The Arab Daily News Podcast

01-26-17 Jane Byrne, Donald Trump and fighting news media bias

Jane Byrne, Donald Trump and fighting news media bias

Podcast of Ray Hanania's column on how former Mayor Jane M. Byrne tried to confront bias in the news media and almost succeeded, but how President Donald Trump can overcome news media bias by using the Internet, blogging and social media that was not available to Byrne in 1979.

The American mainstream news media is racist and biased and often act like a political party rather than an objective journalism profession that they claim to be. There is a difference between reporting and Journalism, with opinion, column and commentary writing. Many journalists and reporters act as opinion commentators. Journalists on TV News report not as objective reporters and journalists but as powerful opinion commentators asserting their opinions and their interpretations of facts rather than reporting the facts.

There is nothing wrong with opinion commentary but there is somethign wrong with reporting that claims to be objective but in fact is tainted with commentary, subjective opinion and political partisan interpretation.

(Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist, feature writer and author. He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Permission is granted to republish column in its entirety with full attribution. Email him at  rghanania@gmail.com  with comments. Hanania writes on Middle East issues for  TheArabDailyNews.com  and on mainstream issues for  TheDailyHookah.com  .) 

The Podcast Opinion Editorial Commentary (Op-Ed) is from a version of this column that appeared on Tremr.com and shorte rversions that were published in Chicago newspapers and on Hanania's online news and opinion websites listed above.

Don't forget to follow Ray Hanania on Twitter at Twitter.com/rayhanania and on Facebook at Facebook.com/rghanania.

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01-13-17 Arab Radio on Obama and Trump presidency’s

01-13-17 Arab Radio on Obama and Trump presidency's

Radio Podcast with host Ray Hanania, Friday Jan. 13, 2017, sitting in to host Radio Baladi on WNZK AM 690 radio.

Hanania writes a weekly column on Thursdays for the Arab News at ArabNews.com and publishes his own writings and columns at TheArabDailyNews.com and at his personal website TheDailyHookah.com

Hanania supports peace, justice for the Palestinians, non-violence and a rejection of the ikhras fanatics who are a cancer in our Arab culture. He also rejects the identity of us being Muslim and Christian, and believe the focus should be on both by identifying ourselves as ARAB and ARAB FIRST.

The show topic is the reaction of Obama’s farewell speech and the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Guests are:

Dr. Sahar Khamis is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland and an expert on Arab and Muslim Media. She is a media communicator, a public speaker, a human rights commissioner, and a radio host.

David Alexander Bullock is a graduate of Morehouse College. He received a Masters of Arts in Philosophy from Wayne State University in 2003. He has served as an adjunct college professor in Michigan and Illinois. He is the past President of the Highland Park NAACP. He is a past President of the Detroit Chapter of the Operation Rainbow Push and the state of Michigan Coordinator. He is nationally recognized as a key organizer of the successful campaign to repeal the Controversial Emergency Manager Law PA4. He is currently the Pastor of the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, Michigan. Davidalexanderbullock.com

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Here is a link to the column ont he radio show.

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01-11-17 Sprint Automated Voicemail Hell system

01-11-17 Sprint Automated Voicemail Hell system

I called Sprint becauseI changed my account and they have been double billing me now for a month. They sent me a bill for my old account and charged me $274, and then sent me a bill for my new account and charged me $260. The new account covered the billing period of Dec. 5 through Jan. 4, 2017. That second bill came last week. I paid both.

Then I got a new bill for the old account with a -189 credit. And then a new bill for the new account for the same period Dec. 5 through Jan. 4, 2017 but this time for $259.97.

I figured, OK, something is out of whaack with Sprint.

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So, I called the "Contact Us" number 1-888-211-4727.

I found myself in a 2 and 1/2 minute long voice mail hell of choices, most of which were marketing choices to push me to pay my bill automatically instead of by mail, or advertising pitches to get me to buy more services.

I waited patiently to each group of options, 1 through 5 and selected each number. When I finally got to where I wanted to be, the system gave me options -- none of which helped -- and then told me to go to Sprint.com to get my answeres.

When I touched Zero to get a live human being, the system simply said "Thank you for calling, Good bye."

And they hung up on me.

What a piece of crap Sprint is. I have been with them for some 15 years. I live in the suburbs but they have been charging me $24 in Chicago taxes and I have been trying to get them to stop that tax. I live in the suburbs The account is in the suburbs. I have one 312 number and three 708 numbers.

So now I am left with the only real option, taking my cell phones to another cell phone provider, maybe one that cares more about their customers than about making money.

I pay my bill on time every month. A Perfect record. And yet I can't get service. Worse, is that I have to suffer through those crappy Sprint TV Commercials which offer non-Sprint users a huge discount to trade in their phones from other providers to Sprint.

But as a Sprint customer for some 15 years, I don't get that option at all.

Read my column by clicking here.

(Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and former Chicago City Hall reporter. Email him at rghanania@gmail.com. Read his columns in the Des Plaines Valley News, the Southwest News Herald, the Regional News, the Reporter Newspapers, TheArabDailyNews.com and TheDailyHookah.com.)

 

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11-24-16 Data on anti-Arab, anti-Muslim racism distorted

Data on anti-Muslim racism being distorted for politics

American Muslims are being exploited like pawns in a giant political football game between the left and the right. The data is being twisted to reflect the needs of the political groups at the expense of Muslims and Arabs in America. Just look at the statistics 

By Ray Hanania

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American Muslims are being exploited like pawns in a giant political football game between the left and the right.

Each side wants to twist and distort data regarding anti-Muslim discrimination to suit their own agenda, and narrowing it to address the generic concerns of “Muslims” while avoiding the more controversial issues of Arabs that leads to an unwanted discussion of anti-Palestinian biases.

The concern isn’t about what’s best for Muslims, or even for Arabs in America. Keep in mind that most Americans don’t distinguish between Arab Muslims and Arab Christians so when someone says they hate Muslims, they also mean they hate Christian Arabs, too.

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Thank you for listening to my column commentary Podcast at TheDailyHookah.com … My columns address issues from around the world including news, politics and slice-of-life topics from Chicago to Jerusalem. This podcast is an audio production of those print newspaper columns, and also features other independent audio.

My mainstream columns appear in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, and the Reporter Newspapers every Wednesday and Thursday and are viewable online, too, at TheDailyHookah.com.

My columns on Middle East topics appear every Thursday in the Arab News newspaper and online at the ArabNews.com.

Download my Free Podcast App from the Apple Store or visit my website at www.TheDailyHookah.com.

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11-23-16 Ruthless Thanksgiving dinner over presidential election

Ruthless Thanksgiving this year with politics as side dish

Thanksgiving will be under more pressure this year in dining rooms across America if Facebook is any indicator of how Americans feel. The politics of the recent presidential election campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will have an impact, according to recent polls. Here’s my look at the annual food festival, American heritage commemoration and expected conflicts from my seat at the head of the table

Published in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, the Reporter Newspapers, Illinois News Network, Thursday Nov. 24, 2016.

By Ray Hanania

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It doesn’t look like we can save Thanksgiving from the fall-out of the presidential election.

A recent survey of more than 1,000 Americans conducted by Meyocks Benkstein Associates in Iowa said more than half of the respondents said they expect the presidential elections and politics to be a concern this Thanksgiving.

It’s all about Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential elections. More than in any other election, the post-election animosity has reached record levels. (Clinton supporters were so convinced she would win, they just can’t get over it.)

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Thank you for listening to my column commentary Podcast at TheDailyHookah.com … My columns address issues from around the world including news, politics and slice-of-life topics from Chicago to Jerusalem. This podcast is an audio production of those print newspaper columns, and also features other independent audio.

My mainstream columns appear in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, and the Reporter Newspapers every Wednesday and Thursday and are viewable online, too, at TheDailyHookah.com.

My columns on Middle East topics appear every Thursday in the Arab News newspaper and online at the ArabNews.com.

Download my Free Podcast App from the Apple Store or visit my website at www.TheDailyHookah.com.

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11-22-16 Arabs forgotten in America because of racism

Reminder Arabs forgotten even in Obama era

By Ray Hanania

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President Barack Obama and the U.S. Census released data recognizing the commemoration of Native American Heritage during the month of November, but have never acknowledged the achievements of American Arabs in this country.

It’s a true reflection of Obama’s hypocrisy in limiting the definition of “diversity” to include only certain minorities. Although Obama was nurtured in an Arab community environment in Chicago, with close associations with prominent American Arabs who helped him grow his political career, the president has been little more than a stranger to American Arabs.

That tragic truth was reinforced this week when the U.S. Census released its celebration of Native American Heritage Month this month in data through the U.S. Census.

November is also Arab American Heritage month in Illinois, and also celebrated in April in several east coast states including Washington D.C., New York and New Jersey. But, there is no consistency in the celebration ad no acknowledgement.

Click here to read the column online ...

Thank you for listening to my column commentary Podcast at TheDailyHookah.com … My columns address issues from around the world including news, politics and slice-of-life topics from Chicago to Jerusalem. This podcast is an audio production of those print newspaper columns, and also features other independent audio.

My mainstream columns appear in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, and the Reporter Newspapers every Wednesday and Thursday and are viewable online, too, at TheDailyHookah.com.

My columns on Middle East topics appear every Thursday in the Arab News newspaper and online at the ArabNews.com.

Download my Free Podcast App from the Apple Store or visit my website at www.TheDailyHookah.com.

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11-17-16 Rebranding ourselves as Arabs in the Trump-era

Rebranding ourselves as “Arabs” in the new Trump era

Why Arabs need to reinforce their identification as "Arabs" rather than as Muslims in the new era of President Donald Trump. Branding ourselves as Arabs will also help us fight the religious extremists and counter the rising anti-Muslim fears in the West and in the United States 

Arab News Thursday November 17, 2016

By Ray Hanania

It’s time for the Arab World and Arab people to rebrand themselves in the era of newly elected President Donald Trump if we expect to see our issues addressed fairly.

Arabs can sit back and let events overtake us the way they always do. Or, we can become active and do what needs to be done that we haven’t done so far.

What can we do? We need a new Arab Spring, one driven by people with a clear, unified and achievable goal.

We need to replace emotion with reason, effective communications messaging, and goals that are more clearly defined to build bridges, not create obstacles with the West.

Arabs need to stop allowing others to define us. We need to define ourselves. And we have to answer a very important question: Are we “Muslim,” or are we “Arab?”

Click here to read the column at the Arab News

This is Ray Hanania’s column commentary Podcast … Hanania’s columns are published each week in newspapers throughout the United States and in the Middle East.

He writes on American politics and life in Chicagoland every week in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, and the Reporter Newspapers.

Hanania also writes a weekly column every Thursday for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com. And, writes news and features for his website at TheArabDailyNews.com and for the Daily Hookah at www.TheDailyHookah.com.

An award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter named Best Ethnic Columnist by the New America Media, and recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi award for writing, Hanania is of Palestinian Arab heritage. 

You can reach him and share your opinions and thoughts by emailing him at rghanania@gmail.com. All his columns are archived at RayHanania.com.

This podcast is available at Podbean.com and also for free subscription on iTunes.

(An award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist. American Palestinian Arab, Hanania writes a weekly column for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com. He also writes each week for several mainstream American newspapers on American politics and life in Chicagoland. Reach him at rghanania@gmail.com.)

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11-17-16 Why Donald Trump won the election

Why Donald Trump won the Nov. 8 election

Trump won by promising “change.” Trump won because he connected with mainstream American voters. Trump won because Americans are sick and tired of the racism and bigotry of the mainstream American news media. The more the media beat up on Trump, the more Trump's supporters came out to vote. Trump won because Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate. Trump won because he had the backing of the middle class Americans, the "Reagan Democrats."

Nov. 17, 2016, Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, The Regional, The Reporter newspapers

By Ray Hanania

Hillary Clinton lost the election because many mainstream Democrats tired of her arrogance, hypocrisies and insider elitism, and they abandoned her.

Just look at her numbers: In 2012, Barack Obama won 65.4 million votes against Mitt Romney (who got 61 million votes). In 2008, Obama won 69.6 million votes against John McCain (who got 60 million votes).

Hillary Clinton only received 60.9 million votes, slightly more than the 60.4 million votes Donald J. Trump received. But Trump defeated Clinton in the “battleground” states where it counted most, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and North Carolina, earning 289 delegates while Clinton earned only 228.

One voting block that rejected Clinton and supported Trump were the “Reagan Democrats,” conservative Middle America Democrats disappointed with Obama.

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Trump’s supporters connected with criticism of ObamaCare, which failed to provide affordable healthcare. Insurance and prescription costs are rising through the roof. Something must be done.

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This is Ray Hanania’s column commentary Podcast … Hanania’s columns are published each week in newspapers throughout the United States and in the Middle East.

He writes on American politics and life in Chicagoland every week in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, and the Reporter Newspapers.

Hanania also writes a weekly column every Thursday for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com. And, writes news and features for his website at TheArabDailyNews.com and for the Daily Hookah at www.TheDailyHookah.com.

An award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter named Best Ethnic Columnist by the New America Media, and recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi award for writing, Hanania is of Palestinian Arab heritage. 

You can reach him and share your opinions and thoughts by emailing him at rghanania@gmail.com. All his columns are archived at RayHanania.com.

This podcast is available at Podbean.com and also for free subscription on iTunes.

(An award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist. American Palestinian Arab, Hanania writes a weekly column for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com. He also writes each week for several mainstream American newspapers on American politics and life in Chicagoland. Reach him at rghanania@gmail.com.)

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11-11-16 Reason not emotion with Trump can save Palestine

Reason not emotion with Trump can save Palestine

Arab News Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

By Ray Hanania

President-elect Donald J. Trump defied all predictions Tuesday night and soundly defeated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, causing many who opposed him to wonder what policies he will pursue.

Most shocked were American Muslims who took his campaign rhetoric at face value rather than recognizing it as being typical of the polemic debate that characterizes heated American elections.

Muslims may have made a crucial political mistake, pursuing an emotional response to Trump’s rhetoric rather than recognizing the flexibility of election rhetoric to achieve their goals.

But they overreacted over his comments on fighting terrorism and Muslims, and that debate engulfed all of Trump’s views on the Middle East, including the issue of Palestine.

The trouble between Trump and Muslims began on Dec. 2, 2015 when Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik stormed a San Bernardino County Health Department Christmas party. The Muslim married couple murdered 14 people who had nothing to do with the Middle East conflict. They seriously injured 22 others.

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This is Ray Hanania’s column commentary Podcast … Hanania’s columns are published each week in newspapers throughout the United States and in the Middle East.

He writes on American politics and life in Chicagoland every week in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, the Reporter Newspapers,NewsAmericaNetwork.com, and IllinoisNewsNetwork.com.

Hanania also writes a weekly column every Thursday for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com. And, writes news and features for his website at TheArabDailyNews.com, and for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com and the Daily Hookah at www.TheDailyHookah.com.

An award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter named Best Ethnic Columnist by the New America Media, and recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi award for writing, Hanania is of Palestinian Arab heritage. 

You can reach him and share your opinions and thoughts by emailing him at rghanania@gmail.com. All his columns are archived at RayHanania.com.

This podcast is available at Podbean.com and also for free subscription on iTunes.

(An award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist. American Palestinian Arab, Hanania writes a weekly column for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com. He also writes each week for several mainstream American newspapers on American politics and life in Chicagoland. Reach him at rghanania@gmail.com.)

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11-10-16 Too Much Hate in this last election

Can we ban hate campaign Ads next time?

Nov. 10, 2016 Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Reporter Newspapers, the Regional News, IllinoisNewsNetwork.com

By Ray Hanania

Has anyone else noticed that America is becoming a polarized nation? And worse, the two sides seem to be getting angrier and angrier?

I’ve never been happier to see an election end. The viciousness of the election for President has only set the tone for elections across the country. And it has also set the tone for how we feel as Americans.

How can anyone be happy or confident after watching all the vicious campaign ads this election season?

No matter who wins as president, this country will still have the same problems and our national leaders will solve none.

Healthcare is a disaster and costs keep rising. Crime is spreading and every weekend the death toll rises in Chicago and cities across America. ...

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This is Ray Hanania’s column commentary Podcast … Hanania’s columns are published each week in newspapers throughout the United States and in the Middle East.

He writes on American politics and life in Chicagoland every week in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, the Reporter Newspapers,NewsAmericaNetwork.com, and IllinoisNewsNetwork.com.

Hanania also writes a weekly column every Thursday for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com. And, writes news and features for his website at TheArabDailyNews.com, and for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com and the Daily Hookah at www.TheDailyHookah.com.

An award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter named Best Ethnic Columnist by the New America Media, and recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi award for writing, Hanania is of Palestinian Arab heritage. 

You can reach him and share your opinions and thoughts by emailing him at rghanania@gmail.com. All his columns are archived at RayHanania.com.

This podcast is available at Podbean.com and also for free subscription on iTunes.

(An award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist. American Palestinian Arab, Hanania writes a weekly column for the Arab News at www.ArabNews.com. He also writes each week for several mainstream American newspapers on American politics and life in Chicagoland. Reach him at rghanania@gmail.com.)

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