On Friday I pointed out that KPNX Reporter Brahm Resnick used a screen shot from the end of an interview in order to claim that Secretary of State Michelle Reagan had tried to "dodge reporters". This fake theme is not just a misleading view of the events, it's an outright fabrication. Here's the copy of his tweet from last week.
KPNX has posted the full interview and the headline is clearly an unacknowledged correction of Brahm's false narrative. Notice how awkward the new headline is.
The headline acknowledges that she answered the questions. The fake "dodge reporters" theme is gone. Also notice that KPNX has corrected the order of events; KPNX has renounced Brahm's fake, "she dodged, we catch up, questions ensue" theme.
The only fig leaf that they left Brahm was using the word "flees". Of course, even without watching the video, the headline is absurd. She ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS and then "flees". What should an interviewee do after answering the questions? Once the station has conceded that she answered the questions, then how can they justify using "flees" to describe her exit.
If you click on the video, you will realize how absurd the headline really is. The video is over 6 minutes long! She didn't just answer a couple questions on the way to the elevator, she stood there for six minutes and answered the same questions over and over and then then walked away. The reporters then followed her and repeated the same questions until the doors closed.
This story is a clinic on the lack of reporting ethics. Stay tuned for updates tomorrow and Wednesday.
Check out this tweet that Channel 12 Reporter Brahm Resnik sent out last week. If you watch the actual footage you will see that the Tweet is fake.
In the video, Reagan answers reporters' questions for several minutes and when the questions become redundant, she then leaves. The cameras follow her, and the reporters continue to ask her the same questions and then she gets into the elevator and when the doors close, the interview is over. The "dodge reporters" story line certainly doesn't appear on the video. Yes. She eventually terminates the interview, but at that point, she has answered each question several times. There is no "dodging".
Furthermore, the picture that Brahm tweeted is from the last few seconds of the interview. By combining the "We catch up. Questions ensue" text with the picture that is actually from the last few seconds of the clip, Brahm is trying to give credibility to the fake "Regan dodged us" theme.
This story is journalistic fraud. Again, this is not a picture of the reporters "catching up" with her. Brahm uses a picture from the end of the interview and combines it with the narrative about the beginning of the interview in order to prop up his fake "Reagan dodged us theme."
This isn't the first time that Brahm has faked a story. Last March I busted Brahm for essentially the same infraction. He edited his interview with Bernie Sanders to make it look like Sanders walked out of the interview. Then after the "Sanders walked out" theme went viral, Brahm was forced to release the full video that showed that Sanders not only remained for the full interview, but warned Brahm not to try to claim that he had walked out.
OK. Boys and Girls today's lesson is "The Structure of the United States Government."
The "United States" is formed from a group of governing bodies called "States". The sovereign, or "police" power resides in those states. They formed a federal government and granted some powers to that government. They also formed (or allowed to be formed) local governments that included counties, cities and school districts plus lots of little governing units like homeowners associations.
Naturally the people who run these other governments attempt to accumulate more and more power. So the federal government tries to expand its list of "enumerated" powers in order to control things as trivial as light bulb standards. Meanwhile, the cities encroach on state power from the other side and try to legislate minimum wage and other employment law plus a host of other issues such as whether or not stores can use plastic bags*.
The state resists these encroachments from above and below.
People who don't understand this structure or who are ignorant of United States History, find it somehow illogical and criticize the states for defending the authority that belongs to them.
Unfortunately, some of the individuals who lack this training and understanding get jobs as "journalists" in which they are paid to opine on things that they don't understand.
Naturally, the Republic's Linda Valdez is against the recent bill to expand the State Supreme Court. However, this line makes it obvious that she hasn't done her homework.
Let’s see how many independents or Democrats wind up on a Ducey court.
The answer of course is that Ducey is One for One. Clint Bolick is an Independent. She should know that.
More telling is her reaction when Steve Twist pointed out her error.
Valdez shows that she has limited understanding of the political spectrum, as well as the complexity of legal thought. She seems to think that the spectrum is linear and that Republicans are on the right and Democrats are on the left while independents are in the middle. This limited perspective might get you through the AP History test, but for a political reporter/columnist/editorial writer, it's shockingly ignorant.
My local Paradise Bakery is now Panera. I happened to be their for the opening day which means I got a coupon for free crack cocaine and a glimpse at the new robots.
Actually, a coupon for free crack would have been too obvious, so they gave me a coupon for one dozen free cookies each month for a year--not "buy-one-get-one free". Actually "free" free. I think I managed to throw it away before my family saw it.
As for the robots, the science fiction of my youth promised something sexier. This touch screen beauty is one of four posted at the entrance. The screen says "coming soon", and I assume that's a reference to the soup. But the machine itself will be sentient in a few days. Two of the four were already working and if you use them to place your own order, you get a free cookie! The first hit is always free.
I skipped the machine and walked to the counter where a real person took my order. I glanced at her name tag to see if it said "Going Soon."
Frankly, as robots go, the touch screen terminal is pretty primitive. I could place the order there, but not pay for it, and I had to place the order while at the machine.
I learned about the next robot revolution while at my table. That's because my table had a little brass plate that gave the table number and website. That means I'm not too far from being able to either log on to the website, (or use the App) to place my order and pay for my food which will replace both ends of the transaction.
Panera is now a hybrid vending machine. If that sounds strange to you, think back to the way that you used to buy gasoline, rent movies or leave the parking garage. Next time you are filling up the car, ask your kids what the phrase "$10 of unleaded on pump 5 please" means. Gas, movies and parking are now literally sold from vending machines.
Implications? We could have an interesting discussion about the minimum wage. Obviously, if the law says you have to pay the cashier $15 an hour, then those little robots are going to be pretty cost-effective. Of course, those machines are already economically viable, so the minimum wage argument is moot.
How about this? Make sure that you have a skill set that can't be replaced by a machine. That's good advice, but you will probably have to change careers every few years. It's not like lawyers, reporters and anesthesiologists are safe. Those machines are already here--they just aren't in widespread use yet.
My real advice....Finish your formal education, but remember that's just the foundation of what you will need to know. Learn new skills and acquire new knowledge each year. Spend less than you make; stay flexible. Learn to fix robots.
On the first day of Governor Ducey's term, I wrote this post about his legacy. I said then that the men and women of his administration collectively the "Ducey Guys" would be the most lasting part of that legacy.
Last week, I was in the Protocol Room for a bill signing and snapped this picture.
Apparently, the Ducey Guys have more tools available to them than those of us were Symington Guys--of course, we occasionally got a few mintutes off.
Here's the message that I delivered to the grads at the ASU Liberal arts and Carey Convocations. The speech itself takes about 5 minutes. I start about 30 seconds in and the audio improves at that point.