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If you think the "60 Minutes" Benghazi executive producer should leave or get the boot, please go here to sign a petition.
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Jeff Fager must step down immediately because of his role in the 60 Minutes Benghazi debacle. If he doesn't step down voluntarily, he must be dismissed.
Why is this important?
The CBS news program 60 Minutes recently produced and aired a critically flawed and wildly inaccurate "news" segment on the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that killed four people including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
Jeff Fager, the Chairman of CBS News and the Executive Producer of 60 Minutes, made a decision to broadcast this factually flawed "news" report based solely on the potential monetary benefits provided by sensationalist ratings and book sales. [...]
After stonewalling for days, 60 Minutes finally offered an insufficient apology for its factually incorrect report on Sunday, November 10. However, the so-called apology didn't give a full account of what went wrong, what would be done to make sure it doesn't happen again, or how those responsible would be held accountable...
There are various institutions that are well known for their journalism programs. Among the most prestigious top five are Columbia University School of Journalism, Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia (home of the Peabody Award), NYU's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and Harvard University. A fifth member of this quintet of top schools is the the only one outside of the Eastern seaboard. It's the University of Texas, Austin, home of the Longhorns.
U of T puts out a daily newspaper called the Daily Texan (the largest student newspaper in the country) and it's got a lot more to it than cattle prices and home remedies for for saddle sores. Those kind of breaking stories aren't going to get you too much notice in Austin. For that you should go to Texas A & M -- become a Texas Aggie.
U of T, where you're as likely to give the Hook 'em horns hand gesture as you are a fist bump, publishes an award-winning newspaper. This rag has got a venerable history—
According to the paper's site:
The Texan has won more national, regional and state awards than any other college newspaper in America and counts 10 Pulitzer Prize winners among its former staff. Also among it's alums are Walter Cronkite, Lady Bird Johnson, Bill Moyers, and Liz Smith.
Pretty heady group, wouldn't you say? Well, tradition is on hold this year. The editors decided to veer into brave new territory: sex columns.
Move over Moyers, Smith and Cronkite. Make room for: Fabulous Frank, Sexy Sally, Virgin Veronica, and Committed Caroline.
Yup, that's right. The Red state which on one hand boasts their sexy Dallas Cheerleaders and on the other gives you misogynist Governor Rick Perry and his anti-women's rights laws has chosen to break new ground in the Daily Texan. Maybe they're ready to shed their conservative nature for a more balanced and enlightened look at the world. Maybe they're ready to take their heads out of their oil-well submerged thinking and join us in the 21st century. And like most things in Texas, when they do something, they do it BIGGER.
The DAILY BEAST:
Safe sex should be something people should want to talk about openly and honestly,” says Kelsey McKinney, the associate managing editor of the Daily Texan. “It’s something that can be important—but also can be a little bit more fun than our breaking news.”
This semester, the paper welcomed four anonymous columnists to its Life & Arts section: Fabulous Frank, Sexy Sally, Virgin Veronica, and Committed Caroline (no relation to this author). They each have a gimmick:
Man, reading my college newspaper at Columbia sure wasn't like that. I think we got more reviews of Chuck Berry or Jefferson Starship at the Filmore East and occasionally an anti-Viet Nam commentary. Then we might read about a professor who was nominated for a Nobel Prize. We rarely got a glimpse into human sexuality. And certainly not like this.
But the U of T columnists take their "spreads" very seriously.
It certainly makes some people uncomfortable and those people have given us a little bit of backlash, but really we enjoy what we are doing and we know we’re not doing it just for fun—we’re doing it for a purpose,” says Sexy Sally. “We try not to pay attention to the haters. For the most part, people who grew up in Texas—we didn’t have a very good sex education and it’s not typically something parents are super open with their kids and I think that’s why it’s made some people feel kind of uncomfortable.”
And they do their research as all good journalists are taught to do. Take for instance Committed Caroline:
“I didn’t know my own body at all, so how could I be ready to share it,” wrote Committed Caroline in her column on masturbation. “So I learned. Girls in Texas aren’t taught how to pleasure themselves any better than they’re taught where to get birth control, so I learned with my hands under the covers by myself where to touch myself and how.”
Now before you accuse me of putting that quote in just for shock value, you're right. But shock for a different reason than you might think. I'm stunned that in any state in the US there isn't enough "sex education" or the program is so limited and clinical that kids are reaching college age and don't know their own bodies. What can the possible outcomes be? Not good ones.
The lack of proper sex education, whether at home or in the school, preferably both to maybe counter-act the lack of parents accurate information, is a must. Without it we're heading for more sexual assaults, unplanned pregnancies and yes, even communicable diseases.
What the Daily Texan is doing should be commended. When you draw attention and shed light where it usually don't shine, you're performing a service. All of that last statement can be taken as a bad joke or in the spirit in which it's meant. Let's educate. Let's not cut funding for programs or school papers. They're filling in many of the gaps that we, as parents, have overlooked or chosen to ignore.
Ah, journalism. It comes in all shapes and sizes. There's hard hitting investigative, Pulitzer Prize level stuff. There's straight news reporting. There's specialty journalism as well; the snarky/fun kind (like Political Carnival) and there's the sensational (National Enquirer), straight and gay news rags and those that run from informative, light, frothy entertainment to more satirical, edgy, or politically slanted. And finally, at the bottom of the barrel, we find Fox News.
They've hardly met a story they couldn't slant or a personality so out of touch with reality that they didn't fit in seamlessly with their goon squad. They really have faux news down to a science.
With the government "slimdown" (they refused to call it a shutdown) there isn't a lot they have left to cover. Their "all defense of republicans, all the time," programming is working just fine for them.
Until now. The news editors got wind of an art exhibit at the Ivy League's Brown University, and they thought they could run with it. They would take an honest artistic exhibit called Nudity in the Upspace and give it to resident pervert (at least politically) Bill O'Reilly's people to cover. Their task -- to take something genuine and artistic and end up exploiting the nudity of young college students to make ratings and money.
That sure sounds like a Bill O'Reilly worthy segment. Take something genuine and twist it into seedy. They mock an art exhibition that explores race, gender and equality in relation to nudity and the human body. This could win Bill O. the "Pulitzer-My-Finger" Prize for his coverage. We'll find out next week after it airs.
Brown students felt duped by the subterfuge of the stated purpose these old white men reporters used to get their interviews and explain their presence on campus. They claimed they were doing a story on student life, burdens of tuition and a highly intensive curriculum.
What they really focused on was the "naked art." Any Ivy Leaguer (like myself) knows how hard it is to get in to one of the elite eight institutions, academically. We go because of educational achievment. If we wanted to see naked bodies, we could just search for them on the Internet and save tons of money.
The students of Brown have made a video about this experience and Fox TV. Maybe Bill should exploit this, instead of getting his rocks off with more of his slanted, non-news.
If you don't already know who Tina Dupuy (@TinaDupuy on Twitter) is, allow me to introduce her to you. We go back a ways, as you can see from these posts.
Dupuy is, among other things, a writer who has just launched TheContributor.com, a hard-hitting news site, that unlike others such as HuffingtonPost, has no celebrity "news" and-- wait for it-- pays its contributors. What a concept.
Her most recent columns include:
Sometimes she's a reporter, sometimes she's a comedian, and she's always a wedge-issue enthusiast and devout skeptic.
You may have caught her on MSNBC, Current TV, RT and BBC, and all over the Radio Machine via KCRW’s To The Point, The Stephanie Miller Show and The Leslie Marshall Show. She writes for Mother Jones, The Atlantic, Skeptic, Fast Company, Alternet, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times and Newsday among many others. Her weekly op-ed column is nationally syndicated through Cagle Cartoons.
And having finally met her face to face, I can personally vouch for her demented sense of humor and scampitude. I thought it was about time you got to know her too.
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