Deborah Plummer

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Location: Kansas, United States
Occupation: Social worker
Interests: Writing, reading, investigating, learning about social / foreign policy
Affiliations: "Off The Bus" - HuffingtonPost
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Education: Post-graduate school
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Languages: English-only
Politics: Left
Age: 50-64
Gender: Female
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Address: KS, US
Last Visit: Jun 22, 2012 - 7:31 PM PDT
Last Edit: May 10, 2010 - 1:17 PM PDT

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Deborah posted and reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2012
Deborah's Rating
3.7

Another example of the differences between some Republicans and some Democrats

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Deborah posted and reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2012
Deborah posted and reviewed this story - Nov 21, 2011
Deborah's Rating
4.0

This is a well-written science paper and it's well done because it explains the concepts of pepper spray well enough for most of us non-scientists to understand the hazards of being sprayed in the face/throat by it and the need to not repeat the same mistakes again.

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Deborah posted and reviewed this story - Nov 21, 2011
Deborah reviewed this story - Jun 14, 2011
Deborah's Rating
4.0

I've been following John Nichols/The Nation for years and know they are well-sourced. Since the winter "disturbance" in Madison, I've been reading/listening to Mr. Nichols' reporting of the events, which have been excellent and compared with other sources, truthful and non-partisan. Continuing with this article on Trumka's discussions/activity with the nurses, Mr. Nichols defines the concerns, who is involved, and what the goals/solutions are needed/working toward in a well-worded/succinct essay

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Deborah reviewed this story - May 23, 2011
Deborah's Rating
4.0

I've followed David Brock's career since the Clinton era and found this article informative and fact-based. When Brock was ripping for the Republicans, I didn't find him very political so, it's not surprising this author didn't find Brock "politically left." I've heard him interviewed a couple of times and I've wondered if his sexual gender id. played more of a role in his leaving the right-wing conservative movement than he lets on and perhaps suffered more, too. I've ... More »

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Deborah reviewed this story - Apr 30, 2011
Deborah's Rating
2.3

No, because when one lies (Emily's LIst is a pro-abortion organization - oh, really?), everything "good," is irrelevant.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Mar 27, 2011
Deborah's Rating
4.0

I've followed Dr. Cole for years and trust him to know the situation in the Middle East. His writings are clear and succinct and his points are well-intended to those of us on the left, who are sometimes murky on our leanings. When I need information/direction, I can depend on Dr. Cole for the "solids."

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Deborah posted this story - Mar 22, 2011
Deborah reviewed this story - Mar 15, 2011
Deborah's Rating
3.5

I enjoy E. J. Dionne's writings; he makes sense easily, even when I don't agree with him. Although I'm not familiar with Real Clear Politics, I am with Mr. Dionne and I trust him. I've been hearing about this disconnect between Washington and the "hinterlands" for decades but it does seem worse today, which Dionne's article clearly brought out.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Mar 1, 2011
Deborah's Rating
2.4

Maybe if I was more aware of this publication, I would feel better toward this article but since I've followed, closely, this economic collapse and noticed who has gotten hurt and who hasn't been touched (nor gone to jail/trial), I can say this was a lousy piece of journalism offering one suggestion w/o any mention of raising taxes on those who didn't get hurt.

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Deborah commented on this review – Feb. 10, 2011
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Reviewed by Deborah Plummer - Feb. 9, 2011

I haven't read any articles from Neiman Journalism Lab so I chose "No" to the trust question. Otherwise, I found the article a good reminder of the mission of NewsTrust and wished it could be expanded across the country. There is so much misinformation; when 90% of our media is conservative and only 10% progressive, there's no chance for alternative ways of thinking. And, thinking is the aim for NewsTrust.

Deborah Plummer Comment:

The 90% came from an actual statistical evaluation done a few years ago by The Center for American Progress(.org). It may seem unbelievable but when you live in KS and/or in the rural areas of America, it’s not so difficult a concept to believe.

Deborah reviewed this story - Feb 9, 2011
Deborah's Rating
3.8

I haven't read any articles from Neiman Journalism Lab so I chose "No" to the trust question. Otherwise, I found the article a good reminder of the mission of NewsTrust and wished it could be expanded across the country. There is so much misinformation; when 90% of our media is conservative and only 10% progressive, there's no chance for alternative ways of thinking. And, thinking is the aim for NewsTrust.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Jan 10, 2011
Deborah's Rating
4.0

I'm always searching for data that is just "straight and narrow" to combat the "other," which can be twisted to one side or another; factcheck.org has fulfilled that need for me. This article was written well, concise, fully referenced and articulated how information was mis-spoken.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Dec 16, 2010
Deborah's Rating
4.0

Well-written and succinctly detailed with further information provided as "'back-up," which is needed to convince lovers of Fox News that it isn't news.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Oct 31, 2010
Deborah's Rating
2.4

Maybe I read too much or, maybe I read the "wrong" authors but I felt Mr. Kurtz's interpretation of the rally, which I watched on C-Span (wow! C-span, who knew C-span would have so many different uses "back in the day"), was hollow and incomplete, although he picked-up on the concrete message: Bad media. My concern is "bad media" isn't balanced or, am I not balanced anymore? I'm an Olbermann/Maddow fan and when Olbermann "ranted" toward Bush about starting an illegal 'war' against Iraq, I thought that was a good thing but, on the other hand, O'Reilly 'ranting' against "baby-killer Tiller" over and over again wasn't a "good thing." There's a difference.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Oct 11, 2010
Deborah's Rating
2.6

My ratings were all over the board because the ratings are not on a likert scale anymore and I find it difficult to be "black or white." I worked with students these age in public education and didn't find these characteristics as defining then as they are now showing up in the job market. But, during their growing-up years, they were the first of the lack-key kids, and as such, they were the first to be experimented with having an enormous amount of housework, etc. responsibilities placed upon them at home along with an increasing amount of school work also place upon their shoulders because Reagan and preceeding Republican presidents would scream, "Public schools are failing," which has led to the failure of our public ... More »

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Deborah reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2010
Deborah's Rating
4.0

Well-said, with references stated (so one could google), and enough content to understand but not too much to fall asleep with so much research required to examine the report.

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Deborah commented on this quote – Sep. 26, 2010

Looking at his circles, others spend much more than Sen. Feingold. He takes no money from corporations nor, is he self-financed. Similar to Obama, he receives money from small contributors. What we need to do is change our election process and rid ourselves of these ... More »

Deborah reviewed this story - Sep 2, 2010
Deborah's Rating
4.0

I found it amazing there aren't many studies on this: Educated police v non-educated (non-college) police and the results of their interactions. The author suggests the reason for this is money: No money for research as well as no money, as there once was, to promote attendance at college for the police. Although it may seem clear that with more education, one would treat and examine a situation more intelligently, but when "you work for the government," you have to prove what ... More »

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Deborah reviewed this story - Aug 8, 2010
Deborah's Rating
4.0

Yes, it expanded my knowledge of what happened to Digg and the reason(s) it was important. It a way it's kind of funny: The right-wing conservatives must be very scared their messages aren't getting out nearly enough so they have to rely on scamming/lying/manipulating ....like the "facts" they share .... in order to get heard. This was a mind-numbing exploration of the facts. Wow!

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Deborah reviewed this story - Jul 23, 2010
Deborah's Rating
4.0

Riki Ott came to the Gulf from Alaska bringing with her the experience of the Exxon oil spill and her work/words are quoted frequently through-out this article. Along with other experts, truths are set out in this report that aren't being read/heard in other avenues. The Gulf is in sad/sick shape and if it can bring the tea-baggers together with environmentalist to over-come the control exhibited by the oil companies and led us into a more ecological safer world, may be some "good" will come of this evil.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Jul 21, 2010
Deborah's Rating
2.3

If read as is, one would think it was a well-written, thought-out article but, if one fact-checked this article and found the sources to be full of Fox distortions, one's views could change. FoxTV/"News" needs to perceived not as a news channel but as a propaganda machine.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Jul 4, 2010
Deborah's Rating
4.6

Laura Fitzpatrick wrote with kind concern without being maudlin about the true affects of "war" on females, whether they're actually "in" the "war" or "by" the "war," it doesn't seem to matter. She's concise and thorough about services for womyn and how far we have yet to go to help our servicemembers.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Jun 27, 2010
Deborah's Rating
1.8

I didn't understand how come this was so important and, I didn't understand how come the WaPo fired Dave Weigel. He spoke his mind on a private, confidential (supposedly) weblog about what the Republicans were doing but what they were doing, we're not told. Who knows, we might agree they were "ratfuckers," too. I've listened to Dave Weigel and couldn't discern what party he "leant" toward because he talked about what each party did/n't do correctly. Too me, this was trash journalism.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2010
Deborah's Rating
4.0

Quality journalism tells a story as truthful as possible, with concrete facts and consequences, from both sides, and summarizes what has been said, which happened here.

As I read this article, I thought of all the possible green jobs that were possible and asking, "Were is Van Jones?" This is what is needed throu-out the Gulf of Mexico/Southern coast right now. I can't believe some of the So. Gov.s want to start drilling again and the worst drill rig is still continuing to drill in the coast: Atlantis. Here we have a possible start to answers/solutions to the catastrophe: Geothermal.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Apr 27, 2010
Deborah's Rating
4.2

I know Glenn Greenwald's professionalism from his previous writings and superb research. I trust what he writes and his research matches what I observe in life.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Mar 5, 2010
Deborah's Rating
4.6

The author brings other voices to declare what will work in a country (the citizens themselves) rather than "experts" from the outside. In this case with Sudan, ICT is dreadfully needed but reaching the appropriate people is necessary for success. Ms. Heacock clearly explains what happens when connections don't work out and what can happen when the appropriate measures are taken. It's not the "ICT" fault but a broader based system problem within the country, which can't be seen by someone from the outside/ someone without the cultural sensitivities/etc. There needs to be more reporters/authors/writers in the "major media outlets" who are NOT wealthy, white, Christian men.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Feb 26, 2010
Deborah's Rating
5.0

Yes, because the writing is fluid and concrete with honesty and relevance.

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Deborah reviewed and starred this story - Dec 21, 2009
Deborah's Rating
4.2

Quality depended upon one's knowledge of the events surrounding this particular happening. I've listened to Mr. Dickerson frequently on Mr. Franken's old AirAmericaShow and he was clever there and he was wth his written work here. He treats his subjects with respect and honesty.

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Deborah reviewed and starred this story - Dec 21, 2009
Deborah's Rating
4.2

Quality depended upon one's knowledge of the events surrounding this particular happening. I've listened to Mr. Dickerson frequently on Mr. Franken's old AirAmericaShow and he was clever there and he was wth his written work here. He treats his subjects with respect and honesty.

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Deborah reviewed and starred this story - Nov 7, 2009
Deborah's Rating
4.7

I have heard about this topic for a long time on AirAmerica, particularly from Robert Reich and Paul Krugman (NYTimes) so I was excited to see it written again how many more people are truly unemployed than the 10.2% than is reported. It was written concisely, succinctly, and on the Economic Page.

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Deborah reviewed and starred this story - Nov 7, 2009
Deborah's Rating
4.7

I have heard about this topic for a long time on AirAmerica, particularly from Robert Reich and Paul Krugman (NYTimes) so I was excited to see it written again how many more people are truly unemployed than the 10.2% than is reported. It was written concisely, succinctly, and on the Economic Page.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Oct 14, 2009
Deborah's Rating
1.7

No, because I couldn't see past the untruths Mr. Batchelor wrote and how he wrote it haughtily. Mr. Batchelor says FoxNews isn't the setting for the Republican Party.... plese, how many times has Rush said he's the leader of the Republican party and where does he work? The Republicans say they can't get on any other channel? Please, they are on the other channels constantly, especially Sunday mornings. When you have a network that allows their speaker to attack the president as a racist who's establishing internment camps for Republicans, please. Mr. Batchelor states Axelrod sneaks into Fox but I saw a picture of him visiting 9-30-09. It's as thou Mr. Batchelor aimed for a Jim Hightower-type of article and it didn't happen.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Sep 2, 2009
Deborah's Rating
4.8

I started to hear/read about Mr. Greenwald since AirAmerica began/March 2004 and have learned so much from him. He's intelligent, knows his law, is well-versed in whatever he writes about and I admire his philosophy/world view/values, such as this quote from him, in this article, ".... someone provides me with incriminating or otherwise revealing emails written by a government official about a matter of public interest, I'm going to publish them without first asking 'permission' from the official who wrote it and regardless of whether it will anger them."

Our mainstream media is a joke and Fox News is a horror. When Katie Coric had Rush Limbaugh on CBS Nighty News, I stopped watching "nightly news," and basically gave up TV - thank goodness for AirAmerica and internet. I'm not warm to Joe Klein after his "expose" (during his Newsweek years) of a Navy Commander who had received "too many medals." After the "expose," the Commander committed suicide. I agree with Mr. Greenwald, the journalists, "the important ones," have become much ... More »

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Deborah reviewed this story - Aug 31, 2009
Deborah's Rating
2.6

I found the writing confusing along with what the article was trying to "say," besides pointing out various "hot" spots on the health insurance bills, like "best evidence," "best practice," and HR 3200, which was to allow states to have individual universal health insurance as a causeway to saving HR 676. I thought the writing was confusing and the issues were clouded intentionally. it's various points about the potential health insurance bill.

I admit to a prejudice with WSJ and my radar comes out whenever I read their articles .... since it's a Fox-derivative, I look for lies and innuedoes.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Aug 26, 2009
Deborah's Rating
4.2

Yes .... Mr. Kennedy writes a personal story about Sen. Kennedy as his constituent; a notion not often brought out by the media. One hears a lot about Ted but rarely do we hear about those who were represented by Sen. Kennedy. I grew-up with Sen. Kennedy and I wanted to "hear" a different perspective and Dan K. provided it. His writing was clear, succient, and "different."

I'm glad Ted was a "regular guy" because it balances what I just learned about Jimmy Carter being a snob while in the White House toward the daily workers, i.e. cooks, cleaners, etc. If I can learn something new everytime I read an article/story/book, I've grown and that's a good thing.

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Deborah reviewed this story - Aug 16, 2009
Deborah's Rating
4.5

It is the President and it is in the Opinion section of the NYTimes, put together for what he/Pres. Obama is trying to say/express, it is quality journalism.

I've followed this issue, "health care/HR 676" for years and I'm aghasted at the horror who are the protesters and the noise from FoxNews commentators, i.e. Beck, Limbaugh, etc. It makes me wonder if any of these people have actually read HR 676 and what they're problem with it is - except it isn't "corporate," which I know is the problem for many Republicans and blue dog Democrats. We've seen what happens to "unregulated corporate America" and I thought we'd learned a lesson - ... More »

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