Now, you guys might know that I'm not a big fan of Fox News. Since I met fellow bloggers HankNYNY and OllieGarchey and others, we have been working our tails off to present the news on the ground that the corporate media will not cover. We are using new technologies which will change the way media works. We've been working together to create inexpensive civilian owned and operated camera drones to bring live images and video from the ground when the police barricades in journalists, and blocks their line of site with buses. We've been working with enterprise level software developers to create a new way to access and research information. Our aim is to be able to respond within an hour to published or broadcasted misinformation.
And you built it, Kossacks.
Our ultimate goal is a long way off: to counter media disinformation and incompetence immediately with hard, indisputable facts.
We're also going to relentlessly focus on our political leaders. We need to point out the fact that the majority of our politicians no longer fight for what is in the best interests of “We The People” because they are too busy delivering corporate welfare to the special interests who fund their campaigns.
This must be stopped.
We've done a lot already. Just look at the recent Times Person of the Year coverage, which highlighted TheOther99:
We're changing the way media works.
We're realizing that what was once called Journalism – disseminating the facts to the American people – has become activism. When you're fighting malicious propaganda engines like Fox News, and the disinterested incompetence of every other media outlet, what you're doing becomes fact-based activism. We're advocating for the truth.
We've been heading down to Washington DC to lobby directly on behalf on the American People.
We're creating a New Media platform and we've had some major successes. We broke the Anthony Bologna Pepper Spray video, and we've been broadcasting and blogging from the ground ever since. We were the only source covering the “Stop 'Stop and Frisk'” march, which sees 11 Year Old children accosted by the NYPD, and their information entered into databases forever. The Washington post quoted OUR coverage. There's even more in the works.
We can't keep doing this, we can't keep our doors open, without your continued contributions. Our work is vital. What we can do together is massive. We've already helped change the conversation. Now it's time to drive the message home. Now it's time to make sure that any time the media fails – through malice or incompetence – someone is there to correct the record.
The mainstream media is failing us. We at The Other 99 are working day and night to bring you the story that the main stream media can't - or won't - tell. We answer to no one but you. We're here because of you. Help keep us up and running.
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All of us pushing together, through boots on the ground activism to online journalism and organizing and other means we are putting the necessary pressure on our politicians for the first time in a very long time. We need to keep at it.
The message of the 99% versus the wealthiest 1% has taken hold, it is here to stay. We need to keep at it. Slowly, we are winning. As Taibbi says, "It's too early to celebrate any of this, but it can't be a bad thing."
With your help, I hope we can have something to celebrate.
And I, for one, couldn't be happier when that happens.
Peace and love to all,
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