Censorship by ommision: Josh Fox Arrest Was Under-Reported

February 3, 2012

I believe the arrest of Josh Fox was woefully under-reported on local and network television, and in local print media. Myself ,and others, have not observed any local or national television coverage of this fiasco. A search of their websites was equally fruitless.

I have seen no coverage today,  either.

I should mention,  I do not get the cable news channels.  But my focus here is on the local and mainstream media.

If I am accurate (even partially), for many NEPA citizens – the incident never happened.

Instead we were offered super bowl recipes, groundhog abuse, sports adoration, celebrity worship, weather obsession, and (“unfortunately”) there was little time left for actual news.  This small window of news programming gives censorship an excuse: “Gee whiz , we just can’t cover everything!”

Josh’s arrest was news. It was big news.

He is a national figure who lives nearby in Wayne County. He is a Sundance  Film Festival winner and an Oscar nominee. “Fracking” is an issue  widely known and debated in our region.  It  threatens each of us in various ways.  What’s not to report??

He was hand-cuffed and his constitutional rights were denied him.

That should always be big news in a democracy.
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What puzzles me is the lack of information about the arrest on the ABC News website. I did a search, “Josh Fox Arrested” and came up with nothing. Josh Powell – Yes. Josh Fox – no. This is especially surprising given that an ABC film crew was present at the same hearing and also denied “permission” to film the hearings. They complied. Josh did not.  He stood up for journalistic and constitutional rights.

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Here is an update from Rueters:
Gasland Director Josh Fox Released After D.C. Arrest; Feb. 15 Court date set
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Here: is Josh speaking about the arrest on msnbc’s The Ed Show

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”…no subcommittee rule or regulation should prohibit a respectful journalist or citizen from recording a public hearing.” – Josh Fox

I am reminded of all the meetings Audrey Simpson has recorded.  Thanks Audrey.  You are a hero.

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You don’t need the Kirby Theatre, you don’t need WVIA

December 13, 2010

The Kirby and WVIA have both refused to show Gasland despite the the fact they sit atop the Marcellus Shale and are charged with being community resources.  And, in spite of the the many requests by their patrons to do so.  Something is prejudicing them against an open mind.

If you want to watch films such as Gasland, and The Future of Food (in their entirety and absolutely free)  go to www.thoughtmaybe.com.

Here is a fantastic Public Radio Station with diverse, intelligent programming: www.Wgdr.org

(if you have any suggestions of your own please forward)

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My wife and I have listened to and supported WVIA radio for thirty years. We are not sure what to do. Bill Kelly seems unwilling to consider his manifest bias for gas drilling. He gets a privileged  salary at the “non-commercial” station, why should he bite the hands that luxuriate him.   Quite the contrary, he seems to kiss those hands with fervor . Witness the Northeast Business Journal series.

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The excellent blogger Fracked told me about the thoughtmaybe website.  He is always finding interesting video. Two examples: here and here

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The equally excellent Clearville’s Blog has a You Tube channel.  See it here: