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Felix Gutierrez <[log in to unmask]>
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Felix Gutierrez <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:23:56 -0700
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Thank you.  Did Carol Pardun express any response when you suggested that more diversity on the Advisory Board would have caught the problem?  
Given her reported expressions of shock and surprise at the reactions to the release she clearly does not have an Advisory Board that adequately reflects the breadth and depth of perspectives of the AEJMC membership.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dr. Linda F. Callahan" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:13 pm
Subject: Summary Responses  of Carol Pardun
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> Dear Colleagues:
> I spoke with AEJMC President Carol Pardun today. I shared with her the
> sentiments expressed by CSM & MAC members regarding President Obama 
> andTransparency.
> She is going to provide a written response to our conversation after
> speaking with Advisory Board members; however, this is a summary of 
> herresponse as to why the news release was sent.
> 1. It was a difficult decision that was discussed for several months.
> 2. The release was not politically focused.
> 3. "From our investigation, facts are clear that he hasn't had full 
> pressconferences as often as he should have."
> 4. Despite the fact that he has had numerous press conferences and 
> usessocial media, "he's driving the communication channels instead 
> of giving
> access that would allow reporters to do their jobs."
> 5. She has received a lot of emails thanking them for "having the 
> guts" to
> do the news release.
> 6. She was shocked and surprised that some have suggested the news 
> releasewas politically motivated.
> 7. She was even more shocked and surprised that some have suggested 
> thatracism might have been a factor.
> 8. They did not expect this response and did not expect this to be
> controversial.  They thought that net-neutrality would have been a
> controversial issue, but not this. 
> NOTE ABOUT # 6, 7, 8.
> [I did not bring up "politically motivated" or "racism."  So, 
> someone prior
> to our conversation had raised those issues.  As for #8, I 
> suggested that
> more diversity on the Advisory Board could have caught this problem].
> MAC Chair Jennifer Woodard and I have spoken. We decided that we would
> hold-off on the joint resolution until we receive a written 
> response from
> Carol and the Advisory Board.  She will send the response to me 
> with the
> understanding that I will share it with CSM & MAC. (CSM is an 
> oversight body
> of AEJMC).
> Thank you very much for your feedback.
> Linda Florence Callahan, Ph.D.
> Chair, Commission on the Status of Minorities
> Professor
> Journalism & Mass Communication
> North Carolina A&T State University
> Greensboro, NC 27411
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