Coldplay, Cartoons and the Clowns Over at Chipotle

In Animal rights, Current News, Farming, Food, Livestock, Media, mediawatch by Cathryn

For years now, musicians and actors have taken time out from patting themselves on the back during awards ceremonies to advance politicized causes.  The mega-produced shows, which take a public willingness to indulge the already pampered in self-congratulation all the way to the bank, now serve as a platform for entertainers to remind us that they are thoughtful, culturally-aware types.  …

Straight Talk Straight from the Farm

In Activism, Farming, mediawatch, New Media by Cathryn

People don’t trust traditional media the way that they did a decade ago.  Studies have reported time and time again that today people want to speak directly with the source.  CommonGround, a joint program between the National Corn Growers Association and the United Soybean Board, gives them just that opportunity. By empowering farm women to tell their own stories of …

Ethanol Bashing is an Orchestrated High-Dollar Venture

In Blogroll, Events, General, Media, mediawatch by Mark

 In yesterday’s blog I briefly discussed the phenomenon of editorials on an identical subject suddenly showing up in newspapers across the country almost like a flu epidemic had simultaneously hit newsrooms nationwide.  The most recent attack on corn-based ethanol provides a great example of how these coordinated efforts are staged. The current outbreak, which began Sunday, hit the nation’s top …

The Anti-Ethanol Circus is in Town!

In Activism, Blogroll, Energy Bill, Environmental, Ethanol, Farming, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, government, mediawatch, Policy, Politics by Mark

My brother-in-law recently asked me why ethanol had a great reputation for two decades and suddenly seems to be getting pounded constantly, especially in editorial/opinion pages by the media.  He doesn’t have a farming background and isn’t invested in the ethanol industry so he is a neutral and somewhat uninformed observer. He is also one of the busiest guys I …

Taking “King Corn” Propaganda Personally

In Farming, Media, mediawatch by Ken

Here’s two pieces of advice for young filmmakers who want to make the ground-breaking documentary attacking a popular industry: Make sure no relative has connections to the industry you target. More important: Should a relative have such a connection, and you ignore the above advice, make sure this relative also isn’t a journalist. Such is the problem now facing poor …