Saturday, March 26, 2005

Sunday, The Laura Flanders Show reports on Ohio; Beth calls our attention to the controversy over the protests in Fayetteville

Two more things from e-mails (no, this doesn't count as the other posts I mentioned in the previous post, this is in addition to).

Natalie e-mails asking that we do a reminder of The Laura Flanders Show. The Laura Flanders Show airs on Air America Saturdays and Sundays, seven to ten p.m. in the eastern time zone. If you're unable to pick it up in your area, you can stream it online via Real Player or Windows Media. Just click on The Laura Flanders Show and choose the listen live option.

Sunday Flanders will address the issue of the Congressional committee going to Ohio this weekend. In a previous entry, we noted this:

Todd e-mails "As Blackwell Says, Ohio's in 2004 was a National Model" by Steve Rosenfeld,
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman from The Free Press. From that article:

Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell finally testified -- something he had refused to do in the Moss v. Bush Ohio election challenge before the State Supreme Court and refused to do in Washington, D.C. His testimony proved so contentious that at one point Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, D-OH, told him to "haul butt" if he was unwilling to answer questions about irregularities in the 2004 election.
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Blackwell's wholesale denial of the legal record documenting the scores of Election Day problems that disenfranchised tens of thousands of voters -- from the House Judiciary Committee Democrats' report, to the 900 pages of sworn affidavits and other analysis filed at the Ohio Supreme Court in response to his attempt to sanction the lawyer who filed a lawful challenge of the 2004 presidential results, to the statements made in Washington on January 6, 2005 during the Electoral College challenge -- did not go unanswered by Democrats on the House Administration Committee. "Mr. Secretary of State, you have a lot of improvement to do," said Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-CA, the ranking Democrat on the panel.
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Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, the judge-turned-congresswoman from Ohio’s largest city, Cleveland, led the House challenge to the 2004 Electoral College certification. While she is not a member of the House Administration Committee, the committee members let her participate as a panel member as a House courtesy. When it was her turn to ask questions, Blackwell said it was "good to see you," to which Rep. Tubbs-Jones replied, "It was so good to see you that you chose not to shake my hand in the anteroom." Jones followed up the questioning on the provisional ballots by asking Blackwell why his 'public education' campaign – radio ads and recording phone messages to voters' homes - did not tell people that if they were given a provisional ballot they had to be turned in at the board of elections to be counted.

"In this ad you said ‘Vote your precinct,’ but you didn't say 'Vote in your board of elections," Tubbs-Jones said. "You did an ad statewide and you spent $2.5 million."

Steve Rosenfeld should be (fingers crossed) giving a report on the Congressional committee's visit to Ohio this weekend on The Laura Flanders Show.

From the Air America web site (updated as I type):

On Saturday, MARY JOHNSON of Ragged Edge Magazine articulates the disability rights' movement's agenda beyond Terri Schiavo. GOP lawmakers oppose most of it, like the full implementation of the Americans' With Disabilities Act. We'll hear from student activists at Georgetown University who won a rise in campus workers' wages from management after a hunger strike And PATRICK FARRELLY and KATE O CALLAGHAN, producers and directors of the HBO documentary, LEFT OF THE DIAL, about Air America Radio which premiers this week will give us an advance peak. You may laugh. We nearly cried. But things are looking up.
On Sunday, an update from Ohio where Republican
Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell got a dressing-down from passionate Democrats in hearings the media saw fit to ignore this week. Our senior producer was there and we'll play tape. Monty Python's TERRY JONES will join us live in studio to discuss Spamalot the Python's arrival on Broadway -- and "Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror," his latest collection of "observations and denunciations." Also with us, Nigeria's Nobel Prize-winner, WOLE SOYINKA who says we are questing for dignity in a dehumanized world. It's all coming up on the Laura Flanders show this weekend on Air America Radio. Join us.

So Sunday this will be addressed on The Laura Flanders Show. (I think I've grabbed all the mentions of "this weekend" -- other than in the post quoted -- but if not, when I started this entry, there was no schedule posted for this weekend's Laura Flanders shows. Sunday is the day Ohio will be addressed.)

Let's note Cedric's closing comments in his entry Friday:

I'll be listening to The Laura Flanders Show this weekend not just because she'll be addressing Ohio but because Laura Flanders makes a point on her show to open it up to all people. It's a real and continuing tragedy that others don't follow her lead. In a world where they could learn from her or Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and Juan Gonazalez, they choose to instead copy the likes of Larry King and Tim Russert and new media and the discussions get a whole lot whiter.

I think we've now got something like five links (always check my math!) to The Laura Flanders Show. Look, there's another. That's fine. Her show is worth a million times that many links so please make a point to listen to it (Saturday and Sunday) if you're able to.

Beth e-mails Dennis Kyne's "Fayetteville Diary" from Guerrilla News Network:

The hot topic of the day was the simmering controversy over recent statements by Paul Rieckhoff, founder of the Manhattan-based soldier advocacy group Operation Truth. Rieckhoff, an Iraq war veteran and a favorite of media outlets from CNN to The New York Times, stated that protesting in Fayetteville represented, “the height of insensitivity by the anti-war organizations” due to its proximity to Fort Bragg, home to the 82nd Airborne. On Air America last week, he repeated the charge, getting into a heated argument with Unfiltered host Rachel Maddow. Aside from the insinuation that troops are trained with sensitivity, it is an incredible assumption to think that all troops on active duty are so dense they don’t know we are there in their interests. One could very easily infer from Rieckhoff’s rhetoric that we were there to spit and curse at the troops. But there were no cries of “babykillers” coming from this crowd. In fact, there was nothing but love for the sons and daughters sent to fight a war sold to the public on a lie. Riechkhoff seems to forget that the organizations hosting this event were all family members of service members who have died in action or are currently serving. In addition, the organizations were made up of many veterans, people who have served in both peace and wartime. Rieckhoff, who is not an active duty soldier, is currently a 1st Lieutenant in the New York State National Guard. Having spent fifteen years in the Army myself, from 1987 until 2003, including service as a medic on the frontlines of Operation Desert Storm, I can tell you, the only person insulting anyone is Rieckhoff.

Beth: Rachel really did a bang up job defending the right to protest and she also did some strong work advocating for pro-choice. The show wasn't the same after Lizz Winstead but this week, in what turns out to be the second to last week of Unfiltered, Rachel really rallied and did some outstanding work. I will miss Unfiltered. And I won't be listening to Jerry Springer. I've spent my life avoiding his show on TV, I have no desire to listen to him on radio.