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: -->]:
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.
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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