Community Media: Selected Clippings – 11/19/07

[ Here’s a status report on electronic news sources in Pakistan – rm ]

Satellite Channels, Blogs, Criticize Musharraf
by Juan Cole
Informed Comment – Thoughts on the Middle East, History, and Religion

The USG Open Source Center surveys electronic media in and about Pakistan, reporting on the situation with regard to closure or blocking of television channels, as well as making remarks toward the end on Pakistani blog sites. —>

Crisis calls for special session now
by John Nichols, Associate Editor
The Capital Times (WI)

Common Cause in Wisconsin says it all with a new declaration:

“Whereas Wisconsin has not significantly modified its state campaign finance law in approximately 30 years and;

“Whereas the current laws and systems governing campaign finance in Wisconsin are outdated, unenforceable, or both, and;

“Whereas systemic corruption in the state Legislature has increased as a direct and indirect result of the current inadequacy and weakness of Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws, leading to criminal charges against five former legislative leaders of both houses and both political parties and the conviction of four of those leaders thus far;

“Be it resolved that the undersigned members of the state Governing Board of Common Cause in Wisconsin, on behalf of 3,000 citizen-members, call upon Gov. Jim Doyle, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch and state Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker to publicly support a call for a special session of the Legislature before the end of 2007 to consider campaign finance reform measures in advance of the 2008 election cycle.”

… The recent debate over the video franchising bill, a priority of the telecommunications industry that wreaks havoc with consumer protections and nonprofit community stations, illustrates the crisis. There is no way that this bill would have been considered in the Assembly or the Senate without the push from AT&T, an out-of-state corporation that stands to benefit from its enactment. The campaign accounts of legislators were slathered with dollars linked to the telecommunications industry prior to the vote, as were the campaign committees of the Republican and Democratic leadership of the two chambers.

In such a circumstance, there is so much blame to go around that pointing fingers becomes pointless. It is better to simply say, as Common Cause wisely has, that the time for accusations and excuses has passed. The only thing that matters is addressing the crisis. And the only way to do it is with a special session that does not finish until reform has been achieved.

El Paso to expand cable government channel
by David Crowder
El Paso Times (TX)

When Time Warner gets out of the business of broadcasting local government meetings on cable Channel 15 in January, El Paso’s City Hall will take over and has big plans for a full-time government TV channel. “It’s kind of exciting because we have 24 hours to fill, seven days a week, and we’re starting from the ground up,” city spokes woman Juli Lozano said.

The city will be picking up the six local government meetings that Time Warner now handles — including the El Paso City Council, County Commissioners Court and Thomason Hospital and Central Appraisal District boards. Broadcasts of the El Paso, Socorro and Ysleta school district board meetings and the El Paso Community College board were moved to cable Channel 14 two months ago. —>

Local TV chef demystifies fine cooking for the holiday
by Betty Jespersen
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel (ME)

FARMINGTON — Stan Wheeler is your everyman kind of chef. An unassuming guy in the kitchen, Wheeler, the star of a new food show on local cable access TV in Farmington and Wilton, believes anyone can cook a great meal once the mystique is demystified. By day, Wheeler works in the high-stress job of dispatcher at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. Planning and preparing a good meal on his time off is what he loves to do.

With a dish towel flung casually over his shoulder and wearing regular clothes, Wheeler might be showing his viewers how to make sushi and spring rolls, sauteed chicken breasts in a delicate white wine sauce, assemble an elegant salad and cook risotto. “The goal of the show is to show different techniques and different recipes that people might not use every day,” he said as he prepared for the filming in the kitchen of his home. For the show that will be aired today at 2 and 8 p.m. and also in streaming video online at, Wheeler’s focus is easy to prepare Thanksgiving side dishes.

The selections are curry pumpkin soup with sauteed onions; crisp brussel sprouts sauteed and baked with Italian bacon called pancetta; mashed sweet potatoes with maple syrup; and blanched fresh green beans sauteed with almonds and flavored with minced ginger. “The Thanksgiving meal centers on traditional foods — things like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. I want to show people some new ways to make familiar food that might become a new tradition,” he said. —>

Better than Monday night Football: 14th CD candidate Lauzen on cable and streaming
by Jeff Berkowitz
Public Affairs (IL)

Tonight’s City of Chicago and City of Aurora editions of Public Affairs features State Senator and 14th Cong. District Republican Primary Candidate Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora). Senator Lauzen debates and discusses, tonight, with show host and Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz, a broad range of domestic, foreign and cultural public policy issues (For a list of topics discussed, a partial transcript and some commentary about tonight’s show, go here.

The show with Senator Lauzen airs throughout the City of Chicago tonight [Nov. 19] at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV] and at 7:30 pm tonight [Nov. 19] on Aurora Community Television, on Comcast Cable Ch. 10 in Aurora and some surrounding areas. That is, the Aurora station reaches all of Aurora, Bristol, Big Rock and parts of Oswego, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Montgomery.

You may also watch the show with 14th Cong. Dist. Republican Primary candidate Lauzen, along with other recently posted shows, including State’s Attorney Candidates Ald. Allen, Comm. Suffredin, Ald. Brookins and First Ass’t Bob Milan, Rep. Hamos (D-Evanston), 14th CD Republican Primary candidate Mayor Kevin Burns and 14th CD Democratic Primary Candidates Jotham Stein and John Laesch on your computer at [For all of the shows on the Public Affairs podcast page, other than Sen. Lauzen and Bob Milan, please click the Archives icon to bring up those shows].

In addition to those shows, prior shows on the “Public Affairs,” podcast page feature Presidential candidates Obama, Giuliani, Richardson, McCain and Cox, and many other pols, including Obama-Bean in April, 2006, Congresswoman Bean in January, 2006 and Congresswoman Schakowsky in October, 2005 and opinion makers. You may also watch these “Public Affairs,” shows and others at —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

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