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Salem-News Article on Socialism Leads to Drive Time Interview on LA Radio StationTim King Salem-News.com
The interview with KPFK 90.7 FM's Sonali Kolhatkar aired in Los Angeles and on 14 other NPR stations.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Barack Obama is under a constant siege of accusations over bringing Socialist policies into the fold of U.S. politics. What Socialism exactly is however, remains a mystery for most Americans.
That ignorance is largely owed to mainstream media; a group that has lowered the bar considerably when it comes to selecting which controversy to cover.
The biggest purveyor of ignorance however, is the divisive media pundit like Rush Limbaugh; a man who has disclosed publicly that he actually hopes the United States fails under the President's Stimulus Plan. He has pressed non stop in his ongoing quest to brand and tarnish any ideas Obama brings forth.
These highly-paid pundits are equating the notion of socialism; which we already have in terms of public response agencies and Social Security as the largest example, with the murderous years of the Soviet Union. When examining facts, this ideas seems ridiculous.
Several European nations and Canada have successfully implemented aspects of Socialism over continuing, long-term periods, with great success.
This is being completely overlooked of course by people like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Riley who remain intent on magnifying any flaws they perceive in the new U.S. president.
They make deplorable and erroneous remarks about the success of Socialized healthcare with the now notorious GOP approach of lying vigorously over extended periods of time; knowing that their followers will climb onboard eventually - once worn down by fear tactics and paranoia.
An article that was published on Salem-News.com March 9, 2009 about Barack Obama and Socialism, quickly found its way into the news aggregators like Google and almost immediately the story being pounded by comments and a steady flow of email to our newsroom.
The story caught the eye of KPFK 90.7 FM's Sonali Kolhatkar in Los Angeles, host and lead producer of Uprising. The program emphasizes connecting global issues with local ones. Simply informing listeners of the problems in the world and our communities is not enough - we hope to motivate our listeners to take an active role in their communities. (see the article: Accusations of Socialism Against Barack Obama - Tim King Salem-News.com)
Here is the radio appearance from this morning in two parts:
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Uprising airs daily on KPFK, Pacifica in Southern California from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on weekdays, Pacific Standard Time (If you live outside the Southern California area, you can listen to Uprising live every day online.)
Sonali Kolhatkar is a 27-year old software engineer from Caltech, with a background in Astrophysics. She decided to make a career change, tried out for a position as host and producer for KPFK’s Morning Show, a two hour daily public affairs program. Today she hosts and produces Uprising every weekday morning. Sonali had long been an activist on the side, speaking out on issues such as women’s rights and US foreign policy in Afghanistan and is one of the founders and the co-director of Afghan Women’s Mission.
As a reporter who has covered the war in Afghanistan and the tragic plight of the people there, I can not overemphasize how important the efforts of Sonali's group are. The people of Afghanistan are in dire need of so many things and our military efforts there are contingent on winning the hearts and minds of these people.
It is imperative that the mission of the Coalition always remains humanitarian. This means not just building roads; it means food supplies and medical access. People's needs must be addressed. Afghanistan has been at war continuously for thirty years.
These articles are on-the-ground reports that I filed from Afghanistan. They tell a lot about the conditions people there are living under:
To learn more about Uprising, please visit: uprisingradio.org/home/?p=626
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Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 in Afghanistan with Oregon troops. Tim recently returned from Iraq where he covered the war there while embedded with an Oregon Guard aviation unit. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators.
You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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