by Ansel Herz
on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM
I've Said It Once And I'll Say It Again: If the media is going to keep labeling Council member Kshama Sawant a socialist, they need to label the other politicians capitalists. Jen posted an interview last week on how Republicans use coded language to stir up support among racist segments of their base. It's little different when the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and Seattle P-I all routinely use some combination of the words "fiery" and "socialist" in their reporting on Sawant—but they never use words like "staid" and "capitalist" to describe her colleagues at City Hall. It's code for: this person is not like the others, she's not mainstream, and she's a threat. The same terms were used by American journalists to marginalize Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.
Rodney Tom Strikes Again: The state house has already advanced the DREAM Act, but the Senate Majority Leader and Senate Republicans are signalling they won't bring the bill to the floor for a vote. That could hurt them come election day.
Kiev Rocked by Riots: It's protesters using sticks and setting buses on fire, upset with proposals that would curb dissent, versus police using pepper spray and flash grenades.