Journalists across the United States find themselves increasingly shut out of political events they would have routinely, and easily, covered in previous election cycles.
On The Listening Post this week: Unelectable or frontrunner? Why is Bernie Sanders getting such a tough ride from US corporate media? Plus, the satirists mocking Angola’s elite.
Sanders vs Bloomberg and the corporate media machine
We’re in the early days of the US election season and the battle for the right to take on Donald Trump currently looks like a two-horse race.
On the progressive side of the Democratic Party, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. To his right, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In the coverage of the two candidates – whose politics are poles apart – the US news media are showing their corporate bias. Sanders is a democratic socialist, Bloomberg is the 9th-richest person in the world.
Sanders relies on a huge grassroots following and record-breaking fundraising; Bloomberg is already out of pocket to the tune of $350m on an advertising blitz.
Despite leading the pack as far as opinion polls are concerned, Bernie Sanders is being cast as unelectable in much of the media coverage.
Months ahead of the November election, for a lot of voters, the US news media is already an election issue.
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The funny side of corruption: A masterclass in Angolan satire
Former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos repressed his political opponents and the news media, leaving very little room for dissent.
His successor, Joao Lourenco, has promised a new era of media freedom and celebrated the work of journalists who were jailed under dos Santos. In this budding climate of tolerance, one particular form of dissent is flourishing: satire.
Ever since the colonial era, Angolans have used humour to make some serious points about the powers that be.
The Listening Post spoke to two of the country’s most accomplished satirists – one a comedian, the other a cartoonist – about how their crafts enable them to critique Angola’s political class.
Tiago Costa – Comedian and host, ‘Sopa Saber’
Sergio Picarra – Cartoonist and creator, ‘Mankiko’
Source: Al Jazeera News
Media Release – August 18, 2022 – Guelph Police – Guelph Police Service
Hundreds of calls lead to charges
A Cambridge male faces criminal harassment charges after placing hundreds of calls to members of a Guelph family, including at their place of work.
A Guelph female known to the subject had to change her phone number after receiving a large number of unwanted calls. He then began contacting a Guelph business where members of the female’s family work, filling the voicemail and causing the business several times to turn off its phones.
After a supervisor from the business contacted the male in an attempt to end the calls, the supervisor began receiving a large number of calls and texts from the male on his personal cellphone. On July 18, while Guelph Police Service officers were at the business taking a statement, the accused called approximately 25 times.
A 25-year-old Cambridge male is charged with two counts of criminal harassment. He will appear in a Guelph court October 7, 2022.
Elderly female loses $3,000 in gift card scam
The Guelph Police Service is investigating after an elderly female lost $3,000 in a gift card scam.
On Wednesday afternoon, a female in her 70s received a phone call from a male claiming to be a fraud investigator. The male claimed the victim’s credit card had been compromised and that purchases had been made at several businesses. He asked her to assist their investigation by buying gift cards from several locations and that her credit card would be reimbursed.
The victim bought six $500 gift cards from various businesses, later providing the PIN numbers to a male on the telephone.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Keith Kolodziejczak at 519-824-1212, ext. 7452, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip at www.csgw.tips.
The Guelph Police Service would like to remind the public that no police officer or government official will ever instruct you to purchase and send gift cards or submit payment via Bitcoin. Please be very vigilant and cautious whenever you are speaking with someone you don’t know, especially online or over the phone. Please also seek advice from a family member, co-worker, trusted friend or the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212 before following through on instructions received from a person that you don’t know.
Police investigate theft from trailer
The Guelph Police Service is investigating a break and enter to a storage trailer.
On Wednesday morning, police were called to a business on Edinburgh Road North near Speedvale Avenue West. A male reported his son is in the process of moving to Guelph and had arranged to store some belongings in a trailer in the business’ parking lot.
On Wednesday morning the locks on the trailer were found to be broken and several items, including a vintage chrome bicycle, were missing.
The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Bakir Medencevic at 519-824-1212, ext. 7235, email him at email@example.com, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.
Total calls for service in the last 24 hours – 258
Opinion | Turning Point USA shouldn't limit media access to DeSantis-Vance rally – The Washington Post
Candidates have been trying to bypass mainstream media scrutiny for generations. Most politicians prefer to engage with ideologically friendly outlets, such as Fox News or MSNBC. But in recent election cycles, campaigns have generally scheduled fewer, yet more scripted, public events. More often than before, newsworthy gatherings are not announced ahead of time, and reporters find out they occurred only when pictures get posted to social media or a news release is sent out later. For traditional outlets, interviews with many candidates have become harder to secure. Some campaigns don’t even return calls or emails.
These trends don’t just hinder media coverage. They also insulate would-be leaders from tough questions and thorny issues. Mostly, they hurt voters by leaving them less informed.
Both parties deserve criticism on this front, but the worst offenders, by far, come from the GOP’s MAGA wing. Sarah Palin, a former governor and vice-presidential nominee, announced no public events in Alaska between a rally that former president Donald Trump headlined for her in Anchorage on July 9 and the special election that took place Tuesday. In Pennsylvania, gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano’s campaign has physically barred reporters from entering events. Other candidates, such as Georgia U.S. Senate hopeful Herschel Walker, have also been extremely unavailable.
The Florida GOP recently blocked many independent reporters, including from The Post, from covering the party’s Sunshine Summit — which was previously open to the media — while permitting outlets that were deemed sufficiently supportive. When journalists complained, the spokeswoman for Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted: “My message to them is to try crying about it.” Florida’s governor has pioneered new techniques in thwarting journalists from doing their jobs. He gave Fox News, for example, exclusive access to a bill-signing.
On Friday, Mr. DeSantis is to travel to Ohio to stump with Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance. The organizers of the event, a conservative nonprofit called Turning Point Action, are requiring that journalists applying for credentials agree to give organizers access to any footage they record and be willing to answer questions about how it will be used. Journalists who attend are restricted from recording speakers, staff and attendees who do not wish to be filmed and from going into certain areas of the event. They also are barred from recording anything displayed on projection screens.
To apply for a credential, reporters must agree to the terms that state: “Turning Point Action shall have the final say on all matters.” A spokesman for Turning Point Action says the group frequently waives “certain clauses for legitimate press outlets that are covering the event in good faith, as we’ve offered to do with Washington Post reporters for the very events in question.”
That’s a start, but these highly unusual conditions have led to understandable outrage among Ohio television stations. Media organizations record these events for the benefit of voters, as well as for history. They should be allowed to do their jobs unencumbered.
Communications and Media Specialist – Sault Ste. Marie News – SooToday
Communications and Media Specialist
Full-Time Contract – 12 Months with opportunity for renewal based on available funding
Who you are? You are highly motivated in sharing your interest in the Health Field through digital communications technology. Acknowledging the Seven Grandfather Teaching in your work to build relationships through oral speaking. You have strong writing skills and enjoy facilitating. In addition, you have a positive outlook and able to proficiently utilize this through different media concepts.
Who we are? We are a leader in First Nation Health. Our foundation is Indigenous Health in Indigenous Hands. We provide accessible, quality, culturally safe and holistic health care that supports and enhances the wellness of individuals, families, and communities. We work with our 11 First Nation community partners in the provision of primary health care, traditional healing, mental wellness and addictions, home and community support services and health promotion services. We have recently been approved as an Ontario Health Team by the Ministry of Health. As the first Indigenous Ontario Health Team in the province, Maamwesying is looking forward to establishing our Transformation Team to assist us in developing and implementing the Maamwesying Ontario Health Team model.
The opportunity: As the new highly skilled Communications and Media Specialist you will be responsible for providing strategic advice and support in the development, implementation and evaluation of communication and marketing strategies and tactics supporting executive engagement communications and initiatives.
What you need to bring with you:
• Post-secondary degree in communications or a related field (e.g., marketing, journalism, media)
• Minimum of three years of experience leading communications activities as well as developing and implementing social media campaigns
• Experience with stakeholder engagement and coordinating input/feedback from stakeholders (in-person; website; surveys; etc.)
• Effective communicator, able to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing, including effective presentation skills
• Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, InDesign and Premier Pro
• Experience of comfort in simple website building with simple tools such as Weebly, Wix, or Nicepagee
• Committed to expecting and respecting diversity with demonstrated ability to identify and respond to the needs of diverse communities
• Knowledge of, and interest in the health issues affecting Anishinaabe people. Ability to speak Ojibway is an asset
• Strong organizational, time management and planning skills
• Good understanding of Ontario’s healthcare system and healthcare administration (asset)
• Knowledge of Ontario’s Ontario Health Team model and local Ontario Health Team structure/plan (asset)
• English (verbal and written); Ojibway is an asset
• Valid Ontario driver’s license with access to own vehicle
• Highly motivated and able to work independently from home and to travel as required throughout the North Shore Tribal Council region
Why Work with Us?
• Competitive Salary based on experience
• Paid Extended Health Benefits
• HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan)
• Generous vacation package; with additional 7 Aboriginal statutory holidays
• Life-long learning is a priority, offering 10 Professional Development Days and $1200/Annual Budget
• Technology Amenities provided (i.e., laptop, electronic medical record system, cell phone)
• Company vehicle provided; all travel expenses covered
• Daytime hours of work 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
• Relocation Expenses are Negotiable
• High staff satisfaction rated work environment, priority on provider and client experience
• Access to Cultural and Traditional teachings of the Ojibwe People
• 2 weeks holiday for the 1st year
• 15 days of Personal Leave
What to expect? We encourage traditional practices of Indigenous People, and we burn our sacred medicines such as tobacco, sweet grass, sage and cedar. We reserve the right to hiring Indigenous people under section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code – Special Programs. Accommodations for the disabled will be available upon request. An offer of employment will be conditional upon an acceptable vulnerable sector records check.
Qualified individuals are invited to submit a cover letter along with a current resume, certificates, diplomas, along with three current work-related references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that “OHT Communications and Media Specialist” appears in the subject line or apply directly on www.Indeed.ca
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