Suggestion for Reporters: July 23, 2021

Apparently there is a big story down in Beaumont about a three month Exxon Mobile lockout of 600+ workers at its biggest U.S. refinery. The dispute is not about economics, it’s about workplace safety. Top Exxon executives running the lockout. Bigger strategy anticipated around Exxon facilities. Does this story interest you? For more information call…

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Suggestions for Reporters: July 20, 2021

The unexamined world of mass advertising undergirds corporate power (e.g., Facebook, Google), corrupts media, irritates people no end with its saturation propensity, has anti-competitive maneuvers, makes a mockery of the public’s airwaves and public broadcasting and continues its ages-old deceptions, lying and betraying consumers’ trust, with little FTC et al enforcement. Very inviting for reporters…

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Suggestions for Reporters: July 3, 2021

The U.S. exits Afghanistan and closes major bases. Americans need to know why their trillions of dollars, tens of thousands of soldiers, the most modern military equipment, and 400,000 Afghan government soldiers are losing to 35,000 Taliban, with no air force, navy, or heavy weapons. Vietnam all over again. Only this time, Congress doesn’t even…

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Suggestions for Reporters: May 7, 2021

1. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, has just reported staggering quarterly earnings. This achievement, no doubt assisted by policies of the Federal Reserve, makes the following statement by him on January 21, 2021, a wonderful opportunity for reportorial follow up: “I’ve been to a lot of meetings with presidents and prime ministers…

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Suggestions for Reporters: April 16, 2021

1. Among the many reports on the defeat of workers trying to form a union in Bessemer, Alabama’s Amazon warehouse, there was little inquiry into why labor – after a strenuous effort by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) – lost by about a two to one margin with about half the workers…

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Suggestions for Reporters: March 25, 2021

1. Over the past decade the subordination, on a grand scale, of revenue-based spending to debt-incurring spending, has steadily evolved. In recent months, the pace has quickened. This kind of spending has become an increasingly bipartisan practice. Since the Covid-19 pandemic started the federal government has approved spending nearly five trillion dollars relating to pandemic…

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Suggestions for Reporters: March 19, 2021

1. In recent years we have read about massive hacking of major databases at major retail chains (Target etc.), the federal civil service, national security agencies, credit card companies, and the list goes on. Tens of millions of people have had their personal files invaded by these mostly unknown remote hackers. These reports are accompanied…

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Suggestions for Reporters: March 5, 2021

There are some fine reporters, like David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post, Charlie Savage of the New York Times, and David Brancaccio of NPR, who do pick up their phones or promptly return calls. When I asked Fahrenthold why he responds to calls he replied that that was how he gets stories. Years ago, that…

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