07 February 2015

'The Wire,' 'Serial,' Baltimore and the Decline of the American Industrial Empire

What TV can teach us about Baltimore, and what Baltimore can teach us about the world?

7 February 2015

By A.F. James MacArthur 
Agitator In Chief
"Baltimore is unlucky as hell, from what we see. Parasitic government, politically hamstrung and underfunded police, hellish public schools, dying economy, rampant drug crime. A perfect storm of urban dysfunction." -- Katrina Gulliver 
Once again outsiders give a more honest assessment than Baltimore media ever will.

It seems the only people performing a solid examination of the true State Of The City -- Baltimore's current condition -- are those whose jobs don't depend on continued access to city government types. This shouldn't be a shocker, but somehow it still is.

Less than two days after The Baltimore Spectator published Baltimore's Dirty Little Secret, a runner up for our most read article ever -- when we took an honest look at Baltimore -- Time magazine joins the conversation with an article of the their own. Giving you more of the inconvenient truth of what's the real deal with Baltimore. The kind the Mayor doesn't want you to know.

Katrina Glover goes in deep, pulling no punches.

Filled with historical context and an abundance of references and citations, the story is a must read for anyone trying to understand this city, and why it's the way it is and how the hell it got there.

Both the Time magazine piece and The Baltimore Spectator article; tackle factual -- but uncomfortable to discuss -- aspects of the city.

Your mayor, the media and the police are in a conspiracy of collusion to ignore these.

Expect continued silence. These folks aren't committed to truth. Not the whole truth. Only their version of it.

On 23 February, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake will give the annual "State Of The City" address. Although we don't know yet just what she'll say, you can bet it won't have anything to do with the issues discussed in the two articles referenced here.

What do you think is the real "State Of The City?"

Researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media.

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