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Rethinking News | First, Kill the Useless TV News Stand-Up

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  • We do need to get rid of the idea that real television news, professional television news must have stand-ups and establishing shots and staged b-roll and frothy transitions. We need to clean away that ancient filigree to free up resources and time to make TV news better, because it can be.
  • Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet

Jeff Jarvis, Huffington Post

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Mass_Media02/10/2014 | I was about to launch into writing a post about the most irritating habits of local TV news -- starting with the most objectionable: the stand-up -- when I got a surprising email from a producer at Fox Channel 5 News in New York: "We are working on a story about the most annoying things about local news," he wrote. "Yes, we are really doing this. And it is for tonight." I got a similar call from another network; more on that in a minute. So I spoke to the Channel 5 reporter for 10 minutes over Skype and they used one soundbite (which is another annoying thing TV news does, but I'm not complaining).

Here's why I hate the convention: The stand-up has zero journalistic value. It wastes time. It wastes precious reportorial resource. It turns the world into a mere backdrop for entertainment. It's a fake. Take, for example, all the stand-ups we see these days at the George Washington Bridge because of the Christie scandal. Local TV news does it.

Jeff Jarvis is a new-media columnist for The Guardian in London. He is associate professor and head of the entrepreneurial journalism program program at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. 

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Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet, Michael Winship, BillMoyers.com 

  • A new ruling could put Web users at the mercy of the cable companies. Now's the time for us to stand up and fight
  • You can start by contacting the FCC chairman’s office and demanding that he and his colleagues stand resolute and forthright in favor of net neutrality, an Internet open to all.
  • Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!
  • One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

Special Report | Have They No Shame?: Week Ending February 9, 2014

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And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

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    • Rich People Say The Darndest Things
    • Why Isn't Anyone Telling Justin Bieber He's Acting Like a D-bag?
    • Utah State Senator Jokes About Kids Whose Lunches Were Thrown In The Trash!
    • Tea Party Republican Goes On Sexist Twitter Rampage Against Wendy Davis
    • RedState’s Erick Erickson Smears Wendy Davis with Bogus ‘Restraining Order’ Story
    • Bristol Palin's scathing critique of Wendy Davis is shameful
    • Pharmaceutical CEO: Cancer Drug Is Only For Westerners Who Can Afford It
    • Welcome to This Generation's Joseph McCarthy

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Rich People Say The Darndest Things, Huffington Post

02/07/2014 | It’s hard not to feel sorry for the rich. After all, it can’t be easy to swim in a pool of money, or to keep a yacht clean, or to stroll down red carpets all day, can it? So please, let’s give them all a break when they occasionally say outrageous things. Things like these.

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Why Isn't Anyone Telling Justin Bieber He's Acting Like a D-bag?, Caitlyn BeckerHuffington Post

  • To be fair, I understand that 19 years does not a mature adult make, but has no one explained that there are consequences in the real world? Enough is enough with allowing Bieber to run around acting like a spoiled brat.
  • Mike Huckabee Actually Said This About Women Today

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Utah State Senator Jokes About Kids Whose Lunches Were Thrown In The Trash! John Prager, Americans Against the Tea Party 

  • State Sen. Todd Weiler, a Republican, posted a tweet about his visit: "Best nugget of the Uintah school lunch story: 5th graders were particularly horrified that food was being discarded on 'pizza day'!"
  • Weiler’s sympathy for children seems to end with the positive publicity he has garnered from what looks like an attempt to co-opt a horrible incident for political gain.

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Tea Party Republican Goes On Sexist Twitter Rampage Against Wendy Davis, Samantha LachmanHuffington Post

  • 1/27/14 | A tea party activist, attorney and former executive director of South Carolina's Republican Party went on a spree of sexist attacks on Texas gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) last week.
  • Todd Kincannon, who resigned from his leadership role at the GOP organization in 2010, linked Davis to prostitution, drugs and Monica Lewinsky after a Dallas Morning News article pointed out some discrepancies in the stories Davis has told about her background -- including when she was officially divorced from her first husband (at 21, not 19), how long she lived in a mobile home and how she paid for law school.

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RedState’s Erick Erickson Smears Wendy Davis with Bogus ‘Restraining Order’ Story, Tommy Christopher, Mediaite

January 21st, 2014 | RedState chief and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson has picked up the ball that the Dallas Morning News got rolling against State Sen. and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D-TX) by publishing a bogus hit piece with the sensational headline “Wendy Davis’ Ex Asked a Court to Order Her Not to Use Drugs Before Seeing Her Kids.”

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Bristol Palin's scathing critique of Wendy Davis is shameful, Paul Thornton, Los Angeles (CA) Times

  • January 29, 2014 | Texas reproductive rights hero (and I really mean hero) Wendy Davis' children think she was a fine mother. End of discussion, right?
  • Were that it were so, but Bristol Palin disagrees.

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Pharmaceutical CEO: Cancer Drug Is Only For Westerners Who Can Afford It, Adam Peck, ThinkProgress

  • “We did not develop this medicine for Indians…we developed it for western patients who can afford it,” (Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers) said.
  • Treating Extreme Wealth As a Disease

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Welcome to This Generation's Joseph McCarthy, Thom Hartmann, Daily Take / Truthout 

  • California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is now leading several McCarthy-esque hearings and witch hunts, but the mainstream media is giving him a free pass.
  • An Itty Bitty Pity Party for the Associated Press

Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader ~ Edited by Jonathan Bean

  • We should honor the sacrifices of the forgotten heroes of the civil rights movement, the courageous men and women who garner little attention today for having risked their freedom and even lives in the battle against racial discrimination. 
  • Their vision for a society of genuine social progress and economic opportunity can be achieved only if we recognize the inherent worth of the individual and we follow in their footsteps to enshrine the principle of individual rights. 
  • Here's an ad about R--skins that its makers don't have the money to show during Sunday's Superbowl

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books/race_and_liberty_180x270.pngSince its emergence, the United States’ two-party political system has been criticized for polarizing public opinion. Instead of objective deliberation of such major issues as race relations, partisanship has too often undermined the process and distorted the outcome. One group of thinkers, however, has refused to be defined by either conservative or liberal classifications—classical liberals have shaped the history of the nation by fighting for abolitionism and the allied struggles against Chinese exclusion, abuse of native Americans, Japanese internment, and Jim Crow and other racial distinctions in the law. Nonetheless, the nation’s preoccupation with left-versus-right politics has overshadowed how classical liberals have been decisive in shaping the history of race and liberty in America.

Race and Liberty in America explains the major themes of the anti-racist, classical liberal tradition of individual liberty and equality, demonstrating how it has inspired individuals to improve race relations in the United States. Rooted in the Judeo-Christian natural-law tradition, classical liberals have advocated freedom from governmental interference, abolition of prejudicial law, equality under a uniform rule of law guaranteed by the Constitution, and market-based entrepreneurial opportunity.

BlackHistoryMonth.jpgJonathan Bean is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of History at Southern Illinois University.

The Independent Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, scholarly research and educational organization that sponsors in-depth studies of critical social and economic issues.

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Here's an ad about R--skins that its makers don't have the money to show during Sunday's SuperbowlMeteor BladesDaily Kos

  • The NCAI is not a wealthy organization and cannot buy a television slot during the Super Bowl to run its ad. But you can help make it go viral by emailing it, tweeting it and putting it on your Facebook or other social media pages.
  • Ending the Legacy of Racism in Sports & the Era of Harmful "Indian" Sports Mascots

Dietrich Bonhoeffer for the 21st Century

Some Christian pacifists say Bonhoeffer was wrong to resist evil with violence, but for millions of other Christians, Bonhoffer became an inspiring symbol of what it can mean, in times of crisis and every day, to practice what you preach.

Bob Abernethy, Religion & Ethics, PBS

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Dietrich_BonhoefferFebruary 3, 2006 | This weekend will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian put to death by the Nazis, whose writings and life made him a modern martyr. In the U.S. and Europe there will be observances in his honor, among them a documentary on Bonhoeffer to run on most PBS stations February 6. We have some images from that program.

Bonhoeffer was raised in a distinguished but not particularly religious family said to have been surprised by his decision to study theology. He was brilliant, getting his doctorate at age 21. Then he spent a year at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He studied ethics under Reinhold Niebuhr and also discovered the fervor and social consciousness of Harlem’s Abysssian Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school.

Bob Abernethy is a former NBC News correspondent. Since 1997, Abernethy has served as the executive editor and host of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, which airs on PBS.

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Why Isn't Anyone Telling Justin Bieber He's Acting Like a D-bag?

  • To be fair, I understand that 19 years does not a mature adult make, but has no one explained that there are consequences in the real world? Enough is enough with allowing Bieber to run around acting like a spoiled brat.
  • Mike Huckabee Actually Said This About Women Today

Caitlyn Becker, Huffington Post

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01/31/2014 | Justin Bieber's current string of arrests, mishaps and hijinks is annoying. It isn't sad or unfortunate; it's irritating. Sorry Beliebers. You know that kid in grade school who constantly got the whole class in trouble because they kept acting out and thought they were being funny? Yeah, that's Justin... only he's 19 and instead of the threat of after-school detention, it's the threat of federal detention.

The Biebs is not a unique snowflake: This story isn't new. It's been repeated and recycled a million times. And as much as we hate to admit it, there is something sort of cool and sexy about bad boys -- Robert Downey Jr, anyone? -- but not JB. Because there is nothing sexy about acting like a petulant child.

Caitlyn Becker is the Producer, HuffPost Live

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 Mike Huckabee Actually Said This About Women Today , Steven Hsieh, The Nation 

  • January 23, 2014 | During a meeting with Republican National Committee members today, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee made some really stupid comments about women.
  • Huckabee, who served two full terms as Arkansas governor, insinuated that women who use birth control “cannot control their libidos." He also claimed, “Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription.”

Rosa Parks: “I had been pushed as far as I could stand”

  • On her 100th birthday, a new book argues the civil rights icon's rebellion goes beyond that one famous refusal.
  • Excerpted from "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" 
  • The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks ~ Jeanne Theoris

Jeanne Theoharis, Salon 

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BlackHistoryMonth.jpg Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 |  “Whites would accuse you of causing trouble when all you were doing was acting like a normal human being instead of cringing,” Rosa Parks explained. “You didn’t have to wait for a lynching.” Such were the assumptions of black deference that pervaded mid-20th century Montgomery, Ala. The bus with its visible arbitrariness and expected servility stood as one of the most visceral experiences of segregation. “You died a little each time you found yourself face to face with this kind of discrimination,” she noted.

 

Blacks constituted the majority of bus riders, paid the same fare, yet received inferior and disrespectful service — often right in front of and in direct contrast to white riders. “I had so much trouble with so many bus drivers,” Parks recalled. That black people comprised the majority of riders made for even more galling situations on Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks coverthe bus. Some routes had very few white passengers yet the first 10 seats on every bus were always reserved for whites. Thus, on many bus routes, black riders would literally stand next to empty seats. Those blacks able to avoid the bus did so, and those who had the means drove cars. Black maids and nurses, however, were allowed to sit in the white section with their young or sick white charges, further underscoring the ways that bus segregation marked status and the convenience of white needs, and did not simply regulate proximity.

Jeanne Theoharis is a professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks ~ Jeanne Theoris, reviewed by Carol Reagan Shelton, Ph.D., Rhode Island College, Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought

Most contemporary people, including school children, have some knowledge of the role Rosa Parks played in the Civil Rights Movement. The image of Rosa Parks that has dominated the imagination of the American people is that of a tired, black woman refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Hearing the story of Rosa’s act of disobedience of the bus driver’s order to move to the back of the bus, and her subsequent arrest for this act of civil disobedience, strikes most of us as unjust.

 

American State of the Union: A Festival of Lies

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  • Before the nation and the world, President Obama pledges to take “action” against “economic inequality,” while simultaneously holding secret negotiations on a Trans Pacific Partnership trade scheme that will quicken the pace of the global Race to the Bottom, deepening economic inequalities. “Lies of omission are even more despicable than the overt variety, because they hide.”
  • “When you say ‘jobs,’ he says tax cuts – just like the Republicans, only Obama first cites the pain of the unemployed, so that you know he cares.”
  • Obama’s State Of The Union Address: An Empty And Reactionary Charade

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

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Obama_always_turn_right.jpg Wed, 01/29/2014 | “Believe it,” said the current Prevaricator-in-Chief, in the conclusion to his annual litany lies. President Obama’s specialty, honed to theatrical near-perfection over five disastrous years, is in crafting the sympathetic lie, designed to suspend disbelief among those targeted for oblivion, through displays of empathy for the victims. In contrast to the aggressive insults and bluster employed by Republican political actors, whose goal is to incite racist passions against the Other, the sympathetic Democratic liar disarms those who are about to be sacrificed by pretending to feel their pain.

Barack Obama, who has presided over the sharpest increases in economic inequality in U.S. history, adopts the persona of public advocate, reciting wrongs inflicted by unseen and unknown forces that have “deepened” the gap between the rich and the rest of us and “stalled” upward mobility. Having spent half a decade stuffing tens of trillions of dollars into the accounts of an ever shrinking gaggle of financial capitalists, Obama declares this to be “a year of action” in the opposite direction. “Believe it.” And if you do believe it, then crown him the Most Effective Liar of the young century.

Glen Ford is the Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report

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Obama’s State Of The Union Address: An Empty And Reactionary Charade, Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website

Joe Kishore is the current National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (United States) and writer for the World Socialist Website

  • 29 January, 2014  | US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday was, perhaps even more than his previous addresses, a cynical and reactionary charade. Empty rhetoric was combined with a complete disconnect from the reality confronting millions of people and an assertion of executive power.
  • The thrust of the speech was a mixture of pro-business nostrums, militarist jingoism and a jumble of penny-ante proposals. The media’s attempt to promote the speech as a major address on inequality was a deliberate falsification aimed at drumming up interest among a generally indifferent and hostile population.

 

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