People make choices every day on where to get their news and information. And the task of understanding current events is more difficult with the increase in the number of sources. In fact, some people get overwhelmed with tracking stories throught TV, radio, newspaper, websites, email, and new social media sources like Facebook and Twitter. Let's face it: the media landscape has changed irrevocably.
If there's one single source for your news on national and international affairs, then let it be the "Democracy Now" program. What separates this show from other news sources is not only the kinds of stories, but the seriousness of voices that you hear. You'll hear no fluff or trivial stories, though those stories sometimes provide relief from difficult news or tragic events. You'll hear unparalleled reporting on places like the Middle East with interviews and reports from people not heard on any other news source.
Do you need to agree with each news report to understand the importance of Democracy Now? No, but you'll find few sources covering this many important stories and voices. Think about Democracy Now's coverage of Egypt, climate talks in Cancun, WikiLeaks, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, the BP oil spill, Studs Terkel, Afghani women's activist Malalai Joya, Israeli journalist Amira Hass, Howard Zinn, Alice Walker, and Palestinian-American Rashid Khalidi, to name a few.
Don't forget KKFI's place as a media outlet for community newsThrough its locally-produced public affairs programs, KKFI provides an outlet for community organizations -- it provides a voice to those groups serving poor and working people in KC and the surrounding area, it provides a space for individuals and groups to discuss issues and events that focus on the core problems and solutions in the KC metro area. Without community access to KKFI, Kansas City simply would not be the same.
KKFI is what makes me proud to say I'm from Kansas City. And that's why I'm asking friends to support KKFI during their on-air Winter Fund Drive running now through February 13.Most importantly, for the people I know in the Kansas City area that care about making real, positive change in our community, I'm asking you to support KKFI. Call in your donation at the toll-free number 888-931-0901 on Wednesday, February 9, starting at 8:00 am.
Peace and power,