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NYPD's Arrests of Citizen Journalists Should Spark Outrage

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  • If freedom of the press means anything, it should protect the growing number of people who use media to hold powerful institutions accountable. If it doesn’t protect copwatching, then it’s totally useless.
  • ESPN’s Van Gundy lashes out at sports media ‘quid pro quo’

Josmar Trujillo, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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March 23, 2016 | Last week, New York City police officers arrested four well-known activists for filming them. Copwatchers—people who regularly film and document police activity—have often been targeted by cops who don’t want to be recorded, despite reminders that recording police interactions is legal in the city. While legal protections for filming police are still unclear in some parts of the country, the invaluable role that copwatchers play as journalists—acting as the eyes, ears and media of the streets—deserves to be recognized.

Much was made in the media about the 2014 arrests of the Huffington Post‘s Ryan Reilly and the Washington Post‘s Wesley Lowery by local police in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police killing of Michael Brown. HuffPo released a statement condemning Reilly’s arrest. The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) also objected. Reilly, a reporter at media powerhouse Huffington Post (where I occasionally blog), and Lowery, who has produced some top-notch copaganda since then (FAIR Blog, 2/12/16), were roughed up and arrested, apparently for nothing.

Josmar Trujillo is a former columnist for Extra! who writes at the Huffington Post, Newsday and amNY. He is also an organizer with the Coalition to End Broken Windows and New Yorkers Against Bratton.

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ESPN’s Van Gundy lashes out at sports media ‘quid pro quo’, Danny Funt, CJR

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  • “I don’t believe readers understand how beholden most of these writers are to their sources,” Van Gundy tells CJR in an interview. “They’re actually the mouthpieces for these people. It’s a quid pro quo.” That bartering of favorable coverage for scoops corrupts sports reporting well beyond this instance, Van Gundy claims, now more than ever. 
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ESPN’s Van Gundy lashes out at sports media ‘quid pro quo’

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  • “I don’t believe readers understand how beholden most of these writers are to their sources,” Van Gundy tells CJR in an interview. “They’re actually the mouthpieces for these people. It’s a quid pro quo.” That bartering of favorable coverage for scoops corrupts sports reporting well beyond this instance, Van Gundy claims, now more than ever. 
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Danny Funt, CJR

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January 26, 2016 | With seven minutes remaining in the second quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, ESPN color commentator Jeff Van Gundy began his broadside attack on investigative basketball journalists. LeBron James of the Cavaliers scored a layup, with 5:27 left on the clock, when Van Gundy finished. For this uninterrupted 90 seconds of a primetime matchup, one of ESPN’s top broadcasters offered a critique of anonymously sourced reporting and the state of sports media to more than 3.5 million viewers. 

His message would warm the heart of New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, an outspoken critic of unnamed sources, and make other journalists’ blood boil. At issue is a fundamental question in sports reporting: Does covering discord inside the locker room require that sources be unidentified?

Danny Funt is a CJR Delacorte Fellow.

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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

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We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.

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  • Trump isn't the destruction of the GOP. He is its fulfillment. We'd all know this if the press would do its job. 
  • Trump could only make a mockery of our politics because the media already had.
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Monday, Mar 14, 2016 | It is more than a little ironic that the Republican Establishment and the mainstream media are both now in full panic mode over the possibility of Donald Trump winning the GOP nomination. You would think that the Republican Party, which has been, let’s face it, hate-spewing, poor-bashing, government-stopping and corporation-loving for decades, ought to be the leading culprit for having paved the way for Trump’s success. As for the media, Marco Rubio, who claims to be exactly where he wants to be after losing 14 primaries and caucuses and winning only one, holds them responsible, which, from a candidate who has demonstrated little support outside the media, is a bit disingenuous. Still, even Rubio is occasionally right. The media did have a lot to do with enabling the rise of Donald Trump. Just not how Rubio or most people think.

To enable Trump, what the media did is fulfill what almost seemed to be a longtime mission: to create the first “pseudo-campaign” with the first “pseudo-candidate.” And now they are having buyer’s remorse.

Neal Gabler, Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, is an author, cultural historian, and film critic. 

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The media is NOT doing its job! Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

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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

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Why You Need to Care About What's Happening to Melissa Harris-Perry

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  • Today (2/26/16) it was revealed that Melissa Harris-Perry is removing herself from the air; a result of MSNBC jerking her schedule and her show around and providing her no reason for these decisions.
  • This is more than just “not cool.” It should be acknowledged and regarded as what it is. An insult to her and her work. Which, by proxy, is an insult to us.

Damon Young, Very Smart Brothas

http://verysmartbrothas.com/images/2016/02/mhp-479x430.jpg 2/26/16 | The cover photo from my Facebook profile is a screenshot of my appearance on Melissa Harris-Perry last August. I don’t get anxious much when meeting new people; at least not anymore. But I was anxious then. Partially because it was my first time on national television, and I hoped my dad and my aunts in Cincinnati would approve of my suit, posture, and hand placement. But mainly because of Melissa Harris-Perry’s status as an intellectual powerhouseTa-Nehisi Coates once called her “America’s foremost public intellectual” (a bold claim I happen to agree with). 

Basically, I didn’t want to get up there and look stupid. Also, although I was very familiar with her work and her writing and her show, I had no idea how she’d be in person. I didn’t know if I’d be meeting Miranda Priestly. (Adding another layer to this anxiety lasagna is how the show is structured. You don’t meet or even see her until 60 seconds before your segment will air.)

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. And a columnist for EBONY Magazine. And a founding editor for 1839. 

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  • http://media.salon.com/2010/04/white_house_reporters_afraid_to_criticize_the_white_house-460x307.jpgThe 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

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Scalia Funeral | Crooks rule; Officialdom Honors a Partisan Shameless Grafter

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  • The media prostitutes were naturally happy to report with no commentary on the ridiculously extravagant funeral accorded Antonin Scalia, one of the most notoriously corrupt reactionaries in the history of the US Supreme Court, a man who facilitated, among other things, the coming to power of George W Bush and the global corruption and appalling destruction that followed.
  • Abominations--The Passing of a Very Corrupt Man

TGP Staff,  the Greanville Post

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February 22, 2016 | A nation that honors political criminals and grafters says a great deal about itself, and by that standard America belongs in a select group of  morally broken civilizations. But we know that already—don’t we?. In any case, here it is for the record. Watch—as much as your stomach will tolerate— and make a note of it. Some day true justice may come. 

Oh by the way, notice also that while the commercial networks provided abundant coverage of this non-event, PBS, in a show of its cowardice and shift to the right regaled the public with the most execrable amount of coverage, over 3 hours long. A powerful soporific in a age of treason. Well done PBS!

TGP Staff: The Greanville Post seeks to spotlight the outrageous but increasingly common intersection of induced stupidity, high-handed political fraudulence and domestic and international criminality which characterize life in the American Empire in the early part of the 21st century.

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Special Project | The Military-Media-Industrial Complex, Week Ending February 20, 2016

  • U.S. troops are going back into Iraq, our presence in Libya is escalating, and Obama has widened the war in Afghanistan—all without much of a public debate.
  • Part 1:  Obama and the Pentagon Plan Massive Military Escalation and the Media Barely Seem to Care
  • Part 2:  The truth about war reporting

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Part 1:  Obama and the Pentagon Plan Massive Military Escalation and the Media Barely Seem to Care

U.S. troops are going back into Iraq, our presence in Libya is escalating, and Obama has widened the war in Afghanistan—all without much of a public debate.

Adam Johnson, AlterNet

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January 27, 2016 | Almost five years after the United States and its NATO allies launched a campaign in Libya to overthrow Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the United States is on the verge of massively escalating its military operations in the war-torn country. According to the New York Times, the new effort is “expected to include airstrikes and raids by elite American troops.” It is unclear how long this newest effort will last.

The announcement comes on the heels of U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announcing combat troops were going back to Iraq last week. While U.S special forces have been conducting “clandestine reconnaissance missions in Libya to identify militant leaders and map out their networks” over the past year, the New York Times report marks the first time overt combat troops will be deployed in the North African nation.

 

For media watchdog Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), journalist Adam Johnson  has meticulously documented how the media fear-mongers and spreads myths about ISIS without any evidence or serious scrutiny.

“Once again, media terrorize the public for the terrorists,” Johnson wrote in one of his many reports.


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Part 2:  The truth about war reporting

Report the glory, never the horror.

Lonely Man Violine, YouTube

This excerpt was authorized by film maker and copyright owner Rick Goldsmith.

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Reporting the truth was once grounds for death by firing squad.

 

 

 

The truth about war reporting. You can get the full film here

 

 

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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

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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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'Single Payer Saves Money by Saying No to the Insurance Industry'

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  • It seems the story corporate media tell us about single payer—we want it, it makes a lot of sense, and it can never ever happen—hasn’t changed a great deal.
  • Special Project | Health Care Reform: Week Ending March 7, 2015

Janine Jackson, CounterSpin / Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) 

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Janine Jackson: A Washington Post columnist writes that we need to admit that healthcare reform’s twin goals, comprehensive universal insurance and cost control, are at odds. The New York Times reports that a single-payer system requires unpopular taxes, making it, even in the eyes of sympathetic Democrats, politically impossible. And USA Today says the US hasn’t seriously considered single payer because it would cause great disruption to the economy, result in higher taxes, and give the federal government vast new powers.

Well, those claims have some things in common: They’re all untrue, and they’ll all from 1993. It seems the story corporate media tell us about single payer—we want it, it makes a lot of sense, and it can never ever happen—hasn’t changed a great deal. For as long as that media narrative has been abroad, we’ve been checking in with our next guest about how to address it. A primary care physician for many years, Steffie Woolhandler is co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program and professor at the CUNY School of Public Health.

Steffie Woolhandler of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Janine Jackson is FAIR's program director and and producer/host of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin.

 

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