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FAIR Immigration Event In Iowa A Complete Online Failure - Did You Even Know They Were There?

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Did you know that there were over 20 radio stations at an event in Iowa over the past two days talking about immigration and the candidate's stances? Probably not. Hell, I didn't even know about it until about 2 days before Christmas when I received a call from William Gheen of ALIPAC asking if I could make it.

Even if you did know about the event you probably haven't heard one word about anything that has happened there or even what they are doing. The only limited information I have received were announcements just prior to the event of what they all planned to do from ALIPAC and at my press conference coverage of Voice of the People USA. If you go to the website for the event set up by FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) all you get is PDF files of what radio stations will be there and links to their sites. No real information whatsoever. It's a disgrace of a website really in this day and age and looks more like something a corporation would put together, not a movement. No interactivity or feeling of being invited into the event.

Dan Stein of FAIR - April 2007
And this is where I stick my little nose out there so these bigger groups can chop it off as I point out the complete ridiculousness and seeming snobbery that groups like FAIR have shown those of us in the online community. That's right, this is mostly FAIR's fault. Their execution in the online sphere is simply appalling. It is like they are living in 1980 with the way they run things. If it's not talk radio or TV they don't want anything to do with you. In DC they actually had the gall to come to us bloggers and tell us that when we are in the "Radio Row" to not go up and interrupt people while they're in the middle of an interview. As if we were in Kindergarten!

I attended FAIR's Hold Their Feet To The Fire event back in April. Was I invited by FAIR at the time so that they could have people on-hand to report back to the online community in real time of what was going on, what was being accomplished and to get video of speeches and interviews out? No.

Were any of the others with websites that were there contacted by FAIR and asked to show up? No.

All of the bloggers who attended the April event - and literally posted hundreds of entries on events going on there - were invited by the group ALIPAC and self funded. I personally was sent only because of my generous readers like you who donated enough funds so that I could drive 9 hours down there and get a hotel and eat.

So, this Iowa event that FAIR is currently hosting has been a complete and utter failure online. There are simply near zero posts on the event, no video and not even a daily update. All of the radio hosts were there for two days, and if it was like DC, a number of them if not all, had their expenses covered by FAIR.

Do I have sour grapes for not being able to be there? Well not really, I already had plans to be in New York with family over Christmas. If however I had been contacted enough in advance and given just a tad of financial support to get me in and out of Iowa, I might have cut my Christmas trip short and gone out there to provide coverage. Coverage for all of you out there who read this site and those who link to it and to others who only get their information online. Information that could spread and keep people informed about groups like FAIR and ALIPAC and Voice of the People USA and 9/11 Families for a Secure America.

But what it boils down to with this event is that, if you're lucky, you might get a little stale reprinted limited main stream media post over at ALIPAC or a press release. ALIPAC did announce the preliminary results of their phone campaign they are doing that found by a 6-1 margin people disagree with Huckabee's touchback plan. And don't think I'm getting down on ALIPAC, I'm not, they have a lot on their plate and limited funds. As do the other groups mentioned above who could barely afford to get their leaders there.

FAIR on the other hand has no excuse, as they are the richest of the immigration organizations in this country. FAIR has been around for decades - decades that have seen illegal immigration balloon in this country under their watch.

After all, we know the Internet is some new fangled media that has only been around for a few months and hasn't really had any impact or shown any results at events like these.

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Posted by Digger on December 29, 2007 12:09 AM (Permalink)

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I've been listening to Roger Hedgecock's show in Iowa. It's being broadcast on San Diego's KOGO and LA's KFI while Jon and Ken are on vacation. Jon and Ken are the most listened to talk show in Southern California and I think Roger Hedgecock might be nationally syndicated now. I don't know how popular the other radio shows are but I'm sure more people heard Roger Hedgecock these past few days than visited all the anti-illegal immigration sites combined.

Posted by: Brook on December 29, 2007 01:33 AM

I'm sure more people heard Roger Hedgecock these past few days than visited all the anti-illegal immigration sites combined.

I know what you are saying, but I do believe that if there were off the cuff video and stories of the candidates by bloggers and instantly put online as they were back in April with Tancredo, Hunter, Steve King, Border Patrol Agent Gary Brugman and others that sites other than anti-illegal immigration blogs would have picked it up.

Right now all they have is RF that was broadcast and instantly vanished into thin air. Not very effective.

Posted by: Digger on December 29, 2007 01:44 AM

Well most people on the East Coast don't have local radio reps there so the entire East Coast is in the dark about things. Most people don't have time or inclination to listen to radio broadcasts online.

That is where blogs can be of tremendous value and it is their immediacy and also their "archival" features that make them an excellent way to bring information to lots of readers on current events.

Reading about the event 4 days later is stale. People want to know NOW and since we both know several people there in Iowa on our side of the issue, it just seems it would have been so easy for them to pick up the phone and give some of us some tidbits of info to blog even if we could not be there in Iowa.

FAIR is old fashioned in their approach to this and they are almost completely ignoring the "new media". They need to update their methods in a big way to be effective. Blogs can help provide news that the mainstream media WON'T report on and the only way they can do that is to get information. With the short notice of this event and the proximity to the holidays, it is not a surprise that no bloggers could attend and only Alipac invited them.

So.. I agree with Digger..

Posted by: Ruthiness on December 29, 2007 01:50 AM

Digger, I agree with you 100%! I am here in Iowa and we are working so damn hard on such a difficult mission and we have already accomplished so much! But, who knows about everything that has already been done? I do not have the equipment or the time or the money in which to provide hour by hour and really day to day coverage until we are complete with our mission. If someone like you would of been taken care of by FAIR then at least you would have of been able to provide the best and most accurate coverage of the event properly! I do believe that no one does it better than Dan Amato and I mean that from the bottom of my heart, Dan, you know me well and on behalf of all of the oppressed little guys out there I hear ya and I thank you for all that you do and continue to do. Without you none of what we do would be made public knowledge because FAIR sure as hell isn't gonna do anything to keep all of you out there of the great work thats being done here unless it truly benefits them. So Dan keep telling it like it is and I will be sure to send you everything that i've got as soon as I make it back home and do not have to use a hotel computer in which to do it! Take care and god bless my friend

Posted by: Daniel Smeriglio on December 29, 2007 02:10 AM

I'm with Dan...blogs provide the immediacy of live radio, but a year from now people will still be "discovering" blogs like Digger's Realm and plumbing the depths (aka archives) of his reporting.

Organizations like FAIR are going to have to catch up with the times and realize the value and power of the internet if their goal is to effectively communicate with the most people possible about this crucial issue. If not, we'll be forced to start referring to them as the FAIRosaurus...

Posted by: MJ on December 29, 2007 11:27 AM

Digger has the best communication and the most democratic web site on the internet. Our country is very lucky to have you. You take the invasion seriously and should be recognized for the patriot you are.

I find your articles informative, current, and to the point. I have noticed that even Lou Dobbs doesn't cover border violence and assaults on our citizens who protest for immigration enforcement. Lou even said a couple of weeks ago he did not support mass deportations.

I am starting to think Lou is in it for the ratings, and maybe not the principle(?). He's way too friendly with the open borders Rick Sanchez.

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