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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Lady Gaga Over Nike Shoes Then Changes Her Tune
Running A Muck In Record Time
By Winsip Custer CPW News Service
The lady, Mrs. Bettie Friedman, was gaga over her new Nike running shoes. Then she read that in Vietnam Nike pays its 20,000 workers on average $2.00 per day, deals brutally with anyone attempting to organize labor, deducts 15% for employees missing production quotas and closed two Central American plants without paying mandatory severance to unemployed workers.
"That's bad enough," said Mrs. Friedman, "but what's worse is to learn that James Landon Knight, the founder of the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain was documented by Louis Nizer in his book My Life In Court as being the primary leader of a Nazi American 'Fifth Column' in the lead up to World War II. James L. Knight has endowed buildings and educational programs across America said Friedman. "James Landon Knight and Philip Hampson Knight are close kin," said Friedman. Philip Hampson Knight was not offered a job at his father's newspaper, the Oregon Journal, and went instead into sports shoes eventually adding to Nike's Board of Directors the Vice-Chair of the John Shiveley Knight and James Landon Knight Foundation, Jill Conway, the first woman president of Smith College, alma mater of Barbara Pierce Bush and Nancy Reagan, but who must have flunked civics 101 in her own college education," said Friedman.
Friedman quoted verbatim the mission statement of the Knight Foundation which states.....
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believce that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.
"Whoa, just a friggin' minute. The Knight Foundation's mission statement does not line up with the reality of its employment practices," said Friedman a Charlotte, North Carolina housewife who has followed the work of James Landon and Philip Hampson Knight ever since she put the two together while reading a Knight-Ridder newspaper when jogging in her new Nikes. "A local college right here in Charlotte, Queens University, has on campus the John S. and James L. Knight Center for Communication," said Friedman. "I thought that was a wonderful expression of concern for the truth, but then I discovered chapter four of Louis Nizer's book My Life In Court as well as the fact that Knight-Ridder owned the San Jose Mercury News which had first stood behind the journalism of their star reporter Gary Webb whose book, Dark Alliance, uncovered the CIA-Contra drug connection in Central America. Webb understood that the drug connection was a way of enslaving the American population while enriching the elite. Knight-Ridder withdrew their support of Webb, threw him under the bus, hung him out to dry and pulled the rug out from under him while leaving him twisting in the wind, up the creek without a paddle and busier than a one-armed paper hanger trying to find the support the KR mucous wads withdrew. Webb was more on the money than Abe Lincoln's face on a penny and 'in God we trust' on a dollar bill," said Friedman.
Louis Nizer had long been an American Jewish voice who blew the whistle on Adolf Hitler's genocide of the Jews and enslavement of millions during World War II and relentlessly pressured Americans to wake up and smell the stinch coming from Hitler's ovens. "Without Nizer we may be speaking German today. I just don't want anyone to forget that the world is only two dollars-a-day and a potty break from a return to those times," said Friedman. "And Knight-Ridder, instead of promoting quality journalism and endorsing democracy, engages in nothing more than enhanced propaganda. You put these connections together with the Tea Party's Koch brothers' connections with Hitler's Germany and America is running a muck in record time. And as far as what that crypto-Nazi, Mel Gibson, said about Nike in the movie about women, What Women Want....you remember 'No games. Just sport'....yea, the old sport of enslavement...a very dangerous game," said Friedman.
For an overview of Phillip Knights leadership of Nike see
Austrailian TV uncovers Nike's Human Trafficking Sweatshop in Indonesia