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Filipino Journalist Killed for Scandalous Articles

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/26/2005 @ 2:57 pm

Marlene Garcia, a columnist for a weekly newspaper in the Phillipines, was at home with her children when a man entered her house, said “Good evening, ma’am,” and shot her.

Her husband told a radio station that Mrs. Garcia had many enemies because of exposés she had written regarding government corruption.

Last year, 13 journalists were killed in the Phillipines.

From the AP. (via MediaDrop)

Out-Foxed, Foxed Out

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/26/2005 @ 2:44 pm

Tired of indecent “news” on the Fox station that’s supposed to provide said info?

Screw it – a Fox Blocker, that is. With a twist of the wrist, your set will become a bit more fair and balanced.

This from the site:

1. We don’t believe in censorship. Foxblocker is a voluntary product installed by homeowners. People choose to filter internet porn, filtering FOX News is no different. It is only censorship if the GOVERNMENT filters it for you.

2. I don’t have a problem with FOX News. If they would just come out and say that it is rightwing news for right wing nuts (wingnuts) we will take this site down and move on.

Hey, it’s Christmas in March!

Update: According to Daily Kos, the creator of the Fox Blocker has apparently been receiving death threats.

Is We Smart Enough To Be Morally Good?

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/26/2005 @ 7:33 am

…Or is we too stupid?

The Liberal Online (that’s Liberal, Kansas, the noun, not “liberal,” the adjective) editorializes that most of us is, in fact, not too stupid to to stay smart, even though there are bad stuff on TV.

The more a child or young adult views [content like MTV] without an equal balance of exposure to morally upright content, then the more blurred the line of morality becomes. It essentially inhibits the child’s ability to make good choices as he or she accepts the behaviors witnessed on television.

The root of the issue, like nearly all, becomes supply and demand. The supply of content can never be absolutely controlled because of our rights protected by the first amendment, which is a good thing as it transcends to all issues.

As long as the demand for such content brings viewers and customers, the shows or literature or whatever expression that does not encourage the morally good will continue to be supported.

Education becomes the best tool. Children must be taught more vigorously and frequently the importance of making good moral choices. A society that blurs the line on morality is destined to produce corruption.

NC Community College To Kill Campus Paper?

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/26/2005 @ 7:19 am

Craven Community College in North Carolina is attempting to shut down the campus newspaper for offending eastern Carolina sensibilities.

Apparently, people in eastern Carolina don’t like sex advice.

From Romenesko forums (scroll down to “College closes paper over ‘curse’ word"), with more at the New Bern Sun Journal.

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