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Wow! A very intelligent fire storm...
First my apologies to Gene and the list. He's correct in that my
response was also a cheap shot.
But as I read the questions, my previous experience as both pollster and
journalist mashed all the buttons. I responded quickly and
insufficiently in what was essentially an emotional discharge.
So, lets take a look at the primary question and the standard unbiased
answers to such a question.
"Do you support the programs that make up our state's film incentives
package, as they are currently designed?"
To which I would have expected to see choices that read,
and in some polls the possible 4th choice
In my opinion, the poll was legitimate. The opening premise question was
legitimate. The choices for answers were deliberately leading and
biased. If not, why were they phrased the way they were?
As to the question of "journalism", if "In Focus" is not a news program,
what is it?
Gene, I' believe that Robert is correct here. KNME is a broadcast
television station, part of whose mission is news. "In Focus" is a news
program. The poll is tied to "In Focus" and therefore the conclusion
must be that since it's not explained by "In Focus" as something else,
it must be a data gathering mechanism for a news program, ergo,
"journalism". "If it walks like a duck......."
Knowing you and your very subtle humor, I could be tempted to believe it
was satire, but it wasn't framed as satire.
Switching gears now, since the subject has now been approached on this
list, my opinion about incentives for movie making to go outside
Albuquerque/Santa Fe lean a slightly different direction than what I
read here this evening. The real issue for producers not wanting to go
outside the production zone is financial. It becomes much more
expensive for productions to take crew to "distant" locations. It's not
that we don't want to go to the outlying areas of the State, it's simply
not financially feasible for most productions to do so.
The idea that I think is appropriate, however, is not to directly
incentivize productions, but to provide additional incentives to the
service industries that support movies in areas outside the zone.
That would include travel, food and lodging industries.
For instance, if a hotel housing a movie project were to receive
incentives that offset the production cost of putting up crew, producers
could get better deals from the hotel and would be more inclined to
support areas outside the zone.
I haven't worked out all the pros and cons of this idea, so this seems
like a good forum for that discussion. Maybe there are other answers
that would mitigate the financial issue for producers. I do think it
would be more acceptable for the legislature and the people of the State
to see the incentives spread to other industries.
Rick Clemente wrote:
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> [It is some of those outlying members (Roswell--Rep. Kintigh) of the
> Legislature (and their constituents), that feel "left out" in NM's
> Film Incentive Program.]
> Indeed, much of New Mexico is rural and "outlying"... the people
> living in these regions enjoy the magnificent lifestyle of small town
> America that many of the "city folk" can only long for. The modern
> challenge to that "no locked door" lifestyle is that the young'uns
> will seek a wider future and leave their hometowns for greener
> pastures... (pun intended). Having a vibrant media industry here in
> New Mexico will help keep our best and brightest (and expensively
> educated) kids here in the state... without the incentive program 100%
> of them will fly the coop and vanish to greener pastures.
> On Mar 20, 2009, at 9:13 PM, Robert E. De Kinder, Jr. wrote:
>> [It is some of those outlying members (Roswell--Rep. Kintigh) of the
>> Legislature (and their constituents), that feel "left out" in NM's
>> Film Incentive Program.]
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