Ann Garrison 
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Investigator, writer, reporter, sometime publicist. San Francisco Bay View, Global Research, OpEdNews,, Foreign Policy in Focus.

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Reporting on dissident Rwandan political parties' thwarted attempts to register and participate in 2010 elections.

Updated on November 27, 2009 at 1:50 PM

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Re: “Dems Try to Rescue Jerry Brown

I can't say I care, knowing who Jerry Brown is. Laura Wells,, or Deacon Alexander,

Posted by Ann Garrison on 02/16/2010 at 4:22 PM

Re: “PG&E Funds Anti-Green Measure

This is awful. I didn't know the vote was in June. Thanks for coverage.

Posted by Ann Garrison on 02/16/2010 at 4:17 PM

Re: “KPFA Elections Mark Station's Latest Turmoil

Under current management KPFA is close to becoming an anachronism because it's Web presence is negligible and rapidly becoming more so.

This is not trivial to those of us who depend on the otherwise little heard voices that KPFA puts on the air.

Posted by Ann Garrison on 10/29/2009 at 10:26 AM

Re: “JR Valrey Is an Agent Provocateur

An agent provocateur for whom?

Also, I must say I find this piece full of a really unpleasant class bias, that of the professional, i.e., paid journalist, toward the unpaid volunteer, like J.R. Valrey at KPFA.

At other times you call J.R. a "blogger," also with notable, unwarranted disdain. Journalism is writing, published writing about matters of social interest, produced within varied intellectual and moral frameworks, some openly vaue laden, some less so.

This piece also expresses an intellectually naive disdain for "advocacy journalists," as compared to "mainstream" journalists, whom the writer seems to admire.

Mainstream? I don't find this word particularly meaningful or desirable.

Objectivity is a ridiculous idea to anyone who has considered questions of epistemology, teleology, subjectivity and intersubjecivity, what we often call the "objective" world, though it is actually a sociall constructed reality.

Honesty is possible. Objectivity is not. A good journalist tries to determine what is truthful, and essential, without advancing an agenda, unless writing from an openly editorial stance. And an honest editorial writer evaluates their subject as honestly as possible, before editorializing.

I hope East Bay Express readers noticed when, last year, London Guardian environmental writer George Monbiot attempted to make a citizens' arrest of John Bolton, .

George Monbiot is paid, and well-known, probably as well-known as any environmnetal journalist in the world. Would you say that he sacrified some sort of precious professionalism by doing so?

Mark Twain was one of the greatest journalists this country has ever produced, and he made no pretence to "objectivity," a.k.a., moral or intellectual indifference.

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