News Journal: Number 31, November 3, 2010: Tea Party Tidal Wave Falls and Rises–Videos

Posted on November 3, 2010. Filed under: Books, Issues, Law, News, Newspapers, Politics, Print Media, Radio, Society, Speech, Web | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The tea party movement supported many candidates for public office in the 2010 elections.

Some lost and some won.

One candidate for public office had a record of failure if you believed the press and lost several races for public office in the past.

The person lost his job.

The person failed in business.

The person lost a state representative race.

The person had a nervous breakdown.

The person lost a state house speaker race.

The person lost a U.S. Senate race.

The person lost the nomination to be U.S. Vice President.

The person lost again a U.S. Senate race.

The person finally ran for President of the United States.

The person won.

Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s most respected Presidents was the first Republican President of the United States.

 One tea party supported candidate who lost for a second time a U.S. Senate race was Christine O’Donnell of Delaware.

Tea Party Favorite Christine O’Donnell

O’Donnell’s Internal Opposition

Delaware is a very liberal state where union endorsements and support play a big role in determining who wins a state-wide election.

Delaware’s Senator for 36 years had been Joe Biden, the current Vice-President of the United States.

Christine O’Donnell lost the U.S. Senate race in 2008 against Senator Biden who was running for both Senator and Vice-President of the United States.

Christine O’Donnell lost again the U.S. Senate race in 2010.

Character and integrity matter and ideas have consequences.

A person with character and integrity and the right ideas does not always win a political race.

Christine O’Donnell has character and integrity and the right ideas.

Like Abraham Lincoln, I do not believe the American people have heard the last from Christine O’Donnell.

Many tea party movement supported candidates did win the privilege of governing their state and to represent the citizens of their state in Congress and the Senate.

Four standout.

Vicky Hartzler: A Friend to Small Business in Congress

Rand Paul: ‘It’s a Tea Party Tidal Wave’

REPLAY: Marco Rubio acceptance speech


NIKKI HALEY (R-SC) on HANNITY GOP Gubernatorial Candidate

Vicky Hartler was elected to represent Missouri’s 4th District in the United States House of Representatives.

Rand Paul was elected to represent Kentucky as Senator in the United States Senate.

Marco Rubio was elected to represent Florida as Senator in the United States Senate.

Nikki Halley was elected to govern South Carolina as Governor.

All four favor limited Constitutional government, balanced budgets, lower taxes, less regulation, capitalism and a free market place.

The Founding Fathers were men of character and integrity and knew that ideas have consequences.

The Founding Fathers–Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin and others– gave the American people the benefit of their wisdom contained in The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

The Founding Fathers gift to the American people was a representative republic with separation of powers and a system of checks and balances.

On Tuesday the American people elected a few of their fellow citizens to represent them in Congress and the Senate and govern their states.

The tea party movement goes to Washington and will have its own caucus in the House and Senate.

Rand Paul on Tea Party’s Future

Only time will tell whether the American people choose wisely.

Background Articles and Videos

Tea party candidates win in Fla., Ky.; lose Del.

“…Two tea party champions won high-profile Senate elections Tuesday, spearheading a likely cadre of libertarian-leaning Republicans who will press party leaders to be more adamant about lower taxes, less spending and smaller government.

Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida rocked the GOP establishment last spring by routing leadership favorites in party primaries. Then they beat back Democrats’ efforts to paint them as too extreme, winning comfortably on Tuesday. However, another well-publicized tea party darling, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, lost to Democrat Chris Coons. She also won a stunning GOP primary victory, beating longtime Rep. Mike Castle, but she failed to extend her popularity to the broader November electorate. …”

“…List of Lincoln’s failures

A common list of the failures of Abraham Lincoln (along with a few successes) is:

  • 1831 – Lost his job
  • 1832 – Defeated in run for Illinois State Legislature
  • 1833 – Failed in business
  • 1834 – Elected to Illinois State Legislature (success)
  • 1835 – Sweetheart died
  • 1836 – Had nervous breakdown
  • 1838 – Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker
  • 1843 – Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress
  • 1846 – Elected to Congress (success)
  • 1848 – Lost re-nomination
  • 1849 – Rejected for land officer position
  • 1854 – Defeated in run for U.S. Senate
  • 1856 – Defeated in run for nomination for Vice President
  • 1858 – Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate
  • 1860 – Elected President (success)

That looks like a pretty glum résumé, making you wonder how he ever made it to the top. But when you really think of it, to run for office or high positions so many times, you have to have something on the ball and have more successes than meet the eye. …”

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News Journal: Number 22, September 30, 2010: Tony Curtis Dies At 85 At Home In Henderson, Nevada–Vidoes

Posted on September 30, 2010. Filed under: Art, Audio, Books, Books, Communications, Digital Communication, Mass Media, Movies, Print Media, Television, Web | Tags: , , , , , |

” My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages. He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world. He will be greatly missed.”

~ Jamie Lee Curtis

“While you’re doing it, you don’t really know what you’re doing.”

~Tony Curtis

Coroner Actor Tony Curtis dies at Las Vegas home

Movie Legends – Tony Curtis

City Across The River (1949) Tony Curtis clip

Hollywood legend Tony Curtis dies

Operation Petticoat – Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis on Cary Grant

What’s my Line? Tony Curtis

Sex and the Single Girl Pt. 1

Sex and the Single Girl Pt 2

The Defiant Ones – Quarry

Tony Curtis: The Outsider (1961) Trailer

Tony Curtis Jerry Lewis – Boeing Boeing (1965)

Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis

Selected clips from ‘The Boston Strangler’ (1968)

You Can’t Win ‘Em All (Part 2) Tony Curtis & Charles Bronson [1970]

Laurence Maslon on Some Like It Hot, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe

Houdini Straitjacket Escape

The Great Race Pie Fight

Tony Curtis On Laugh-In. Part 1.

Tony Curtis On Laugh-In. Part 2.

Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh

Tony Curtis on TV-am in 1985

“We often don’t think of them, we think of the great wars and the great battles, but what about losing a son or a daughter, or a girl losing her husband or vice versa? I think of the people who never got the chance to have the opportunities I had.”

~Tony Curtis

The movies I remember most staring Tony Curtis are Some Like It Hot and Operation Petticoat.

A boy from the Bronx joined the Navy and within a few years was staring in movies.

His pursuit of painting is a lesson we all can learn from.

May he rest in peace.

Background Articles and Videos

Tony Curtis Interview

The Late Late Show Interview 11/27/2008 [HQ]

Tony Curtis Salutes Sidney Poitier at AFI Life Achievement Award

Tony Curtis interview

Tony Curtis and Sir Roger Moore are The Persuaders

Tony Curtis at the Los Angeles Theatre


Tony Curtis

“…Tony Curtis (June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American film actor. He played a variety of roles, from light comedy, such as the musician on the run from gangsters in Some Like It Hot, to serious dramatic roles, such as an escaped convict in The Defiant Ones, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. From 1949, he appeared in more than 100 films and made frequent television appearances. …”

“…Curtis’s uncredited screen debut came in Criss Cross (1949) playing a rumba dancer. In his second film, City Across the River (also in 1949), he was credited as “Anthony Cross”.[7] Later, as “Tony Curtis”, he cemented his reputation with breakthrough performances such as in the role of the scheming press agent Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) with Burt Lancaster (who also starred in Criss Cross) and an Oscar-nominated performance as a bigoted escaped convict chained to Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones.

He did both screen comedy and drama together and became the most sought after star in Hollywood: Curtis’ comedies include Some Like It Hot (1959), Sex and the Single Girl (1964) and The Great Race (1965), and his dramas included playing the slave Antoninus in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960) co-starring Kirk Douglas and Sir Laurence Olivier,[8] The Outsider (1961), the true story of WW II veteran Ira Hayes, and The Boston Strangler (1968), in which he played the self-confessed murderer of the film’s title, Albert DeSalvo. The latter film was praised for Curtis’ performance.

Curtis also appeared frequently on television; he co-starred with Roger Moore in the TV series The Persuaders!. Later, he co-starred in McCoy and Vega$. In the early 1960s, he was immortalized as “Stony Curtis,” a voice-over guest star on The Flintstones.

In 1978 Curtis introduced the Electric Light Orchestra at Wembley Arena for their opening night concert (a Gala charity event) on Out of the Blue: Live at Wembley.

Throughout his life, Curtis enjoyed painting, and since the early 1980s, painted as a second career. His work commands more than $25,000 a canvas now. In the last years of his life, he concentrated on painting rather than movies. A surrealist, Curtis claimed “Van Gogh, [Paul] Matisse, Picasso, Magritte” as influences.[3] “I still make movies but I’m not that interested in them any more. But I paint all the time.” In 2007, his painting The Red Table was on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. His paintings can also be seen at the Tony Vanderploeg Gallery in Carmel, California.

Curtis spoke of his disappointment at never being awarded an Oscar. But in March 2006, Curtis did receive the Sony Ericsson Empire Lifetime Achievement Award. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) from France in 1995. …”

“…Curtis died at his Las Vegas (Henderson, Nevada) home on September 29, 2010, of cardiac arrest.[18][19][20][21] In a release to the Associated Press, his daughter, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, stated:

My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages. He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world. He will be greatly missed.” [22]

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News Journal: Number 20, September 24, 2010: Eddie Fisher Dies At 82–Videos

Posted on September 24, 2010. Filed under: Audio, Books, Books, Magazines, Mass Media, Movies, Music, Newspapers, Print Media, Radio, Recordings, Society, Television, Web | Tags: , , , |

By the time I was thirty-three years old I`d been married to America`s sweetheart and America`s femme fatale and both marriages had ended in scandal; I`d been one of the most popular singers in America and had given up my career for love; I had fathered two children and adopted two children and rarely saw any of them; I was addicted to methamphetamines and I couldn`t sleep at night without a huge dose of Librium. And from all this I had learned one very important lesson: There were no rules for me. I could get away with anything so long as that sound came out of my throat.

Pop Singer Eddie Fisher Dies at Age 82

50s pop singer Eddie Fisher dies at age 82

“…Pop singer Eddie Fisher, whose clear voice brought him a devoted following of teenage girls in the early 1950s before marriage scandals overshadowed his fame, has died at age 82.
He passed away Wednesday night at his home in Berkeley of complications from hip surgery, his daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher of Los Angeles, told The Associated Press.

“Late last evening the world lost a true America icon,” Fisher’s family said in a statement released by publicist British Reece. “One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch.”

The death was first reported by Hollywood website

In the early 50s, Fisher sold millions of records with 32 hit songs including “Thinking of You,” “Any Time,” “Oh, My Pa-pa,” “I’m Yours,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Lady of Spain” and “Count Your Blessings.”

His fame was enhanced by his 1955 marriage to movie darling Debbie Reynolds — they were touted as “America’s favorite couple” — and the birth of two children.

Their daughter Carrie Fisher became a film star herself in the first three “Star Wars” films as Princess Leia, and later as a best-selling author of “Postcards From the Edge” and other books.

Carrie Fisher spent most of 2008 on the road with her autobiographical show “Wishful Drinking.” In an interview with The Associated Press, she told of singing with her father on stage in San Jose. Eddie Fisher was by then in a wheelchair and living in San Francisco.

When Eddie Fisher’s best friend, producer Mike Todd, was killed in a 1958 plane crash, Fisher comforted the widow, Elizabeth Taylor. Amid sensationalist headlines, Fisher divorced Reynolds and married Taylor in 1959.

The Fisher-Taylor marriage lasted only five years. She fell in love with co-star Richard Burton during the Rome filming of “Cleopatra,” divorced Fisher and married Burton in one of the great entertainment world scandals of the 20th century.

Fisher’s career never recovered from the notoriety. He married actress Connie Stevens, and they had two daughters. Another divorce followed. He married twice more.

Edwin Jack Fisher was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Philadelphia, one of seven children of a Jewish grocer. At 15 he was singing on Philadelphia radio. …”

Eddie Fisher – I’ll Hold You In My Heart – 1951

EDDIE FISHER – “Wish You Were Here” (1952) – 45 RPM

“I’m Walking Behind You” Eddie Fisher

Eddie Fisher – Everything i have is yours

Eddie Fisher – Lady Of Spain


1950s Pop Music: Eddie Fisher singing “Tell Me Why” on his TV show (Aired live, 1953)

Eddie Fisher – Count Your Blessings – 1954

Eddie Fisher – Cindy Oh Cindy ( 1956 )

Eddie Fisher Turn Back The Hands Of Time

I Need You Now – Eddie Fisher

Eddie Fisher –Remember

Eddie Fisher – Oh My Papa [1954]

Eddie Fisher – Any Time

Eddie Fisher – On The Street Where You Live – 1956







I remember Eddie Fisher as the singer who married Debbie Reynolds,  then married Elizabeth Taylor, who three years latter left him for Richard Burton.

Only very vaguely do I remember him as a singer.

Today, I learned of his death at age 82 in Berkeley, California.

I was curious as to how good a singer he was.

After listening to the above I concluded he was a great singer.

May he rest in peace.

Background Articles and Videls

“…Edwin Jack “Eddie” Fisher (August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010) was an American singer and entertainer, who was one of the world’s most famous and successful singers in the 1950s, selling millions of records and having his own TV show. He was married to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens. His divorce from his first wife, Debbie Reynolds, to marry his best friend’s widow, Elizabeth Taylor, garnered scandalously unwelcome publicity at the time. …”

Eddie Fisher, famed 50’s pop singer, father of Carrie Fisher, dies at 82

“…Eddie Fisher, who had a pretty good talent for making hit records and an amazing talent for marrying beautiful women, died Wednesday at the age of 82.

While he began his career as a singer, he eventually became better known as the star in two of Hollywood’s great love triangles – newspaper and magazine coverage of which helped set the stage for today’s media celebrity saturation..

According to an announcement from his family yesterday, Fisher died at his Berkeley, Calif., home from complications of hip surgery.

Fisher originally made his musical mark as one of the last post-World War II “matinee idols,” handsome young singers like Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin whose manner suggested a bit of attitude.

Like many of his peers, his hit-record career didn’t survive music’s transition to rock ‘n’ roll in the mid-‘50s, though he continued as a popular stage act and television host for another three decades.

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Eddie Fisher Biography

“…Eddie Fisher (born August 10, 1928) is an American singer and entertainer. He was born Edwin John Fisher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the fourth of seven children born to Joseph Fisher and Kate Winokur, who were Russian-Jewish immigrants. His father’s surname was originally Fisch, but was anglicised to Fisher upon entry to the United States.

To his family, Fisher was always called “Sonny Boy” or “Sonny,” which may have been an allusion to a song made famous by Al Jolson. It was known at an early age that he had talent as a vocalist and he started singing in numerous amateur contests, which he usually won. He sang on the radio in high school and was later on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, a popular contest that was broadcast over the radio before moving to television. By 1946, Fisher was crooning with the bands of Buddy Morrow and Charlie Ventura. He was heard in 1949 by Eddie Cantor at Grossinger’s Resort in the Borscht Belt. After performing on Cantor’s radio show he was an instant hit and gained nationwide exposure. He was then signed to a contract with RCA Victor.

Fisher was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 and sent to Texas for basic training. He served a year in Korea. The photos of him in uniform during his time in the Service did not hurt his civilian career; after his discharge he became even more popular singing in top nightclubs. He also had a variety television series, Coke Time with Eddie Fisher (NBC) (1953)-(1957), appeared on Perry Como’s show, The Chesterfield Supper Club, the George Gobel Show, and had another series, The Eddie Fisher Show (NBC) (1957)-(1959).

A pre-Rock and Roll vocalist, Fisher’s strong and melodious tenor made him a teen idol and one of the most popular singers of the 1950s. He had seventeen songs in the Top 10 on the music charts between 1950 and 1956 and thirty-five in the Top 40. …”

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News Journal: Number 14, September 17, 2010: Political Correctness, The Mosque At Ground Zero, and Stealth Jihad–Videos

Posted on September 18, 2010. Filed under: Books, Books, Communications, Digital Communication, Ethical Practices, Ethics, Issues, Law, Mass Media, News, Newspapers, Policies, Politics, Print Media, Radio, Recordings, Society, Television, Web | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |



“God is our purpose, the Prophet our leader, the Quran our constitution, jihad our way and dying for God our supreme objective.”

~Muslim Brotherhood motto

“It is man’s capacity for justice that makes democracy possible, but it is his tendenecy to injustice that makes it necessary.”

~Reinhold Niebuhr, The Children of Light and the children of Darkness, page 17.

“Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail

The Islamic Infiltration, Part 1: Inside Our Government, Armed With Our Secrets (PJTV)

The Islamic Infiltration, Part 2: From Influence to Insurrection (PJTV)

Bill Whittle: Ground Zero Mosque Reality Check

No Mosque at Ground Zero

Kill the Ground Zero Mosque TV Ad

If you ever worked on a newspaper staff, the Associated Press Stylebook is considered “the journalist’s bible” by editors, reporters and commentators. The Associated Press 2010 Stylebook and Briefing on Media, 45 ed. “provides fundamental guidelines on spelling, grammar, punctuation and usage, with special sections on social media, reporting business and sports.”

Recently I wrote an article where both the headline and the story used the phrase “ground zero mosque” to describe the proposed 13 story mosque and community center to be built less than six hundred feet from the World Trade Center site in New York City. Both were edited out of the story.

Tom Kent, Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production for the Associated Press sent out a memo on not using the phrase “ground zero mosque” when referring to the proposed Islamic community center and mosque to be built near the World Trade Center site:

“…Here is some guidance on covering the NYC mosque story, with assists from Chad Roedemeier in the NYC bureau and Terry Hunt in Washington:

1. We should continue to avoid the phrase “ground zero mosque” or “mosque at ground zero” on all platforms. (We’ve very rarely used this wording, except in slugs, though we sometimes see other news sources using the term.) The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area. We should continue to say it’s “near” ground zero, or two blocks away. …”

Apparently the “ground zero mosque” shorthand description must be offending some so-called “moderate Muslims”. The problem is that many of the “moderate Muslims” are actually stealth jihadists who have the same agenda as the militant jihadists of September 11, 2001.

On September 1, 2010 the Council on American-Islam Relations launched a National PSA Campaign with several public service announcements (PSAs) that are available for viewing on YouTube and running on television stations. The PSAs have first responders to the al-Qaeda Islamic Wahhabi terrorist hijackers attack of September 11, 2001 that are Muslims recounting what happened that day. The PSAs are posted by CAIR on YouTube (CAIR ‘9/11 Happened to Us All’ PSA, Firefighter (30-Second) and (CAIR ‘9/11 Happened to Us All’ PSA, Medical Responder (30-Second)).

CAIR ‘9/11 Happened to Us All’ PSA, Firefighter (60-Second)

CAIR ‘9/11 Happened to Us All’ PSA, Medical Responder (30-Second)

A third CAIR PSA, ‘We Have More in Common than We Think’, has “interfaith leaders” of the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faiths stating in part “if we do not have our rights,” “at the heart of American freedom”, “ you do not your rights.” All three PSA are very effective because most American are tolerant of people practicing their religious faith and oppose the establishment by the government of any one religion as being superior to other religions.

CAIR ‘We Have More in Common than We Think’ PSA, Interfaith (30-Second)

Who exactly is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)? The CAIRtv channel on YouTube says they are “America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group with 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.”

Steven Emerson, a widely recognized independent investigative expert on Islamic terrorism describes in detail the background of CAIR in his book, American Jihad, The Terrorists Living Among Us, and concludes with this revealing passage on pages 202 and 203:

“Steve Pomerantz, former chief of the Counterterrorism Section of the FBI and former assistant director of the FBI, says: “CAIR has defended individuals involved in terrorist violence, including Hamas leader Musa abu Marzook….The modus operandi has been to falsely tar as ‘anti-Muslim’ the U.S. government, counter-terrorist officials, writers, journalists and others who have investigated or exposed the threat of Middle-East based terrorism…Unfortunately, CAIR is but one of the new generation of new groups in the United States that hide under a veneer of ‘civil right’ or ‘academic’ status but in fact are tethered to a platform that supports terrorism.”

“Seif Ashmawy, former publisher of Voice of Peace, wrote: “It is a known fact that both AMC [American Muslim Council] and CAIR have defended, apologized for and rationalized the actions of extremist groups and leaders such as convicted World Trade Center conspirator Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, Egyptian extremists, Hassan al-Turabi, the Sudanese National Islamic Front, and extremist parliamentarians from the Jordian Islamic Action Front and others who called for the overthrow of the Egyptian government….As a proud American Muslim…I bow to no one on my defense of Muslim civil rights, but CAIR..champion[s] extremists whose views do not represent Islam.”…”

Robert Spencer who was criticized by CAIR at their press conference said in his book the Stealth Jihad on page 102:

“CAIR has clearly emerged as the leading advocacy group for Muslims in the United States. When government officials and journalists need a Muslim perspective, they are likely to turn to CAIR, which they assume is a prime example of a moderate, patriotic American Muslim organization”

This assumption is not true as Steven Emerson points out in his book American Jihad on pages 201 and 202:

“…After September 11, 2001, and up until the U.S. Government froze the assets of the Holy Land foundation in December, CAIR’s Web site included a feature, “What you can do for the victims of the WTC and Pentagon attacks,” with a link to the Web site of HLF(“Donate through the Holy Land Foundation”). …”

Robert Spencer concluded on page 105 of his Stealth Jihad book that:

“…Perhaps the biggest blow to CAIR’s moderate facade came on June 4, 2007, when the Justice Department named CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation jihad terror funding case. Identifying CAIR as a present and past member of “the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations,” Federal prosecutors stated that CAIR was a participant in a criminal conspiracy on behalf of the jihad terror group Hamas which allegedly received funding from the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLFRD”), a now defunct charity that was supported by CAIR….”

CAIRs Tie to Terrorism

When such inconvenient facts are brought up by investigative reporters and journalists, they are quickly labeled as “Islamophobes”. Robert Spencer describes in detail CAIR tactics in Chapter Three, Silencing The Critics, of his book, Stealth Jihad, on pages 51 and 52:

“…Groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim-American Society (MAS) have learned from the past mistakes of many U.S.-based Islamic leaders that aggressive public pronouncements and threats uttered against Islam’s perceived enemies bring unwelcome attention and undermine their pretensions of being mainstream civil rights organizations. So they have adopted a different strategy to silence critics of jihadism and Islamic supremacism: they label them as “bigots”, “hatemongers”, and “Islamophobe.”

“In the U.S., playing the race card can in some ways be even more effective than death threats. If a U.S.-based Islamic group announced a death fatwa against an American writer, that organization would be denounced in the media as “extremist” and possibly trigger a police investigation. But if the group cries “racism” against the same writer, liberal as well as conservative media figures hop to shun and denounce the accused “racist,” for bigotry and racism are the cardinal sins of the U.S. public square.”

An excellent example of CAIR ’s tactics of attempting to silence and smear its critics can be found on the CAIRtv channel on YouTube. The video clip, Video: CAIR Launches National PSA Campaign, is the press conference preceding the preview of the CAIR PSA campaign at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on September 1, 2010. Nihad Awad, the Executive Director of CAIR, stated in part:

“The controversy over Park 51 in lower Manhattan is a fabricated controversy. It is designed to pit Americans against each other and divide our society. Although a local but vocal minority has launched this campaign against Muslims. This group is mainly headed by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. They know very well the American Muslim community is part of the society. But they harbor anti-Muslim feelings and they want to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment in the society by exploiting 9/11 and legitimate fears that some Americans have. They turn this fear into fear mongering; and free speech became hate speech. It led to hate crimes and as you have seen nation-wide, we have seen Muslims are being attacked just because they are Muslim. Places of worship have been vandalized including future construction sites like the Islamic center in Tennessee. …”

Video: CAIR Launches National PSA Campaign

Robert Spencer in Chapter Five, THE FACE OF ISLAMIC MODERATION? CAIR, MPAC AND OTHER “MODERATE” MUSLIM GROUPS of his book Stealth Jihad, describes in detail the history and associations of CAIR and Nihad Awad and their stealth jihad on page 102.

“…Though pursing a radical agenda, these organizations realized that extremists pronouncements and activities would be counter-productive, resulting in negative media attention and even criminal investigations. So they’ve adopted a new modus operandi—the stealth jihad. Instead of publicly proclaiming the inevitable arrival of sharia in the United States, they attempt to Islamize the United States quietly, through a long-term strategy aimed at undermining national security, forcing ever greater accommodation of Islamic practices, and minimizing any criticism whatsoever of Islam or of virtually any Muslim individual. …”

Robert Spencer on CAIR’s ‘Stealth Jihad’

Robert Spencer on Islamic-Jihadism (1/4)

Robert Spencer on Islamic-Jihadism (2/4)

Robert Spencer on Islamic-Jihadism (3/4)

Robert Spencer on Islamic-Jihadism (4/4)

Radical jihadists, both militant (violent) and stealth (non-violent), want to accomplish the following in the United States:

  • Replace the United States Constitution and American law with Sharia or Islamic law.
  • Replace our democratic representative republic with an Islamic state or theocracy.
  • Replace our President with a religious leader or caliphate.
  • Establish Islam as the country’s religion that is superior to and dominates all other religions of the United States and where infidels or non-believers in Islam such as Christians and Jews would pay a tax, the jizya, with “willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).

Sharia Law and Islamic Democracy – Daniel Pipes

Time For A New ‘Team B’ to Understand Jihad

The militant and stealth jihadists differ mainly over the methods used to accomplish their goals.

In Steven Emerson’s and the Investigative Project on Terrorism’s book, Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the US on page 346 the roots of both militant and stealth jihad can be found in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Richard Clark is the former National Coordinator for Security and Infrastructure Protection under Presidents Clinton and Bush. In testifying before the Senate Committee on Banking in October 2003 he stated:

“… While the overseas operations of Islamist terrorist organizations are generally segregated and distinct, the opposite holds in the United States. The issue of terrorist financing in the United States is a fundamental example of the shared infrastructure levered by HAMAS, Islamic Jihad and Al Qaeda, all of which enjoy a significant degree of cooperation and coordination within our borders. The common link here is the extremist Muslim Brotherhood–all of these organizations are descendants of the membership and ideology of the Muslim Brothers.”

The founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928 was Hasan Al-Banna, an Egyptain school teacher and Islamist political reformer. Hasan Al-Banna unconstrained vision of Islam is revealing in its breadth and scope:

“Islam is a comprehensive system which deals with all spheres of life. It is a country and homeland or a government and a nation. It is conduct and power or mercy and justice. It is a culture and a law or knowledge and jurisprudence. It is material and wealth or gain and prosperity. It is Jihad and a call or army and a cause. And finally, it is true belief and correct worship.”

The Message of the Teachings, Hasan Al-Banna

Today the Muslim Brotherhood is the largest and most influential Islamic international political organization.

In Robert Spencer’s book the Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam Is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs on page 16 the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States are explained by Mohamed Akram of the Muslim Brotherhood:

“[ Muslim Brotherhood]…must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all religions.”

The Associated Press apparently is one of those unwitting hands of the stealth jihadists. The question that should be answered by the Associated Press is did any individual or organization either directly or indirectly bring pressure on AP to ban the use of ground zero mosque in their stories. If so, who communicated with them on the subject? What exactly was said?

Why should these questions need to be answered?

The AP memo continued with the following “guidance”:

“…2. here is a succinct summary of President Obama’s position:

Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build an Islamic center in New York as a matter of religious freedom, though he’s also said he won’t take a position on whether they should actually build it. …”

The Associated Press apparently wants to get the Obama party line or spin out to all its AP subscribers. The vast majority of Americans agree with Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator and physician, as to what President Obama should have done, namely appealed to Muslims not to build the ground zero mosque.

Krauthammer: Obama Should Have Appealed to Muslims Not to Build Ground Zero Mosque

In a August 31, 2010 Quinnipiac University poll of 1,497 New York residents surveyed, 71% said the mosque should be voluntarily relocated and 71% want Andrew Cuomo, the Attorney General of New York State to investigate the finances of the group funding the ground zero mosque. A poll of likely voters by Rasmussen Reports found similar opposition to the ground zero mosque:

“…A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 85% of U.S. voters say they are now following news stories about the mosque planned near Ground Zero. That’s a 34-point jump from a month ago when only 51% said they were following the story.

The new finding includes 58% who are following the story very closely, up from 22% in mid-July.

Now 62% oppose the building of a mosque near where the World Trade Center stood in Lower Manhattan, compared to 54% in the previous survey. Twenty-five percent (25%) favor allowing the mosque to go ahead, and 13% more are not sure.”

The Associated Press’ memo never addressed the question as to where exactly is ground zero. Immediately after September 11, 2001 a much larger area than just the World Trade Center site was referred to as ground zero. Ground zero included everything below Chambers Street in New York City, which is five blocks north of Vesey Street, the northern border of the World Trade Center site. The ground zero mosque site on Park Place is just two blocks north of Vesey Street.

Far more important and potentially more damaging to the safety and security of the American people and the United States is the banning of such “religious” terms as Islamic extremism, jihad, Islam and Sharia from the National Security Strategy Document by President Obama’s advisors that was reported by the Associated Press on April 7, 2010 in a story entitled, “Obama bans terms Jihad, Islam.”

bill whittle PJTV Obama censors threat

This is dangerous because by banning such words or phrases you are refusing to call ideas or actions by their proper name, names that even our avowed Islamic extremist enemies use in describing their intentions, plans and actions. This goes beyond political correctness into political censorship and reminds one of George Orwell’s novel 1984. What individuals and organizations have been pressuring the President and his advisors to ban these terms from National Security documents? Are these organizations stealth jihadists with links to the Muslim Brotherhood or other jihadist’s organizations?

If you doubt political correctness and censorship cannot kill people, remember Major Nidal Malik Hasan, that killed 12 soldiers and one civilian and wounded30 more at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009 while shouting the Muslim expression “Allahu Akbar.” Political correctness in the Army discouraged many officers from reporting and making a formal complaint about Major Hasan’s repeated statements about his hating America, its non-Muslim majority and the military. If the Major had been a white supremacist he would have been discharged by Army, but a Muslim supremacist was given a pass and 13 people died. Political correctness and censorship kills.

Islam and the Left’s Assault on Free Speech – Steven Emerson (1 of 2)

Islam and the Left’s Assault on Free Speech – Steven Emerson (2 of 2)

Steve Emerson: Was Major Hasan A Ticking Timebomb? (11.9.09)

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: USA Sick with Political Correctness (11.9.09)

Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s Jihad warning signs ignored by politically correct military – Fort Hood

Remember September 11, 2010 by reflecting upon the words in The 9/11 Commission Report, page 13:

“…We learned about an enemy who is sophisticated, patient, disciplined and lethal. The enemy rallies broad support in the Arab and Muslim world by demanding redress of political grievances, but its hostility towards us and our values is limitless. Its purpose is to rid the world of religious and political pluralism, the plebiscite and equal rights for woman. It makes no distinction between military and civilian targets. Collateral damage is not in its lexicon. …”

The goals and agenda of the militant and stealth jihadists are the same; they only differ as to tactics. The ground zero mosque should never be built for it is an insulting affront to the families and friends of those who died on 9/11 and only encourages the militant and stealth jihadists.

The American people can remember the people who died on September 11, 2001 by reading The 9/11 Commission Report (available online at ) and Robert Spencer’s book The Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam Is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs or watch his “Stealth Jihad and Islamization of the West” videos on YouTube. However, be prepared to be called an Islamophobe by the stealth jihadists among us.

“This is the American moment in world history, the one for which we shall forever be judged. Just as in politics the responsibility of the fate of freedom in the world has devolved upon our regime, so the fate of philosophy in the world has devolved upon our universities, and the two are related as they have never been before. The gravity of our given task is great, and it is very much in doubt how the future will judge our stewardship.”

~Alan Bloom, The Closong of the American Mind, page 382.

Background Articles and Videos

The Middle East with Daniel Pipes

Islam and the Left’s Assault on Free Speech – Andrew McCarthy (1 of 2)

Islam and the Left’s Assault on Free Speech – Andrew McCarthy (2 of 2)

Muslim Brotherhood ‘Conspiracy’ to Subvert America

CAIR Revealed

Hot Air Video: The speech that CAIR didn’t want you to hear

Jihad Watch: The “Islam is Peace” Campaign

Charles Krauthammer Exposes Obama Hypocrisy on No Rush to Judgment

Should Mosque, Islamic Center Be Built Near Ground Zero?

The Next Moves of Radical Islam – Robert Spencer

Newt Gingrich: No Ground Zero Mosque

Newt Gingrich: Jihadist = Person who seeks to impose Sharia

Newt Gingrich: Freedom Will Prevail

Mosque Debate Part 1

Mosque Debate Part 2

Mosque Debate Part 3

Mosque Debate Part 4

Muslim Brotherhood in America – Orlando Mosque Finances Hamas Fundraiser

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

“…The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization that deals with civil advocacy and promotes human rights. It is headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with regional offices nationwide and in Canada.[1]

Through media relations, lobbying, and education, CAIR presents what it views as an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public, and seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage its social and political activism. Annual banquets, through which CAIR raises the majority of its funds, are attended by American politicians, statesmen, interfaith leaders, activists and media personalities.[1]

The organization was dealt a significant blow to its reputation in the United States after it was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case.[2] The FBI no longer works with CAIR outside of criminal investigations due to its status as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case.[3][4][5] …”

Muslim Mafia

“…Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America is a 2009 book by U.S. State Department-trained Arabic linguist and former U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations special agent Paul David Gaubatz, and investigative journalist and Hoover Institute fellow Paul Sperry. According to the Charlotte Observer, it “portrays the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a subversive organization allied with international terrorists.”[1]

The book prompted endorsements from a number of conservative writers and requests by several conservative members of the United States Congress for investigations into CAIR’s possible terrorist links and undue influence. It also prompted denouncements from CAIR, media outlets and other members of Congress. The manner in which its source documents were obtained led CAIR to sue one of the authors. …”


Reinhold Niebuhr

“…Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (pronounced /ˈraɪnhoʊld ˈniːbʊər/; June 21, 1892 – June 1, 1971) was an American theologian and commentator on public affairs. Niebuhr was the archetypal American intellectual of the Cold War era. Starting as a leftist minister in the 1920s indebted to theological liberalism, he shifted to the new Neo-Orthodox theology in the 1930s, explaining how the sin of pride created evil in the world. He attacked utopianism as useless for dealing with reality, writing in The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness (1944):

“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.”

His realism deepened after 1945 and led him to support American efforts to confront Soviet communism around the world. A powerful speaker and lucid author, he was the most influential minister of the 1940s and 1950s in public affairs. Niebuhr battled with the religious liberals over what he called their naïve views of sin and the optimism of the Social Gospel, and battled with the religious conservatives over what he viewed as their naïve view of Scripture and their narrow definition of “true religion.” He was a leader of liberal intellectuals and supported many liberal causes,

His long-term impact involves relating the Christian faith to “realism” in foreign affairs, rather than idealism, and his contribution to modern “just war” thinking. Niebuhr’s perspective had a great impact on many liberals, who came to support a “realist” foreign policy.[1] His influence has been acknowledged by such recent leaders of American foreign policy as Jimmy Carter, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as John McCain[2]. …”

Allan Bloom

“..Allan David Bloom (September 14, 1930 – October 7, 1992) was an American philosopher, classicist, and academic. He studied under David Grene, Leo Strauss, Richard McKeon and Alexandre Kojève. He subsequently taught at Cornell University, the University of Toronto, Yale University, École Normale Supérieure of Paris, and the University of Chicago. Bloom championed the idea of ‘Great Books’ education. Bloom became famous for his criticism of contemporary American higher education, with his views being expressed in his bestselling 1987 book, The Closing of the American Mind.[1] Although Bloom was characterized as a conservative in the popular media, Bloom explicitly stated that this was a misunderstanding, and made it clear that he was not to be affiliated with any conservative movements.[2] Saul Bellow, Bloom’s friend and teaching partner at the University of Chicago, wrote a novel based on his colleague entitled Ravelstein. …”

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Advertising Books–Videos

Posted on July 16, 2010. Filed under: Advertising, Books, Books, Communications, Digital Communication, Magazines, Mass Media, Newspapers, Print Media, Public Relations, Radio, Television, Web | Tags: , , |

Hitting The Sweet Spot

By Lisa Fortini-Campbell, ISBN-13: 9781887229098


By Al Ries and Jack Trout.

Brand Positioning by NextMove

Ladders in the Mind

Japanese Disease

Influence: The Paychology Of Persuasion

By Robert B. Cialdini, PhD., Harper Collins, ISBN-13: 9780061241895

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Truth, Lies and Advertising: The Art of Account Planning

By Jon Steel, ISBN13: 9780471189626

Jon Steel from WPP introduces and hosts the ‘Listen’ section

Guerrilla Advertising

By Jay Conrad Levinson and Charles Rubin, Mariner Books, ISBN 0395687187

Advertising Without an Agency

By Kathy J. Kobliski, Oasis Press, ISBN 1555714293

Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide To Creating Great Advertising

By Luke Sullivan, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN-13: 9780470190739

Luke Sullivan Summarizes Ad Pro Session

Cutting Edge Advertising II

By Jim Aitchison,

The 33 Ruthless Rules of Local Advertising

By Michael Corbett, Pinnacle Books, ISBN 096673839X

The Anatomy of Buzz Revisited

By Emanuel Rosen, Doubleday, ISBN 0385496672

Interview with Emanuel Rosen at SES Toronto 2009

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Emanuel Rosen keynote – PRSA-LA “New Media & Web 3.0”

Emanuel Rosen on generating buzz in the online and offline communities

The Advertising on the Internet

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David Ogilvy, Knopf Doubleday Publishing, ISBN-13: 9780394729039

A conversation about advertising, with David Ogilvy

Background Articles and Videos

Charlie Rose – Preview of interview with YouTube Co-founders

Honda Impossible Dream

Honda Ad

Oh Gode

Truth in Advertising

The Truth In Ad Sales

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Adam Curtis–The Century of Self–Videos

Posted on June 30, 2010. Filed under: Books, Communications, Digital Communication, Globalization, Issues, Mass Media, Politics, Print Media, Public Relations, Radio, Recordings, Society, Television, Web | Tags: , , , , , , |


Episode 1: “Happiness Machines”

Episode 2: “The Engineering of Consent”

Episode 3: “There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed”

Episode 4: “Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering”

Documentary: The Origin and History of modern propaganda (public relations), and the story of its creator, Edward Bernays. The story exposes how government and big business manipulate the public’s consent and preps them for the next ‘grand’ idea or product.

Episode 1: “Happiness Machines

1. Propaganda in America – History of Public Relations 1/6

2. Propaganda in America – Meet Edward Bernays

3. Propaganda in America – The Art of PR Spin

4. Propaganda in America – Hitler’s Ideological Beast

5. Propaganda in America – Business vs Politicians

6. Propaganda in America – The Enemy Within

Episode 2: “The Engineering of Consent”

The Century Of The Self – The Engineering of Consent 1 of 6

The Century Of The Self – The Engineering of Consent 2 of 6

The Century Of The Self – The Engineering of Consent 3 of 6

The Century Of The Self – The Engineering of Consent 4 of 6

The Century Of The Self – The Engineering of Consent 5 of 6

The Century Of The Self – The Engineering of Consent 6 of 6

Episode 3: “There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed”

The Century Of The Self – There is a Policeman Inside_1 of 6

The Century Of The Self – There is a Policeman Inside_2 of 6

The Century Of The Self – There is a Policeman Inside_3 of 6

The Century Of The Self – There is a Policeman Inside_4 of 6

The Century Of The Self – There is a Policeman Inside_5 of 6

The Century Of The Self – There is a Policeman Inside_6 of 6

Episode 4: “Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering”

The Century Of The Self – Eight People Sipping Wine_1 of 6

The Century Of The Self – Eight People Sipping Wine_2 of 6

The Century Of The Self – Eight People Sipping Wine_3 of 6

The Century Of The Self – Eight People Sipping Wine_4 of 6

The Century Of The Self – Eight People Sipping Wine_5 of 6

The Century Of The Self – Eight People Sipping Wine_6 of 6

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When Radio Was–Videos

Posted on June 19, 2010. Filed under: Books, Communications, Issues, Law, Movies, Music, Radio, Recordings, Regulations, Television | Tags: , , , , |


When Radio Was #1

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When Radio Was #3

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When Radio Was #6

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Background Articles and Videos

Dick Cavett

“…Richard Alva “Dick” Cavett (born November 19, 1936) is a former American television talk show host known for his conversational style and in-depth discussion of issues. Cavett appeared regularly on nationally broadcast television in the United States in five consecutive decades, the 1960s through the 2000s.

In recent years, Cavett has written a blog for the New York Times, promoted DVDs of his former shows, and hosted replays of his classic TV interviews with Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, and others on Turner Classic Movies channel.[1][2] …”

Radio History

The History of Radio

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Chapter 2–Books

Posted on June 11, 2010. Filed under: Books, Communications, Mass Media | Tags: , , |

1. Why was passage of the Copyright Law of 1891 so important to American authors?

Prior to the passage of the  International Copyright Law of 1891 American publishers were not required to pay royalties to foreign authors. American publishers were, however,  required to pay royalties to American authors. This meant that it cost more to publish an American author than a foreign author. With the passage of the International Copyright Law of 1891, both foreign and American authors had to give permission to publishers to publish their work. This meant that royalties had to be paid to both foreign and American authors. As a result, publishers were motivated to publish more American authors.

Background Information

International Copyright Act of 1891

“…The International Copyright Act is the first U.S. congressional act that extended limited protection to foreign copyright holders from select nations.

Formally known as the “International Copyright Act of 1891”, but more commonly referred to as the “Chace Act” after Sen. Jonathan Chace of Rhode Island. The act (26 Stat. 1106) was passed on March 3, 1891, by the 51st Congress.

The Act went into effect on July 1, 1891. On July 3, 1891, the first foreign work, a play called Saints and Sinners by British author Henry Arthur Jones, was registered under the act.

The International Copyright Act of 1891 was created because many people shunned the idea of literary piracy. In the United States of America, the only authors protected were American; the great authors such as Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Edward Eggleston, and Bill Nye wrote letters to the Century requesting international copyright. These letters were written in the mid 1880s.

Besides these powerful letters to the journals, the American Copyright League was organized in 1883. The League was a great supporter for an International Copyright Act, and on April 28 and 29, 1885 at the Madison Square Theater the league sponsored readings by American authors in aid of the Leagues cause.

Prior to the International Copyright Act, protection required American authors to gain residency in the country in which they desired copyright protection. For example Mark Twain obtained residency in Canada to protect his publication of The Prince and the Pauper. To protect foreign literature in the United States, British authors would have an American citizen serve as a collaborator in the publishing process, and then have the book registered in Washington, D.C. under the collaborator’s name.

When the International Copyright Act of 1891 was finally passed, foreign authors had to have their works in Washington, D.C. “on or before the day of publication in this or any foreign country.” This too would create a problem, but by the early 1900s British authors were granted American Copyright since it was published abroad thirty days from its deposit in Washington, D.C. This would then allow American publishers time to release an authorized edition. …”

2. At first, publishers resisted the formation of book clubs. Why? What contributions have book clubs made to the reading public? How have other media contributed to book club popularity?

Book clubs would drop the prices of books significantly and replaced the sale agents that sold books door-to-door for book publishers. The book club would give its members advice as to which books to read. The book publishers gained in that there books were discussed and promoted resulting in volume sales. When a book was selected as a book-of-the-month, it promoted the book to the general public that were not book club members. Thus book clubs expanded the market and widened the audience for books. Book club advertising on radio and television and in newspapers and magazines contributed to book club popularity and more book sales for the book publishing houses.


Background Information 

A Brief History of Book Clubs: How the Modern Reading Group Developed

“…Many outside influences affected the growth and expansion of book clubs in the twentieth century. From wars and the Great Depression to the evolution of social norms, society rapidly shifted thus enabling more opportunities for the general population. Jacobsohn notes that “free libraries and mandatory schooling also had tremendous effects on the rise” of both reading as pastime and increased literacy among society in general. The influx of immigration, according to Jacobsohn, “brought new voices to a newly diversified America”.

Simply put, more literate people had access to a wealth of reading material, which naturally led to book-based conversations. These conversations naturally became more structured in the form of groups that would get together at houses of worship, book stores, schools, libraries and eventually individual home and the internet.Literacy grew from being a privilege that few had, to a right that many had access to. Society now had a new way to make use of its increased leisure time, while still retaining a method by which to socialize and exchange ideas.



Book of the Month Club


“…Harry Scherman was a copywriter for the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in 1916 when he set out to create the “Little Leather Library”. With his partners Max Sackheim, and Charles and Albert Boni, Scherman began a mail order service that offered “30 Great Books For $2.98” (miniature reprints “bound in limp Redcroft”) and sold 40,000,000 copies in its first five years (that $2.98 would be $31.77) [3].

Sackheim and Scherman then founded (1920) their own ad agency devoted entirely to marketing books.

The problems of building interest in a new book led Scherman to create, along with Sackheim and Robert Haas, The Book of the Month Club in 1926. As Scherman explained it, the Club itself would be a “standard brand”. “It establishes itself as a sound selector of good books and sells by means of its own prestige. Thus, the prestige of each new title need not be built up before becoming acceptable,” he explained later, [4]. After starting with 4,000 subscribers, the Club had more than 550,000 within less than twenty years. The size of the club did, in fact, create the Book of the Month Club as a brand. Being a “Book of the Month Club” selection was used to promote books to the general public. …”

3. How have the economics of book publishing changed from Benjamin Franklin’s day to today?

Prior to the 1960s, the book publishing industry consisted of mainly independent companies whose only business was book publishing.

Since 1960 the trend in book publishing has been consolidation with six major book publishers accounting for about 60% of all  adult book revenues.

The typical first printing run is for 5,000 copies with a break-even point of between 500 to 1000 copies.

Authors usually receive about 6%  to 10% of net revenues or about $3000 on a print run of 5,000.

However, most books lose money.

Therefore, many book publishers are looking for blockbusters and best-selling authors,  especially those with subsidiary rights potential.

The Economics  of  Publishing Your Book

Bud Banis, PhD, CMA


4. How do book chains affect the economics of book publishing? What relationship, if any, do you see between book chains and the trend toward blockbuster books?

The growth of book chains in  the last thirty years has been the most significant change in the marketing of books.

The big chains such as Barnes & Noble and Borders are responsible for selling over half of bookstore sales of trade books.

The decision of a book chain to issue a purchase order for  a title may determine if a book with a limited audience is published at all.

Discount chains that buy books in volume require book publishers to offer big discounts on a title to get an order.

Book publishers understand that discount chains expand the book market to people who usually do not buy many books.

Book publishers are usually going to publish blockbusters anyway. The bookstore chains are a distribution channel that account for a large volume of a blockbusters sales.

5. What advantages do novels on CD-ROM offer over traditional novels? Disadvantages?

The advantages of novels on a compact disc-read only memory or CD-ROM device over traditional novels is they are lightweight and less bulky and cheaper to produce.

A CD-ROM can also store significantly more information. A single CD-ROM can hold upwards of 300,000 pages of text , more than an hour of audio and over a half hour of video.

The estimated life of a CD-ROM is estimated to be 50 to 75 years

Many book publishers  are using the CD-ROM to produce expanded versions  of traditional books. 

Also, collections of books are being published on CD-ROM as well as DVD.

The disadvantages of novels on CD-ROM is that you need a CD-ROM player to view or play the novel and view the book on a computer screen.

The right to  publish a CD-ROM version of a book is considered to be a subsidiary right.

Background Information

Ultimate Library 10,000 Books on CD-ROM

6. Discuss the new technologies book publishers are experimenting with, hoping to lure readers.

To lure more readers, the book publishers are providing books for e-book readers such as the Sony Reader, the Amazon Kindle, iRex iLiad, the Jinke Hanlin eReader, CyBook by Bookeen, BeBook by Endless Ideas BV, the Kobo eReader and the Barnes & Noble nook.

Comparison of e-book readers

E-book Reader Matrix

Web sites are used by publishers such as Random House, , HarperCollins, , Simon & Schuster,, and Penguin, , to promote their books and advertize popular blockbusters.

Audio books are used by book publishers  to lure readers or more precisely listeners to their titles.

Audio books are distributed on CDs, cassette tapes, downloadable digital formats such as MP3 or .mp3, Window Media Audio or .wma and Advanced Audio Coding or .aac.

Audio books can be downloaded from web sites such as:


7. Explain the process that a book goes through to be published. How long does it take? Why?

A book publishing house usually has six departments including acquisitions, production, design, manufacturing, marketing and fulfillment.

The author or his agent proposes a book to the acquisition editor in the acquisitions department.

The acquisition editor is searching for potential authors and works out an agreement with the author.

The author  provides several sample chapters of the proposed book and an outline. Either the author or the agent negotiates the book contract.

The acquisition editor also may negotiate the subsidiary rights such as to make a movie or to print book characters on merchandise.

The production editor turns the author’s  double-spaced  type-written manuscript into a book.

The production editor manages and schedules all steps and activities that result in a book and makes sure the schedule is met in a timely manner.

The designer provides the look or appearance of the book  on the inside and outside including the typefaces, pictures, boxes, heads, subheads, where to use color, and a concept for the cover.

The manufacturing supervisor purchases the typesetting, paper and printing for the book.

The marketing department handles advertising, promotion and sales. The ads for the book are designed by advertising. The books are sent to reviewers by promotion. Book stores and college campuses are visited by sales representatives to inform and sell the book to buyers and potential adopters of the book.

The fulfillment department makes sure that books are delivered to the bookstore on time. Fulfillment manages inventory levels and if inventory levels get low, makes sure that more copies of the book are printed.

A book usually takes at least eighteen months to go through the publishing process from the point in time when the author signed until the book is actually published. The reason it takes so long is that each step of the process takes time.

8. Discuss the role of small or alternative presses in American publishing. How do they contribute to the industry?

The small or alternative presses specialize in specific topics or subjects  such as the environment, sport activities and poetry. The small presses contribute to the industry by publishing books of interest to a smaller and targeted audience that would not normally be of interest and published by the large publishing houses or presses.

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Chapter 1 – Understanding Mass Media Today

Posted on June 11, 2010. Filed under: Books, Communications, Magazines, Mass Media, Newspapers, Print Media, Radio, Recordings | Tags: , |

 1. Discuss the sources of revenue in the book industry. How does the industry earn its money? From what kind of sales?

The sources of revenue for the book industry include retail store sales, book clubs, college stores, libraries, and elementary and high school districts. The book publishing industry earns its money primarily from the sales of its books or titles.

The book industry also earns revenue from the sale of subsidiary rights for movies and merchandise related to a book title.

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) estimates that book publishers had net sales of $23.9 billion in 2009.

Industry Sales Statistics 

2. Give two examples of the ways that consumers pay both directly and indirectly for mass media in America.

Consumers support the mass media industries directly by buying  the products they sell such as a newspaper,  book, DVD, or going to the movies

Consumers indirectly support the mass media in America by buying products that advertisers sell on the television, radio or internet. Advertisers are the primary revenue  source for radio, television, newspapers and magazines.

3. How much money do the American mass media industries collect annually? List three ways this affects Americans.

In 2006 the U.S. media industries earned $454 billion with television and entertainment being the top revenue producers.

The American consumers’ time and attention is captured by the pervasive and wide-ranging presence of the mass media including television, entertainment, newspapers, internet, books, movies, videos, radio, recordings and  magazines.

The mass media affect how consumers live by the products and services consumers purchase from companies that advertise  on television, radio and online.

The mass media collect a significant amount money from the advertisers of these products and services.

4. Discuss the specific differences between public and private media in the United States. Give examples of each.

U.S media is almost entirely privately owned and not funded by the Federal Government.

Examples include the television and radio  networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox and newspapers such as the New York Times and Washington Post.

In the United States public media are supported by both Federal Government and private donation.

Examples of public media include the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Revenue. 


5. What is message pluralism? Explain in some detail and give at least one specific example.

Message pluralism is a broad and diverse representation of opinion and culture in the media.

Pluralism is a condition in society where multiple or numerous distinct ethnic, religious, or cultural groups are present and tolerated within a society.

A news story on television, radio or in newspapers and magazines that reflected only the viewpoint of one group while ignoring the viewpoint of other groups would lack message pluralism.

The loss of message pluralism leads to conformity and a lack of competition in different media.

Competition and innovation usually provide message pluralism for example internet blogs and talk radio shows.

6. Explain the difference between a chain and a network. Give an example of each.

A chain usually carries the same products and is owned by one company or corporate entity.

An example of a chain is a chain of bookstores such as Borders, Barnes and Noble and Half Price Books.

Another example of a chain is a chain of newspapers such as Gannett,  Knight-Ridder Inc. Newhouse Newspapers, and Times Mirror Company.

A chain usually owns the stores or newspapers in each city or town they are doing business in.

A broadcast network is a collection of radio or television stations that provides programs usually simultaneously across the country during specific program times.

A network usually provides the  same product to its affiliated units that are owned not by the network.

An example of a broadcasting network would be a radio or television network such as ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox and its affiliated radio and television stations.

The U.S. Newspaper Industry in Transition

7. Cite three major technical innovations in the development of mass media from pictographs to today. What did each innovation contribute to the mass media’s evolution?

Three major technical innovations in the development mass media from pictographs to today are:

  1. The invention of phonetic writing in 1000 B.C.
  2. The invention of movable type in 1455.
  3. The invention of digital computers in 1951.

The invention of phonetic writing enabled the storing of information in written form that could reach an audience that was remote from the source and not controlled by the source.

Writing transformed knowledge into information that could be transmitted to other people at different locations and time periods.

Printing or moveable type eventually enabled the mass production of books and newspapers so that books and newspapers could be read not only by the privileged elite few, but over time would be accessible by everyone who could read.

Digital computers enabled the electronic storage, processing and transmittal  of vast amounts of information that previously relied upon the printed word.

Most of the changes today in mass communication such as the internet, digital recording and broadcasting, satellite broadcasting are driven by  advances in digital computer technology.

8. Identify the three communications revolutions and discuss how each one drastically changed the world’s mass media.

The First Communications Revolution was the invention of phonetic writing in about 10.00 B.C. that used symbols to represent sounds.

Once the information was stored in written form, it could be transmitted to others not present at the source of the writing.

The Second Communications Revolution began in Germany in 1455 when Guttenberg used individual metal letters or movable type  that could be linked together in a line and then inked and pressed on paper to produce multiple copies. The metal letters could be reused to produce new and different pages of text.

The Third Communication Revolution was the invention of digital computer in 1951 that enable the electronic  storing of information and the transmission of enormous amounts of data on a computer.

9. Discuss the ways in which deregulation affected the broadcast media. Give a specific example.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started to deregulate the broadcast industry in 1980 by gradually withdrawing the restrictions on broadcast ownership. A specific example is when the FCC allowed a broadcast company to own more than five TV stations, five AM radio stations and five FM stations. Before 1980 this was not allowed.

Also the FCC eliminated the three-year rule that required a broadcast company to hold an acquired station for at least three years before selling it. The FCC eliminated the three-year rule and the number of broadcast holdings that one owner could have.

In general American media ownership is becoming more concentrated as companies consolidate and small companies are merged into media conglomerates, chains and networks with cross-media ownership of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations.

Media convergence is the melding together of communications, computer and electronic industries with advances in digital technology.

Deregulation and media convergence together are major drivers behind the consolidation of media companies and their concentration of ownership.

Background Information

Media Conglomerates, Mergers, Concentration of Ownership

The Top 20 U.S. Media Owners
1.   Time Warner Inc.
2.   Walt Disney Company
3.   Viacom Inc.
4.   News Corporation
5.   CBS Corporation
6.   Cox Enterprises
7.   NBC Universal
8.   Gannett Company, Inc.
9.   Clear Channel Communications Inc.
10. Advance Publications, Inc.
11. Tribune Company
12. McGraw-Hill Companies
13. Hearst Corporation
14. Washington Post Company
15. The New York Times Company
16. E.W. Scripps Co.
17. McClatchy Company
18. Thomson Corporation
19. Freedom Communications, Inc.
20. A&E Television Networks 

America’s Leading Media Companies

A&E Television Networks
ABC Television Network
Adams Business Media
Advance Publications, Inc.
Advanstar Communications Inc.
America Online (AOL)
American City Business Journals Inc.
American Media, Inc.
Belo Corporation
Bertelsmann AG
BNP Media
Boone Newspapers, Inc.
Cablevision Systems Corporation
CBS Corporation
Clear Channel Communications Inc.
CMP Information Ltd
CMP Media, LLC
Comcast Corporation
CommerceConnect Media
Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.
Conde Nast Publications
Cox Broadcasting, Inc.
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Cox Media Group, Inc.
Cox Newspapers, Inc.
Crain Communications, Inc.
Cygnus Business Media
Discovery Communications Inc.
Disney Publishing
Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Dow Jones Local Media Group
E.W. Scripps Co.
Emmis Communications Corporation
Entravision Communications Corporation
Evening Post Publishing Company
Fairchild Publications
Fisher Communications, Inc.
Fox Television Stations
Freedom Communications, Inc.
Gannett Company, Inc.
GateHouse Media
Gemstar – TV Guide International
General Electric Company
Golf Digest Companies
Granite Broadcasting Corporation
Gray Television, Inc.
Gruner + Jahr USA
Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc.
Hearst Corporation
Herald Media Inc.
Hollinger International Inc.
Home Box Office (HBO)
Journal Communications, Inc.
Journal Register Company
Knight Ridder Inc.
Lagardere SCA
Landmark Media Enterprises LLCLee Enterprises, Inc.
LIN TV Corporation
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
McClatchy Company
McGraw-Hill Companies
Media General, Inc.
MediaNews Group, Inc.
Meredith Corporation
Morris Communications Company LLC
National Geographic Society
NBC Universal
New York Times Company
Newhouse Newspapers
News Corporation
News World Communications, Inc.
Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
Nielsen Business Media
Ogden Newspapers, Inc.
Parade Publications
PennWell Corporation
Penton Media, Inc.
Poynter Institute
Primedia Business Information
Primedia Enthusiast Media
Primedia Inc.
Prism Business Media
Pulitzer Inc.
Quincy Newspapers, Inc.
Raycom Media, Inc.
Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.
Reed Business Information
Reed Elsevier
Rodale Inc.
Seattle Times Company
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
Source Interlink Companies, Inc.
SourceMedia, Inc.
Stephens Media Group
Sun-Times Media Group, Inc.
The Nielsen Company (VNU)
Thomson Reuters
Time Inc.
Time Warner Inc.
Tribune Broadcasting
Tribune Company
Tribune Publishing
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
United Business Media plc
Univision Communications Inc.
Viacom Inc.
Village Voice Media, Inc.
Virgo Publishing
VNU Business Media
Walt Disney Company
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Washington Post Company
Weider Publications, Inc.
Ziff Davis Media Inc. 

10. Explain what vertical integration means. Give a specific example.

Vertical integration is the control over several related aspects of the media business simultaneously by one media company with each aspect or part of the company potentially assisting the other.

A specific example is  Time Warner, formerly two companies that publishes magazines and books, makes movies, and broadcasts television programs but also owns Home Box Office, Warner movie studios, and several cable TV systems including Cable News Network (CNN).

Time Warner describes their company on their web site as:

“…Time Warner Inc., a global leader in media and entertainment with businesses in television networks, filmed entertainment and publishing, uses its industry-leading operating scale and brands to create, package and deliver high-quality content worldwide through multiple distribution outlets.

Whether measured by quality, popularity or financial results, our divisions are at the top of their categories. Time Inc., Home Box Office, Turner Broadcasting System and Warner Bros. Entertainment maintain unrivaled reputations for creativity and excellence as they keep people informed, entertained and connected.

Our enterprise is more than a collection of great brands that are owned under one roof. Time Warner’s businesses strive to gain competitive advantage from opportunities for constructive collaboration.”


Background Information


Times Warner

Time Warner

“…Time Warner (formerly AOL Time Warner) (NYSE: TWX) is the world’s second largest entertainment conglomerate in terms of revenue (behind Vivendi and ahead of News Corporation and Disney), as well as the world’s largest media conglomerate,[4][5][6][7] headquartered in the Time Warner Center in New York City.[8] Formerly two separate companies, Warner Communications, Inc. and Time Inc., (along with the assets of a third company, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.) form the current Time Warner, with major operations in film, television and publishing. Among its subsidiaries are New Line Cinema, Time Inc., HBO, Turner Broadcasting System, The CW Television Network,, Warner Bros, Kids’ WB, The CW4Kids, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, CNN, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Games, Castle Rock Entertainment, New Line Television, Picturehouse, Warner Premiere and Warner Independent Pictures. …”

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