Ray Hanania’s Podcast: Mainstream & Middle East

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.

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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


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

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.


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.)