Resumption of feud narrowly averted

· Edgewise, Media Literacy, Paleoblogs

Like most people I was following the tragic Sago mine disaster. I couldn’t help noticing that the CEO of International Coal Group, the owner of the mine, was a fellow named Ben Hatfield. Hatfield? I thought to myself. As in the Hatfields and the McCoys?
Radio reports about the lone survivor of the disaster caused me to prick up my ears further, but carefuly research has established that the man fighting for his life in Pittsburgh is in fact named McCloy. Randal L. McCloy, Jr., to be exact.
Whew! Close one.


· Edgewise, Media Literacy, Paleoblogs

Let me just say: if there’s indeed a so-called “War on Christmas”…
…based on the number of lilting Christmas tunes I’ve been hearing in public places all around the liberal paradise that is my beloved Bay Area, the folks who are fighting in this particular conflagration — the anti-Christmas bridade — are a pack of bumblers the likes of which we haven’t seen since Tully Bascombe and the Grand Fenwick Irregulars.

Media Alliance Events

· Media Literacy

Sunday June 16th, 7 p.m.
An Evening with Greg Palast,
BBC commentator and author of the NYT bestseller
“The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”
Greg Palast, author and award winning BBC repporter, will speak this Sunday on “George Bush the Second: Subverting Democracy from Florida to Venezuela”. Palast broke the Enron and Florida election scandals, and he’s just returned from Venezuela where he helped uncover the U.S. government’s role in the recent coup.

“No one has exposed more truth about the Bush Cartel
and lived to tell the story.” The Baltimore Chronicle

Also speaking will be former Assistant Secretary of HUD turned government whistle blower Catherine Austin Fitts on “Anatomy of the Enron Cover-up”, and Polk Award winning reporter Robert Knight of WBAI-FM.
A benefit for Media Alliance & Friends of Free Speech Radio
Mission High School, 18th & Dolores, SF
$12 Tickets at the door, no advance tickets
(very limited parking)

Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30 p.m.
“Sell Your Writing – Make the Media Work for You”
A Job Skills Workshop for Writers, with literary agent Mike Larsen & publicist Jill Lublin
Join MA in welcoming Mike and Jill to share their popular tips on marketing your work through the media. This event is co-sponsored with the National Writers Union (NWU), Local 3.
$5 for MA and NWU members, $10 for non-members
Tickets at the door, limited seating.
In San Francisco at 814 Mission Street, #205, near the Metreon and the Powell Street BART stop.

Wednesday June 26th, 7 p.m.
Covering the War: How Free is Our Press?
A Panel Discussion moderated by Nicole Sawaya, General Manager of KALW, 91.7 FM
Join MA and the World Affairs Council for a timely exploration of the media’s coverage during wartime.
Panelists include Reese Erlich, a freelance journalist recently returned from covering the war in Pakistan and Afghanistan; Mary Jo McConahy, an editor for Pacific News Service who’s worked as a correspondent in the Middle East; Mark Danner, a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker and a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley; and Norman Solomon, syndicated columnist and media critic.
Wednesday June 26th , 7 p.m.
World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., #200, SF
$7 for Media Alliance members
$12 for General Public