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    Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

    Let me start by saying this: I loathe FOX News. My reaction to an episode of Glenn Beck is probably like what Rush Limbaugh’s reaction would be to an episode of the Rachel Maddow Show — I usually regard the coverage as a bunch of malarky.  I think, however, that President Obama has made a horrible decision to freeze out FOX from the White House press pool.

    I understand the aggravation Obama must feel when the cable news network warps coverage to perpetuate rumors that he is the devil, but come on, Mr. President, aren’t you the uniter and not the divider? In this case, Obama looks like the bully.

    This latest attack on FOX will do the president more harm than good; it’s already fodder for right-wingers used to calling him a commie. Such ongoing efforts to marginalize FOX will give die-hard critics and VOTERS good reason to judge him as an unreceptive leader, catering only to those who cater to him.

    Prove that you’re better than that, Mr. President.

    Media outlets, regardless of slant, deserve access to Obama. All it takes is him truthfully answering questions and letting media deliver as it may.

    It’s not any president’s job to determine the validity of a news organization and its people because — like religion and politics — one person’s falsehoods are another person’s truths.

    Action. Reaction.

    Thursday, October 15th, 2009

    It turns out yesterday’s rant didn’t go unnoticed in Pepsi Co.’s inbox. I received the following e-mail this morning:

    Dear Minal,

    Thank you for contacting us regarding the AMP iPhone application.

    After reading your comments, it’s apparent that you were upset by this promotion, and we appreciate the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

    The AMP application is only available to iPhone users 17 yeras and older who choose to opt in to the experience. It was designed to be entertaining and appeal to a select audience of AMP energy drink consumers.

    Again, thank you for writing. Please know that I promise to share your feedback with the brand team and that we do appreciate hearing your candid and sincere thoughts.

    Sincerely,

    Gail Ahearn
    Consumer Relations Representative

    012147168A

    Once I overcame the surprise of being contacted, I smiled at my display of activism; that despite assumptions to the contrary, somebody was around to hear me out. Perhaps I can propel positive change.

    So use your voice — often — instead of giving someone else — someone dumb — room to speak for you. Because sometimes it’s not the cause that matters (be it sexist software, healthcare reform, anti-war), it’s the encouraging realization that your voice carries volume.

    Give it time

    Sunday, February 15th, 2009

    OK, this needs to be said:

    Everybody, I know that President Obama made some lofty promises during his campaign — more jobs, troops leaving Iraq, improved infrastructure, energy independence, focus on education, etc. — but are some of us really griping about his ineffectiveness just 29 days into his presidency?

    Get a grip, America. If you want change, then change your own unreasonable expectations.

    Letter to Sarah Palin

    Thursday, September 11th, 2008

    Dear Sarah Palin,

    You sound like a broken record.

    Please stop talking because your voice drives me crazy, and your party’s repetitive spin equates to nails on a chalkboard.

    Exactly what makes you think that hunting Hockey Moms are qualified to lead our country? Sure, I can relate to your down-to-earth demeanor and respect your family-first philosophy, but guess what? I’m not looking for anyone described as an “average American” governing higher offices in the United States. Average doesn’t cut it when it comes to leadership. Yet you, with your beauty-pageant charm and good looks, have convinced hordes of Americans that average is enough. Way to inspire. I suppose your campaign believes excellence as overrated.

    And going back to that Republican spin you spew, why not share something of substance at your next campaign stop? Who are you, Sarah Palin? Tell me something other than your Bridge to Nowhere story, something other than your Executive Jet on eBay story, something other than low blows and falsehoods about your Democratic opponents.

    Or, on second thought, don’t. Just stop talking.

    Thanks, Sarah. Thanks but no thanks for the exaggerations, half-truths and down-right lies.

    Sincerely,

    minal.

    For the country

    Sunday, July 13th, 2008

    I participated in the political process yesterday. It was the first time I did so, and it was rather satisfying. 

    One stipulation of being a journalist is that an individual must stay away from engaging in activities that would reveal any bias. Sure, it’s a sensible stipulation. But considering that journalists are among the most opinionated individuals on Earth, some begrudgingly follow this principle.

    So, even though the decision to leave newspapers was a difficult one, I felt lucky yesterday to do things that were forbidden in my old job. Such as volunteering with Barack Obama’s campaign to get people to register to vote.

    I got two people registered, which felt like sweet victory, but I was outside for two hours in what was the hottest, muggiest day in St. Louis thus far.

    Democracy is hard. 

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