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Open forum, April 7-13

roger @ 6:38 am April 10: Thanks for your blog suggestion. I do read the Political Beat, but, I am traveling and not at my computer much. I will check it out.
For all of us here who are vocal about journalism ethics, please note: The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is revising its Code of Ethics. Some controversial changes are being proposed, but the public has a chance to comment.

A journalist friend, who used to be a public editor (ombudsman) before most of them were cut, wrote this to me today:

"The SPJ Ethics Code is being revised, as you may know. Go to their website and you can add suggestions to a draft. I plan to do that. The new version DELETES a sentence that says: "Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media." Unbelievable!

Also on the chopping block? The caution against bias, I am told.

Here is another explanatory story of the SPJ Ethics overhaul from the American Journalism Review:

Get on the website and make your comments. Once the changes are finalized, they will be used to excuse actions you may not like, as news consumers.

April 11, 2014 at 8:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 7-13

Thanks for the information. goldie. There are many critical issues and it is sometimes hard to focus on them all by oneself. We're all in it together, when all is said and done.

Be well. Stay safe.

April 9, 2014 at 11:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 7-13

roger: My stepdaughter and her husband have been urban San Francisco dwellers for over 20 years. They always have lived in the heart of the action there and bought half of a beautiful historic row house when the market tanked and it became "affordable."

Lately, both of them have been uncharacteristically crabby about how miserable life has become in the city by the bay. Gridlocked traffic, no parking, never-ending construction, people, people, people. Can't get tables at restaurants or bars. Lines everywhere. They want to sell and move out of CA entirely. I'd never thought I'd hear that from either of them.

Seattle urban life is becoming similarly stressful with all those "apodments" and I think Portland is not far behind. When I visit my friends in lower Manhattan, Chelsea, it takes me 3 days to get used to the sensory stimulation overload. They live in tiny 400 sq ft apartments like stacked lab rats in cages.

There is a world of difference on this side of the Columbia. I think the death of the CRC has slowed things down and that maybe we all should really be thankful for it. A positive reframe on being grateful for the status quo because it could be so much worse.

April 8, 2014 at 5:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, March 31-April 6

luvithere: Add Psychology 101 to the list of mandatory journalims courses, too, please.

Confirmatory Bias
False balance/equivalency

As you know, I have stated before what is Stats 101 fact: normal distribution tells us that half of the population, if administered a valid, reliable IQ test, would obtain scores at or below 100. Bell-shaped curve.

That does not make them ignorant, just at risk for accepting biased messages without knowing how, absence some help. to research the messages' accuracy.

And every person on the normal distribution range can fall victim to confirmatory bias.

Before anyone calls me a black pot/kettle, I'll admit: guilty as charged.

April 6, 2014 at 9:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, March 31-April 6

Well, Drift. You are an articulate, informed, patient-centered advocate.

Even if you don't think it makes a difference, I hope you continue to hound Rivers and the whole lot of the rascals. So much better for humanity if someone bothers to make the effort. :)

April 5, 2014 at 9:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, March 31-April 6

Drift: I was waiting to hear your perspective on Ann Rivers' bill and appreciate the detail you provide.

I, too, am tired of politicians hiding draconian and harmful legislation behind rosy-worded BS.

Not all voters take the time to study the issues and will take sides based on the path of least resistance: whatever the politicians tell them the truth is.

Advocacy is exhausting and disheartening at times, but I hope you keep on keepin' on. Some of us are listening. :)

April 5, 2014 at 7:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, March 31-April 6

nailingit: Two words of caution about very recent media coverage of Clark County politics: confirmation bias. It is a risk.

No human being is exempt from it and you have to work really hard not to see things that aren't there or make too much of an issue. Readers suffer from battle fatigue like we do with each other sometimes here on the Forum. :)

Confirmation bias hits me often. I am not exempt. None of us are if we think and breathe. But it is a good thing to learn to recognize. Slow down. Take a deep breath and evaluate before you hit the send or publish button.

In 2010, Lou B apologized to Brent Boger when Boger was running against Tony Golik for CC Prosecutor. I don't remember the details, but an apology was issued and it had something to do with the "flavor" of the reporting and/or opinion.

The last thing Lou B wants or needs to do now is pen an editor's note, correction, or apology with regards to Benton, Madore, or Mielke. That can be a risk, however, when revenge and winning the game becomes more important than simply reporting news and publishing fair opinion. Afterall, Lou likes to play poker and I am sure he plays to win. :)

Littergate might have backfired with some people who still want watchdog reporting to be fair and accurate, rather than entertaining and snarky. I see that with some journalist's Twitter feeds and it often diminishes the profession in my eyes.

But I am old school. Put the screws to the politicians when necessary, but don't be snake mean just because the First Amendment lets you.

April 4, 2014 at 8:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, March 31-April 6

Learned some interesting factoids at the neighborhood association meeting last night.

What if Tesoro "cleans" the oil back in ND BEFORE it ships, presumably making it less volatile en route, and during transfer and storage to/at Vancouver? Would it make it more acceptable to citizens? Is it possible to reduce explosion risks that way? Apparently, someone is considering running this scenario up the local flagpole. I see a gang of skeptical citizens, however, laughing it off.

The Port of Vancouver will stand to lose between 4 million and 10 million dollars a year if the Tesoro/Savage project goes gunny bags.

The Port approached Tesoro to build their project in Vancouver, not the other way around.

The Port failed in the open government category on several occasions during this so-called vetting process, not the least of which was this: apparently they did not seek out public input on the other project options (there were other money-making plan on the table that were less toxic and controversial). It seems as thought the Port commissioners, acting on their own, rejected all those other viable options in favor of Tesoro/Savage.

Gramor is proceeding full speed ahead with the waterfront development and is trying to purchase more land near the Quay from the Port, in spite of the public threat to pull out.

Our neighborhood is drafting a resolution to send to the City of Vancouver, EFSEC, and Gov. Inslee, as three or four already have done, but by no means is everyone in agreement on the risks and issues. Tesoro apparently admitted to local leaders that they never anticipated such citizen push back here. Why not? This are is one of the most beautiful places to live in the world.
I do focus on local issues. It is near and dear to many of us who live here and something we can actually impact.

Maybe we can reach a gentlemen's/gentlewomen's agreement: you guys keep me informed of national issues of consequence and I will try to reciprocate on the local level. Not many people have time to do it all. :)

April 4, 2014 at 6:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, March 31-April 6

Listening to Weds BOCC Board Time, I have to say, Steve Stuart is pure manic happy in anticipation of his exit: it is almost intolerable.

I feel like booting his butt on the way out if he keeps this up.

I need a break from all three of these guys.

April 3, 2014 at 5:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, March 31-April 6

nailingit @ 10:30 am: Good theory about M and M's political motivations on the conceal carry issue. Madore's spin often contains inaccuracies, but the misinformation he distributes and reputation risk is always well worth his base's reaction.

The guy is a consummate compliment fisherman: "How am I doing, bosses?" is a frequent FB shout out. He always gets rewarded by unison shouts of approval.

I am concerned about his latest campaign against the proposed new Charter changes before it has been solidified. He does not want to share power, nor does he want a reduced salary, and he is promoting all sorts of misinformation and scare tactics to hold on to the spoils. He has taken to complimenting Pike and Rivers, as he did with the editor of the Reflector. It is a very poor way to garner favor. He may have Pike, Wilson, and Silliman on his side right now, but Rivers, another story. She is independent and does not need his endorsement. In fact, she probably knows it may hurt her.

luvithere: The next Freeholder meeting is Tuesday night in Camas. Be there or be square. :)

April 3, 2014 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )