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Email to the Vestavia Hills Board of Education: from a stakeholder

January 19, 2011
Email to the Vestavia Hills Board of Education: from a stakeholder

January 19, 2011 from Jim Metrock <jimmetrock@obligation.org> to prewittkh@vestavia.k12.al.us, benosk@vestavia.k12.al.us, jdent@vestavia.k12.al.us, davidwalker@vestavia.k12.al.us, jcpounds@vestavia.k12.al.us cc “Jamie R. Blair” <blairjr@vestavia.k12.al.us>, milesdw@vestavia.k12.al.us date Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 8:55 PM subject from a stakeholder words The Board believes that an informed public is vital to the success and support of public education. The Board of Education recognizes that...
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The 1999 Senate Hearing

October 14, 2006
The 1999 Senate Hearing

From Jim Metrock: This is one of my favorite photos. This was taken on May 20, 1999 right after a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on Channel One. Ralph Nader, Pat Ellis and yours truly of Obligation, and Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum. We all opposed Channel One’s presence in schools. Channel One opposed...
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Overview Of Channel One

April 24, 2004

Chicago Media Watch Presentation From Jim Metrock: It was an honor to be invited to be a speaker at the spring Chicago Media Watch conference. Advertising to children was the focus of their meeting. I was to talk about Channel One. I had already committed to another meeting, so I filmed my presentation and put it on a DVD...
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Two Jims

April 12, 2004
Two Jims

From Jim Metrock:  When I send Channel One’s president emails, he doesn’t respond. Therefore, I have decided to conduct a totally made-up conversation between Jim Ritts and myself. Mr. Ritts, glad to have you at Obligation’s web site. Do you mind answering a few questions I have? Metrock, you are an absolute fool. We have never met. We...
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Another One Bites The Dust

January 29, 2003

Schools end their relationship with Channel One By JOHN CHRISTIE, Middletown Press Staff January 25, 2003 CROMWELL — Cromwell Middle School will soon lose 15 televisions, a video recorder and a satellite dish, now that the school has stopped doing business with the Channel One Network. Middle School Principal H. B. Dumeer said the...
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Channel One Wants Personal Information From Children

June 16, 2000
Channel One Wants Personal Information From Children

Channel One wants to know about your child. Obligation has stopped them before but now they are back pushing the envelope. To get information from children the common practice among marketing firms like Channel One is to stage a contest. Dangle something children want in front of them and then tell them that you have to supply personal information in...
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Andy Hill President of Channel One Programming Leaves

June 15, 2000

The carnage continues at the controversial Channel One Network. The company often held up their president of programming, Andy Hill, as a reason why parents should trust Channel One. They said in their literature that Hill was the man who brought America “Touched By An Angel” so parents should feel good about the man in charge of programming for...
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Center for Media Literacy

May 26, 2000

In a continuing effort to look reputable, Channel One has found another organization that will “partner” with them. This time it’s a media literacy group in California called the Center for Media Literacy. It is not known if this group was paid to enter this relationship. Last year a so-called media literacy expert named Renee Hobbs entered into a contract...
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NYU Honors Obligation and Commercial Alert

April 13, 2000

NYU Honors Obligation and Commercial Alert for Work Against Commercialism in Schools   Arianna Huffington presented Gary Ruskin of Commercial Alert and Pat Ellis and Jim Metrock of Obligation with an award to honor their efforts against companies like ChannelOne and ZapMe!. Ralph Nader was also honored and he also spoke against Channel One’s commercial exploitation of schoolchildren.
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The Ghost of Chris Whittle Returns

March 1, 2000
The Ghost of Chris Whittle Returns

WIDTH=”254″ HEIGHT=”190″ ALIGN=”LEFT” BORDER=”0″ NATURALSIZEFLAG=”0″> SIZE=”+1″ FACE=”Arial”>March 1, 2000 – Channel One Returns to Whittle Days in Stunning Announcement Channel One has been without a permanent president for over six months. Today they announced the hiring of Jim Ritts as Channel One’s new president. There is nothing “new” about Ritts. He was one of the co-founders of Channel...
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