The Washington Syndicate

Free Event: “Women Report The Civil War,” at the National Press Club, Monday, Sept. 19 @ 6:30pm

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on August 16, 2011

The National Press Club’s History and Heritage Committee cordially invites members of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. to a panel discussion.

“Women Report The Civil War,” at the National Press Club Headquarters
14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC
6:30 p.m. Monday, September 19, 2011

Reservations are requested by September 15th  at 202-662-7501.  For further questions, contact committee member Elizabeth Smith Brownstein at

The History & Heritage Committee presents this event not only to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, but also to note the fortieth anniversary of the admission of women into the National Press Club.

Four distinguished scholars and journalists will cover the topic “Women Report The Civil War” from an unusual variety of perspectives: the war coverage and careers of two of its most prominent women journalists, Jane Swisshelm and Laura Redden (a.k.a. Howard Glyndon); the contrast between the coverage of the war in women’s publications of
the period and that of the daily and weekly press; and the unique perspectives of bereaved mothers and wives on the impact of the war on their lives, as revealed in narratives supporting their petitions for pensions.

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Wash Post distributes Russian and Chinese statist propaganda

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on December 3, 2010

For anyone who receives a weekly subscription to The Post this is not necessarily new information. I’ve wondered sometimes where the “Russia Now” insert, sometimes upwards of twenty pages, comes from and why it’s in The Post.

I never gave it much thought other than what was on the front page always seemed to be a peaches and ice cream portrayal of the country instead of the dystopian reality of oli-rich oligarchs ordering hits in and out of the state’s borders.

Thanks to the Nieman Journalism Lab up at Harvard to give some answers to my why and where questions of The Post‘s “Russia Now.” It is the state-run English newspaper. The Post also works with the Chinese government to distribute its state-run English media.

Hey, get it how you live and get it while you can.

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Politico: “Ground Zero Mosque” is “amateur hour”; “hallowed ground” includes strip clubs, off-track betting; fast food, street vendors, etc

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on August 23, 2010

Courtesy History Eraser Button. This strip club and the Pussycat Lounge are within blocks of Ground Zero.


With Mayor Bloomberg saying he doesn’t care where the money will come from to finance the Community Center at Park 51, Politico recently did what others in the media seem afraid to do; report the facts behind this story.  This thing ain’t happening anytime soon.  

After President Obama, aloof as usual, made contradictory comments about his feelings about the “Ground Zero Mosque” in less than 24 hours last week the media “herd” as described by The Post’s Howard Kurtz pushed the story all last week with no facts just emotions.  

The facts are that this project has no financing. It is unlikely it will ever get built. Enough is enough. Let’s move on. We have real problems that impact us everyday to worry about, not manufactured plastic ones. If Sarah Palin is involved in the “narrative” of a news story, item, or issue odds are it is meaningless with no bearing on real life as you live it.  

The folks behind Park 51 have a lot of work to do. According to their website,  

Park51 is an independent project led by Muslim Americans. This project is separate from The Cordoba Initiative and ASMA [American Society for Muslim Advancement].  The next step in developing Park51 is forming a non-profit and applying for tax-exempt status. Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf and Sharif El-Gamal are serving as the project managers until that time.  

This non-profit will be run by an Executive Director, yet to be selected, support staff, and a 23-member Board of Directors. We will choose a diverse Board of Directors, based on leadership, experience and perspective.  The Board will not be limited by religion or region.  

The mosque, yet to be named, will be run by a separate non-profit whose Board of Directors will reflect a broad range of experience. While the mosque will be located in the planned final structure of Park51, it will be a distinct non-profit.  

Lastly, the “hallowed ground” in the blocks surrounding Ground Zero, which nearly ten years later sits undeveloped, ironically has lots of gentlemen’s clubs. Controversy or no controversy, it’s business as usual for the strippers according to the Wall Street Journal.  

But if Ground Zero has been made sacred by tragedy, it’s hard to say the same for the Pussycat Lounge one block south of the site. The front entrance of the strip club and bar, which has been there for more than four decades, offers a clear view of the ongoing construction at the World Trade Center site. There weren’t many customers on Wednesday afternoon, when a television reporter stood in the middle of the street filming a report on the Park51 controversy. 

Inside, a bartender who said her name was Dasha offered brief remarks against the proposed Islamic center. She said she’s uneasy about organized religion in general. 

But Chris, the stripper who volunteered in the Ground Zero recovery, sat on a barstool in a tiny, shiny red dress and defended Park51. “They’re not building a mosque in the World Trade Center,” she pointed out. “It’s all good. You have your synagogues and your churches. And you have a mosque.” 

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Maryland blogger tells Wash Post to get lost; content isn’t free

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on May 7, 2010

To many in this town The Washington Post is still respected. Those who have their own self-respect feel differently.

Coming up through the ranks of last year’s well-intentioned but under-supported “Citizen Journalism” initiative by The Washington Times, I was able to stand on the widening fault line separating new and old media with the ground shaking more violently under my feet with ever passing day.

With the revoking of the former Wash City Paper editor’s ‘hood pass and his subsequent departure, to some it seems something new is around the corner waiting to be discovered as the foundation of traditional media continues to shift. Some new media / journalism folks are going at it the right way. Others, i.e. The Post aren’t. 

As The Post – print paper – continues to lose money and is increasingly subsidized by Kaplan, it is understandable that some folks agree with The Post‘s authoritative offer to join its Local Blog Network. But at least one blog, Maryland Politics Watch, didn’t play the role of the simp gump and accept the income less position thus falling for the okie-doke.

MPW goes hard.

On April 20, MPW posted,

“Five weeks ago, I received an unsolicited offer from the Washington Post. They asked if they could post my picture and biography on their website and link to every new blog post appearing here if I agreed to produce regular original content for them at their request. I turned them down. Why?

Because they wanted me to work for them for nothing.

Continuing later in the post….

But if I am going to be asked to make money for the Grahams, why shouldn’t I get a cut? Do they think I’m so desperate for their approval that I would sign away my work to them for nothing? Furthermore, I don’t believe that a masthead over my name lends anything to my words. Content stands on its own merit in the blogosphere. (The Syndicate’s emboldened emphasis.)

Finally, the implications of the Post’s plan to use bloggers as free labor are troublesome for its paid columnists. The Post has several good local columnists like Colbert King, Courtland Malloy and Robert McCartney. If bloggers fill their functions for free, the Post will inevitably phase them out. In the labor movement, we have a term for workers who undercut other workers and threaten their jobs: scabs. As a labor guy for sixteen years, I have no intention of blogoscabbing.

The Syndicate stands in self-determination inspired solidarity with Maryland Politics Watch and all others who have more respect for themselves and what they personally – with the help of others like them – contribute to the changing media landscape than the quickly/slowing (depending on your own pre-disposed inherent bias) fading institutional industrial complex of The Washington Post.

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Radio One & Kathy Hughes fakin’ moves in the ‘hood

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on February 26, 2010

Taken from the SW corner of 7th & S Street looking northeast towards T Street NW where the proposed Radio One property would have been. Photo circa summer 2006 courtesy Washington Syndicate


The Syndicate is not, now, nor has ever been, a fan of Nebraska born AKA Kathy Hughes, whose last name is that of Dewey Hughes, the man who met with Petey Greene in Lorton and eventually helped launch his successful career.   

Radio One, founded in the city in 1979 when the Hughes’ bought WOL 1450, is currently headquartered in Lanham, Maryland. Touting itself as the “Urban Media Specialist” on its website, Radio One promotes the nationally syndicated Al Sharpton Show along with its 53 stations in 16 urban markets throughout the country.   

According to today’s Post article the company has seen a massive decline in advertising revenue causing its stock to fluctuate from a high of $8 to $0.20.   

City Council member Jim Graham, who represents Ward 1 said Radio One has okey-doked the city   

“To be told at the 11th hour that they would not be coming was quite a setback,” he said. “This was a very significant turn of events.”   

Radio One has and its crew has been boo jangling for a long minute; since 2005.  

The below is from a 2006 Post article,  

They plan to build a $100 million, mixed-use project next to the Shaw-Howard University Metro stop along Seventh Street NW between S and T streets. It would include a 100,000-square-foot office building for Radio One Inc., which plans to move its headquarters from Lanham. Just as the plaza at Rockefeller Center in New York lures visitors with a view of NBC’s “Today” show, Ellis wants his development built around a plaza with a window on Radio One’s shows.   

The project, called Broadcast Center One, is also to include 23,000 square feet of shops and restaurants and 182 condominiums that will range in price from $400,000 to the mid-$500,000s, Ellis said. Construction is planned to begin by year-end and be completed in early 2009.  

More from 2007 here.  

The United Negro College Fund now plans to occupy the space according to several local reports.  

Believe none of what of you hear and half of what you see. Maybe The Syndicate will believe it when The Syndicate sees it. Be careful what you read and what you believe. As they say in the streets of my city, “Get me, don’t shit me.” This has now proven Radio One is some dookie. The Syndicate is not afraid to check this self-serving fraud.  

Radio One fakin’ moves covered by Left for LeDroit, Washington Business Journal, 14th & You, NBC Washington,

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DC Archives of the Day_ Sam Smith, “Fire”

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on February 8, 2010

Excerpt from “Fire” from Multitudes: the Unauthorized Memoirs of Sam Smith 

Larry Rosen behind the counter of Smiths Store on 14th Street NW before the riots burnt the store to the ground. Doc Jones also pictured behind the counter. Photo Courtesy of Larry Rosen


Sam Smith is a legendary DC /American journalist and political activist. Smith, always steps ahead of his peers, was an early pioneer in alternative media with the longtime national journal, Progressive Review which has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine. 

It was a city in which the American dream and the American tragedy passed each other on the street and did not speak. It was, finally, a city that had suffered a form of deprivation known primarily to the poor and the imprisoned, a psychological deprivation born of the constant suppression and denial of one’s identity, worth, or purpose by those in control. Washington to those in power was not a place but a hall to rent. The people of Washington were the custodian staff. And the renters were as likely to visit the world in which this staff lived as a parishioner is to inspect the boiler room of the church. The purpose of Washington’s community was to serve not to be. Its school children were not taught the history of their city; they were told little of its significant men and women. There was no city festival or parade.  

In fact, this repository of national history didn’t even have a local history museum. The city’s present was suppressed, its future was a hostage, and its past was ignored.  

This was the city that civil rights activists and other reformers determined to – and did – change. This change was cultural as well as political and increasingly the old ways and the new found themselves in conflict. For example, having discovered that there were more African-American books in the libraries in the white parts of town than in the black city, I decided I better check out the meetings of the library board of trustees. There I found not only an all-white board but a chair in his 90s serving his colleagues tea and cookies.”

Tree Branch Falls on Presidential Motorcade near White Hosue

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on February 7, 2010

From msnbc, video of tree branch slowing Presidential Motorcade a half block from the White House.

Be CAREFUL out there!

The Washington Informer’s Blatant Betrayal of its Own Self-Professed Community

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on January 29, 2010

By: Napoleon Bushrod Uniontown Suggs III

Before world-renowned literary figure Oscar Wilde departed the world of the living in 1900, he observed, “There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.”

The Washington Informer (WI) keeps its “More Than 50,000 African American Readers Throughout the Metropolitan Area” informed of the “ignorance of the community” in its predictable agitprop reporting and elementary editorializing.

Granted the WI edition that hit the streets today has the usual fare —- a understandably uncompromising story on Michelle Rhee, a critical piece speculating that the general public’s interest in the Haiti rescue effort will wane as the UN has suspended their search for survivors to focus on delivering humanitarian aid, a regurgitated press release from At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown’s office stating for the public record he will “challenge” Mayor Fenty if Council Chair Vincent Gray ultimately declines to run, and a guest editorial from Majority Whip of the US House of Representative James Clyburn predicting that despite the problems of President Obama’s first year in office, “We will make positive history once again.”

The WI rarely, if ever, deviates from the most basic commonplace, rudimentary, worn-out aged conventional wisdom from the city’s old line old guard.

Although The Washington Post and The Washington Times, on life-support as it has abandoned its local coverage, have yet to cover the opening of  Big Chair Coffee(BCC) at 2122 MLK Avenue SE, The Washington City Paper ran an article and photo in last week’s hard copy and was the first major news source to blog about BCC. DCist was quick to the story with most all River East bloggers have vigorously covered BCC, some daily; now the Washington Business Journal has jumped into the mix of local media who have deservedly covered the street news of Big Chair Coffee.

The reason Big Chair Coffee is news is because it provides further hard evidence that in River East, as Bob Dylan once sang, “Times They Are A-Changin’.”

For those who do not live in River East or even city proper or, even, for those who’ve not ever stepped foot on MLK Avenue, it is understandable to miss the social, political, historical, and economic implications of Big Chair Coffee’s opening. We understand if you don’t get it.

However, The Washington Informer’s address is 3117 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE.

In not covering Big Chair Coffee The Washington Informer lets the community know, unequivocally, where they stand; right alongside the most ignorant and regressive members of River East’s old guard.

Update: February 4, 2010 And, Now Anacostia has a nice update of all the media, including the blog roll, that have devoted time and space to BCC. Still missing from the list is the Washington Informer. Is anyone surprised? Someone should please tell their advertising contacts at Pepco, DC Gov, DC Dept of Health, Macy’s, NBC4, etc. that the WI is NOT in contact with the community and they should immediately stop upholding such a faux newspaper that doubles as toilet paper in these tough economic times.

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