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NPR at 50 – Straying from Its Civic Mission?

May 14, 2021
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By Ralph Nader May 14, 2021 This month is the 50th anniversary of National Public Radio (NPR). Knowing about my work back then with other advocates, to persuade Congress to pass legislation creating NPR and PBS, (which was opposed by most of the commercial radio/TV industry), a friend asked what I think of NPR now.…

Reporter’s Alert: Part V

May 7, 2021
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By Ralph Nader May 7, 2021 Reporters at major newspapers and magazines are hard to reach by telephone. Today it is increasingly hard to converse with them about timely scoops, leads, gaps in coverage, and corrections to published articles. We started an online webpage: Reporter’s Alert. From time to time, we will use Reporter’s Alert to present suggestions…

Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed

April 30, 2021
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By Ralph Nader April 30, 2021 David Gelles, the New York Times reporter, likes to report about corporate plutocrats raking it in while stifling or endangering their workers. We’ve all seen those large advertisements by big companies praising the sacrifices of their brave workers during this Covid-19 pandemic. When workers ask for living wages, most…

If Biden is a “union guy” – Go After the Taft-Hartley Monster!

April 23, 2021
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By Ralph Nader April 23, 2021 President Joe Biden likes to say, “I’m a union guy.” Unfortunately, as Vice President from 2009 to 2017, his boss, Barack Obama wouldn’t let him be a “union guy.” Even with large Democratic majorities in Congress and control of the White House, worker needs went unmet. Setting records for…

Reporter’s Alert: Part IV

April 16, 2021
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By Ralph Nader April 16, 2021 Reporters at major newspapers and magazines are hard to reach by telephone. Today it is increasingly hard to converse with them about timely scoops, leads, gaps in coverage, and corrections to published articles. We started an online webpage: Reporter’s Alert. From time to time, we will use Reporter’s Alert…

Alert Reporters Facing the Void!

April 9, 2021
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By Ralph Nader April 9, 2021 Let’s contemplate on good reporters. If you are a regular reader of prominent newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post (and the dispatches by AP and Reuters), do you ever get the feeling that reporters who write great stories of corporate greed and crime are writing…

Can the Decline in Letter-Writing be Reversed?

April 2, 2021
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By Ralph Nader April 2, 2021 When Cornell University Press sent me an early copy of my sister, Laura Nader’s book: Letters To and From an Anthropologist, a collection of correspondences compiled over fifty-five years, I wondered whether such print letter-writing exchanges assembled in books were nearing extinction. My impression preceded young parents relating remarks…

Reporter’s Alert: Part III

March 25, 2021
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By Ralph Nader March 25, 2021 Reporters at major newspapers and magazines are hard to reach by telephone. Today it is increasingly hard to converse with them about timely scoops, leads, gaps in coverage, and corrections to published articles. We just started an online webpage: Reporter’s Alert. From time to time, we will use Reporter’s Alert to present…

Reporters’ Alert: Launching a New Website Part II

March 19, 2021
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By Ralph Nader March 19, 2021 Reporters at major newspapers and magazines are hard to reach by telephone. Today it is increasingly hard to converse with them about timely scoops, leads, gaps in coverage, and corrections to published articles. We just started an online webpage: Reporter’s Alert. From time to time, we will use Reporter’s Alert to present…

Perfidy Meets Putty – Congressional Democrats Betray Voters

March 12, 2021
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By Ralph Nader March 12, 2021 Do you remember the promises made by the Democratic Party’s presidential and Congressional candidates on universal health insurance? You can forget their pledges and somber convictions now that your votes put the Democrats in charge of the House and the Senate. The Democrats’ leaders are abandoning their promises and…