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"So much harder to just walk away and let things be."
Hardly, Woodey. Walking away and letting things be is easy, which is why rape culture exists. And though I can't speak of the motivations of the "couple" of protestors you've "been around" (how traumatic that must have been for you), I do know that rape is hardly a laughing matter.
Pendleton's answer to a supposed supporter (who is actually smart enough to recognize why the name is a problem), after she asked why not change the drink name to something that wouldn't offend people, since he had the power to do so: "Because I also have the power to do as I please.. and if you can't respect that.. then open up your own business and run it the way you please."
So this guy hides from the press and answers even his "friends" like an average 7-year-old: "Because."
If you're hoping for reason from Pendleton, you likely will be disappointed. So those who "get it" should treat him like a 7-year-old and help to take away his toys: That is, don't frequent his bar, and make the advertisers for his radio station aware of your discontent.
In fact, since Pendleton won't talk to the Inlander, Leah, how about if you talk to his remaining advertisers about their perspective on the issue, and let your readers know where they stand? After all, they also "have the power" to do as they please with their businesses.
"Bill O’Reilly is the top reporting program in over 15 years on cable television."
O'Reilly isn't a journalist; he's an entertainer. And while he may draw a bigger audience than other "news" programming on cable, he doesn't come close to the broadcasts on the traditional network channels (ABC, CBS, NBC) or to other entertainment cable program. A host of "reality" shows do far better.
Studies have also shown that folks who rely only on Fox News are actually less informed than those who rely on no news sources at all. Think about that: Fox News may actually make you dumber. And one need only look at Ailes' previous work history to know where his biases are.
Fortunately, not all that many folks are watching Fox News, even if too many in Eastern Washington do. And no, you shouldn't rely on MSNBC -- or on any single source, especially on television.
Well, at least Rand Paul knows where to stop if he campaigns in Spokane.
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