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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FFT 1/15: Lessons Learned - IU Radio LIVE Interview with MDP Chair Lon Johnson

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“You can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.”
― Abraham Lincoln
It's approriate to start this Food for Thought article with the quote above by former President Abraham Lincoln. A previous leader the first African-American President of the United States, Barack Obama has cited was a mentor.

Especially after our podcast resource, Independent Underground Radio LIVE was forced to defend our January 14 Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson.

Johnson leadership has been questioned in months since winning the leadership position from long-term former MDP Chairman, Mark Brewer, last JanuaryAs a commentary blog covering State Politics, Independent Underground News & Talk shared similar views.

The MDP delay in response on multiple claims alleging election fraud and compromised vote counts during Detroit's primary and general election in 2013 was a concern of this resource.


Additionally, what appeared to be a lackluster response from the MDP during Detroit's march to U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court on Governor Rick Snyder (R) and his appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's demand was disturbing.

A review of Independent Underground Radio LIVE's discussion with Johnson clearly address the above mentioned concerns. Johnson gracefully answered each question posed with a reply he felt was approriate. We appreciate
 MDP Chair Johnson appearance on the program.

From here potential voters during the next ten months before Michigan's November 4, 2014 General Elections should decide if Johnson's expressed words are followed by concrete and verifiable actions.

As noted above, what has been troubling since the Johnson interview is a "racking over the coal" reaction received we've received in certain social media formats. Specifically, comments expressed our discussion with Johnson was "too soft", "failed to ask the right questions" or did not appear similar to a regular episode of most cable news programs, where panelists regularity shout over each other.

Disappointing is the most valid word we can muster at this time.

Independent Underground News & Talk is a political blog site and podcast program ran, owned and operated by an African-American female. In 2013, the blog was finalist for the Black Weblog Awards for Best Politics Site.

To read our political commentary resources -- as suggested by a comment in social media -- is a part of an "White Supremacy" conspiracy after conducting an interview with MDP Johnson hosted by Monica RW - owner of IU News & Talk and Mike E. guest co-host for January 14 program -- was insulting, indeed.

For complete clarification, we've conducted over 225 interviews since October 2010. Guests on the show have included politically aligned progressives Jim Dean, State Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit). Political moderates such as Dr. Diane Ravitch, author Jed Morey or conservatives including 2012 Presidential Candidate and former New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson (L).

Each interview coordinated by our program is presented in a professional and non-confrontational manner, regardless if we agree or differ from the guest point of view.

Independent Underground News & Talk along with Independent Underground Radio LIVE will not change or alter our stance on providing information for listeners using this methodology.

Feel free to listen to our interview conducted by Monica RW and guest Co-Host Mike E. with Michigan Democratic Party Chairman, Lon Johnson below.


We have learned, one cannot please all of the people all of the time.



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