Category Archives: Accountability and Representation

When the media does us wrong and community accountability

LA Clearchannel hosts John and Ken Suspended for Calling Whitney Houston a Crack Ho

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February 17, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tracy Rosenberg, Media Alliance (510) 684-6853

LA Clearchannel Hosts John and Ken Suspended for Calling Whitney Houston a Crack Ho:

Kobylt and Chiampou Under Advertising Boycott by LA Community Organizations for Harassing an Immigrant Rights Activist

Los Angeles-AM shock-jock hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou were suspended by management at Clearchannel station KFI-AM in Los Angeles on Thursday, after referring to the recently deceased entertainer and singer Whitney Houston as a “crack ho”. The cause of Houston’s weekend death has not been determined. She was the subject of an emotional tribute at this past weekend’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, where she had been expected to appear. Houston was also the mother of a teenage daughter, Bobbi Christina Brown, who was hospitalized earlier in the week. Continue reading LA Clearchannel hosts John and Ken Suspended for Calling Whitney Houston a Crack Ho

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Fox News Is No News Outlet

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Originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle

The Obama administration has taken a lot of heat recently for declaring war on Fox News, including from Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders. And it’s true that you can’t have presidential staffers ducking press inquiries. But media lies and distortions are another ball game entirely. Let’s look at the record: Continue reading Fox News Is No News Outlet

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Digital Infrastructure: By the Community, For the Community by Eloise Lee

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Printed in Race, Poverty and the Environment

Just because technology is in place doesn’t necessarily mean people will find value in it,” states Dr. Faye McNair-Knox, executive director of One East Palo Alto—an organizational member of the East Palo Alto Digital Village Program. “Working alongside groups who provide essential services to local residents has helped us to partner with individuals who have not participated to become familiar with the technology and develop their own value for it. You really have to build that whole base of value within a community for people to access technology.” Continue reading Digital Infrastructure: By the Community, For the Community by Eloise Lee

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