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Lakeland’s “The Ledger” newsroom aims to unionize

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It’s the one word that strikes fear—or at least puts heartburn—in the chests of corporate management: Union. And the new barons of journalism aren’t immune. The Ledger‘s newsroom workers now are moving to unionize, according to a Tuesday press release from the NewsGuild-CWA (Communications Workers of America). The Ledger, Lakeland’s newspaper of record, was owned for 42 of its 92 years by The New York Times Company. It was bought in 2011 by Halifax Media, which was itself was later taken…

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Beat the press: Donald Trump’s contempt for media is calculated

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Donald Trump‘s favorite nickname for the news media is the “dishonest press.” He swaps in “disgusting press” from time to time. And sometimes, he puts it all together: “disgusting, dishonest human beings.” The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has a whole menu of takedowns for individual reporters and news organizations. In recent weeks, he’s used his microphone and his tweets to label them “third-rate,” ”not nice,” ”disgraceful,” ”phony,” ”low-life,” ”very unprofessional” and “bad people.” Or, for extra emphasis in a tweet,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.7.16 — Florida academic fired for unpopular (and um, questionable) views?

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James Tracy was fired last month, though the Florida Atlantic University communications professor still can file a grievance to maintain his job. Although he would certainly dispute being labeled a conspiracy theorist, that’s essentially how I learned about him when I wrote a story about conspiracy theories in Creative Loafing. Tracy claimed the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre was fake. He also suggested that the Boston Marathon bombing and San Bernardino shooting were bogus as well. It’s when he got into a public dispute with the…

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Ben Carson rap ad prompts parody highlighting racism

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A comedy writer for the Huffington Post put out a parody of Ben Carson’s rap ad, “Freedom.” The spoof is called “Panderdom” and makes fun of the racist nature in which the original ad targets African-American voters where they live in the highest concentrations. Most sane Americans thought the ad released last week to encourage voters in African-American saturated markets like Detroit, Atlanta and Memphis to support Ben Carson was laughable at best. It features a supposedly up and coming…

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Jeb Bush can’t satisfy anyone with his stances on immigration

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Although Jeb Bush’s moderate stances on immigration have been portrayed as a potential drag on his chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination, it’s immigration advocates who are speaking out critically today, his first full day as an official candidate for president. In Derry, N.H., Bush conducted a sit-down interview with Sean Hannity that will be broadcast later tonight on Fox News. When pressed by the conservative talk-show host that securing the southern border with Mexico should be his first action…

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Mitch Perry Report for 2.26.15 – Is GOP divided on whether income inequality is a partisan issue?

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As anyone paying attention to the rhetoric of some of the leading GOP presidential candidates this year, the term “income inequality” is no longer strictly the province of the Occupy Wall Street crowd. “The opportunity gap is the defining issue of our time,” Jeb Bush said in his first major speech of the year in Detroit last month. “More Americans are stuck at their income levels than ever before.” Paul Ryan (not running for president) said that President Obama’s policies have “exacerbated…

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Mitch Caesar in HuffPo: The Curious Case of Charlie Crist

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From Mitchell Caesar: To be, or not to be — that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous primary defeat or take up the arms of an independent, against a sea of partisan troubles and by opposing political parties, end them. This is the soliloquy Florida Governor Charlie Crist confronted, not facing a skull, but his well tanned self in the mirror. This story began at the political beginning, which…

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