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Managing the News
Our impoverished Governor, Jerry Brown, no doubt welcomed both the free seafood dinner, and the private funding of tens of millions of dollars that financed the outlaw public process, that claims to "save the ocean."
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One week ago, Governor Jerry Brown attended a gala dinner at Sacramento's historic Sutter Club, to be awarded the “Ocean Champion Award”- and eat a “sustainable seafood” dinner. The affair was sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the same billionaires who gave us their privatized version of Marine Life Protection Act: the MLPA “Initiative.”
Where was press coverage for this honorary event?
There wasn’t any.
According to a press release from the Governor’s office: “This event is closed to the press.”
The Governor, and the one per-center sponsors of the event, employed what Helen Thomas, the dean of the White House press corps, calls the highest level of managing the news:
“The first, and perhaps the easiest way to manage the news, is simply to deny reporters access to information or an event.”
Members of the press were left to wonder why news was barred from an event which logically, the Governor would want proudly publicized. Since the free press was barred, one can only wonder if Catherine Reheis -Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association, and chair of the MLPA Initiative for the South Coast, was on hand at the "Ocean Champion" dinner?
The sponsors of the event, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Julie Packard of the Packard Foundation, and other Resources Legacy Fund Foundation billionaires who funded the “Initiative,” were no doubt on hand in full force. They did not want their quality-time with the Governor impinged upon by the prying eyes of the press.
Our impoverished Governor, Jerry Brown, no doubt welcomed both the free seafood dinner, and the private funding of tens of millions of dollars that financed the outlaw public process, that claims to "save the ocean." The financiers of the Marine Life Protection Act "Initiative" were celebrating the success of their experimental plan to illegally privatize a governmental process, and to appropriate about 14% of California’s offshore resources.
It seems the main thing "protected" by this corrupt version of "the Act," were the special interests who financed it. As such, the MLPA "Initiative" should in reality be called: the marine life protection racket.
Apparently, the bitter hypocrisy of these super-rich “ocean guardians” eating a seafood dinner, to celebrate their conquest of sustainable fishing communities, is totally lost on these degenerate corporate plutocrats.