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analysis of tactics used by OPB in Kendra James "conclusion" story

Case in point: perfect example of opb's tecnique of deleting an alternative
opinion by fabricating a counterpoint within the constrains of one side of an argument:
Below is an article pulled from the OPB website, along with an analysis of their mechanisms of manipulating the information to appear factual and unbiased, when it is not. This is just one pull from the dense pile of info manipulation by opb.

One of the main forms of information manipulation used by opbnpr [and there is no difference, most of opb broadcast day consists of npr] is to offer a counterpoint within one side of an argument, while completely deleting an actual opposing view. Much of how they proceed to form opinion is in what they leave out, while padding the argument to cover for the missing information.

This is exactly why opb should be seen as complicit in the bombardment of media manipulation we are experiencing from all directions. As I've said before, I firmly believe this is more dangerous than the pablum spit up by the "commercial" media, because opbnpr reaches an audience who believe they are being informed, making them less likely to question a full range of information by seeking alternative sources. Commercial preaches mainly to their choir, and also those of us who see it as an absurd source.

OPBNPR reaches many who would question what is going on if they had all the info. People who think they're being provided with the entire story.

Please, this pledge drive call and tell them why you're not contributing, and if it's the case, why you give that money to kboo, imc, or any other
alternative news source. Also the next time someone on kboo is going on about how opb is their "sister station" or about how opb is an important source for anything other than entertainment, or pseudo-educational and science programs, it would be a good idea to ring and remind them who they're actually talking about.

Something else, which is an aside to this analysis, is the indication of the situation being "concluded" with the Grand Jury finalization and statements made by Katz and "authorities"

Here is the article, written by opb's resident pompous nit Kristian Foden-Vencil, taken directly from the opb website [pepperface comments lead with: -->]:

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OPB News

Jury Won't File Charges in James Shooting

By Kristian Foden-Vencil

PORTLAND, OR 2003-05-19 (OPB Radio) - A grand jury has decided not to
file criminal charges against a Portland police officer who shot an unarmed
21 year-old woman during a traffic stop earlier this month.

--> they fail to mention pdx grand jury has never held a cop accountable for killing anyone, ever.

Officer Scott McCollister killed Kendra James with one shot.

-->Curious to mention this at all, I sense at some point this will be distributed as the man who killed kendra was only trying to stop her, not kill her. hence one shot, as opposed to the cops usual 30-40 shots when they pull guns on a citizen.

Authorities say James was in the driver's seat, that the car began to move,
and that McCollister feared for his safety.

--> The justification of the shooting simplified beyond real analysis: She was "in the driver's seat" the man "feared for his safety".
Nothing is mentioned about the fact the car was not moving away from the man who shot her.
Use of "authorities" presupposes this is the truth. Notice they use "Authorities" instead of "police", though that's who they are talking about.

Portland Mayor Vera Katz said that since grand jury investigations are held in secret, she'll organize a
community meeting to answer questions from the public.

--> Here is the counterpoint without actually employing any reasonable opposing opinion. It's okay with opb to assume the city government, essentially the
defendants, be the source of fair info and final analysis of the situation. There was a hearing, what most equate with Trial, there was no trial, though they assume for us there was one. Therefore the perp was brought to justice in an opposing forum. Which of course isn't the case.
They also assume for the listener that it's fine these hearings are held in secret, but offer an out by saying a community meeting will be held.

Vera Katz: I want to give the community the opportunity to see the evidence
of the case first hand so they can help assure that nothing has been
overlooked or ignored.

--> Where is the mention of protest in this story? Where is the other voice.
This type of reporting assumes there is no other opinion. This report also assumes katz will offer any reasonable amount of information, that the city will provide the evidence, and that a non-biased hearing actually took place.

The FBI has started a civil rights inquiry into the shooting, at the request
of Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker. Although McCollister has been cleared
of criminal behavior, the Police Bureau is checking to make sure all its
procedures were followed during the traffic stop.

--> Oh, well that's okay then, the racist police chief has requested the fbi,
an organization which is openly rounding up dissenters and people of color
and detaining them without process, will be trusted to investigate if civil rights were
violated. No dialogue re if there should be federal charges filed for the murder.

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We can write on this site about how the mayor needs to get out. We can go down and stand up and get beaten and otherwise violated by the cops. But it will do nothing. We need to hit the media, and the only media which is vulnerable at this time is opb, which is fine being they are as guilty as any other major disinformation system in place.

We need to become a force they must recognize. The only way to do this is to tell them why we; people otherwise in their demographic, will not give them money. And that we plan to give the money we would otherwise give them, to real information sources.

It is also crucial to share real news sources with people who otherwise get their info from opb. Which is why we created pepperface. We don't want your money by the way, so give it to anyone other than opb. Well, that's not entirely true. We do want your money, but only because we like money to buy things like food and toys, not because we're planning to get people to donate to pepperface or something.

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Trite 21.May.2003 08:29

me

This is trite and superficial ... not a cogent analysis, just sounding off. None of your counterpoints speak to what the orginial report said. Instead they complain about what you think it should have said. You haven't repudiated anything, just complained that extra verbiage wasn't included in the original.

OPB *IS* commercial media! 21.May.2003 08:35

xyzzy

OPB is commercial media!

They receive money from corporations as payment for airing advertisements, just like ABC, MBC, FOX, etc. Unlike the aforementioned networks, OBP is in denial about being a commercial broadcaster and calls the advertisements "sponsorship announcements" and the payments "donations".

But if you look at their attempts to encourage businesses to "donate", you see stuff like:

"We have sponsored children's programs for many years on OPB because of all the good things that OPB brings to Oregon. And we get wonderful recognition. Kids come in and say 'Mommy, mommy, this is the store we saw on OPB.'"
(Lifted directly from a page on OBP's web site, follow the link if you don't believe me.)

If it has a bill like a duck, webbed feet like a duck, waddles like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.

Yes, OBP also receives donations from individuals that are real donations instead of payments for advertising. But this doesn't change the basic fact that they also air ads and are a commercial broadcaster.


Portland

from today's Oregonian -- a balanced Kendra James story (!?!?) 21.May.2003 10:37

Brian

Reports raise questions about police tactics in fatal shooting

05/21/03
MAXINE BERNSTEIN

As the investigation into the police shooting of Kendra S. James shifts from a criminal to an internal inquiry, national police experts say Portland's top brass should focus on at least three questions:

Why didn't officers remove the keys from the car she was in? Why were they unable to effectively use pepper spray or a taser to force her out of the car? And how were two officers involved able to dine together before detectives could interview them?

The release of more than 600 pages of criminal investigative reports has spurred many questions about the police tactics used during the May 5 traffic stop, the fatal shooting itself and the shooting's aftermath.

The reports reveal that the officers who were at the traffic stop about 2:50 a.m. on North Skidmore Street had no plan on how to get James, wanted on a misdemeanor warrant, out of the car; failed to properly use pepper spray or effectively subdue her with a taser gun; left James handcuffed on the ground and unattended after she was wounded, and then met with one another or talked by phone before detectives interviewed them.

"I think there's some serious questions in my mind about the procedures," said Sam Walker, a criminologist at the University of Nebraska who specializes in police oversight.

 http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/front_page/1053518798278300.xml
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I don't know if anyone here has attacked the Oregonian with more gusto than I. However, here, it appears that Maxine Bernstein has done a good job of reporting about the questions raised in the Police Department's own 600 page report on the shooting of Kendra James. Therefore, rather than post the entire story here, I urge that interested parties respect this effort by clicking the link to read the story alongside the ads on the Oregonlive web page.


oregonian 21.May.2003 11:50

george

I'm not sure if you're suggesting people visit the ads on the page with the story, but before we go giving any level of praise re this story, much less support the oregonian, we should ask ourselves where in the paper this story was pub'd, if it got the same play as the mugshot of kendra on the front page, and also look at this in context of the daily damage done by the oregonian.

nice analysis 21.May.2003 17:27

oblio

not. i'm with "me", you "analysis" is a joke. i dont know why people insist on attacking npr or opb. they are not the problem and wont be in any forseeable future.

NPR and OPB are DEFINITELY *the problem* 22.May.2003 11:00

GRINGO STARS gringo_stars@attbi.com

Don't be a dupe. The false left that is perpetrated by our ruling elite is a jellyfish that does what it's told. OPB and NPR are fascist in everything but their name. They are obedient corporate tools, providing lite entertainment (so-called "news") in order to bolster their ad sales. They are ad sellers. They are no different than FOX or CNN or ABC. Perhaps, oblio, you should educate yourself before saying something ignorant. Or maybe even think critically. Think; maybe NPR and OPB are LYING when they say they are "different than all the other networks" that do business just like they do business. Look deeper. Keep on learning.

interesting 22.May.2003 17:01

KingFriday @ pepperface

Interesting these pro opb posts above. Our trackers indicate someone from the opb.org server has been visiting pepperface directly from this imc page.

Police stats on shootings and race 22.May.2003 20:20

http://www.oregongrapevine.com/

"Young black males murdered police officers at a rate almost 6 times that of young white males"

Highlights of the Policing and Homicide, 1976-98: Justifiable Homicide by Police, Police Officers Murdered by Felons

This report brings together in a single publication national statistics on two distinct types of homicide: the justifi­able homicide of felons by police, and the murder of police officers by felons. Although the two are fundamentally different - the use of deadly force against a police officer is almost never justified, while the use of deadly force by police often is - certain connections can be made between them beyond the fact that both always involve the police. Sometimes one directly results in the other: 1 in 6 murders of a police officer result in the justifiable killing of the murderer. (Still, of all the justifiable homicides by police only about 3% occur in connection with the murder of a police officer.) The two also share demographic similarities. For example, almost all the felons justifiably killed by police (98%) and almost all of the felons who murdered a police officer (97%) are males; in both types of homicide just over half of the felons are ages 18 to 30; and in both types just over half of the felons are white.

The first section of the report deals with the justifiable homicide of felons by police; the second, with the murder of police officers by felons. Together, the two types account for around 2% of all intentional killings in the United States. The types of homicide not covered in this report are: negligent homicides; justifiable homicides by private citizens; and murders in which the victim is someone other than an officer slain in the line of duty.

Justifiable homicide by police, 1976-98

In this report, killings by police are referred to as "justifiable homicides," and the persons that police kill are referred to as "felons." These terms reflect the view of the police agencies that provide the data used in this report.


The killing of a felon by police is consid­ered justified when it is done to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury to the officer or another person. Police justifiably kill on average nearly 400 felons each year (the figure below and figure 1).

The first section of the report deals with the justifiable homicide of felons by police; the second, with the murder of police officers by felons. Together, the two types account for around 2% of all intentional killings in the United States. The types of homicide not covered in this report are: negligent homicides; justifiable homicides by private citizens; and murders in which the victim is someone other than an officer slain in the line of duty.

Justifiable homicide by police, 1976-98
In this report, killings by police are referred to as "justifiable homicides," and the persons that police kill are referred to as "felons." These terms reflect the view of the police agencies that provide the data used in this report.

The killing of a felon by police is consid­ered justified when it is done to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury to the officer or another person. Police justifiably kill on average nearly 400 felons each year (the figure below and figure 1).

From 1976 to 1998, the U.S. population age 13 or older grew by about 47 million people and the size of the police force in the United States grew by over 200,000 officers, but the number of felons justifiably killed by police did not generally rise. A growing percentage of felons killed by police are white, and a declining percentage are black (figure 4).

Race of
felons killed

1978
50% White
49% Black

1988
59% White
39% Black

1998
62% White
35% Black

Felons justifiably killed by police represent a tiny fraction of the total popula­tion. Of the 183 million whites in 1998, police killed 225; of the 27 million blacks, police killed 127. While the rate (per million population) at which blacks were killed by police in 1998 was about 4 times that of whites (the figure below and figure 5), the difference used to be much wider: the black rate in 1978 was 8 times the white rate.
The highest rates of justifiable homicide are of young black males. Of the Nation's 3.4 million young black males (black males under age 25) in 1998, 48 were justifiably killed by police. That year, young black males made up 1 % of the total U.S. population but 14% of felons justifiably killed by police. By comparison, of the Nation's 18.3 million young white males, 53 were justifiably killed. Young white males were 7% of the population and 15% of those killed in 1998.
Of all the felons justifiably killed by police from 1976 to 1998, 53% were ages 18 to 30, and 98% were males. According to the latest statistics (1998), white officers are 87% of the Nation's police force and account for 82% of justifiable homicides by police. Black officers make up 11 % of the Nation's police and account for 17% of the justifi­able homicides (figure 10).
Police Officers murdered by felons, 1976-98

Since 1976, an average of 79 police officers have been murdered each year in the line of duty (figure 12). The number of officers murdered each year is dropping, and the rate at which police officers are being murdered is steadily falling (the figure below and figure 14).

In 1978, 1 in 4,000 police officers were murdered; in 1988, 1 in 6,000; and in 1998, 1 in 11,000 officers (figure 14).

Throughout much of the 1990's, white police officers made up about 87% of all police officers in the United States and 83% of all officers murdered by felons. Black officers were 11 % of police officers but 15% of those murdered. Officers of other races were 2% of police officers and 2% of those murdered (figure 15).

On average, officers murdered from 1976 to 1998 had 9 years of law enforcement service.

From 1976 to 1998, two-thirds of the felons who murdered a police officer had a prior criminal arrest (figure 16). The majority of police officers murdered by felons were killed while responding to disturbance calls (16%) or arrest situations (39%).

Firearms claimed the lives of 92% of the officers killed in the line of duty from 1976 to 1998. The officer's own gun was used in 12% of all murders of police officers.

Murderers of police officers represent a tiny fraction of the total population.

Of the Nation's 18.3 million young white males (white males under age 25),

17 murdered a police officer in 11998. Of the 3.4 million young black males, 13 murdered an officer that year.

From 1980 to 1998, young black males made up about 1 % of the U.S. popula­tion but 21 % of felons who murdered a police officer (figure 17); young white males were 8% of the population but 20% of the murderers of law enforce­ment officers. Young black males murdered police officers at a rate almost 6 times that of young white males (5.7 versus 1 per million popula­tion) (the figure below and figure 18).

 http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/ph98.pdf


what is the point? 22.May.2003 21:40

george

What is the point of this huge comment posted about race and cop killing, in a thread which seems to be discussing media self censorship?