The Power the CAI Has Over the Idiot Media

I know, I’m a forty-year former member of the idiot media. And I don’t watch TV or read newspapers today, for the same reason meat packers don’t eat sausage. They know how it’s made.

Yes, the press releases would pour off the fax machines and they’d be distributed to various reporters in the newsroom to go out and call in stories. Make ’em short, make ’em sweet. Those reporters who didn’t make a fuss about questionable interviews always got more assignments…and better assignments.

But our friend in North Carolina wonders why homeowners can’t get their own opinions published in the the Charlotte Observer, while the lies-by-fax get reported all the time. Jim, my friend, it’s because the media are lazy. They’re not evil. They’re just short-handed and lazy.

So when the CAI (Community Associations Institute) launches a decades old campaign pretending to represent all homeowners, the lazy reporters do what lazy reporters do. They don’t make phone calls. They don’t double-check the facts. They go out, find a talking head, and phone in the nonsense. It’s one of the reasons the credibility of the news media is about the same as the credibility of Congress.

In any event, Jim’s concerns are rooted in his genuine search for the truth.

(click here for Charlotte Observer)

 

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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