Entries Tagged as 'Blogs'

The Cityview Conspiracy Files: History Lessons

July 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Amber Williams’ cover story this week in Cityview is a rambling, typo-riddled “essay explaining why government-run traffic cameras must be banned now.” It takes a look at efforts by state and local lawmakers to curb the practice and raises legitimate concerns about increasingly overbearing surveillance policies. But it’s couched in the sort of over-the-top rhetoric [...]

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The Cityview Conspiracy Files: 9/11 Truth

July 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Last week, the Ames Progressive detailed how Cityview managing editor Amber Williams promoted the myth that vaccines cause autism and cited the work of quack anti-science authors. It turns out those aren’t the only conspiracies she’s fond of. In 2011, she devoted nearly half of a 9/11 anniversary cover story to a truther who explained [...]

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The Cityview Conspiracy Files: Vaccines and Autism

July 23rd, 2013 · 11 Comments

Last week’s cover of Cityview, Iowa’s flagship alternative weekly, promoted a self-serving story about the newspaper’s own beer festival in Des Moines. The author, managing editor Amber Williams, wrote that beer, “when consumed moderately, provides more than nine essential nutrients and six distinct health benefits, according to natural foods authors Larry and Oksana Ostrovsky.” Research [...]

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New Montezuma Record Editor Says He’ll “Buck the Downward Newspaper Trend”

June 14th, 2013 · No Comments

The Montezuma Record, the small-town newspaper that the Ames Progressive reported on in March after its editor published a racist university salary report, is in for some major changes. The paper’s 84-year-old editor, Chuck Dunham, is retiring; James Jennings, 43, is taking over on July 1, and is already trying to lay the groundwork for [...]

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The Iowa Republican Publishes Map of Register Employees’ Homes to Protest School Security Report

April 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

As a trollish critique of a recent Des Moines Register interactive map detailing which Iowa school districts had on-campus security, The Iowa Republican managing editor Jeff Patch created a Google map identifying the addresses and home values of Register editors and executives. Last week, the Register‘s map had been quickly removed from the story it [...]

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The Iowa Republican Profiles “Republic for Iowa” Senator Randi Shannon

April 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

Remember Randi Shannon, the Republican who was challenging incumbent Democratic state Sen. Liz Mathis in Linn County last year before bizarrely dropping out of the race to accept a position as a senator of the Republic of the united States of America? She’s old news by now, but on April Fools’ Day Jeff Patch, managing [...]

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Register School Security Map Outrages Conservatives

April 1st, 2013 · 3 Comments

Last Wednesday, the Des Moines Register published the results of a survey of Iowa school districts that asked whether they had regular security on their premises. The news value was pretty clear: after the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, policymakers across the country began discussing school security. National Rifle Association CEO [...]

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Rapist Creston Cop Proclaimed Innocence Citing Marital Rape-Supporting Witchcraft Jurist from 17th Century

March 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

On Thursday, the Des Moines Register reported that supporters of two Creston police officers convicted of sexual assault showed up at the Capitol with more than 800 signatures petitioning Gov. Terry Branstad to release the cops from prison and grant them a new trial. They were convicted in 2009 for the rape of a bartender [...]

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Former Iowa GOP Congressman: WMDs an “Exaggerated Rationale for War”

March 20th, 2013 · No Comments

For the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, the Huffington Post tracked down five of the seven Republicans in Congress who voted against the invasion. One of them was former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach, who told HuffPo, “If we didn’t know after years of review and international inspections where alleged nuclear capacities were located and [...]

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Lawmaker Apologizes for Distributing Racist Newspaper Report

March 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Continuing in the longstanding tradition of state lawmakers who ignore the Ames Progressive‘s requests for comments, GOP state Rep. Dave Maxwell of Gibson instead contacted the Des Moines Register to apologize for distributing the racist Montezuma Record report on University of Iowa salaries to his House colleagues. Maxwell told the Register yesterday that he hadn’t [...]

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