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Special Report | Disability Rights Advocates Accuse Washington Post Of Perpetuating ‘Myths’ About Benefits

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  • Disability rights activists worry about the ammunition stories like the one in the Post could give to benefit-averse Republicans, who now control the White House and Congress.
  • They are perpetuating the same myths that have been debunked over and over again without regard for how misleading reporting can affect people with disabilities already living on the financial edge. --Rebecca Vallas, Center for American Progress
  • Related: Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

Daniel Marans

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/propaganda-lies.png 04/22/2017 | Disability rights advocates and a leading Democratic think tank are livid at The Washington Post over a March 30 front-page story on the prevalence of disability benefits in rural America.

The newspaper claimed that “as many as one-third of working-age adults” in rural communities receive disability benefits. But as the Center for American Progress calculated ― and The Huffington Post confirmed by looking at the raw data ― that proportion holds true in only one county in the entire country.

Daniel Marans, Reporter, Huffington Post

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Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America, Melissa Blake, New York (NY) Times 

  • I’m a woman. I’m physically disabled. And I’ve never been more scared than I am right now.
  • Related: Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov

What does it take for activists to get your attention?

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Charlotte, NC - September 25: A demonstrator uses a bullhorn outside of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.. Protests have disrupted the city since Tuesday night following the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Activists are small players in the struggle for attention, which is controlled largely by advertisers. But there are ways to resist and redirect attentions.

Brian Martin, Waging Nonviolence 

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April 8, 2017For major protests today, it is standard to have a media strategy. For example, there can be individuals assigned to media liaison. The location and timing of an action can be chosen with an eye toward media schedules. Some actions are designed specifically to attract media attention.

However, there are many factors that complicate activist efforts to reach the mass media. Major outlets choose what to report based on news values such as conflict, prominence and proximity. A politician will be quoted rather than an activist, and a scuffle at a rally will be reported rather than what the protest is actually about.

Brian Martin is professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia and vice president of Whistleblowers Australia. He is the author of 14 books and hundreds of articles on dissent, nonviolence, scientific controversies, democracy and other topics.

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Fake News Isn’t New, It’s Americans’ Inability To Read Critically That’s Alarming

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  • A healthy skepticism is always in order.
  • Related: Norman Solomon on Trump and the Press

Frank Connolly, Huffington Post

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03/30/2017 | If you’re like a lot of folks, you’ve probably had quite enough of the ongoing media kerfuffle over “fake news.” What started out as an interesting discussion about politics, journalistic ethics, and the truth, has degenerated into a hyper-partisan food fight.

First, President Trump commandeered the term, using it to disparage news outlets he doesn’t like; then commentators and academics on the left responded by branding conservative websites they don’t like as “fake news,” too. By now, the meaning of fake news is largely a matter of partisan opinion – which means the term really has no meaning at all.

Frank Connolly, Contributor, Huffington Post; Senior Editor, MindEdge Learning

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Norman Solomon on Trump and the Press, FAIR 

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  • Donald Trump says the press corps are the “enemy of the people.” The press corps, in turn, say Donald Trump is “presidential.” Where the people find themselves in this dance is unclear. We’ll talk about what media really looking out for the public interest might look like with author and FAIR associate Norman Solomon, national coordinator of RootsAction.org and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.
  • Related: 'Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole': Why we need to look beyond Trump

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Norman Solomon on Trump and the Press

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March 3, 2017 | This week on CounterSpin: Donald Trump says the press corps are the “enemy of the people.” The press corps, in turn, say Donald Trump is “presidential.” Where the people find themselves in this dance is unclear. We’ll talk about what media really looking out for the public interest might look like with author and FAIR associate Norman Solomon, national coordinator of RootsAction.org and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.

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'Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole': Why we need to look beyond Trump, Eric Black, MinnPost 

“While we endlessly watch for the latest blunder or scandal, America is being pulled dangerously off course." --Foreign Policy Editor David Rothkop

'Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole': Why we need to look beyond Trump

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“While we endlessly watch for the latest blunder or scandal, America is being pulled dangerously off course." --Foreign Policy Editor David Rothkop

Eric Black, MinnPost

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/journalism.jpg?w=24003/29/17 | I confess I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the doings and sayings and tweetings and lies of the current incumbent. When I worry about that, it is for two reasons: Reason A is that if one is just calling out President Trump’s lies (let alone his self-serving and self-obsessed hijinks in other non-mendacity areas) one is overlooking a great many important things going on in the nation and the world, many of which are relatively unrelated to Trump's antics.

Reason B derives from having spent so many of my scribbling days (and years and decades) as a hard news reporter. I still sometimes hear the voice of the old norms of the “objectivity” paradigm within which that game was circumscribed. If I write about 10 Trump lies, do I have to find something he said that was true and make a big deal about it, to fend off the inevitable criticisms of bias? Or bring up some much-less-outrageous half-truth that the no-longer-terribly-relevant Hillary Clinton once uttered?

Eric Black writes Eric Black Ink for MinnPost, analyzing politics and government of Minnesota and the United States, the historical background of topics and other issues. 

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Live at Truthdig: What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

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An open internet is being threatened by the Trump administration: According to an article by the media-advocacy organization Free Press, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, “vigorously opposed rules [the FCC] adopted to protect the rights of internet users” when Pai worked at the FCC under Obama.

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But one at-risk issue hasn’t been making headlines in the same way: net neutrality—the principle that internet service providers and governments regulating the internet should treat all data on the internet equally, without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

Emma Niles, Assistant Editor, Truthdig

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Noam Chomsky: Democracy Is Staged With the Help of Media Working as Propaganda Machines (Video)

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Mar 22, 2017 | In an illustrated clip for Al-Jazeera English, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman explains renowned linguist Noam Chomsky’s theory on the five filters of the mass media machine that manufacture Americans’ consent.

 

Natasha Hakimi Zapata: Truthdig’s assistant and poetry editor. 

 

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

 

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

  • https://blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/Glen_Spying.jpeg?itok=oj8HD4cgThe ruling class/War Party/corporate media campaign for regime change in Washington has moments of pure silliness, with grown men claiming that U.S. presidents don’t have the power to wiretap people. Someone should have informed Dr. Martin Luther King. But, if self-described “progressives” can believe that the CIA is a benign, democratic institution, they can believe anything. “The destabilization of the U.S. bourgeois state is a project, not of the Kremlin, but of multinational and finance capital headquartered in the U.S.”
  • Related: Mainstream Media’s ‘Victimhood’, Robert Parry, Consortium News

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