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angry_witch_sticker-p217611632602662090envb3_400Good morning, evening and afternoon everyone!

I want to address something that made me very disappointed in news media, to be more specific, with Fox News.

Yesterday, they published a story about the University of Missouri adding Wiccan/Pagan holidays to their “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” packet they give to faculty and students. When I first heard about that, I thought “Why do we need accommodation” because as a college student, I can’t afford to miss any classes in case I miss something and I’m sure it’s the same in Missouri. Then I thought “Someone is going to say something dumb about it.” Little did I know that it wouldn’t be some right winged bible thumping closed minded interviewee, but the Fox News Anchors themselves?

As a student who has been studying journalism for four years now, I can’t believe what those anchors said actually made it to air, and national news no doubt. I am disgusted and appalled with the blatant bigotry and unprofessionalism of this that I am almost at a loss for words.

All most…

To sum it up here is something that I’ve written:
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To whom it may concern,

My name is Samantha Stanford and I wish to complain about the way Fox News portrayed Wiccan/Pagans in your last broadcast on February 17th.

I am a journalism student in Wisconsin as well as a Pagan. I found the news anchors very misinformed and how they addressed Wiccans and Pagans very biased to the point of bigotry.

As a journalism student, I’ve been taught that the news reporter must take themselves out of the equation and just report the facts as they currently stand. The way Fox News anchors spoke of Wiccans being “Dungeons and Dragons players” and “Twice Divorced Midwives” who have an affinity for incense is very offensive. Fox News cannot joke about Catholic priests being “child molesters” or people of the Muslim faith being “terrorists” because it is offensive, what makes what those anchors said not offensive to us?

The comment on Wiccans/Pagans having 20 holidays is greatly exaggerated.
Many Wiccans and Pagans celebrate the 8 main holidays of the Wheel of the Year: Yule/Winter solstice, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lammas, Mabon and Samhain. The 13 esbats are not holidays but the full moons in one year that are considered sacred. The Fox News team would have known this if they had looked over the Missouri University’s “Guide to Religions” that Fox News just so happens to have a link to on your own website included with this article:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/17/university-missouri-guide-asks-professors-to-accommodate-wiccan-pagan-holidays/ and counted them.

Also many of these holidays coincide closely with modern western holidays, causing little upset with academic calendars. This I know from experience. So we are not looking for “excuses” to “not have to take commitments seriously” as the Fox News contributor Tammy Brown stated.

I must say as a journalism student, I am shocked at the blatant lack of objectivity of this broadcast. Good reporting is neutral and only states the facts.

I hope in future broadcasts, no matter what or who they address, Fox News will improve their fact checking abilities and their anchors will be more thoughtful and considerate in their word choices.

Sincerely,

Samantha Stanford
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This is an actual email I plan to send to friends@foxnews.com after I’m done with this post that simply states, “ Check your f***ing facts like you’re suppose to before talking about something you know nothing about”.

The funny thing is I’m not angry at what they said…well I am but it’s not that they said it because I’ve heard worse. It’s the fact that as journalists it is their job to remain as objective as possible but no, they have to put in their own two cents and broadcast it on national television, playing into the stereotypes and spreading stupidity and wrong information on a national scale.

If they got their own issues about my faith, that’s fine but keep it to yourself or be a reporter for the zealots at the 700 Club.

What do I think about the “Religious Guide”? I don’t see it as a problem but as a teaching tool. My mom and I work and go to school on many actual Sabbaths so we celebrates the weekend before and do something small when we get home on the actual day. I also know many other people of other faiths that work and go to school during Ramadan and Hanukah because they need to. The guide just states what each is and what it’s about. This guide is more truthful than the news story about it.

I guess I’m not the only hostile one because after only a day, the video of the broadcast has been removed from Fox News’s website. Luckily, YouTube is eternal so see for yourself :

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwJqUQzghhM

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DT_publicmuseum_677x387_FitToBoxSmallDimension_CenterHappy belated Imbolc everyone!

I haven’t been feeling well and I’m still healing from the oral surgery. It’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would take. Plus school has started up again (last semester WOOHOO!).
Great news, I’m back at Arches again! I’m so excited because instead of just being a reporter I’m also an editor of an entire section! And the coolest part is that I get to do a review of a new exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum, you might have heard of it…National Geographic Real Pirates!

Today I got to go through the ENTIRE exhibit all by myself and it was the most AMAZING experience of my life to date. I’ve lived in Milwaukee all my life and have been to the museum dozens of times that I can pretty much tell you where everything is without looking at the pamphlet map you get at the Help Desk. I have to admit, the museum went all out with this exhibit.

You are introduced to the exhibit with a 4 minute intro movie of the history of the pirate ship The Whydah accompanied by piratey-mood setting music and lighting effects of thunder and lightning. Finally, as the movie ends and the lightening still flashes, in comes this great crescendo of music and the wall where the film was just playing rises and opens into the exhibit, The first thing that you see is this gorgeous iron bell seeming to float in midair in a halo of golden light. I must have stared at that bell for a long time because it was a thing a beauty to a history buff like me.

The rest of the exhibit goes in chronological order of the history of The Wydah as it started out as a slaved ship which then was captured by pirates and then sank in a storm nearly two years later off the coast of Massachusetts. I got to touch ACTUAL pirate silver, learn how to tie sailor knots (not very well), walk in the hull of a ship and talked to ACTUAL PIRATES! Well…pirate actors, but still pirates!

I so wish I could have taken pictures but there was a “No photography” rule, which sucks but is understandable.

If you’re in the Milwaukee Area and love pirates, history or just cool stuff I recommend going and checking it out for yourself since it’s going to be at the museum until May 27 of this year. I’ll put up a link to my article when it gets published next month.
Blessed Be everyone, type you soon )o(

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