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Baltimore: Media Behaving Badly, April 29, 2015

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  • "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
  • Part 1: The media’s stunning Baltimore betrayal: Demonizing protesters & giving police brutality a pass
  • Part 2: Part 2: What we talk about when we talk about black protesters: A history of right-wing dogwhistles

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: The media’s stunning Baltimore betrayal: Demonizing protesters & giving police brutality a pass

Cable news has distinguished itself as an authoritarian instrument most invested in protecting the powerful.

Jack Mirkinson, Salon

Screen-Shot-2015-04-28-at-2.39.04-PM-620x412.pngTuesday, Apr 28, 2015 | Late on Monday evening, CNN’s Don Lemon, who had traveled to Baltimore to cover the ongoing unrest there, found himself speaking to the city’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and to Maryland governor Larry Hogan.

Lemon—who, despite his current near-parodic status, was relatively restrained here—quizzed the two politicians for nearly 11 minutes, until they all but ran away from him. The confrontational stance may have been welcome, but the questions themselves left much to be desired. The only thing Lemon wanted to know was why, in his words, protesters had been given “too much leeway,” and why police had not been allowed to use “more restraints” against them sooner.

Jack Mirkinson: Huffington Post Senior Media Editor

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Part 2: What we talk about when we talk about black protesters: A history of right-wing dogwhistles

Ronald Reagan perfected the use of coded racial language to court white voters. His strategy persists to this day.

Conor LynchSalon

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Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 | “Liberals won’t get angry about the #BaltimoreRiots unless the rioters start carrying off loot in untaxed plastic bags.” So said Rep. Steve Stockman, R- Texas, in response to the violence in Baltimore last night.

What is perhaps most striking about this type of language, in ample display over the last several hours, is just how layered much of it is in language that subtly dehumanizes and pathologizes the black Baltimore residents who have come out to protest the death of Freddie Gray, who was killed in police custody earlier this month.

Conor Lynch: Freelance writer. I have written for Salon, The Hill, openDemocracy, The Richard Dawkins Foundation, and I regularly blog on Daily Kos about economics, politics, and science issues.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is moving. Fast.

  • Help us flood Congress with calls and emails this Thursday (April 23) demanding (members) oppose the TPP.
  • TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation

Fight for the Future

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stopp-tppa.jpgApril 21, 2015 |Bits and pieces of every bad Internet policy we’ve ever defeated are being rolled into one massive, secret deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- and last week, legislators introduced a bill to Fast Track its negotiations. 

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Fight for the Future  is dedicated to expanding the Internet's transformative power for good. Our goal: to build a grassroots movement to ensure that everyone can access the Internet’s many resources affordably, free of interference or censorship and with full privacy. 

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Related:

TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation, Public Citizen

  • Unveiling of Parallel Legal System for Foreign Corporations Will Fuel TPP Controversy, Further Complicate Obama’s Push for Fast Track
  • Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deal

Stop the Congressional Assault on the Internet

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  • Congress is trying to destroy the Internet. Again!
  • Part 1: Congress Is still Trying to Destroy Net Neutrality
  • Part 2: Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Congress Is still Trying to Destroy Net Neutrality

Congress is trying to destroy Net Neutrality. Again.

Amy Kroin, Free Press

save-net-neutrality.jpg?itok=6tdSzMQpApril 14, 2015 | On Monday, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) introduced a “resolution of disapproval” designed to overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules.

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has the power to review — and invalidate — any new rules issued by federal agencies. The resolution of disapproval already has 13 co-sponsors, all Republicans.

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Amy Kroin edits all Free Press and Free Press Action Fund communications. She also edits and monitors the Free Press and Save the Internet websites, coordinates and edits all blogs and helps create campaign, outreach and development materials.

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Part 2: Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access

Sign the petition to Congress: “19 states have laws blocking towns and cities from providing fast, publicly owned Internet access. Support the Municipal Broadband Act, which would preserve the right of cities and municipalities to build their own broadband networks.”

CREDO Action

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira.

municipal_broadband_180x180.pngCities and towns around the country are developing municipal broadband networks that are both faster and less expensive than the services offered by big cable and Internet companies.

But local governments in 19 states don’t have that option due to anti-consumer state laws that ban or restrict municipal broadband. These state laws are a cynical attempt to preserve the profits of big cable companies – and now we have an opportunity to overturn all of them at once.

Senators Cory Booker and Claire McCaskill have introduced the Community Broadband Act, which would preempt these state laws and allow municipalities to compete directly with big cable companies by offering their own broadband service.

We need to show grassroots support for this vital bill now and fight for the fast, affordable Internet access all Americans deserve.

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Rolling Stone’s Failed Journalism Was A Slap In The Face To Rape Survivors

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  • The only thing that was worse than Rolling Stone’s botched reporting is the slap in the face they gave to present and future rape survivors.  Instead of fully accepting responsibility for their failings, Rolling Stone blamed the alleged victim.
  • Violence Against Women: Why We Keep Getting It Wrong

Adalia Woodbury, Politicususa

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Rolling-Stone-fail-1.jpgMonday, April, 6th, 2015 | The mainstream media has already said volumes about the future of Rolling Stone’s UVA story as a case study of how not to cover a story in journalism classes. Few would dispute the numerous mistakes in fact checking and judgment associated with this story.

Rolling Stone deserves all the fall out it gets about its failed reporting. There will be reams of reporting will focus on ramifications to the reputations of UVA and the Fraternity named in the story. Far less attention will be paid to the ramifications to present and future survivors of rape.  Many will equate a discredited news story with a discredited claim that “Jackie” was raped.

Adalia Woodbury is the Senior legal analyst for PoliticusUSA. Adalia comes to Politicus with a background in politics and law.  Adalia’s primary interests are advocating for civil rights and combating hate speech.

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Related:

Violence Against Women: Why We Keep Getting It Wrong, Robert J. Burrowes, Sleuth Journal

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  • If we want to end violence against women, then we must finally end our longest and greatest war: the adult war on children.
  • True Statistics about ‘Rape Culture’
  • Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending  January 17, 2015

Journalism as Subversion

  • "The journalism of dissent is the richest journalism we have. And the Third World and ex-colonial countries have far richer traditions than Europe. In the colonies, journalism was the child of the freedom struggle." --P. Sainath
  • Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings, "I Plead Guilty" (to Insubordination)

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

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Mar 22, 2015 | The assault of global capitalism is not only an economic and political assault. It is a cultural and historical assault. Global capitalism seeks to erase our stories and our histories. Its systems of mass communication, which peddle a fake intimacy with manufactured celebrities and a false sense of belonging within a mercenary consumer culture, shut out our voices, hopes and dreams. Salacious gossip about the elites and entertainers, lurid tales of violence and inane trivia replace in national discourse the actual and the real. The goal is a vast historical amnesia.

The traditions, rituals and struggles of the poor and workingmen and workingwomen are replaced with the vapid homogenization of mass culture. Life’s complexities are reduced to simplistic stereotypes. Common experiences center around what we have been fed by television and mass media. We become atomized and alienated. Solidarity and empathy are crushed. The cult of the self becomes paramount. And once the cult of the self is supreme we are captives to the corporate monolith.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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Related:

Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings, "I Plead Guilty" (to Insubordination), Howard Zinn and Paula Giddings, TomDispatch.com

The Many Ways Congress Could Mess Up Net Neutrality

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  • Now that the FCC’s historic Net Neutrality rules are out in the world, the real drama in Congress is about to get underway. In fact, anti-Net Neutrality mania is taking over Capitol Hill for the rest of the month (March, '15).
  • Ensuring Net Neutrality Has a Long Tail

Candace Clement, Free Press

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Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: The price of net neutrality is eternal vigilance. Just because we've won the war, does't mean peace is ours forever.

Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgMarch 16, 2015 | Here’s a quick rundown of the biggest threats we see coming in Congress.

Who introduced it: Rep. Marsha Blackburn

What it does: Forbids the FCC from reclassifying broadband service under Title II and from ever doing so again without further congressional action. The bill has 31 co-sponsors, and all but two have gotten campaign money from the same companies trying to kill the open Internet.

  • Resolution of Disapproval

Who will introduce it: Rep. Doug Collins

What it does: A resolution of disapproval (RoD) is a procedural move Congress can use under the Congressional Review Act to block the FCC’s rules from taking effect. Like the Blackburn bill, it would bar the FCC from reclassifying unless Congress acts to allow it. Congress can’t introduce an RoD until the rules are published in the Federal Register, which should happen some time in the next few weeks. 

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Candace Clement directs Free Press’ campaigns to restore Net Neutrality and stop government and corporate surveillance. She also directs our in-district organizing and online engagement and runs our internship program.

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The Washington Post Will Kill Us All

When you're starting wars … on the grounds that if you don't start a war now someone else could theoretically start one later, you have set up a logic of Armageddon. And it may kill us all. ... But we won't all die, I feel fairly certain, without the Washington Post cheering death through the door.

davidswanson, davidswanson.org

 

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16 March 2015 | "War with Iran is probably our best option." This is an actual headline from the Washington Post.

Yes it's an op-ed, but don't fantasize that it's part of some sort of balanced wide-ranging array of varied opinions. The Washington Post wouldn't print a column advocating peace to save its life -- as such an act just might help to do. And you can imagine the response if the headline had been: "Racism is probably our best option," or "Rape is probably our best option," or "Child abuse is probably our best option." Nobody would object: "But they've probably had lots of columns opposing child abuse. Surely they can have one in favor, or do you want to shut down debate?" No, some things are rightly considered beyond the range of acceptability. War, in Washington, is not one of them.

Now, war propaganda is illegal under the International Covenant on Civic and Political Rights. War itself is illegal under the Kellogg-Briand Pact and the United Nations Charter. But the Washington Post isn't one to worry about legal niceties.

David Swanson is an American activist, blogger and author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

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