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The media is NOT doing its job!

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  • The American people deserve a better media: one that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we  deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also  requires it.
  • We must force (political leaders) to think about the consequences of their words and their policies. But to do so we need a probing, intelligent, and courageous press - long MIA. 
  • Part 1: American Media Is Failing Us
  • Part 2: A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: American Media Is Failing Us

I truly believe that the American people deserve better media that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also requires it.

Anna Nti-Asare, Huffington Post

http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2016-01-13-1452728843-9405773-trump-thumb.png This piece was co-authored by Isak Nti Asare.

01/14/2016 | The media, which is considered the fourth estate for the position it holds in democratic functioning, plays a crucial role in the U.S.... or at least it is supposed to. According to Dr. JP Shea, the following comprise the media's purpose: informing the public of what is happening on a local and international scale, provoking public debates in order to encourage more public participation in important national decisions, uncovering abuses and applying pressure for their rectification, "aler[ting] and mobilizing public opinion to humanitarian causes and injustices," demonstrating political diversity by highlighting different views and approaches to issues, and keeping politicians in tune with public wants and needs as well as giving politicians a platform to express their proposed policies.

Shea goes on to explain that with this huge role comes many responsibilities, that include maintaining a distinction between facts and opinion, using only trained and professional reporters who know what they are talking about, and explaining issues without trivializing nor sensationalizing, among others.

Anna Nti-Asare: Writer and teacher based in the Bay Area. Stanford University BA, University of Cambridge MPhil - Specializes in Race and Gender Studies.

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Part 2: A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters

Honoring life is caring for the living - be that the poor mother or the child. If the reporters could only focus on the everyday lives of everyday people we might force (political leaders) to think about the consequences of their words and their policies. But to do so we need a probing, intelligent, and courageous press - long MIA. We need reporters without borders.

Sherman YellenHuffington Post

http://media.salon.com/2010/04/white_house_reporters_afraid_to_criticize_the_white_house-460x307.jpg 02/08/2016 | If there is one response to a question made by reporters and politicians alike that sets my teeth on edge it is "Now that's a very good question!" I find that the only reason the questioner is being complimented is because the person who is being queried has a stock answer for that question in his or her hip pocket.

The very good questions are rarely if ever asked during political campaigns. My very good question for today follows: Why do skilled reporters fail to ask the follow-up questions of candidates that seem so necessary? At least they do seem necessary to me.

Sherman Yellen: Screenwriter, Playwright, memoirist, and Lyricist

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Debunking the Lesser-of-Two-Evils Voting Theory

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  • Ultimately, the lesser-of-two-evils voter theory wrests on a backwards principle — that voters should vote against their least-favorite candidate rather than voting for their favorite candidate. It is not the voter’s job to win the election for a political party or candidate. Candidates and political parties must earn the support of voters by choosing positions that will convince them to travel to a polling location and pull the lever in the voting booth.
  • The Lesser of Two Evil Game of Pretend Must End
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

The Truth In Media Project, IVN

http://ivn.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ross-perot.jpg?fc7bd8 Anyone who has ever supported a third-party presidential candidate in an election has likely had to defend their decision from partisans who endorse the lesser-of-two-evils voter theory. By the logic offered by proponents of the theory, anyone who votes for an independent candidate is at best wasting their vote, and at worst handing the election over to their least-favorite major-party candidate.

With as many as four potential Supreme Court replacements looming during the next presidency, partisans will doubtlessly wield the argument with ferocious intensity during the run-up to the 2016 presidential general election.

The Truth In Media Project, founded by award-winning journalist Ben Swann, is the source for uninfluenced, reliable and fearless news.

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The Lesser of Two Evil Game of Pretend Must End, Sane Progressive / YouTube 

  • Find Your Courage
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy.
  • Ignorance Is Not Bliss: The Need for Civic Education in the United States

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 9: 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils" Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

These People Think Martin Luther King Jr. Endorsed Donald Trump

  • Now this would be huuuuuge.
  • MLK's dream just became a nightmare.
  • Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

Bill Bradley, Huffington Post 

http://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/scalefit_630_noupscale/569e56b91f000023002162d4.jpeg Sigh. ABC

01/19/2016 | MLK's dream just became a nightmare.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew out to ask people what they thought about the announcement that Dr. King was endorsing Donald Trump.

Obviously, there are a lot of reasons that's not true -- mostly because Dr. King died in 1968 -- but that didn't stop some of these people from totally buying into it. 

Bill Bradley, Entertainment Editor, Huffington Post 

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Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America, Ray Williams, Psychology Today

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  • There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

The Gunning Down of Logic

  • Ten thousand children are killed or shot by guns every year. That's 192 per week, 27 per day, over 1 every hour for no goddamn good reason at all, save for our ignorance, apathy, and barbarity!!!
  • #StateActionNow

Nora Dunn, Huffington Post

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http://readersupportednews.org/images/stories/article_imgs6/6213-bible-gun-flag-032412.jpg  01/08/2016 | As the president treads softly on the eggshells he's standing on during CNN's Town Hall Meeting on gun violence, the pro-gun audience members continue to miss the point. The only point they can make is in the form of a gun pointed at the enemy. But who is the enemy? None of the pro-gun audience seems clear on that. Not one of them brought up responsibility. Maybe because nobody is taking any.

We have seen what has happened in states with Stand Your Ground laws, which has been a disaster and seems to have given mostly white people the freedom to shoot mostly black people. But putting that aside, if your weapon is going to save your life, you must have it at the ready, loaded, and a few feet from you if not on your person. In the case of George Zimmerman, that worked, accept he killed an innocent, unarmed teenager. But he was acquitted of all responsibility at trial, and gun devotees supported him.

Nora Dunn, Actress and author

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#StateActionNow, Center for American Progress (CAP)

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  • 28 ideas for state executive action to prevent gun violence and fight gun crime
  • The Gunning Down of Logic

Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

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  • There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture.
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

Ray Williams, Psychology Today

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Jul 07, 2014 | There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It’s the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility.

Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason, says in an article in the Washington Post, "Dumbness, to paraphrase the late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, has been steadily defined downward for several decades, by a combination of heretofore irresistible forces. These include the triumph of video culture over print culture; a disjunction between Americans' rising level of formal education and their shaky grasp of basic geography, science and history; and the fusion of anti-rationalism with anti-intellectualism."

Ray Williams is President of Ray Williams Associates, a firm based in Vancouver, providing executive coaching and professional speaking services. He has been interviewed by or written for such publicaitons as the Washington Post, USA Today, the Huffington Post, the National Post, the Financial Post, Entrepreneur, MacLeans, and Salon.

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of October 6, 2013

Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Paul Krugman | Moment of Truthiness
  • Welcome to This Generation's Joseph McCarthy
  • Life Lessons in Fighting the Culture of Bullshit
  • 10 ‘Chained CPI’ Facts the White House Doesn’t Want You to Know
  • The Death of Truth
  • Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy
  • Human Stupidity Is Destroying the World
  • Further Thoughts on Japan...and America

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Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week of June 1, 2014

Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

8 New Items including:

  • America dumbs down
  • Age of Ignorance
  • #BringBackOurCriticalThinking
  • How Republicans became the “stupid” party
  • Has the Left Surrendered?
  • Libertarian Writings that Read Like Comic Books
  • Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really?
  • William Rivers Pitt | Supply-Side Jesus and the Death of Shame

 

A Quiz to See if U.S. Schools Taught You State Propaganda

  • U.S. schools provide a great deal of useful information, but also leave out a great deal. Please see whether you can answer the following questions before scrolling down and clicking a link at the bottom for the answers. How many can your kids answer? Can your kids' teachers answer them? Can your parents answer them? Can your uncle who tells you whom to vote for and what to think answer them?
  • Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids Know So Little About How America Works

David Swanson, Let's Try Democracy

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http://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/Propaganda-feature-image.jpg?itok=8le8HlUj December 17, 2015 | U.S. schools provide a great deal of useful information, but also leave out a great deal. Please see whether you can answer the following questions before scrolling down and clicking a link at the bottom for the answers. How many can your kids answer? Can your kids' teachers answer them? Can your parents answer them? Can your uncle who tells you whom to vote for and what to think answer them?

These questions are not intended to comprise an ideal comprehensive course in U.S. or world history. They are intended as a quick sampling of the sort of material that would be included, along with other material, in a basic education that wasn't twisted by the interests of the U.S. government. There might be many questions I would have chosen to include in the place of some of these if I knew more. I was educated in public schools in Fairfax Country, Va., where the schools were ranked among the best in the country. I have a Master's in philosophy from the University of Virginia. I didn't learn the answer to a single one of these questions in any school.

David Swanson, a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Talk Nation Radio host, is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. The updated second edition of that book will be published April 5, 2016, by Just World Books. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org

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Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids Know So Little About How America Works, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • "Those under the age of 25 are less likely to vote than were their elders or younger people in previous decades … students also are less interested in public or political issues than were previous generations, and they exhibit gaps in their knowledge of fundamental democratic principles and processes." --Mark Hansen, American Bar Association Journal 
  • Part 1: Poll: Americans Not Equipped to Make Good Political Decisions
  • Part 2: Flunking Civics Should No Longer Be An Option

The Lesser of Two Evil Game of Pretend Must End

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  • Find Your Courage
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy.
  • Ignorance Is Not Bliss: The Need for Civic Education in the United States

Sane Progressive / YouTube 

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Mike Cavlan for this contribution.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Vote.jpg Jan 3, 2016 | Two weeks ago, more Dems voted for a Republican corporate handout bill and CISA provisions (helping to destroy internet freedom & indoctrinating government spying on its citizens into law) than Republicans. It took Obama to take away Habeas Corpus and sell the TPP & the anti-war movement has basically died under this Democratic President. Endless war, corporate rule, and the oppression of the American people will not end until we stop playing this two party game of pretend.

Here is Hillary on foreign policy:
https://theintercept.com/2015/09/09/h...
http://billmoyers.com/story/lurking-w...

Here is the video on the appropriations bill with links to roll call and articles on CISA in video description:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN8Wq...

Habeas Corpus/Obama:
http://www.salon.com/2010/05/21/bagra...
http://rc3.org/2009/04/13/obama-aband...

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/new...

On (Hillary) Clinton RECORD with TPP - she is one of it creators, her after the fact election year denials are empty lip service:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eF5i...

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy, Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story

  • You’re desperately supporting the least worst candidate because the other guy is worse. So you lose your bargaining power, and they don’t have to give you the time of day the minute you indicate you’re a least worst voter.
  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction.
  • Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss: The Need for Civic Education in the United States, Robert Alexander, Huffington Post

  • Failing to acquire an understanding history, culture, institutions, religion, economics, language, and how governmental processes work to help us critically analyze what is happening domestically and on the international front leads to bad candidates and poor decision-making.
  • It is time for some civic literacy in this country. Only then can we expect more of our candidates, our policies, and our future.
  • Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids Know So Little About How America Works

 

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