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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Live op-ed UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2007 at 8:55 AM

An ad hoc group will hold a news conference this morning to criticize editorial opinions in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. It's about the ongoing Little Rock school controversy.

Comment: This is mother's milk to an editorialist. Getting noticed in such a fashion is but another handy excuse to trot out the same stuff one more time. I'd suggest the citizens group might be more effective in trying to get the D-G news department to get the facts right about the 1957 school crisis, still wrong 50 years after. (Again today in an article about a fund-raiser for the Little Rock Nine's charity.)

UPDATE: Terence Bolden, an organizer of the event, sent along some of the prepared remarks. He said, in part, "The biased and race baiting opinions labeling school board members in a negative manner,perpetuates racial stereotypes and stirs up divisions without in our community that we do not need."

Examples of objectionable terms:

"The editorials have contained words like “lynching party”, “gang of four”, “race hustlers”, “under a cover of darkness” “school wreckers and wrecking crew” to repeatedly describe elected officials who are Black members of the Little Rock School Board.  These types of opinions, expressed by the state's largest newspaper, are viewed as biased and blatantly racist by many and are unacceptable to us."


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                      CONTACT: Terence Bolden

May 9, 2007                                                                                       (501) 612-1613




Little Rock Residents to Challenge Arkansas Democrat Gazette to End Biased Editorials



LITTLE ROCK—In light of the recent battle between the Little Rock School District and its superintendent, Roy Brooks, a group of concerned Little Rock residents are troubled by the editorial opinions issued daily by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, particularly the newspaper’s editorial page and Editorial Page Editor Paul Greenberg.



WHAT:           News conference to issue call to action to Little Rock residents to challenge racist and biased coverage of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette


WHO:             Little Rock citizens, community and grassroots leaders, and various organizations

                        Speakers Include: Brownie Ledbetter, Jim Lynch, and others


WHEN:           Thursday, May 10, 2007

10:45 a.m. CST


WHERE:         Arkansas Democrat Gazette

121 East Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201


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