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Nathan White, Demand Progress 

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December 16, 2014 | Americans overwhelmingly support Net Neutrality, but several dozen Republicans who sit on the committees that oversee the Federal Communications Commission are trying to kill it.

They just signed a letter in opposition to the Net Neutrality proposal millions of Americans and President Obama back – and Senator Ted Cruz even called Net Neutrality “Obamacare for the Internet” !

They're opposing the will of their constituents, and trying to undermine a platform that facilitates speech, democracy, and innovation like no other in the history of humankind.

Why would they behave that way?  Well, they’re just doing the bidding of Comcast, AT&T, and the other big cable monopolies – who, incidentally, have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to their campaigns.  

Click on the link below -- we'll connect you to these Republican lawmakers and provide you with a script that you can use to tell them to stop shilling for Big Cable.

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Let's let 'em have it!

Thanks, as ever.

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Net Neutrality Update - FCC Delay leaves the Internet at Risk, Staff, Popular Resistance

  • Next FCC Hearing: 'No Delay On Net Neutrality!'
  • We need hundreds of people to show up at the next hearing on December 11 at the FCC in Washington, DC with the message “Reclassify Now!”
  • sign-btn.pngPetition: Demand Real Net Neutrality

Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism

  • As the world hurtles toward a new Cold War and possibly a nuclear confrontation over Ukraine, the West’s “free press” is again serving the role of an obedient propaganda service — demonizing Russia, presenting a one-sided narrative and feeding a dangerous belligerence.
  • Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media

John Pilger, Consortiumnews.com

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ows_140969894592189.jpgDecember 7, 2014 | Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what’s called the mainstream media is not information, but power?

John Pilger is an Australian-British journalist based in London. This article was derived from his address to the Logan Symposium, “Building an Alliance Against Secrecy, Surveillance & Censorship”, organized by the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London, Dec. 5-7, 2014.

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Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media, Peter LavelleGlobal Research / Rise Up Times

I believe it important to understand how western media beat the drum of war on behalf of George W. Bush. The echo chamber demonstrated it could be counted on to back acts of aggression around the world with impunity.

Top Scientists To Media: Stop Using ‘Skeptic’ To Describe Climate Science Deniers

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“Proper skepticism promotes scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims,” the letter reads. “It is foundational to the scientific method. Denial, on the other hand, is the a priori rejection of ideas without objective consideration.”

Joe Romm, Climate Progress

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December 10, 2014 | Four dozen leading scientists and science journalists/communicators have issued a statement urging the media to “Please stop using the word ‘skeptic’ to describe deniers” of climate science.

The 48 signatories, Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), include such luminaries as Nobel laureate Sir Harold Kroto; Douglas Hofstadter, Director of The Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition at Indiana University; physicist Lawrence Krauss, Director of The Arizona State University Origins Project; and Bill Nye “the Science Guy.” Full list here.

Joe Romm is a Fellow at American Progress and is the Founding Editor of Climate Progress.

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Net Neutrality Update - FCC Delay leaves the Internet at Risk

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Next FCC Hearing: 'No Delay On Net Neutrality!'

  • We need hundreds of people to show up at the next hearing on December 11 at the FCC in Washington, DC with the message “Reclassify Now!”
  • sign-btn.pngPetition: Demand Real Net Neutrality

Staff, Popular Resistance

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1reclassify.pngWe are calling on people to attend a rally on December 11 at 9 am outside the FCC at 445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC and then to attend the public meeting at 10:30 am.

November 21st, 2014 | We did it! It’s official that the FCC will not vote on a phony ‘hybrid’ proposal at the next hearing on December 11.

This is good news… and bad news. It’s good that the our pressure forced the FCC to drop their weak rules, but it is bad that the delay gives the Giant Telecoms more time to push for loopholes and back doors and to spread their false information.

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We need hundreds of people to show up at the next hearing on December 11 at the FCC in Washington, DC with the message “Reclassify Now!”

Popular Resistance seeks to aid in bringing movements for peace, justice, economic fairness and environmental protection together into an independent, nonviolent and diverse movement that can end the power of concentrated wealth, shift power to the people and put human needs before corporate greed.

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Demand Real Net Neutrality, SavetheInternet.com

  • Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet!
  • The Federal Communications Commission is proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.
  • Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. 
  • We must stop the FCC from moving forward with these rules.
  • Tell FCC Chairman Wheeler: We Demand REAL Net Neutrality.

Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media

I believe it important to understand how western media beat the drum of war on behalf of George W. Bush. The echo chamber demonstrated it could be counted on to back acts of aggression around the world with impunity.

Peter Lavelle   Global Research / Rise Up Times

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/newspaperpile-400x216.jpgNovember 18, 2014 | We have recently been hearing a lot about information wars, propaganda and bullhorns. The pitch of this kind of belligerent rhetoric has increased sharply since the advent of the western-induced crisis in Ukraine.

The mainstream media’s echo chamber claim about Russian media goes something like this: “Russian media is powerful and effective because it is well-funded propaganda.” Really? Having worked in Russian media for well over a decade, I observe it focusing on foreign audiences in a very different way: it challenges the West’s hegemonic grip on shaping and controlling the global media agenda.

Peter Lavelle is the host of RT's shows CrossTalk and On the Money, and was the anchor of the review programme In Context and the commentary series IMHO. Peter Lavelle has extensive experience in academia and the world of business. 

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Bill Cosby loses control: Comedian no longer dictating the narrative — and it’s about time.

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As Barbara Bowman and other women continue to speak out, the press is finally catching up. Here's what happens next.

Katie McDonough, Salon

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Monday, Nov 17, 2014 | This weekend, NPR “Weekend Edition” host Scott Simon did his job. He covered the news. During an interview with Bill Cosby about the comedian’s recent philanthropic work, Simon asked about the rape allegations that have been following him, publicly for more than a decade and privately since the 1980s. Simon asked because the allegations, though not new, are, in fact, news. And, as he explained on-air, “I’m in the news business.”

Cosby’s response was, as ever, total silence. His lawyer then released a statement saying Cosby “does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice.

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Special Project | Media Behaving Badly: Week Ending November 16, 2014

"The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover." --Al Franken

  • 8 New items including:
    • Even KSTP's Response To Its Racist 'Gang Signs' Story Is Racist
    • Who Rules Public TV?
    • Shepard Smith: 'Do Not Listen To The Hysterical Voices' In The Media About Ebola
    • The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the US Media's Award-Winning War Propaganda
    • How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society (Video)
    • Special Project | Media Behaving Badly, October 2, 2014
    • Does the Public Want More War?
    • NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

This article is made possible with the generous contributions of all reader supported Evergreene Digest readers like you. Thank you!

Dave Granlund

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Even KSTP's Response To Its Racist 'Gang Signs' Story Is Racist, Jason Linkins & Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

The story here is that KSTP blew this story badly, and needs to admit it and take its lumps. Then the people at KSTP need to ask themselves how they'd like to live in the kind of world they have constructed for Gordon.

We called KSTP for comment and here's what its recorded answering service advised us: "If you have a tip and suspect welfare fraud, press 4."

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Who Rules Public TV? Aldo Guerrero, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

  • Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards
  • Public TV: Where the One Percent Rule
  • PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary

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Shepard Smith: 'Do Not Listen To The Hysterical Voices' In The Media About Ebola, Adam GoldbergHuffington Post

  • Smith stressed, "I report to you with certainty this afternoon that being afraid at all is the wrong thing to do." He called media-stoked Ebola panic "counterproductive", saying that it "lacks basis in fact or reason."
  • Shepard Smith Blasts Media's 'Irresponsible' Ebola Hysteria.

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The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the US Media's Award-Winning War Propaganda, Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams

  • The credit for selling Obama’s war on ISIS must go to the mainstream American media.
  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014

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Daryl Cagle

 

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How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society (Video), the Arcane Front 

Through TV, the power elite have succeeded in creating a distracted, misinformed, divided, and class-driven society suffering historical amnesia and completely oblivious to true realities of their surroundings.

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Special Project | Media Behaving Badly, October 2, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Does the Public Want More War? Peter Hart,  Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

  • Wait a second. People who want the US to "solve problems" are asking the US to "flex muscle"?
  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014

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NPR Serves One Master and it's not the PublicCompiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting
  • Part 2: NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

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