Day: August 3, 2009








Have Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann reached a truce via their corporate bosses told them to “shadditup” because the network bashing was “bad for business?”

From Glenn Greenwald’s column:

(T)he chairman of General Electric (which owns MSNBC), Jeffrey Immelt, and the chairman of News Corporation (which owns Fox News), Rupert Murdoch, were brought into a room at a “summit meeting”forCEOs in May, where Charlie Rose tried to engineer an end to the “feud”between MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.According to the NYT, both CEOs agreed that the dispute was bad for the interests of the corporate parents, and thus agreed to order their news employees to cease attacking each other’s news organizations and employees.

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Remember when I wrote that post about the death of the “public racist?” Scratch that. Some folks refuse to die. Consider this case of black employees at a waste transfer plant who have had to endure humiliation for decades under “segregated bathrooms” and other racially retrograde humiliations.

Dateline: Philadelphia

(CNN) — Black employees at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, waste transfer plant were harassed, humiliated and discriminated against by their supervisor for decades, says an attorney representing two workers who filed a complaint against the city.

Among the allegations in the complaint is that for decades, John Gill, the Northwest Transfer Station’s superintendent, limited one restroom to whites only, said the attorney, Howard K. Trubman. The restroom — which he called the “supervisors’ bathroom” — was supposedly for the sole use of upper-level officials with the city’s Streets Department, Trubman said.

As far back as 1996, it became apparent to black employees that they were being slighted, said Trubman. They would watch white co-workers walk into the segregated bathroom, conveniently located one floor above Gill’s office.

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