs on KRFE 580 AM from 10am-11am weekday mornings. He has lots of local political figures on — right, left, Republican, Democrat, and miscellaneous. It’s basically a long-form interview with call-ins. (We had 3 callers, which I think is a decent amount for an hour-long show.) Todd asks very relevant questions, which is why his listeners respond well to the show by calling in.

I also have some homework to do, since I couldn’t sum up Obama’s health care policy when asked. I did mention Lawrence Lessig’s endorsement and video which came out today…

…but I’ll get back to everyone with a proper answer about Obama’s healthcare policy. In the meantime, there is:

Oh, and if you’re reading this because you heard me plug my blog on the show, then welcome!

Looking back at 2007

Tonight’s Lubbock DFA “Best of the Political Internet 2007″ event went pretty well. A group of us watched a bunch of internet video clips from last year and had a good discussion after each one. Lots of Daily Show and Colbert, for sure. “Don’t tase me, bro!” made an appearance, as did a compilation video of Alberto Gonzales’ 70+ “I don’t recall” statements strung together in one memory-busting blitz. We also watched short clips about many of the current (or currently-dropping-out) presidential candidates and had a thorough discussion of the primaries so far.

It feels good not only to talk to fellow Democrats and digest the current state of things, but also to beef up the memory of our collective consciousness. American culture tends to be “in one ear, out the other,” especially when it comes to media. It’s important to remember that 2007 was a year when blogging became a big deal (again), that we ran an incompetent crony of an Attorney General out of office (although it took too long to do so), that a roomful of college students did nothing when one of their number was tasered right in front of them, that Republican primary voters cheered as their candidates advocated torture, and that we lived under an Administration that refused to face its own lies and mistakes with a Congress that failed to enforce consequences for those lies and mistakes.

In the end, one of the greatest contributions of the internet will be the ability to revisit our recent history and master it before moving on.

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