Thursday, January 31, 2008

Takes one to know one

On her latest blog post Wendy Doromal calls Barry Hirshbein, Deanne Siemer, Howard Willens, Lynn Knight, Willie Tan, Richard Pierce, and Matt Gregory a bunch of liars. The title of the post is Campaign of Deception.

Wendy, do you think you can do what you do without resorting to name calling?

You might find that people on Saipan, people with the power to vote, would be more receptive to your message if you toned down the imperialistic rhetoric.

You've already got people on this island protesting each other. Now we're calling each other names. What's next?


A G Gatto said...

It's sad, Angelo.

Honestly, I get a feeling that some specific folks are more interested in being heard than hearing.

I can't even read it anymore. It is as if the people of the CNMI are not entitled to their own voice, and, like children, must be spoken for.

Note how the opposing or nuanced viewpoints from people who actually live in the CNMI have been scrubbed or preemptively omitted from the links.

I have a lot on my plate, so I try to avoid it, but it really pisses me off.

I hope you're feeling better. I haven't forgotten the pics. I just have been really busy (thank god.)



aaron r. said...

Along the lines of labor relations, Saipan is again receiving more negative press in the mainland...

It has come with the recent release of the book "Nobodies: Modern Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the Global Economy" by John Bowe (who lived on-island periodically while doing research for the book).

A full third of the book is dedicated to Saipan.

I first heard of the book on PRI's 'Fair Game with Faith Saille' and then again on a podcast from the Carnegie Counsel.

While the author does make some valid points and his descriptions of the island's beauty are spot-on,
the book takes a decidedly synical view of the Saipan labor situation - calling Willie Tan the island's 'Arch-villain' and painting locals as alternately lazy and politically devious and underhanded.

For those trying to promote the 'new Saipan', this book, especially with all its recent media play, is making the job significantly more difficult.

KAP said...

I wonder if we read the same book.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I've been meaning to pick up that book. We're also in Al Franken's latest book.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Well, one thing about Federalization if it goes through is that all this stuff instantly becomes the Federal government's fault.

KAP said...

That's the play everyone is setting up with their opposition. The mass exodus of tourists and garment workers had nothing to do with it: blame Washington.

IMHO, The book's reporting is pretty solid, not sensationalized like so much we've seen recently. If it comes out negatively you can't really blame the messenger. The arguments he makes based on his reporting made me think, though I don't buy into everything he says.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Ken, do you still have a copy of the book? I'd love to read it.

KAP said...

Alas, my brother borrowed it from somebody and I borrowed it from him. He called it a quick read (it was), but I took that as a subtle hint that it should be returned soon and not "borrow me'd"

It's something like 23 bucks at Amazon, but I've already read it, sooo...

SteeleOnSaipan said...

I haven't read the book but have seen numerous clips and reviews. John the Author, as I heard of him, should not throw stones at glass houses. He was known to have quite enjoyed the life that being a single male here can present.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Randy, I am SHOCKED by that accusation!

Oh wait, some of the Unity Movement leaders enjoy that life, too.

KAP said...

Actually, that's pretty apparent. He does quote an inordinate number of ex-garment workers. But I'm sure he wasn't exploiting them.