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Denver and the future of the news 9.16

On Wednesday Sept 16, 6:30pm, at the Colorado History Museum, local journalists and nonprofit leaders will lead discussions of how to save local media. Panelists include Polly Baca, Laura Frank, Wick Rowland, David Sirota, John Temple and Craig Aaron. Organized by Save the News, sponsored by iwantmyrocky.com. Topics: Who’s a Journalist? Press Credentialing & Public Policy; Social Media and the News: A Networked Vision for News From Denver to DC: Media Policy and Journalism; Re-imagining News and Public Media; Community Journalism: Of the People, for the People; Saving the Internet to Save the News.

Ex RMN columnists stuck to their guns

Vincent Carroll now reporting for the Denver PostDENVER- Considering the villainous role the Rocky Mountain News played in the vilification of Ward Churchill, their insinuations having been thoroughly discredited in this trial, you’d think the RMN columnists now writing for the Denver Post would be self-conscious about taking the same mocking stance. But they are not. Attorney David Lane chats with them most amicably, but still they file the typical anti-academic hit pieces. Columnist Vincent Carroll summarized Churchill’s recent testimony as: Ward’s world of brazen claims.

In an earlier piece, Carroll recaps Churchill’s alleged misconduct, but where an objective reporter would say “alleged,” Carroll writes “gross.” Don’t think the RMN vets aren’t well aware that a vindication for Churchill means a repudiation of their libel.

Mike Littwin formerly of the Rocky Mountain NewsMike Littwin is no better. For him, yawns in the audience are not a sign of defense attorney Patrick O’Rourke’s pedestrian presentation, but of the discussion’s irrelevance. Of Native American history in dispute, of genocide still denied by CU in this example, Littwin concludes: the World has moved beyond Churchill.

Churchill and his curiously vile detractors

Ward Churchill caricatureDENVER- There’s an interesting sideshow at the Churchill v CU case having to do with a cadre of unsavory Ward Churchill online critics. What they are writing is hardly interesting but their unceasing doggedness, repeating only ad hominem attacks, leads one to wonder who they are and what horse do they have, in not only this race, but in Churchill’s ongoing activism. These are the same voices which heckled the DNC organizers, AIM, and the contra-Columbus actions.

It’s a little circle of shit-knitters, who cross-link or repost each other’s comments from Blogspot blogs Drunkablog, Slapstick Politics, People’s Press Collective, and riding point on the Churchill Trial, Pirate Ballerina. These are Little Green Football variety ditto-heads, and I hardly mean to draw attention to them, but their relentless character assassination seems to wag the local media dogs, and one might as well look into that.

Meaning, more in a bit.

Churchill amused the courtroom audience by illustrating his sarcastic use of quotation marks, as one might refer to the Rocky Mountain News as a “newspaper.”

It’s not enough to conclude Professor Churchill has enemies. There are Native American casino owners who might be threatened by Churchill’s revisiting of the past, there are rivals for Churchill’s influence in the American Indian Movement. Obviously there are historians eager to retread what they’ve invested in the Master Narrative. Curiously, there are Zionists who are vehemently opposed to the discussion Churchill wants to provoke. And I suppose there are stupid white males who will stand for no diminishment of God Blessed America.

These bloggers are the latter “Right Wing” variety obviously, and bring nothing to the table but personal attacks. But what sustains them, tasked as they appear to be, to hound Ward Churchill on a daily basis, year after year?

There are players both on the national scene, and locally, who I consider complete bastards who merit every rebuke possible, but that doesn’t mean I dedicate my every utterance when they so much as visit the bathroom.

With The Rocky Mountain News another bad newspaper bites the dust

rocky-paper-garbageRocky Mountain News is no more and we have not lost anything vital here in Colorado. These newspapers are mainly full of advertising trash these days and people are going elsewhere to get the news, so the decline of the corporate press will continue. See Newspapers’ Woes Worsening where it seems that these poor excuses of newspapers will try almost anything other than actually trying to be an informative and responsible press to keep from going under? When I subscribe to one of them I always feel totally guilty for helping destroy the environment for such a poor reason as what comes to my door each day.