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said to his dad and i said trust me call him. it was a shaking decision that they said we don't want to book him because we found somebody black. i know it's a blessing decision but he's a perfect voice because he hates the decision. they i said that you also look at who follow the law shoot? that was a black parent who is part of the lawsuit because she did didn't want her kids going all the way across town. the boxes that we chose find a black person who hates the supreme court decision find a white male conservative who likes the supreme court decision in the making of a conversation as opposed to saying why don't i find to the most passionate voices to disagree on this forget the labels forget the ideology and say this is where they stand. we really fall into those boxes and that's what drives a race conversation. that's why it ends up being a talking point deal as opposed to
real substantive dialogue on the issue of race in america. >> let's get further into the subject on dialogue. i see a sign in the audience right there on the front row. it says black lives matter. very plain and reasonable that's that the clarion call of all the arches in rallies and protests that have taken place ever since michael brown was killed this summer and yet just this morning i watched a major network interview a police chief and that police chief kept saying black people still want us in their neighborhoods. they keep calling us and they want us there. they don't seem to get the point that it's not that black people don't want them there it's just that they don't want them shooting unarmed black man.
question what can the media do to finally get that and report that? anybody? >> that's something that the white house had to deal with because here you have a black president who has taken the forefront talking about trayvon and things of that nature. when the situations have happened with ferguson with new york and cleveland there is a fine line about how do you support the police officers who are the ones who are in the community trying to help and also calling out the ones who are abusing authority. there has got to be some kind of a way that as reporters and do some month from a community and as the white house and the attorney general can support and report of the fact that their support for law enforcement and their support for law enforcement. we need law enforcement did the same time we have to root out the evil that's in the apartment has been going on for decades.
those are two and people have to understand in particular law enforcement we will support you but it's a mutual situation. it's a cyclical issue but you have to have the same time support the community and the community community policing went to talk more about community policing because many of these neighborhoods to inhabit. i watched when that poor child was laying in the street. i saw how the police were on one side and sometimes you take your reporter had off and you think is a person and i said wait a minute i'm from baltimore where they have committed to police committee place in town. i saw the black people on one side in the police officers on the other. there was no communication. it was us versus them. anytime you have that kind of situation a community it's going to powder keg and it did. it's got to be a situation where there are reports on this from the community because we have
experienced it for mainstream america. has to make it beyond ferguson. it has to come out beyond new york. it has to become a prior issue for this country. >> i think it's interesting what people just said. he can both support law enforcement and also support the idea that law enforcement should not be shooting unarmed black man and i think often our role and our duty is to make sure the context is always a part of any conversation. it made me think of the situation between mayor de blasio and the nypd the conflict and a lot of it a lot of it has to do with a lot of things with one of the things who was brought up by the police officers in the conflict was that mayor de blasio shared the fact that he had a conversation with his son that many people all across the country can relate to which he is telling
his black son to be careful and act a certain way and don't pot -- talk back to the police. there's not enough context and reporting of that situation. there's not enough people saying wait a second this is not just a de blasio conversation, this is a universal conversation of the president would have with his son that he had a son and a conversation and his daughters. it's a conversation that any parent of a black child should be having and is having. i think that part of the conversation what didn't appear enough when it's all reporting about the conflict between the mayor and the police department. i think that is where we fall down if we don't make sure we are bringing up both sides of this and not just he said this they said that let's talk about why each side is saying it. >> a quick example. this week we do a story on the
city of st. louis which is probably 10 miles from ferguson where there's a middle-class african-american neighborhood dealing with it violent crime problem. and we talked about how they are trying to take back a middle-class neighborhood that has a crime problem. they are anti-police and anti-crime so he did it through the lens of what it's like some are elderly and some have raised their families so we were able to show this is part of what's going on in our city. these are not protesters. these are people trying to take back the neighborhood. another example a couple of months ago we followed around the ferguson cop one of three african-american cops and ferguson out of 54. from his viewpoint what it was like amid the protests and all attention to the african-american good names he was called and why he was doing it and how he saw at the protesters said. there are ways to dig underneath the stories that you have to get
different voices and a different angle. some of the local coverage we have done is done this but it's not always on the national scale a national scale so therefore people will see this as an issue that really hits close to home. >> will have to stop this notion of race where you are racist and you are not racist. if you look at every debate something happens. somebody says something in the purchases i have known him for so long. they are not racist but there's a whole lot in between racist and not racist. so there are perceptions and their things you thought growing up in different views in your background. you never want to deal with that because that informs who we are. that is conservative stuff. i can tell you right now i've had to deal with a whole lot of racism from white liberals. they got required and i
understand. i literally had we will show on tv were ahead black people on the show talking about racism in the lg bt community. josé antonio vargas gave a speech talking about that saying how can there be in and any quality movement when it comes to race within that and equality movement. so there's there is this fear of dealing with that silly play these games. you know so-and-so he is not a racist. as opposed to what drives that? for example when you see us talking about affirmative action here's a small thing that happens that people oftentimes ignored. we literally allow the conversation to go for it by saying we look for people who are qualified but why are you using the qualifier to qualify. i've never heard anyone talk
about -- that is simply assumed. the reason i'm saying it if you go back and look at anything dr. king talked at anything dr. king talked about at anything dr. king talk about you rarely talk about equality. he talked about freedom. he talked about inalienable rights. what he was saying was i want the same thing somebody white america has and that is the moment they are born they are granted all of their rights as a citizen. that's a different conversation and even coming off of dr. king's birthday we have this limited view. we refuse to look the rest of it which is a radical economic speech because we don't want to deal with the money part. we will talk about his mountaintop speech. that was a 43 minute, 16 seconds reason we talk about economic boycotts and these companies that would not do business with black folks. we have this nice car to my character that we called dr. martin luther king as opposed to the radical person he was. if we want to have realized
conversations go there but we really don't do we have the service level fake nice cute discussions we'll go back to watching. >> thank you roland. we planned this so we would have a half-hour of what we call a town hall atmosphere and we are just a few minutes from now. i can't say enough on behalf of hazel and me how grateful we are for a large turnout despite the warnings of the cataclysmic storm. i'm so grateful we have 100% turnout of our panel. i have my students after 40 years as a practitioner as a foreign correspondent and teach at george washington university public affairs in my mantra is objectivity. they walk in and they see the initials raf responsibility accuracy and fairness. that's what i teach. i may be naïve and i realized
what many newspapers and columnists and others are saying does not into those guidelines. we just have to keep trying and trying. i devote the rest of my life to doing that as a teacher. one of the columnists and reporters that i asked my students to read is the works of paul farhi. i know he is white and i'm white but please don't look at us in that way. look at us is trying to be objective. paul you participated and listen for an hour. can you sum up from your perspective at the "washington post" not as a formal title or media critic but that's what you are associated with. what is your reaction to what you have heard in comments before we turn the floor over to her audience? >> the comment i would make in the day-to-day of doing what we
do there is not the same level of heat and passion that you are getting up here and that's very important. when people like roland or joff come to us and say look you are not doing this or you have done us wrong it does get our attention and in the day-to-day you go through and you work on automatic pilot to a certain extent. you work on what you have done before and you are not getting in many ways the sense of what's bubbling out there. as i was listening to roland i was thinking to myself when it be nice if we in the media could be ahead of these things that we could anticipate these things not react and not go when a trayvon happens and when a michael brown brown brown happens or an air garner. could we have covered police shootings before then? yes of course we could and i will say this plug for my
newspaper. 1998 we covered very extensively the issue of police shootings in prince george's county. they had a series of problems that never exploded in the headlines like michael brown. never exploded into the headlines like eric garner were trayvon martin. and we did a tremendous series of stories about police shootings. it brought about reform in prince george county police force and the story when the pulitzer prize that year. so we can only have this passion and bring it in every single day and be ahead of the next wave i think we could do a lot of social good as well as a lot of good journalism. >> thank you paul. hazel go ahead and before we get to the audience but please go
ahead. >> the interesting thing about that is when we look at the stories that get a ton of media attention it's not really about the victims themselves. it's about the community's response to the victims. despite the great work that you wanted to talk about prince george's county if we can look in communities where there has been violence taking place and how the community reacted to it determine how much media came into reporting so if we are looking at cleveland and to mayor rice we understand what happened to this 12-year-old boy is deplorable there was no national media around the people that got shot at 135 times by the police. so the mayor of cleveland did an administrative review of a chase that involved nearly 60 cars than 100 officers from cleveland into east cleveland. administrative review by the mayor and the city was done even
as citizens were saying fire the white police chief but the mayor said no did a review on emotionally suspended supervisors that didn't call police officers off the chase suspended officers that contained on the chase even after they were called off to which an arbitrator came in later and even after police officers have been fired and devoted police officers had lost pay a reduction in pay the arbitrator came back reinstated officers to the place they were made the city pay back dollars, backpay and then they judge about two weeks ago validated the arbitrator. nobody said anything. no marches, no protests, no mobilization but that same city my hometown, wants to be up in arms about tamir rice so one of the challenges with media is
often we don't have consistent leadership in communities. when you have consistent leadership in communities in that same city the same week that tamir rice was killed, the same week there was a shooting where a man rose up to a house breaks down the door goes inside shoots two adult people shoot 79-year-old little girl comes out of the house shoots a 41-year-old pregnant when a car who was waiting outside. the parent of the 9-year-old runs out to try to save her two-year old brother who's hiding in the backseat of this car. this guy goes off runs off five people dead no marches, no protests, no tweets. my concern about this whole notion of the media's responsibility to think we do have a lot of responsibility in how we talk about race is clear. but similar to how we look at
even the president of the united states there are times when leadership and citizens have to push him to structure to do things the right way. when you lack leadership or when a community is schizophrenic about what they want to be in arms about it ensures their schizophrenic media. they are not there oftentimes to cover shooting. they are there to cover the response of the shooting. but therein lies one of the issues we deal with as we talk about race because until we get mad about something the media doesn't often show up. if we don't ensure their sophistication around the conversation that very seldom does the media reported statistic conversation. >> thank you. i think we have gone a little over an hour and hazel and i just conferred. let's go to the q&a. we will do it in our traditional way. line up behind a microphone
either on outsider at that site and we will call on each one as we always do at our news conferences and luncheons. we always tell people and as i teach my students ask a good question but without a speech. bob you get the opportunity to ask the first concise good question. >> and myron and hazel thanks so much for this spectacular forum. what do you do when the call for objectivity the facts don't take you to objectivity? in this case i want to grant writer ferguson and statin island. and ferguson the prosecutor gave the jury the wrong information inaccurately telling them the loss of the police can shoot a freed subject even though that law was overturned 35 years earlier by the supreme court. the prosecutor and statin island the person i shot the video showing the chokehold dismissing
him in 10 minutes without detailed questions of what he saw. in the michigan chronicle and myron and i told you about this who wrote an article persecutors away to justice and statin island ferguson in cleveland. for defrauding the court and giving wrong information to the jury. the aclu has filed the aclu has filed a suit and a grand juror has filed a suit on exactly that point. why is there not more attention in the media to that very critical and timely lawsuit and isn't the prosecutor's conflict of interest with the police a reason that justice has never been provided in these prosecutions?
>> is there a panelist who would like to respond? >> all the things you talk about we covered. i don't know if america saw it. much of that information was on our front page certainly lost to the grandeur and others. we have been covering the things in our communities well and pour in. unfortunately it may not be speaking out to arrest the country and i think that's a problem because we often get distracted by another story move on but we have been covering this issue seau put forth. >> we have done the same thing as well. >> i have a question. before we go to the other side of the room for her next question town hall style gilbert congratulations again on their word. he is editor of the year for me ask you this is a story that was actually published in the st. louis american about how your newspaper was being picketed by the protesters.
i don't know all of the issues pertaining to why they were picketing. the saint louis post-dispatch but i do know the dispatch tried to get the juvenile record of michael brown. could you just quickly say and that's the kind of thing that causes the racial divide. we don't quite get or at least some black people don't quite get why a newspaper would go after the juvenile record of a child who is now dead. so what was the thinking that goes into that so we can understand how this racial divide comes about? >> we have heard a lot about that. it's putting together facts and information is really simple but it becomes complicated. he was about race. there were a lot of people in the community saying he was a thug. he had a criminal record so we said let's find out. >> and you found out they were wrong.
>> a refute it would have been charged against him in the court of public opinion without fact so we said let's find the facts. yes we caught he from now and we got heat from benjamin crump and i was quoted on paper when it showed michael brown was not a felon although you look at social media and elsewhere that is where the accusations were. we didn't know what would find that we were going to gather the facts. when we release information regarding the autopsy we got a lot of heat. why are you releasing it? because of public information we need to do that. we were accused from both sides as for my weight and ill mother. the idea was let's find facts and let them speak for themselves. that's why we did that. there were probably 10 people up front who were protesting that didn't gather much steam do we got flack from every side. we got flack from the the protesters
or make a flack from the police. we got flack from media critics about all kinds of things. i think what was assigned were seen as having a motive and that is not what we are trying to do we were trying to gather information that was authoritative. >> thank you for having us. >> please make it concise. >> i will try to do that. i think one of the things it needs to be said is community control of the police is what the struggle is about. community control over the police. the system clearly is not working. i wish i had time to go into my definition of community control of the place but you can go to to -- popular resistance top five to read it. i want to talk about the media's role in being complicit in all of this. i myself as a community media person went to the al sharpton
events before they took the mic away from him. we were chanting we won't stop until a jail kill a cop. that was the chant. we won't stop to the jail killer cops. once and this is a c-span broadcast by the way but once the cubs were killed in new york "fox news" got their hands on it and they chopped it up and now that same champ says -- chant says we won't stop, kill a cop and here i am. >> that was not "fox news"." there was a local affiliate which is different from the "fox news" cable network. >> okay granted fox 45 baltimore wbf something so thank you roland. i want to talk about the media's role. this is one example among many and you can point to a lot of
these issues. that's one question and finally my second question is this. now that we have seen them announce that despite their irregularities that the young verse questioner pointed out in the mic brown and ferguson case they have announced they want the federal charges and we have seen the other cases no indictments no indictments no indictments. what can we do to force the system to acknowledge the wrongdoing? wrestling power out of their hands early sharing? what is the issue what we have to do at this point so media being complicit in what do we do now that we have seen a process take place? >> world when did you to speak to the? >> do you want to answer that? >> first of all the question is not what can we do. that's up to you. to hold one accountable to as a public policy issue and that
means how to get a special prosecutor. that means -- i have had ferguson activist on tv one. all we have heard the last six months there has not been a single state representative who has stepped up to sponsor legislation to create a special prosecutor in the case of police who killed somebody. the pressure has to be on them. this is also different than what we saw in the black freedom movement because the whole black lives matter infrastructure you will have to state -- change state or local law. you are not going to pass a federal law. congressman hank johnson is trying to pass a a bill that suzuki get federal funds and you don't make a move we can allow the funds to you and that's a different deal. that is where it's incumbent upon those protesting to take boots on the ground shifted to public policy and just when i talk about this all the time, in
order to make that move as well. that is not our job. that is your job. our job is to cover you trying to do that. >> whirlwind you make a good point. may i interject? what the questioner is asking what can the newspapers do and i think you'll agree it's not say so we reported. we have columnists and editorials but at the end of the day the community is a very important role and we the press will report on that. >> you are in maryland and trying to get that into state law who will bring it to the committee? >> thank you for the question and i want to get as many, hazel and i agreed we try to get as many questions as possible. another sustained -- hard questions but they must be sustained. >> i'm a senior howard university and my questions about the role of individuals who aren't necessarily communicating through official
media channels like news, print newspapers etc.. i have a blog where i write about social issues and pop-culture and critical perspective so i want to know what is it do you think is the role of persons like myself who are looking through those channels and advancing this dialogue and conversation about race? >> here is the obvious thing. we live in a wonderful age where everyone is a publisher everyone is a tv station and everyone has the power to broadcast whatever they think with a little bit of bandwidth. keep on keeping on. we can't guarantee you an audience but you have now powered that when i was your age i couldn't even dream of. >> when i went to school at ohio state my dream is to own a
paper. he needed $2 million to buy a printing press and now item published with a 100-dollar device. i am pleased you could join us tonight. are you satisfied with that response? >> april wants to respond as well. >> the wonderful students at howard university and telecom? >> i'm a sociology major. >> nonetheless and this is my personal opinion if you have a blog podcast with heavy on social media you have a responsibility. the universe possibility because so many people go out there screaming fire and there's not. you have a responsibility to tell the truth and someone who has gone through howard university institution of higher learning universe possibility to tell the truth and get it up accurately. there are so many people not telling the truth not telling the story correctly particularly telling the story about our community and it's not about our community.
you have first possibility and i challenge anyone out there who has a blog or twitter page whatever go out there and be responsible and tell the truth and find out the facts. anybody can be a journalist and that's a big problem. there's a lot of responsibility and being a journalist. >> thank you april. ..
>> touch on it for two seconds. i know that you guys, i want to make a statement. my problem with my views in the media we are not all shooting basketballs and were not all wrapping and getting shot. our biggest problem is when i'm around people like 12 to 13 or 14 and they are looking for new role models they want to strive it's not the president of the united states, the people that are in front of me today. it's it's because in their mind it is very esoteric. there are told to believe in
the media that they can only be a basketball player, nfl player or wrapper. what i wanted to say all we want to say we need a platform to be able to remote young entrepreneurship young business owners and give our generation a knew look on a brighter future. >> a couple of outlets are already out there. some are more -- some get more followers and get more play than others. the others. the mood is doing a fantastic job of doing that very thing. young people young people in tech, the route 100. they do a great job. like enterprises doing the same thing i also think that there is something the et is doing. i want to get your information. a relatively new initiative.
health image and service. and it's all about black men, young men, and not so young men. and so what you all are doing in the real way is the kind of content that i think they're looking for. there are a ton of outlets out there that are looking for that kind of content, and i think we have to realize that when you look at some of the mainstream media outlets that oftentimes they are not getting as many viewers as some of the digital outlets are getting. so what we used to look at is, is i want to get a feature on cnn. but the number of people is an insane number of people watching world star hip up. up. so utilizing some of the outlets that are out there and creating partnership is a real way to get yourself and your story in front of people that are not going to see it at all of their watching television. they're not showing pictures of you in the 1st place. so it's not looking to them to validate you.
>> but but i have to ask you, your outreach have you been in terms of reaching out. specifically start with black media. >> wh qt a few weeks ago. >> okay. the morning show. yolanda adams. west park, dubbed park dubbed banks. seven naturally syndicated shows. the only black money knew show. you you have black newspapers, black magazines. literally a major infrastructure. part part of the deal is not do a story on us but making us aware of exactly who you are as well. when you bring that to the table, then that sort of
helps the story out. the onus is not always on us covering it but reaching out to nontraditional outlets to get your story told as well. >> i think they need a publicist that can put it out there. >> i got my own show. all you all you have to do is give them your e-mail. just saying. and i will we will have to ask anybody because it's my dance show. [laughter] >> i just wanted to piggyback and concur. a lot of the time i mean you go and look at the media. we want to create that counter narrative. in our business business section this past week we showed a woman who got recently passed the national bar association. she was in america's next top model she wasn't the next olympic athlete, but a lot of the time because of we are overwhelmed as media outlet with ourselves the best
thing you can do is put your information out there because if we have a story we are going to do something with the. there is more to being a young black successful man that having a ball or microphone. >> i think they would as well. next question. i'm sorry. thank you. go you. go ahead. i we ready for the next question? >> good evening. >> identify yourself, and yourself, and a nice succinct question. >> territorial candidate howard university. why is it that mainstream media is letting police chiefs around the country off the hook? i am appalled that they take the high road the thought
that there could be racist police officers were a bias. they need a history lesson. do we need them all to sit in and watch stoma? the entire backdrop of racism and injustice in america is local law enforcement and the black community. all the sudden moment bring that up there like how could you dare think such a thing that my officers would treat a a black person differently. that has been our history for a hundred years not politicians, but local law enforcement. why why is it, remember the dogs. we let them get a platform. we don't remind them of history. >> paul has volunteered. >> thank you. i don't want to defend. i i do want to prevent stereotyping of every single police chief.
that ends the conversation. once you start throwing around accusations people shutdown. part of our role besides mediating is also to ask these questions about what is next. it goes beyond that interview with that police chief or panel. it's all about what you want to do next the way the grand jury functions the next step besides the protest and besides the marches and the sort of headline grabbing moment.
i think that's where sometimes media falls down, not down, not asking that question enough because we moved onto the next thing. >> on 60 minutes last night the police chief of cleveland, i recommend it highly. >> over the side. >> hello. i hello. i would like to ask the panelists to comment on the fact that they case in new york where the two cops were shot, you had representatives of the police union police department trying to make the association of one man's actions the man who killed the two cops when the entire issue if it was about and cops that have done the things we no the case in new york in the case in ferguson's. the coverage i have seen
essentially silenced the debate and shifted it to something else. i was wondering if they could comment on that. >> well, his job is to defend his officers at all costs. police union leaders even when they no it was absolutely heinous and iran they are going to defend. that is what he is paid to do. he do. he is not paid to offer an objective viewpoint's. the problem the problem is when those of us in media are unwilling to challenge him when he comes on air with his comments were are unwilling to say wait a minute, and this particular case you notice he has not said much about this cops who shot the dude in that dark hallway. it's a little hard to defend that one but he might try. so understanding.
we also have a job as well. it's our responsibility to also be aware of the various issues. i may tell you right now that's part of the problem especially when you're watching lots of television shows, it ain't like you get the most well read folks asking questions. you're sitting at home going, trust me, nobody's hand them a hand them a blue card with that question on. and there is an unwillingness to challenge folks. understand what the game is, especially within television going back to well, i want to present too hard. if i come across as too hard someone else may not want to come on the show because i really press too hard.
then they pull there punches. you get these fake conversations and you're sitting there at home mad because it's not a real interview. that that is a fundamental problem that we have in media's and also why you need other voices that are willing to challenge. they were guests who would say, i'll come on and take questions, but not from the panel. now, no, i don't want to do the panel. up take your questions because they did not want somebody coming out of the box was not worried about whether or not i get other interviews. all those things happen. behind the behind the scenes you don't even realize it's what's happening to be with the media doesn't want to tell you is most folks in media absolutely crave and desire continued access. we are unwilling to challenge power because of my cutoff for access to land we crave the access'. >> thank you. we're going to go until
eight 15 because the questions are so good and the answers complement for their responses. are we agreed? >> agreed. >> please keep the questions as brief as possible. make them hard. make a brief. >> hello, everyone. i, everyone. i am a producer at the department of defense. my 1st question is about newsroom diversity. i want to say thank you for asking president obama at his last press conference the state of black america. if it was not for you no one would alaska. previously when i worked in news i was one of the only blacks in the newsroom and we were the only people asking to report on the stories. what do you feel is the most pressing barrier to diversity in the newsroom
and how can it be overcome? my 2nd quick question is about race coverage in national security. recently people noted the lack of coverage here in america in comparison to the pair's pairs magazine. do you feel that that criticism is valid and what are your thoughts? >> i want to speak to the issue of diversity when it comes to newsrooms. thank you for that. athena comes to the white house. i love to see people of color there. unfortunately that is run that has historically been a white, male-dominated room. i don't know why but that has been the case. [laughter] i just love myself some rover martin. but seriously during the clinton years and this is the crazy thing to mclean
was the 1st black president. and you remember him coming in their more african-american reporters there in the seat constantly. i mean,, not moving around, a senior reporter. george w. bush came and everybody left. obama came all the black journalists came to the white house. so excited. they wanted to see. i was happy to see like reporters there, even if it was a a mainstream, it was still a presence of black reporters. the problem there is an internal problem and an extra external problem. a lot of these networks want to hire white women. now there's a new thing with mtv, white women with blonde hair. that's the new trends now. well it's anyway there is
a resurgence resurgence of it right now. let's say that. i am definitely not networked material. i am too old and another shade of beige. so when you talk internally the structure internally does not support people to come you guys can attest it does not support people who don't have a seat in the room and have workspace in the room. my company has been here for over 40 years, and i have been blessed to sit in the back of the room 2nd row from back, lassie and moved up. that one does not support you in your effort to cover the president. it is not easy and it is not easy for someone who raises their hand, everyone in the front row the million-dollar row, it is not easy. sure she talks with her producers.
for me i issue is serving in black america. i asked questions about china, china anything but primarily urban issues. they know, okay. but that run is not necessarily friendly. but when you are coming in behind the curve, it's rough. i mean,, how many -- we take a picture in ebony's. >> ebony is a black magazine >> it was. a ton of people in that picture. you were in that picture. there were a ton of a ton of people in that picture. we don't no where. >> a lot of them were cameramen. >> a lot of them reporters. >> paul wants to get an.
>> let me just say one thing, african-americans are not underrepresented in the news media. they are underrepresented in the decision-making part. a lot of black reporters a lot of hispanic reporters. the diversity -- hold on, the diversity's emma the number is representative of the population. what is underrepresented again, the people calling the shots. >> that's the.that rowland made earlier that i agree with, but i do still think there's a lot of underrepresentation of minorities in general and i think a lot of people would agree with that. i that. i think it is important to note that progress has been made. progress is being made. i don't think their were many others, black women on my floor. and now their are a few more. progress is being made. the issue is you have to keep having people come up and want to be journalists, mentors who we
will say keep at it and they don't have to be black but it's helpful if they are. but i think that the bottom line is the forcing of the status quo, very powerful. you have to constantly, everyone who has an interest has to because delay paying attention to it and fighting for it and some of us are not in a hiring position, but that does not mean we can't be in an encouraging position. the bottom line is the forces of the status quo are hard to be back but that's why you have to keep going. >> this is critically important. who remembered the the new york times story from three or four years ago on all of the generals who are contributors on the cable networks? there was not a single minority general on that list. again, i talked about kevin hart access to resources hiring, the exact same thing
now, that was under president george w. bush's they were created afrikaans. a black general who was a four star general who was the 1st commander of afrikaans. there was one network show that interviewed him about military options me. you would think that somebody in the newsroom somewhere in america would say i wonder who might be an expert on affairs on the continent of africa from a military perspective, and maybe maybe we can talk to them about what is happening not one call. not one. he was a commander over all of africa. you did not have somebody in the newsroom who knew he existed. have someone in the newsroom
then you don't have anybody saying's were in a car. before he retired and understand. i started every job with the understanding that you're going to get fired anyway. i mean, you're going to get laid off. you can look at the newsroom numbers.uraíy you can play it safe and get laid off and be mad or you can do you, get laid off, and said i set idea what i was supposed to do i was there. i can tell you. in the 66 years i was there i would often communicate, communicate. and i specifically said we need to hire distributor because his mess to say the only by general you can think of today is: powell.
and so that also goes into where you are. you have access to the pentagon. minority generals, they'll have that access to get inside information. and so my.is just that it creates other opportunities. that's what i mean, we get shut out of power positions if it creates more division and keeps us further away from these prime opportunities. when you have an african-american who becomes editor they are going to understand and maybe bring more people into the mix as. not sitting not sitting here worried about you don't have this particular pedigree. you have a skill set.
we were not in positions or secondary positions or the 3rd or 4th level. simply staffers. basically, with the help. okay. >> let's take one more question from each side, and then i that i would like my friend hazel to make a comment about a special a special group of students we have. if it's okay with you keep it short and the responses short to the.we might get an extra one and. >> my name is mckenzie marsh, a sophomore broadcaster. my question is, me is me and my friend are starting a campaign about going out into local dc high schools in making black or minority students more aware of being conscious of situations. i feel like
everyone is conscious and aware, the aware the people in my generation, i feel like there's a break. i grew up in st. louis. my friends who stayed in did not go to college and we talked about things other than the ferguson situation health care in situations like that, and they are not aware. to change everything happening do you have any tips to help us tell them that you can be the executive's, if you like to play video games you can create a video game making nowhere that they have these opportunities he because we are the opportunities. we just want to help them use it to the ability to be nothing like the help. >> i think there's a challenge sometimes, and i think what you are doing is fantastic but one of the misnomer is skill we go target kids. you have to create relationships. i started my media career doing sociopolitical
commentary. there wasn't anybody doing that before. the ability to connect with the audience wasn't about how i can i can create this list of things to talk at them about. how is there a back-and-forth relationship so that there is trust and consistency. the 1st thing you have to do is create relationships. as you build relationships you build trust. as you build trust to build credibility. i knew what i was doing was working because of ratings summary know what that means in some of you don't. i really want to appreciate you for talking about the nuclear option. unlike some looking around looking for the camera that's about the partly.
i can't believe this young dude is rolling up on me talking about the nuclear option. nobody ever talks to us about that kind of stuff. you came to to us honest. we started looking it up as. then i'm buy him a drink. a drink. i need you to help me understand how this happened that because i was talking about certain issues the because we had created relationships. create relationships. as you listen to them and they listen to you you begin to have a conversation. they are a whole lot more aware. it's it's really listening to the things they are concerned about. >> i am scared for 2016. and the reason i'm scared
will be anybody black crime. if you look back to 2,008 you saw folks you had never seen in your life. you saw hispanic contributors african-americans more women because you had then senator obama and then senator clinton both running i never even thought about politics until i heard you talking about it. here is my fear who we will be talking about it and toys 16? who will be talking about it in a way for them to
understand, speaking to the issues that they deal with everyday but talking like you're from new york but talking like you actually talk to folks. that is a serious fear that goes to the nation of race in america. 2,008 he actually said this. it's obama wearing his american history. did he just say that on-air? nobody else said a word. no one else was willing to check. former drug czar. you know all the black folks who ran for county commissioner and sheriff and reverend jackson ran 84 and 88. richard shelby is now united states senator.
the begin the water lines. he tried to come back and restate again. he does not run al gore's campaign in 2000 without in 2,000 without reverend jackson. a little short white guy in minnesota the less jackson runs because he was the state director. i literally went down this whole line of people who came through politics because of rev. jackson's run. therefore, therefore, how dare you diminishes to runs a simply being black history. the.there is nobody was at the table willing to challenge them on it. imagine if that comment had gone unchecked? we talk about race. a presidential campaign. i'm looking at who we will be on those networks and what they're saying give you a
chance. looking at the numbers. more. more black more hispanic, television looking like it's 1950. >> let me interject a quick point. we talked about the black reporters increasing the latino porters. when president obama was elected did we do our job? one of the 1st questions i asked the civil rights leader what do we do now that we have a black president? he said, said we must speak truth to power no matter what color power is. black and latino and other reporters tell this president to the same level of accountability? 's speak into the mic. as a reporter just individually. >> globally.
what i think about the press briefing room, people room people are asking the hard questions. i think it's difficult to no generally speaking holding the proper people's feet to the fire. the people you get speak to on a much more regular basis >> not enough people are doing that. certainly there are some. talked about how she's lonely and they're bringing up this issue. over the radio network. that's important. >> honest about the fact that this white house had given the same amount of access. this white house is not given the same amount of access that previous white house said. and so what i'm saying by that is --
>> black press overall press. >> black press. and i got an interview with the pres. i'm not saying it has not happened. if you think about the fact that over the course of three years there have been, been what, three interviews with the president's? >> i don't think so. first of all, we all, we don't have that much. >> black media, black people >> on talking about black press on tv. >> on tv. >> right. and that's not an indictment. to answer your question, i think that their have been fewer opportunities to have direct one on ones with the president to give enough journalists the chance to ask certain questions. folks questions. folks like a blood doing an amazing job in the positions they are but their are a
lot of people where she is. >> and that's the. what i am saying. i am encouraging these people to come. it is easy to get in. just call the press office. office. when it comes down to katrina, ferguson, all these issues that affect black america, america, it needs to be more reporters asking to generate. sometimes i ask questions and sometimes the mainstream media will pick it up. it takes follow-up questions to really make a difference. sometimes if it's just me it won't be a follow-up. a follow-up. we need that continual pressure to ask the question if the story will be above the fold make the a block of the evening news or what have you. and also, if you're talking about media making a a difference, it has to be continued pressure from the community for us to really say okay, this is something. that something. that gives the pressure and attention from the media.
>> thank you. we have three people standing. will you each ask a brief question and then the panelists can respond to all three? for. okay. for good questions. please make a brief. >> hive. brief. >> hi. i am from the church of scientology national affairs office. i was hoping that someone could maybe speak to where we go from here. could there be someone in the media that could take the lead as to where we take this conversation and who that could be and how that could kind of go through. >> thank you very much. let's get the the other three questions. >> first and foremost i work at eliot middle school broadcast media teacher and computer applications teacher. we lost the 1st radio on tv program run solely by middle school kids. they are there. [applause]
yeah. as we begin to wrap up. >> and i don't want to read over her shoulder's. a nice thank you. they kids campaign to interview the president. support from congressman john lewis. congresswoman eleanor holmes chancellor, one on the way from senator al franken conducted a live interview. we're done our homework. interviewed. we have been
featured on queen latifah latifah, featured in the "washington post." as i stand here. >> absolutely. >> pass it along. >> along. >> we already have a response. i'm sure they we will follow through. >> we got it. we get it. >> he did briefly touch on it. there's a crisis on sunday. go to work and explain. they are not my leaders. i'm wondering as far as pushback how can we make them break through the prominent and experience well educated expert to address the issues.
>> the last question to be asked. >> good afternoon. i am here representing black running for positive change. i am a teacher community leader. also, i want to piggyback. we do have to seek our leaders. mental health mental health leaders. what i want to know back in the summer i was running from bullets. but then my community my mother was running from bullets on my great-nephew two years old hiding. they do matter. but why is it that we as a community have to continue to run from bullets in our
community and nothing is done about it? it just does not make any sense. tell me how you're going to tell our youth -- i am a teacher. how how do we get to these used to let them no why do why do you want your mother to run from a bullet? my mother's house has been shot. bullets fly in the community all the time and nothing has been done about it. we have got to do better. >> got you. >> we have got to. >> and it is not just about police, the diversity, everything. we have got to do better. >> got you. >> can i ask each of the panelists i ask each of the panelists if they want to give a concluding remark. we give everybody a chance for a final response. and in doing so i just i just want to thank you for your participation tonight. you start and we we will move this way.
>> i will deal with the question. these media executives calling them to the table for literally to literally say, you are a leader, what exactly is your plan. that can be done with the national association of black journalists asian-american journalists. from a network standpoint. what i like it would abc is doing, the kind of on-air hires that they have made we love to talk about transparency, tell city officials and public people
to reveal their numbers. these media institutions of a public trust. you should you should tell them, reveal your numbers, reveal your hiring numbers but don't stop their. review your supply and diversity numbers, who you do business with. so. so broad net beyond just who is writing stories. who is writing stories the executives, making decisions making decisions and what they are doing on the business side. again, you can hire us to be reporters or executives. if you are spending money than all you are doing is continuing the cycle of income inequality as a community. if they tell you those of private numbers we don't reveal it i i guess you don't really believe in transparency.
>> thank you. >> where do we go from here? for us it is a local story. we ask questions probe, but pressure from the editorial page as we have been doing for months for change. what i have heard tonight -- and we have to ramp it up -- here from the people we have not heard from for. we need to do more find out what they are doing because they are not the leaders we have been dealing with. that is a challenge. it's for you in those positions step up and talk and tell us what to think and write in blog and send letters and do opinion pieces for us because that's the only way we we will service the communities outside your own. >> i agree with that.
we have to recover the events that are. it's not necessarily going to be to advocate but to make sure that.of view gets hurt. the action has to be happening for us to cover it sort of like a conversation. we talk about where we go from here, it here, it goes to my earlier. we have to keep asking the question and find out if there is something afoot. something does have to be happening. i think in terms of making sure their are more voices they have to go because the personal answer the phone and the available and speak in a way that -- good
soundbites. and as individuals we can help by continuing to look for other voices and purses of the voices. it's a small kind of situation. we need to begin bolstering with financial dollars and some of the outlooks, whether they are bloggers and who have proven themselves credible. there are some that do some amazing work. if we can bolster them financially they can serve as a best practice and look to young people that have the same kind of ability but don't see quality bloggers. the other piece around seeing more voices is begin to tap some communications firms who already have the
capacity to do some of this work have people that they represent to do a better job of creating stables of voices and voices in key areas. sometimes if they are firms doing work around national security and arms services our services then you can have them building stables of voices in those areas same thing around education, education, electoral politics. bookers will book whoever's calling them the most and whoever is the most entertaining. we have to understand it because your smart that doesn't mean you're good for tv. we have to understand the difference between people that are good for radio, print, and people that are good for television. often times we get smart
people that are horrible to watch and it makes it difficult to get the next person because you have a track record of getting somebody that's bad for tv. last but not least we really do need to begin developing these young people identify storytellers that are getting support from us getting airwaves. he does a decent job of that but i think if we can find ways to be talent scouts and identify young people by giving them internships, internships, opportunities the ability to write pieces, do some research finding ways to support the things they are already doing, demanding they raise the bar we can create a feeder pool of not just a local paper and news outlets but a whole new community of new media that is not looking for some of the older outlets to validate them by giving them opportunity for doing good work. >> thank you. >> over the last 18 years
white house correspondent and the washington bureau chief endres does matter. it matters it matters at the white house level the presidential level the highest levels, but the problem is does it make the fault? fold? does it make the news? 's not always. how do we make that change happened? you have to make the change, demanded, get up and push for it. when. when i say that in my research for my book but i am telling you i learned it from you. [laughter] anyway but seriously what i found in this book the most successful movement where were those that were downward pressure, consistency, and massive numbers of people. and this is just me
observing. when people come to the white house they come because they have a large group behind them pushing the issue. when you complain about the bullets, know that you have the nra on the other side saying we're not going to change things. that is what we report on. where does the movement come? if you want more blacks in media more stories in media, it comes to you. you have to make the change. it's. >> my wife is an educator, and one of the people she has educated during her career have been teachers. one of the things she does is equity training. she tries to make teachers who are not from the minority community aware of their white privilege so that they can teach children
who are not like them. i think it would probably be a good idea if reporters had equity training. become aware of people were not like them's. we can be what we are not all born a certain way with certain experiences', but we can become aware of the things we are not. that is what we might be able to bring about through some kind of concerted effort. >> okay. finally, thank you for having me. no problem. but we have done over the past nearly 90 years, not only did we report we report the story and encourage through our reporting people to engage
in community acts and inspire people's, one of the things that drew me into the paper and the rich legacy of it i found i found people who look like me doing something that i wanted to do. that is just extremely important. we show our people that look like us, us, it makes it attainable, real, and authentic dream. had there not been a st. louis american, any of the others i am 100% certain that i would not be sitting here. not only were i not have i not have the platform opportunity, but i would not have thought it to be real. that's one of the things. and to keep telling the whole story's most of the people who saw the ferguson unrest outside of ferguson hall they saw was the violence, the violence, the looting. there was so much.
only six days of violence and the people were protesting. zero, no i'm missing a protest. they are still at it. the vast majority have been peaceful. the fact that we were out there telling the story i dare to say that it encourage the people who may have thought to be violent to go ahead and be peaceful because they knew they had a place for the story to be told as well. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, at the beginning of the evening i said this was going to be an historic event. thanks to all of you in the audience and our panelists it truly has been. i gave the opening remarks. i would like to call on hazel to give the concluding remarks and announcements. >> thank you so much. hasn't it been wonderful? let's give our panelists, my peers the great thank you. i i would just like to issue a challenge to turn it up.
get it turned up in your newsrooms. am i saying it okay? 's turn to. give it turned up in your newsrooms, in your communities. everything that we talked about tonight turn it up so that we can make an impact in this country. i know it sounds trite, but afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. that is what we're here for. now, if you were justin does me another moment we would be remiss if we do not a acknowledge a few people in our audience. mr. clarence page from the chicago tribune. ms. joyce jones from bt. so many of them in here. ray baker is somewhere in the audience. i would be remiss if i did not acknowledge my press club. tristan francis kenny. and
so on behalf of the capitol press club we want to thank you. finally, we want to lift up the zen people on the back's. pressing to get a question. we will help them to get that question. thank you. had so if please please be sure. he will sign it. it's a sign up to a member of the capital press club or the national press club's. we are out there, too. thank you so much for coming. leave your car if you want to be invited to future events. [inaudible conversations]
>> former chairman of the republican national committee. he is seeing a few familiar faces. i am, too. but i want to make one point at the outset. thirteen freshmen senators elected. that is a relatively high number. 12 of them are democrats -- excuse me, 12 of them were republicans, one republican. we are nonpartisan. we are like c-span. i hope to get senator gary peters'. we also -- he is actually speaking on the senate floor about a subject we we will be talking about. we have some able -- the pipeline, and we we will get to that in the minute. you know who they are you would not be here. i will start with a question
for the entire panel. in the capitol for the state of the union. president obama spoke for an hour. an hour with four senators. senators. you can do the math. please no filibusters. >> hopefully it won't seem like three hours. >> am going to ask you let's just play a word association game. your response to the president's president's state of the union address one or two words. >> disappointing. >> higher taxes. >> tom. >> the death of influence. >> a harvard man. all right. the president said -- of full or answer, answer, if
you like. we have turned the page of the recession. moments later while discussing foreign policy he said the shadow of crisis is best. do you agree with either of the statements? >> i certainly don't. >> coming from the perspective -- and north carolina, just take a look at the numbers that defy the statement that the president made. you know we have labor participation rates that if you address real unemployment's still shows us a serious need of knew jobs. take a look at the number of people on government assistance, the kind of indicators that you would look at. let's go back to a time is difficult to say we're in a positive place. i also think it was interesting the shadow in
the middle east. yemen in the state that it's an. i felt like it wasn't really connected to anything i could.to. i think we have serious problems economically, serious problems in terms of safety and security. >> foreign policy. >> i agree. the president's foreign policy section, which was brief and to my mind reflecting a world that he wished we lived in he didn't use the term al qaeda as tom said the iranian backed militants were taking over the presidential palace's which he cited just four months ago as a model counterterrorist success for our country. he may he may want to turn the page. he may not be willing to call a war of war but islamic state in bishara
al-assad and iran and vladimir, not turning the page's. >> i think there was a real missed opportunity for the president. he had a chance chance to hit the reset button's. >> mentioned that there was new leaders. >> a very kind gesture. and i think what president clinton did when he had to pivot with a new majority and get something done. i think that was a a clear message to the american people. ..
>> >> we talk about economic development and energy development almost all of that comes out from state and privately and not federal land. so to talk about being energy independent what a great thing that is he has to realize there is challenges to what he is saying for where we're at today. he also has a congress that says elections to have consequences. but this is a chance to
reset. i did not hear a reset the lead defense then in office would he would not do to work with us. there is a group of us that really would like to make changes but we know we have a president we have to work with as well. that is what disappointed me because i would like to five more areas eric find common ground this seems like he had an opportunity to suggest ways he would try to find issues of agreement to set the stage for the next two years. >> for the panel senator brown said is an interesting point to say that all of you rand in part against the president in your campaign. i also know there were other things even work-force
participation was a big part but you all rand against this president a and you beat him and so did the other eight republican freshmen senators. but the president made the point with his rebuttal last new have never beaten him on the ballot. he has run twice and his poll numbers is about you being a and with the approval and disapproval rating so where he sits the country is divided so maybe he should do what he believes. >> but he set the stage himself because to read the election process he never made clear or he did make clear his policies were on the ballot then make your choice as no. we said his policies are on
the ballot if you vote for my a competitor you vote for his policy and we use that. elections do have consequences. >> gets back down to what has happened in this country since 2008. the majority was secured its end 20102 years at the president was elected and in 2012 we went to supermajority. we had a democratic congressional members now we have 10 republicans and three democrats. the swing districts search of the when doorway and i don't think that is unique. look at arkansas or west virginia that the administration should recognize there is a level of discomfort with the direction that his administration has taken
this country. stick i use the words of missed opportunity with "state of the union" because he could recognize maybe he should find common ground with the majority of states under a conservative leadership. to stipulate there are things we will never agree on. to close off the table but energy policy national security policy those are the sorts of things the average american ones to see results. focus on that delivery a "state of the union" that has that's could really put us on a good trajectory for this congress. i am hopeful we can get there. >> there was a high water mark but in the state of montana and the first republican to ever hold the
u.s. senate seat in 101 years. when senators used to be elected by legislatures and won the race by 18 points. >> with the at large member of the house now two out of three federal elected officers of the state are republican but i ran on a platform more jobs less government and we were told last week republicans should know if they are invited i spent time talking to the indian tribes and i heard we are the ones republicans are fighting for jobs with the middle-class. we are for development but of the crow reservation the and implement rate would be
90% if not for the coal mining jobs. as it is it is only 50% the chairman told the - - bo war on nicole is on the crow people of montana here is a republican fight a which is all will different perhaps in what the president is used to in the past. >> but some commentators tom noted that republicans have risen to their feet and cheered to say equal pay for equal work. >> he did not outsmart a city where and why they were not cheering so much because it was empty rhetoric the promises he has been making but we all ran against the
policy of the people that we serve through health care cost but it is his own party with 80 or 90 fewer democrats in denver in that room six years ago because of. bob is impact. 900 you were democrats because of rock above as policies. and you didn't even notice that mitch mcconnell is now the majority leader and that is why i said it is the height of arrogance because even though the policies were off the ballot and they were repudiated. >> let me take another shot as gender politics i had one
heck of a time to find parking. [laughter] the house republican leadership last night told a bill on abortion that was passed before everybody says they can shoot straight so what is your view of that bill? what is going on over there? if they cannot do it without you, you have only been gone a few weeks. [laughter] >> i doubt that. >> having then speaker of the house with the state legislature that i will not tries to pretend to know why speaker boehner did what he did. it is not for lack of support but we have a lot of things going on right now. and i will differ to the house leadership when they
think is appropriate to move legislation but that is the one risk we have with this new majority to say we want your persistence of these issues but we also need your patience because in the senate somebody already asked you what is the biggest difference between speaker and serving in the legislature or the senate? it is the save as cooking in a microwave for a crock pot. the rules are not wellhouse understood so i believe that both leaders are committed for us to fulfil our promises but i am willing to show some patience as we deal with any number of things.
to prevent dust to what the of leadership in the house and senate want to do. 25 fell on our promises. i will not make it more difficult to question but later i may have cause for concern but that isn't what we should do right now. >> you said that one of the reasons it is to get the senate functioning again. at the democratic leadership was not working. you also said there are bipartisan bills that could be passed? whether a couple of examples? what could be done to where we start working together again?
>> but because we have two members to voted for dozens of bills of a bipartisan basis in the last congress i said it seems logical to me to work together to go wherever the bills are to see if that is where we can begin to move the bill senator already received bipartisan support energy related so let's go back to prove it in the senate they could get bipartisan support for bills and having bet on that side that is the starting point because he already proved we could have that consensus is even logical to start their then build on that. >> that what the house sent to this said that at last count the latest i have
heard is the debate to restore from regular order that we will have had more votes on amendments on the senate floor over the keystone pipeline they and the sum total of all votes last year with very real leadership so that explains the a dual leadership coming back to fight through the gridlock priam disappointed to think the president will not even come to the table of the keystone pipeline for crow we have a strong bipartisan support and to save the "state of the union" address that that is not a smart strategy choose set the table before word spinning he spent more time threatening congress their nuclear i rand. that is one of our greatest
challenges today a.m. the house passed section of legislation with 400 votes in the last conference the senator reed refused to bring it to the floor now barack obama threatens the of the dough because it says it would stop them from negotiation in cooperation but now the last few weeks their militia has taken over the capital of vietminh we caught a iranian capital ready to shoot missiles and they are propping up syria and signed a defense agreement with russia if that is the cooperation your getting we don't want more. but if he threatens a veto of legislation.
>> to think about that speech with his demeanor the was thinking of you especially events i am looking forward to working with you now. the key is with his element to make sure they are involved in the ceremony feels welcome. he does a nice job in that respect. referring to the fact if my memory serves me correct to our sadness to discuss obamacare before it was obamacare. >> that is to question is. [laughter]
and we were going to talk about the physical impact around the state and the president would come in with photos then-president biden would run the meeting and then we debated health care to hours 10 minutes but very seldom do get that opportunity in any kind of a job. it is one that i would not forget. >> senator line dash senator daines du said montand starred tired of the gridlock and the partisanship you back that up by having john tester walked into the senate chamber. he had nice things to say
about you was a a big day in his life and hope to it would be out of yours. >> is there a way with steel pipes in? i have two daughters and two sons and i told them the president and vice president is not afraid of selfie so there would ask you take selfie is? as 18 and 22 years old. so it was on the "today show" the next day. i believe the president probably is now utilizing joe by dinner enough to be an emissary to come into the senate at least to have a dialogue for a discussion of what canada cannot be done. to stand up on the bully pulpit at the state of the union to be down on congress again, i spent 28 years in
the private sector as part of the startup company that we to a public you have to figure out how to get things done and get a result. i was disappointed not to hear any of that total in the speech this week. >> i have a couple of questions with energy policy but senator sullivan is on the floor speaking about it now. >> it is good news for republicans that but the bad news if you will that we might need some argument is it has raised questions about the economic feasibility.
what's is your response long-term? because it is necessary. but when you talk about transportation of the crude they can be utilized was that these folks may not be rock creek -- rocket science but to say we will have a slowdown or a decrease but the phrase of whale will be down for the extended period of time and that pipeline can deliver more efficient made, oriole, they and canada and north dakota or montana down into heavy crude in the face think that
those individuals take nongovernment dollars but they are responsible for to put it into that there is a reason. because it gives them the efficiency they don't have today. in south dakota we cannot get our grain to market. day our using our rail market it up drives of the cost covering's directly at of the over farmers and ranchers pocket. >> we were talking the whale would enter the united states where? >> the keys to a pipeline first enters in montana. and one of the misperceptions is all about canadian oil but there is the connector being built in baker montana 100,000 barrels per day of montana and north dakota oil going through the pipeline
is very shortsighted to make a decision based on a point in time pricing on a real. of the nature is to go up and down but there is a missed opportunity for the president to connect the dots with the pipeline in the middle class and $80 million of tax revenues everybody is of this deal with a fly rod in their hands. most fighting month to month to make ends meet and they live where the pipeline will go through and keep electric prices for the co-op customers those sell this month to month to keep prices flat because they supply electricity to the pump station on the keystone that extra low bowers' the prices of here the republicans we are not fighting for the middle-class to create opportunities to give a better way of life. >> you talked about the fly rod.
you were fly-fishing when brad pitt was making cameos in thelma and and louise it is not just a pipeline when the river runs through it to talk about that beautiful country you will hear from your constituents. what makes you so convinced this is a perfectly safe way to travel? >> to look at touche transfer of real it is a state of the our pipeline and its jets to canadians just seven months to approve their portion that is taken above the six years and we're still waiting. >> the president said it sells like good news is that good or not?
>> the price of oil has fallen because the production of more oil like montana vortexes. number two's saudi arabia does not trust the united states with its regional alliances so they refuse to air drops apply hurting iran and also other factors and the slow economy worldwide. one of those is that to keep production in line but if the president tries to take credit when he could a stop then looked at private land in north stick -- north dakota it takes months and months suggests to stop that production but most of its
the here's the same to produce more energy to have robust and i am surprised with that canadian company and there are in allied. for one has to 50 canadian troops set given their lives fighting ignatius have the first trips in and contact but the president should be think about national interest debt as opposed to the first one did anytime they can help sell off some of -- consumers tannery shared jus' hit. we have support for the
keystone pipeline. the average investor but the surveys. government trying to prove rand to with the fed ended fissured with the lowest but they were willing to take a brisk prefer the dead to france's kerr's down if it doesn't keep half the capacity and they're willing to fly $8 billion on the line to create 40,000 jobs. pour people to say it is now ready yet and i trust the private sector to make those sorts of decisions and transcanada is prepared to make it we had a similar argument in north carolina will we pass legislation for hydraulic fracturing. we'll be droll anytime soon?
because the positives are far less than others. risk prove -- profile it is high now but but this country will do everything it can and from the environmentally sound way it's been expose to would oppose it to now make sense. >> you said you were all of the above provided is now you have but then to put more energy to have the solar farms would of the largest in the country now
giving of tobacco in this state land we're getting it appear in washington and also talking about the pursuit of offshore oil drilling has sent a i worked on the amendment that i hope will go forward from the international continental shelf but north carolina has a tremendous opportunity in terms of drilling. but by a lot of would-be 30 miles off the coast will beyond the site horizon. but the governor specifically requested from
their coalition to move forward because they didn't feel they were getting the progress that they wanted. they're having good discussions since what we're talking about is natural gas and shallow depth but to have that economic impact of $4 billion per year per cry will do everything i can to get to a bipartisan to get the eastern and seaboard but then off the coast of alaska a we need to demonstrate this there we are here if
rule spin they fail to make physicians and to see into the future because there has certainly an orange there's dealt with this the third of so often but what of our rest examples is what have we been fighting for years? and tour improve the of middle-class america we just add updates that the average household in this country will now face told hundred dollars per year because of lower oil prices we're seeing. and that is not because of what the president did. oil production is up 60%
despite what he did over all but down 6% on publicly and. there fighting a some publicly and development said think stereo hydraulic fracturing it looks like now with global gdp it is up and at in this is how the entire world to be revised going upward nearly 1% her carol that is a consequence of what we have been fighting for four years. . .