Kate shares two accounts of the most egregious acts by our government as these eyewitnesses reveal their stories. Kate also shares with the audience what a CMU is- something that most Americans are not even aware of - but are a huge violation of the Constitution at it's core. Why do we have CMUs and how did we allow this to happen in the United States? This show ends with a story about why we are the way we are, and why we cannot learn the lessons from history to get us to change our ways. This episode is a wake-up call for most Americans regarding this upcoming election, the CIA, the judicial system and why Americans are largely unaware that this is happening!
here is her facebook account - https://www.facebook.com/kate.h.dalley?fref=ts
Canyon Media, with little or no notice to the listening audience — or even the show’s host, for that matter — cancelled the Kate Dalley Show yesterday. While I am in no position to question the decision logistically, I identify with the disappointment felt in the listening community. Furthermore, I would assert that Canyon Media failed the community in a fiduciary obligation to its citizens to do more than just advertise and play shitty music. The Kate Dalley Show mattered.
The show ran from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. I have been a regularly scheduled weekly guest on the show since 2012 when Kate then co-hosted the show with Bryan Hyde. I often joked that I was the token liberal nemesis; but in truth, Kate having me on the show was actually a well-thought-out strategy to, among other things, counter the assertion that her show was merely an echo chamber for the conservative right.
Kate and I went rounds every week, with little exception, for the better part of the last four years, and although we rarely saw eye to eye on the political spectrum, we were and are, in point of fact, close friends. So say what you will.
The point here is an obvious one to most cities in America but one that Southern Utah seems to be willfully lethargic in grasping. In order for our democratic institution to thrive well, we must by way of the protections afforded us in the First Amendment continually have rigorous and meaningful dialogue about elected and appointed officials in said democratic institution. This imperative task is set at the feet of not only the common citizen but also the reporting journalist — and the political commentator.
I, like Kate, mostly operate in that commentator realm. We have found that we have much more to say than what the rigid protocol of a news-writing environment allows for. And while some openly mock and criticize political commentators, they would do well to realize that in doing so they join that commentary by default. Rigorous civil discourse on matters of consequence is at the core of our ability to sort through the process of living together in a democratic fashion. Were anyone on any end of the spectrum to be pressed on the matter, they would like agree that when only one side owns the debate, that is when only one side is broadcasted or published, civil discourse loses any and all veracity.
Silencing both, however? One has to question just what the people over there at Canyon Media are thinking.
In today’s news environment, the importance of stories is being weighed with search engine optimization and advertising influence. Not unlike the politicians reported on for being swayed not by the people but by corporate lobbyists, the companies that generate news content are more often web marketing engines disguised as news sources.
Don’t misunderstand, here: No sales equals no source. Keeping the lights on in any business is predicated by generating profit. But the conundrum seems to be, “Which is more important, and to whom?”
What Kate’s show did was provide a medium that bridged that gap. It was an interactive show that was often guest-driven and made complete by the engaging public who would call in to be heard, debate, or simply call me a tree-hugging commie. It was — and still is, for that matter — a necessary component of the Fourth Estate to take in to account what has happened locally or abroad and hash it out.
When only one side or one source exists, this leads to that echo-chamber effect, and it is demonstratively dangerous. But again, having no side of it at all, is even more so. And while St. George has come a long way in this arena, it seems intent almost on perpetual digression instead of realizing it still has a long way to go.
Here is the sinister solution to political strife and advertisers, elected officials, and appointed officials are behind it. Instead of only providing one side of any debate regarding anything political, show none. Silence all of it. Then, let advertisers and officials like mayors and water managers pay for guest spots and dictate the content without any contradictory engagement. Or run advertorials, which are everywhere now, and in essence have an ad for your company guised as a news story. Advertiser gets exposure which equals money. Faux source gets paid by advertiser which equals money. People who should be held accountable for there actions by the press gain autonomy and lobbyist cash via advertisers and have sources who promote them as legitimate whether they are or not. They not only get money, they get more unchecked power. Who needs the Fourth Estate anyways right? It gets in the way of progress after all.
Well, they get fucked.
If you think you don’t like it when a source of information slants left or right by way of its writer, host, or otherwise, think it through. Does the first Amendment ring a damn bell? You know, that Fourth Estate of outside checks and balances that holds our elected and appointed officials accountable while also allowing for the free and open exchange of ideas?
If you think that a writer or host taints views or propagates misinformation that people are helpless to counter, you are among the huddled stupid masses that thinks they should believe every thing they are told by news sources and officials of their predisposed liking, and that no conversation is necessary save the one you agree with. My advice to you is go buy Justin Bieber tickets and a new iPhone for video games and shut the hell up. It is you more so than any tainted show host or writer that wreaks more havoc because you operate from a paradigm that says you don’t have to read, research, or think for that matter. A forum for discussion like the one Kate’s show had, like, agree with her or otherwise, is necessary for citizens to have an open forum to discuss and for officials to hear that we are watching them and what they do. It even leads to action sometimes. Do you honestly think that Judge Ron Read in the Varlo Davenport case stepped down for committing what is tantamount to a crime by engaging in willful and knowing ex parte communication with the prosecution, because it was the right thing to do? He was exposed by that show, among other things and realized that the whole city knew. Get it?
Wake up people. We’ve been conditioned to trust media outlets and frankly, most don’t deserve it. But without them, without the forum for open and published or aired debate, holy shit are we in trouble.
Speaking for myself, I owe a debt of gratitude not only to Canyon Media but also to Kate Dalley and Bryan Hyde for having me as a regular guest on their shows. The market value of that exposure is not lost on me.
But a special and heartfelt farewell goes out to my friend and part-time nemesis, Kate. We worked and laughed together and even saw each other through a few hard times. The community is all the poorer without that show.
See you out there.