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A web site dedicated to helping all citizens become more informed about how their government works. All information made available to the public through Pierce County Insider.com-unless otherwise credited-is researched and written by Pierce County Activist Will Baker.

Will Baker, an admirer of the peaceful, non-violent, confrontational tactics of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believes that knowledge is power and hopes that providing a source of accurate and unbiased information to the public will help empower the people. Will Baker believes that currently the average citizen does not have a reliable source of information for the following reasons:

1. Television. The Seattle television stations idea of covering Pierce County consists of the following two steps:

Step # 1 - Repeating whatever the City of Tacoma and Pierce County Councils tell them in press releases and

Step # 2 - Listening to police scanners so that they can chase the ambulances.

Basically, if it bleeds, it leads; without any investigation into the underlying causes of the bleeding.

2. T.N.T When you ask old-time Pierce County residents what the letters T.N.T mean to them; they will respond by saying, "Oh, you mean the Tacoma News Tribune". However, when you ask old-time Pierce County activists about the letters T.N.T; they will respond by saying, " Oh, you mean the Tell No Truth". Furthermore, while most Pierce County citizens realize that Tacoma is a one newspaper City, few Pierce County citizens realize that McClatchy Newspapers/ The McClatchy Company-owner of the " Trib " - also owns the Puyallup Herald and the Peninsula Gateway News (Gig Harbor); thereby making Pierce County a one newspaper county as well.

Also, currently McClatchy Newspapers/The McClatchy Company has the contract to print and sell advertising space in the Northwest Guardian (Fort Lewis).
(Please Note: The Northwest Guardian is officially published by the Public Affairs Office at Fort Lewis.)

Also, the "Tribune" is the local outlet for the Associated Press (A.P.), which means that anything printed in the "Trib" is then repeated as gospel through the Associated Press to the nation.

Also, the "Tribune" pays KVI radio commentator John Carlson to write a column for the "Trib" that is printed every Wednesday. Because KVI radio host/News Tribune columnist John Carlson is on the "Tribunes" payroll, Carlson is constantly telling the public during his radio broadcasts that the people of Tacoma are "lucky" to have a local newspaper as wonderful as the "Tribune"
(Please Note: On Tuesday, March 14, 2000, the "Tribune" announced that John Carlsonís column would not appear as long as Carlson is an active candidate for govenor.)

Political Question: Golly, is it possible that Carlsonís lofty opinion of the "Trib" is bought and paid for? KVI HotTalk? Puh-leeze! Try KVI "BoughtTalk".

3. Activists? Will Baker has come to believe that the only thing more dishonest than your average Pierce County Politician is your average Pierce County Activist. During the last three years, Will Baker has heard many so-called activists throughout Pierce County state that in order to "effectively fight the government and the 'Tribune' you have to use the same tactics they use; because they slant the news, we have to slant the news too." Will Baker has also been told by so-called activists on numerous occasions "it's great that you criticize and expose the government, but activists shouldn't criticize other activists."

However, Historically speaking, the "fight fire with fire and the "turn a blind eye to the actions of people on your side" approach has been disavowed by all the truly great (and successful) activists such as Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Cesar Chavez.

Christ says, "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brotherís eye."
Matthew 7:5

King says, "We must work passionately and unrelentingly for full stature as citizens, but may it never be said, my friends, that to gain it we used the inferior methods of falsehood, malice, hate, and violence."

When an activist uses the same tactics that he/she would denounce when used by someone else, the activist loses credibility and the moral high ground. When an activist becomes aware of a good issue and decides to "embellish" or "bend the truth" to support that issue rather than let the issue and the facts stand on their own; the activist becomes like the "boy who cried wolf." The third time that the "boy cried wolf" he was telling the truth, but no one believed him because his previous record for not telling the truth had destroyed his credibility.

Please Note: Pierce County Insider.Com is not meant to be a popularity contest! The purpose of the Pierce County Insider.Com is to attempt to leave a permanent accurate, truthful, historical record of the politics of Pierce County, letting the chips fall where they may.

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