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08/08/14 Black Media , Black News , featured , ybw #

Black Blogger Revealed as Paid Corporate Hack

Black Blogger Revealed as Paid Corporate Hack
Kristal High (left)  Photo Credit: Vice.com

Kristal High (left)
Photo Credit: Vice.com

Yvette Carnell

As founder of BreakingBrown, I’ve said on several occasions that many of the people in the black blogosphere and Twitterverse are paid provocateurs instead writers with a vested interest in the black community.

The editor and co-founder of Politic365, a black politics website, was recently revealed as a paid lobbyist for tobacco and telecom.

During an interview on Wednesday, Vice reports that Kristal High revealed that she was being paid by lobbying firm DCI. And just in case you don’t know, lobbying firms pay for influence, not just for the sake of handing out free money.

Talk show host David Pakman made it clear during the interview that both High and another guest, Everett Ehrlich, were pitched to his program as guests by DCI.

“Are individuals like you and Everett Ehrlich, are you paid by DCI?” Pakman asked High.

“I think you have to really consider what it is you’re suggesting, you’re asking there,” High tried to explain. “If people are working on different issues, there could be, say, a consulting arrangement that’s separate and apart from whatever it is people are advocating for.”

Pakman, however, refused to let the subject drop.

“In other words, DCI may be paying you as a consultant,” Pakman pushed. “But they’re not paying you for the media appearances or being a spokesperson for the point of view that their clients espouse.”

“Right,” High responded.

Whatever.

Not surprisingly, High has defended the FCC’s plan to end net neutrality, as have the NAACP and Urban league, even though such a move could hurt independent black media providers and their consumers.

High also attempted to take on Vice, showing up in the comments section of net neutrality articles to do the bidding of big telecom, which probably had something to do with why they outed her as a corporate shill.

High also defended big telecom in an op-ed for the Huffington Post, but not once did she reveal that she was being paid by the very group whose interests she was supporting. High’s articles up at Huff Post have since been removed for “violating our blogger terms, which require bloggers to disclose possible conflicts of interest or any financial affiliations they may have with parties or topics they’re writing about.”

Here’s more about Politic365 from Vice:

Politic365 was “incubated” by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, a group profiled last year by the Center for Public Integrity. They found that the outfit takes huge checks from telecom giants to mobilize African American and Latino support for industry priorities, like opposing net neutrality or supporting corporate media mergers.

This is why the need for INDEPENDENT black media is so great. The site also shilled for the Comcast merger:

Another news article on the site muses that the proposed Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable could “benefit minorities.” When Comcast merged with NBC, Politic365 also celebrated that conglomeration as somehow beneficial to communities of color.

Now is probably as good a time as any  for High to reveal how much money she’s taken from DCI and other lobbying interests during her time at Politic365.

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21/07/14 Black Media , Black News , featured , ybw #

Katt Williams on Dave Chappelle: They Decap¡tated Him Right in Front of Us [Video]

Katt Williams on Dave Chappelle: They Decap¡tated Him Right in Front of Us [Video]

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Comedian Katt Williams is not arrogant and openly admitted during a recent interview that both Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart are better than him, but that doesn’t even raise eyebrows when compared to how the comedian broke down parasitic Hollywood culture during the interview.

Williams acknowledged that he’s controversial, but says the most outrageous thing he’s ever seen doesn’t have anything to do with him.

Williams broke down how David Chappelle ended up in Africa after having his reputation attacked, all because the network for which Chappelle worked violated the comedian’s contract.

“Dave Chappelle was decap¡tated in front of us and until we deal with that…until we deal with the fact that a devout Muslim who doesn’t eat bacon was accused of being a crackhead,” we’ll never understand Hollywood, said Williams.

He also drew attention to the fact that it made no sense for a father of five to leave America, a country with more than its share of illicit drugs, to travel to Africa to smoke crack, but people were ready to believe the worst anyway.

Katt Williams said Dave Chappelle was originally nicknamed “pilot boy” because he had 19 pilots everyone passed on and said his show “wasn’t worth it.”

Williams said Chappelle’s character assassination was intentional. When Chappelle’s show made $500 million dollars, “even though his contract said he should get half of it, they said he made too much for his contract to be valid, so we’ll offer you 10 percent of what you made.” So Williams says,  out of the 500 million dollars, they only offered Chappelle $50 million.

According to Williams, the story of Chappelle being a crackhead was in retaliation for the comedian not capitulating to the network’s demands. They knew that before Chappelle had a chance to tell his own story, they’d have everyone believing that he was on drugs, and they were right.

Watch the video below:

 

h/t: Comedy Hype

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21/07/14 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Kobe Bryant Finally Decides to Support Trayvon Martin’s Cause

Kobe Bryant Finally Decides to Support Trayvon Martin’s Cause

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In a profile of Kobe Bryant in New Yorker‘s March issue, Bryant sparked outrage with his comments on the black community’s reaction to Trayvon Martin. Bryant made it plain that he saw no need to take a stand on issues that disproportionately impacted blacks. Over the weekend, however, Bryant met with Trayvon Martin’s parents during an anti-racial profiling rally commemorating George Zimmerman’s acquittal.

“When you look at those challenges in a vacuum, you feel like they’re the most important, the most significant things in the world that are going on when you look at them in isolation,” Bryant said. “However, when you step outside of that, and you look at Sybrina and Tracy and what they had to go through as a family, and what they’ve come out of, that’s true adversity. And that’s responding to true conflict and being true inspirations.”

During the New Yorker interview, Bryant had been asked about his reluctance to join other black athletes, such as members of the Miami Heat, in opposing racial profiling after Trayvon Martin’s death. Bryant dismissed their efforts as futile racial collectivism.

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” Bryant told the New Yorker. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well… then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

What Bryant didn’t seem to understand was that people weren’t rallying around Trayvon Martin because the slain teen was black, but because he was an unarmed teen who’d been gunned down, and police in Sanford, Florida had refused to arrest the man who shot him. If anything, George Zimmerman made the case about race when he profiled Trayvon Martin, but not the other way around. Maybe Bryant gets that now.

 

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16/07/14 Black Media , Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

News Anchor Quits After Berating “Young Black Men Without Fathers”

News Anchor Quits After Berating “Young Black Men Without Fathers”

Sean Bergin, a reporter from News 12 in New Jersey, was suspended over comments he made on Sunday about Berginfatherless black men during a news report. Bergin now says he doesn’t plan on returning to his job after learning that his news segments will be reduced to once per week.

The controversy stemmed from Bergin’s reporting on slain police officer Melvin Santiago. During the Sunday segment, Bergin interviewed the widow of a black man who gunned down Santiago and was killed by other officers responding to the scene.

Widow Angelique Campbell told Bergin that Lawrence Campbell didn’t go far enough and should’ve killed more officers. She later apologized.

Bergin responded to complaints by viewers as “understandable” adding, “We decided to air it because it’s important to shine a light on the anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities.”

Then Bergin took it a step further:

It has made the police officer’s job impossible and it has got to stop. The underlying cause of all of this, of course: Young black men growing up without fathers. Unfortunately, no one in the news media has the courage to touch that subject.

The station immediately suspended Bergin after the segment, calling into question his objectivity.

“It is News 12’s policy that reporters must be objective and not state personal opinions on-air,” the station said in a statement Tuesday.

Bergin acknowledges that he wasn’t acting in the capacity of an objective reporter during his segment but says he has no regrets.

“If I had it to do over again, I would do the exact same thing,” Bergin said. “I broke the rules. I knew I was breaking the rules. But sometimes you have to break the rules to do the right thing.”

Watch the video below:

 

 

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05/07/14 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Joan Rivers Storms Off CNN Set After Telling Anchor Fredricka Whitfield to “Shut Up”

Joan Rivers Storms Off CNN Set After Telling Anchor Fredricka Whitfield to “Shut Up”

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If you’re a fan of BreakingBrown then you probably aren’t a huge fan of mainstream media. That’s fine because we get you. It’s why we’re here. Still, who could have beef with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield? It’s almost as if she floats into the studio on unicorns every Saturday and is carried away after work on a fluffy white cloud. But the meanest woman in comedy, Joan Rivers, is no fan of Whitfield or her “negative” questions, which prompted Rivers to tell Whitfield to “shut up” before storming off the CNN set during a Saturday interview.

Whitfield asked Rivers about her mean comedy and whether Rivers ever worries about offending people.

“Life is very tough,” she responded. “If you can make a joke to make something easier and funny, do it.”

When discussing her TV show, where Rivers routinely mocks celebrities, the 81 year old comedian said people who make millions don’t really care what she has to say.

“It’s not mean, it’s not mean, it’s not mean,” she said. “I tell the truth.”

Whitfield continued asking Rivers about the “shock value” of her comedy, but Rivers, who recently called President Obama gay and Mrs. Obama a “tranny”, was offended by Whitfield’s “negative” questions. She also took issue with Whitfield asking her about wearing a fur on the cover of her new book.

“This whole interview is becoming a defensive interview,” Rivers said. “Are you wearing leather shoes?” When Whitfield answered yes, Rivers told her, “then shut up.”

The real irony here is that Rivers defended her comedy by explaining that she makes jokes about what everyone else is thinking, but Rivers was ignorant of the fact that Whitfield was asking what viewers were wondering. Well, anyone left out there who still cares what Rivers has to say.

Watch the video here:

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