We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Journalists at the RNC Either Suck Up To Power, Or Risk Attack…

Click here to access article by Yasha Levine from The eXiled

Covering a Republican convention honestly can hazardous to ones career. Most journalists don't try. 
One thing I learned from watching last week’s RNC: Being a reporter with a video camera at a GOP convention and doing anything other than sucking up to power . . . well, that just might be the most dangerous journalism job in America today.
Of course, journalists at the Democratic party convention must "suck up to power" also, but they usually don't encounter such blatant racist behavior.