I'd also like a copy of e-mails sent by Masterson to Chancellor Gearhart since 2011.
Chancellor Gearhart did not locate any emails from or to Mr. Masterson since 2011.I followed up:
Does "not locate" mean there were none? Does he recall any? Has he purged his e-mail?
As for the email question, I checked with Chancellor Gearhart again and there are no emails.
Would it change David Gearhart's recollection that he'd never exchanged e-mail with Mike Masterson if I told you I had copies of numerous such e-mails?
Has Gearhart begun purging e-mails so as to be able to say "there are no emails" when questions like mine arise?
As you know, we are required by law to provide you with any emails that you request under FOIA. We take that obligation very seriously. As I previously told you, Chancellor Gearhart does not have any emails from or to Mike Masterson.
With that said, Mr. Masterson has been a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette for practically the entire time of Dr. Gearhart's tenure at the University. I feel confident that they have exchanged emails at some point during those 16 years.
Let's think about this from a practical standpoint. University presidents and chancellors, like Dr. Gearhart, can receive hundreds of emails a day. As you might imagine, leaders in higher education have very large constituencies. It would be totally impractical to manage that volume of email and attempt to to retain every email. I'm guessing other busy professionals would agree.
Today's strip is a thing of beauty. The South is trying to rise again. The words and attitude of today's strip match the fright wing's continuing assault on 21st century America.
Gearhart probably did what any boss who wanted to keep an employee would do - he gave him a small bump in pay and asked him not to go, saying that their work at Arkansas was not complete. Long was hired by former Chancellor John White, but it was on Gearhart’s recommendation.
So it’s come to this – believing a Wally Hall column enough to check it out. Dark days indeed.
I passed along the FOI to the people who might actually know or be able to find out.
Participation in Republican Party
I'm not new to the Republican Party. My husband Grant and I have been active in the Travis County Republican Party for over a decade. I have been active in TFRW Clubs for over 10 years. My primary TFRW club is Hill Country Republican Women, though I am also an associate member of numerous TFRW Clubs. I am a former President of Hill Country Republican Women (2001-2003). I have twice been honored at the State Convention Tribute to Women Luncheon for activities to promote Republican efforts within Travis County and the Region (2002 and 2008). Since 1999, I have regularly attended Precinct Conventions, County Conventions (SD 14 as a Delegate, SD 25 as a guest) and State Conventions.
A look at Darr's expense report filings with the state shows he expensed multiple trips from his home in Springdale to distant places such as Hot Springs and his offices in Little Rock.
"By looking at his reports, it looks like Arkansas is paying for him to commute," [Talk Business' Michael] Cook said.
Another area of concern shows that sometimes Darr would expense gas or mileage with the state and then expense the same trip with his campaign, leaving a blurry picture of whether or not the trip was for campaign or state purposes, essentially "double dipping."
"The marketplace of ideas is as important to the United States as the marketplace of business," Leif Reid, one of Brian Greenspun's attorneys, said in a statement. "This is an effort to suppress both by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Review-Journal is attempting to eliminate the Las Vegas Sun's alternative editorial voice — not just in print, but also on the Internet. Paying to eliminate a competitor is clearly monopolistic and illegal."
The termination of the 2005 JOA, and impending closure of the Las Vegas Sun and its website, will have adverse effects on competition by, among other things, reducing output (both quantity and quality) of newspapers, increasing subscribers’ costs to purchase a newspaper, and reducing the opportunities available for online advertisers
East Arkansas Broadcasters, a radio station group based in Wynne, has announced its plans to purchase the MAX Media stations in the Arkansas River valley at Russellville, Morrilton, Atkins and Dardanelle.
EAB's Bobby Caldwell says the acquisition will make it the biggest broadcast group in the state in terms of number of stations, with 25. It started in Wynne in 1956, but has grown to include stations in Jonesboro, Pochontas and Stuttgart, among others. It also owns EAB Sports Network, which partners with Arkansas State University.
More details follow.
The Magnolia Reporter sends along an interesting link to a story about how GateHouse Media, a New York company that operates more than 300 newspapers in 21 states, is opening a "Center for News and Design" in Austin, Texas, to consolidate much of the editing and production for its newspapers in one place. The Gannett Corp. and others have done this as a job-trimming, profit-building tactic.
Newspaper traditionalists think a little something is lost when, for example, copy editing for a Lafayette, La., newspaper is done in Kalamazoo, where you don't find many Delahoussayes.
No word yet what this might mean for current staffing at individual GateHouse newspapers. It lists these properties in Arkansas: Daily papers in Arkadelphia, Helena-West Helena, Hope and Stuttgart; weekly paers in Gurdon, Heber Springs, Newport, Prescott and White Hall. It also has some other shoppers.
Times subscribers — and wannabes or might-bes or even no-thank-yous — are invited to join the Times' bloggers at 5:30 today and onward in the upstairs party room at U.S. Pizza on Kavanaugh in Hillcrest. Happy hour drink prices. Plenty of B.S. — berry serious conversation — freely available.
Bring questions and Lindsey and I and others will attempt to answer them there and maybe in a post-session blog post.
We'll try to take some pix and post them for far-flung subscribers, like eL and others.
It is, of course, never too late to sign up for membership with us. Benefits: Regular events such as this. Special deals from advertisers. Early notice of special events, from concerts to gallery tours to special dinners. Unlimited access to the Arkansas, Rock Candy, Eye Candy and Eat Arkansas blogs. Support of a distinctive media voice.
* ON THE OBAMACARE FRONT: Thanks to the Kochheads of Arkansas for their pitiful whine about the federal government's award of more money to organizations that will help funnel people into health exchanges provided under Obamacare. The article is here. Says an additional $1 million is coming our way: 1) $270,193 to Southern United Neighborhoods, a public charity that helps low- and moderate-income people in the ArkLaTex and 2) $7784,745 to the University of Arkansas for a coalition that will try to find the highest level of uninsured — young adults, Latinos, African-Americans, homeless, mentally il, impoverished and disabled.
I couldn't help but note nearby in the list that the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile is among those that will receive money to help people get Obamacare. Efforts to fracture support for the legislation with abortion-based fear-baiting clearly hasn't been a total succcess.
* ARREST IN JACKSONVILLE SLAYING: Jacksonville police have arrested one man and are seeking another in the slaying of LaTravis Morant, 31. As has become customary, Republican legislators are Tweeting and re-Tweeting that the first suspect arrested was on parole since 2011 on an earlier weapons violation. As yet, no indication that he was a parole violator. Again: Some parolees commit crimes again. Sad but true. If representatives want to end parole, they should just do it. And then haul out their taxpayer checkbook.
We had a great opening crowd for our first Arkansas Times' subscribers monthly parties. And I think we'll probably seek to expand the horizons in the future in some way. We greeted some old friends and met some old friends in person for the first time.
I even got a gift of a bottle of home-cooked barbecue sauce from a friend of a Republican political consultant. I didn't run it by one of the royal testers, but slopped it on some Whole Hog barbecue and ate it fearlessly. Good barbecue sauce. I am alive as I eat it.
Also: I grabbed a phone shot and fiddled with it a bit. Below, at left, is a long-time blog commenter. Identify him (by his blog handle — it's not Citizen One, but he was there, too) and we might dig up a Bill Maher ticket for you.
Wally Hall, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports editor and lead sports columnist, criticized the Razorbacks today and the criticism was well-placed.
It's about the University of Arkansas Athletic Department selling marketing rights for its sports teams to an international marketing firm, now IMG.
It operates out of state-owned buildings on a state-owned campus at a state-financed university that would be worthless as a professional sports franchise without the name University of Arkansas attached. Hall notes the favored status of the marketing firm and objects, specifically, to IMG's exclusive rights to Razorback football practice video.
You may or may not know that access to Razorback athletes, coaches and practices is heavily restricted. Even where coverage by media is allowed, not all media are viewed as equal with the same press box and practice access. But now one private agency is bragging about its exclusive access to football practice, having bought the privilege from your land grant university.
The University of Arkansas is a state institution with the same rules and regulations as any other institution.Would you want all the news out of the governor’s office to come from his website?
The Arkansas Razorbacks athletic programs belong to the people of Arkansas, and while no doubt some of those people would be happy with a steady diet of pablum, most of the Razorbacks Nation is intelligent enough to want the truth.
Maybe it is all IMG, but the truth is it feels like the University of Arkansas has become not only the story but the storyteller, and that’s not the role of the state’s largest academic institution.
Amen. But a complete telling of this story should also include the fact that major sportswriters like Hall have too often accepted the ground rules, written and understood, about Hog jockdom. Some people get in the press box, some don't. The favored offer no 1st Amendment arguments for the excluded. The UA sports "program" has always operated like a private enterprise beyond reach of public inspection. The cornerstone sham is hiding tens of millions of expenses and special deals behind the wall of the Razorback Foundation. The Foundation would be deprived of many of its millions without the special charges attached to preferred seating at football and basketball games. The ticket sales are handled by public employees for access to public facilities and public employees handle most of the working parts of the corporate colossus that is Razorback sports.
Wally Hall is worried about access to football practice.
Real transparency means access to Razorback Foundation records, including who gets access to the UA private plane service.
The line is open. Not much else to report. But tomorrow:
* SCHOOL 'CHOICE': The pandora's box opened by the legislature's adoption of a nearly unfettered school choice law this year dumps its contents MOnday on the state Board of Education. It has an agenda that includes 13 — THIRTEEN — appeals of school district decisions to deny school transfers — from Cabot, Lakeside, Marion, Lonoke, Palestine-Whteatley, White Hall and Wynne School Districts. The districts will invoke desegregation histories and current issues with varying degrees of specificity. The school choice legal forces — backed by the Billionaire Boys Club influence that brought about this law change in the first place — are pushing eventually for the end to any barriers to movement of students between school districts, including concerns about segregation. And when school district lines and race no longer have meaning, then what? Besides all-white and all-black school districts and the inevitable disparity, 1954-style.
We're not there yet. But I do wonder sometimes how matters might change if somebody did something like a New Enghland anti-poverty worker once told me about. They were going to round up all the poor people in their service area in Vermont and propose to move them to New Hampshire. Poverty solved in Vermont! Same idea for Arkansas schools. I propose that we free all the children trapped in the failing schools in Little Rock and put them on buses every day to the successful schools in Bryant, Benton, Cabot, Greenbrier and Sheridan. Problem solved, right?
* AND MEDIA TYPES MIGHT BE INTERESTED: In this op-ed in the Chattanooga Times Free Press (a newspaper owned by the Democrat-Gazette's Walter Hussman) about the reaction the newspaper received following the sacking of the editorial page editor who put a "Take Your Jobs Plan and Shove It, Mr. President" headline on an unfriendly editorial on the occasion of Barack Obama's visit to the city. That action apparently prompted a huge angry response — from people upset about the firing (and apparently from people not particularly familiar with the political leanings of Walter Hussman and his newspapers.)
Our editors, managers, customer service reps, reporters, and others began receiving calls and emails from all across the nation that were nothing less than vicious. Complete strangers took the story out of context and claimed it was this newspaper succumbing to President Barack Obama.
The ‘N’ word was screamed in dozens of emails and calls. “If you are not a [N] then you are an [N]-lover” one caller said.
The word “woman” was used as an insult over and over again. One bitter respondent went as far as to tell our female editor that she is an example of why the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, should have never existed. Another told her this is why women shouldn’t be doing jobs meant for men. Scores of others referred to her with almost every imaginable derogatory, vulgar term known.
Obama was called a “rag-headed Muslim” or “Chicago thug gang banger” by many who felt compelled to target their rage against him towards us. Many times they included their contact information as if it was a badge of honor that accompanied the sentiments. Others hid behind the veil of anonymity with their sordid remarks.
Personally, I heard from more than one stranger this week that it was a shame my mother did not have an abortion. Dozens more thought I was born without parts of my male anatomy. Many told me how physically ugly I was. And the “F” word was used almost as freely as the “N” word in trying to describe my alleged personal support of Obama. More than one suggested my death would result from my misinterpreted pandering to political pressure.
There's more. Of course many of the hateful quoted the Bible. The silver lining is that the columnist, Jason Taylor, said he'd responded to all the calls and messages. And he reports that many saw they'd been in error. Many apologized.
Of course, that lining isn't so silver when you understand that many undoubtedly felt sheepish only on learning that they'd heaped vituperation on a reliably anti-Obama newspaper. Had it been the Arkansas Times — keep those racist curses coming!
EDITOR'S NOTE: I noticed, too late after the fact, one of those terrible "automatic fill-in' things that happen on cell phones and — now I know — on the administrative function of the Arkansas Times' webpage. Triple slaying and Trayvon Martin? Not on my radar today.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press, which is controlled by Walter Hussman, owner of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has fired the editorial page editor who wrote this headline, which drew national attention on President Obama's recent visit to Chattanooga:
"Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough."
The editorial, which criticized the viability of Obama's economic plan on a local level, coincided with the president's visit Tuesday to Chattanooga. The Times Free Press determined that editorial page editor Drew Johnson's altered headline was "inappropriate."
"It was not the original headline approved for publication, and Johnson violated the normal editing process when he changed the headline," the announcement read. "The newspaper’s decision to terminate Johnson had nothing to do with the content of the editorial, which criticized the president’s job creation ideas and Chattanooga’s Smart Grid. The Free Press page has often printed editorials critical of the president and his policies."
The article notes that the newsaper retains both a conservative and liberal opinion page, a remnant of the combination of the conservative Free Press with the liberal Times, once owned by the same family that owns the New York Times. Walter Hussman's sympathies — indeed much of his game plan for his own newspaper building strategies came from the former Free Press owner — are not generally with those of the New York Times.
Chattanoogan.com, a local alternative news outlet, reported:
Soon after his dismissal, Mr. Johnson sent out this tweet, "I just became the first person in the history of newspapers to be fired for writing a paper's most-read article."
Mr. Johnson, 34, had been the replacement for Lee Anderson, who had a 70-year career with the newspaper.
He was the founder and first president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, a free market think tank and watchdog organization based in Nashville.
He was with the newspaper for just over a year.
The Hussman paper's editorial page article on the dismissal didn't say what the original headline said or who had approval over editorial page headlines. It said the newspaper supported the content of the editorial and past criticism of the president. It closed: "This newspaper places high value on expressions of divergent opinion, but will not permit violations of its standards."
I haven't found a news article on the matter on the newspaper's website.
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