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					                                                                                                    Lt. Ehren Watada                                                      cent men, women
                                                                                                will not be getting                                                       and children. It is a

                   MEDIA RANTS
                   BY TONY PALMERI
                                                                                                a key to the city
                                                                                                anytime soon, in
                                                                                                part because the
                                                                                                mainstream media
                                                                                                                                                                          message that states
                                                                                                                                                                          unequivocally that
                                                                                                                                                                          blindly following
                                                                                                                                                                          orders is no longer
                                                                                                have minimized and                                                        an option.”
                                                                                                censored his de ant                                                           Lt. Watada is
                                                                                                stance against the                                                        not a conscientious

Valley press covers up
                                                                                                Bush war machine.                                                         objector; he is not
                                                                                                    On June 8th,                                                          against all military
                                                                                                Watada became                                                             actions.     Rather,

fraud, censors courage
                                                                                                the first commis-                                                         he has learned the
                                                                                                sioned o cer of the                                                       lessons of the post
                                                                                                U.S. Army to refuse                                                       World War II Nurem-
                                                                                                deployment to Iraq.                                                       berg Trials: that it is
By Tony Palmeri                                                                                 He said, “My moral                                                        the responsibility
                                                I type these words on July 21, the Valley       and legal obligation is to the Constitution        of soldiers to resist illegal and immoral

      ack Pelton is the CEO of CESSNA.          press have yet to inform the citizens of        and not to those who would issue unlawful          orders. You can sign a petition in support
      Ehren Watada is a U.S. Army 1st           Oshkosh – a university town – that Pelton       orders. I stand before you today because it        of him at
      Lieutenant. Pelton received the           received two fraudulent “degrees” and did       is my job to serve and protect America’s               What can be said about a media that
“Key to the City” of Oshkosh last month at      not have them removed from his resume           soldiers, its people, and innocent Iraqis          refuses to report on the fraudulent accom-
the annual Experimental Aircraft Associa-       until a televised expose made it impossible     who have no voice.”                                plishments of a “Key to the City” recipient
tion. Watada faces more than seven years        to continue the charade.                            On July 5th, the 28-year old from              at the same time censoring the courageous
in a military prison for refusal to deploy to       In November 2004, CBS’ “60 Minutes”         Honolulu was charged with “refusing to             actions of a soldier who chooses to act on
                                                did a feature on “Diplomas for Sale.”           be deployed with his unit on June 22 and           his conscience even when facing the threat
                                                Reporter Vicki Mabrey reported on online        with expressing contempt against offi-             of jail? Both situations represent cases of
    Gannett’s Oshkosh Northwestern              diploma mills, focusing specifically on         cials, including the president, and conduct        media “lapdogism.” For Pelton, media play
reported that “distinguished visitor”           “Hamilton University.” According to the         ‘unbecoming’ of an o cer.”                         lapdogs for the Chamber of Commerce and
                                                story:                                              Watada’s decision to refuse to par-            the Experimental Aircraft Association. For
Jack Pelton would receive the city                  “How do you get a degree from Ham-          ticipate in what he understands to be an           Watada, media play lapdogs for the mili-
of Oshkosh/EAA “Key to the City.”               ilton? You start by lling out a form on         illegal war is supported by his parents. His       tary establishment.
.... As I type these words on July 21,          a site that claims to be an independent         mom said, “My son’s decision to refrain                Media lapdogism on Pelton and Watada
                                                referral service. But it really was set up to   from deploying to Iraq is an act of patrio-        results in covering up fraud and censor-
the Valley press have yet to inform             funnel business to Hamilton. You’ll then        tism. It is a statement to all Americans,          ing courage. Talk about a twisted value
the citizens of Oshkosh – a univer-             be offered dozens of degrees. If you’re         to men and women in uniform, that they             system.
sity town – that Pelton received two            accepted, and chances are good you will         need not remain silent out of fear – that              Tony Palmeri (
                                                be, it can take as little as a week or two to   that they have the power to turn the tide of
fraudulent “degrees” and did not have           get a diploma. Your main assignments are        history, to stop the destruction of a country
                                                                                                                                                   is an associate professor of communication
them removed from his resume until                                                                                                                 at UW Oshkosh.
                                                to write a short paper and a big check.”        and the killing of untold numbers of inno-
a televised expose made it impossible           When Pelton became Cessna CEO, his o -
                                                cial bio stated:
to continue the charade.                            “Pelton holds BS and MS degrees in
                                                Aerospace Engineering from Hamilton             2nd Annual Literacy Drive hopes
Iraq and for showing “contempt toward
President Bush.” Pelton’s and Watada’s
treatment by the Fox Valley press says
                                                University. He is a resident of Wichita and
                                                currently serves on the board of directors
                                                for the General Aviation Manufactur-
                                                                                                for assistance from community
much about the values of mainstream,            ers Association and Wichita’s Habitat for          t amazes Kirk Plankey that 30 million           students, and Plankey decided to help by
corporate media.                                Humanity. A commercial, instrument-                 people in the United States – or 14            getting CleanPower involved in a book
   In late June, Gannett’s Oshkosh North-       rated pilot, he is Citation rated and ies           percent of the population – operate at         drive last year. e in-house book drive
western reported that “distinguished            regularly as pilot in command.”                 below basic literacy skill levels.                 grew into a community e ort with the help
visitor” Jack Pelton would receive the city            e Hamilton “degrees” have since been        “Unfortunately, it’s an issue that never        of Conkey’s Bookstore in downtown Apple-
of Oshkosh/EAA “Key to the City.” e Key         removed from Pelton’s bio on the website of     goes away, which is kind of a paradox of           ton and the Fox Valley Literacy Coalition.
recipient gets his name inscribed on a per-     Textron, Cessna’s parent company. When          our culture, that as rich and a uent and as            Plankey said the drive went well last
manent plaque that hangs in city hall. As       hiring Pelton as Cessna CEO in December         technically powerful as we are, we still have      year, but this year he decided to place less
                                                of 2003, Textron’s news release included        the issue of illiteracy,” he said. “And it’s not   emphasis on books and more on literacy
                                                the Hamiton “degree” credentials. After the     only immigrants. at’s one issue, that they         in order to help the free literacy training
                                                “60 Minutes” story, Cessna issued a state-      don’t know the language. But even for our          program available through the Fox Valley
                                                ment sweeping Pelton’s deception under          own citizens, that they have no or very low        Literacy Coalition.
                                                the rug. Contrast the Cessna whitewash          reading levels, that just amazes me.”                  “While Fred Gaines program has some
                                                with Radio Shack; there David Edmondson            In the Fox Valley, one in seven people          literacy issues, most of the folks do know
                                                was forced to resign as CEO in February         has a literacy need, according to the Fox          how to read,” Plankey said. “For the Liter-
                                                after he admitted that he lied about his        Valley Literacy coalition.                         acy Coalition, they don’t necessarily need
                                                academic credentials on his resume.                For the second consecutive year,                books as much as they need the support
                                                    Pelton hails from Kansas. Students from     Plankey is trying to make a dent in those          materials – the early reader books and
                                                that area attending Independence Com-           numbers with the 2nd Annual Fox Valley             things as simple as pencils and paper to
                                                munity College and working hard for their       Region Summer Literacy Drive.                      write on and practice.”
                                                diplomas said that Pelton’s appointment            Plankey, a 42-year-old account manager              Conkey’s is on board again this year as
                                                as CEO should produce anger because:            with CleanPower, a cleaning contractor             a drop-o location. e bookstore again
                                                “Some of us actually work to obtain a           with o ces in Appleton, Sheboygan and              offers a 20% discount on any books or
                                                degree. People like Pelton, who have not        Green Bay, heard about a creative writing          materials purchased for the book drive.
                                                earned their credentials, should make us        program at the Outagamie County Jail                   For details on the literacy drive, which
                                                feel cheated. Some of us study hard to get      conducted by retired Lawrence University           runs through Aug. 23, go to www.conkeys.
                                                through school; all he did was write a big      professor Fred Gaines. Gaines was always           com.
                                                check.”                                         looking for books to provide to his captive
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