Sunday, August 28, 2011

Why would the Greensboro News & Record Editorial Board inject Race into the White Street Landfill Issue?

...Deliberate distortion is never permissible.

Diligently seek out subjects of news stories
to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing.

Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.

...Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.

Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests
and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.

The SPJ Code of Ethics

"The fact that there was any discussion at all was progress,
and it should have happened, ideally, oh, about a year ago.

It’s finally happening now...

There hasn't been conversation?

There hasn't been back and forth?

...That faction recently has made a rash of major decisions
with little transparency or accountability...


Refusing to consider a regional option in Randolph County
that would provide at least 30 years of capacity and $1 million in annual savings.

Prove it.

Why does Billy Jones think it's not big enough?

Despite a failure and an obvious lack of willingness to put all those facts,
and others, on the table...

What fact have not been put on the table
after 10 years of arguing?

The council has not consulted the experts...


After 10 years of back and forth,
how can the Greensboro News & Record Editorial Board
say that the "experts" have not been consulted?

In light of the sharp division, and the glaring absence of all the facts,
this decision should be delayed until after the coming election.

Why would the Greensboro News & Record Editorial Board
want to delay a racially sensitive issue into a Greensboro City Council election?

Let White Street be a signature issue in the council campaign,
which should be viewed, at least in part, as a referendum on the landfill.

If 2011's City Council election is a referendum on the landfill
how could it not be considered Black against White
instead of a financial and sustainability issues
if the Greensboro News & Record Editorial Board
takes what most believe to be a financial budget issue
into a race based campaign propaganda platform
that will most likely will bring out minority voters
at the News & Record's behest?

And let the new council take it up after the voters have had their say.

What will the "voters" actually have a say on?

GN&R Editorial/Propaganda Board

"The propagandist seeks to change the way people understand an issue or situation
for the purpose of changing their actions and expectations
in ways that are desirable to the interest group.

Propaganda, in this sense, serves as a corollary to censorship
in which the same purpose is achieved,
not by filling people's minds with approved information,
but by preventing people from being confronted with opposing points of view.

...Propaganda is generally an appeal to emotion, not intellect.

..."Propaganda is a form of communication
that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position.

As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda, in its most basic sense,
presents information primarily to influence an audience.

Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission)
to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages
to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented.

The desired result is a change of the attitude
toward the subject in the target audience..."


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