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  • 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

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting

  • The only skepticism in the NPR report was relegated to 44 seconds at the end when NPR national security reporter Dina Temple-Raston quoted security expert Bruce Schneier, who questioned the causal relationship between the Snowden disclosures and the new terrorist encryption programs, as well as the efficacy of the new encryption.
  • 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.

Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman, Information Clearing House

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Fake%20Media.jpgAugust 14, 2014 | On August 1, NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast a story by NPR national security reporter Dina Temple-Raston touting explosive claims from what she called “a tech firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.” That firm, Recorded Future, worked together with “a cyber expert, Mario Vuksan, the CEO of ReversingLabs,” to produce a new report that purported to vindicate the repeated accusation from U.S. officials that “revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures.”


The “big data firm,” reported NPR, says that it now “has tangible evidence” proving the government’s accusations. Temple-Raston’s four-minute, 12-second story devoted the first 3 minutes and 20 seconds to uncritically repeating the report’s key conclusion that ”just months after the Snowden documents were released, al-Qaeda dramatically changed the way its operatives interacted online” and, post-Snowden, “al-Qaeda didn’t just tinker at the edges of its seven-year-old encryption software; it overhauled it.” The only skepticism in the NPR report was relegated to 44 seconds at the end when she quoted security expert Bruce Schneier, who questioned the causal relationship between the Snowden disclosures and the new terrorist encryption programs, as well as the efficacy of the new encryption.

Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Polk Award for national security reporting, is an American columnist, blogger, and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for Salon.com from 2007 to 2012.

Andrew Fishman is a production assistant at NPR.

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Part 2: NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public

Qui bono? Who is the intended beneficiary of the NPR story? What are the implications of the answer, for freedom? Qui bono? Who is the intended beneficiary of the Greenwald and Fishman story? What are the implications of the answer, for freedom?

Jason Peirce, Economic Policy Journal 

medium_image-53eaa0f74170707ab9690100-coalescedMonday, August 18, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman have a new article, “NPR is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting,” revealing the agenda and interests behind a recent NPR news story. As well as exposing NPR, the revelation serves as a reminder to ask of every news story: Qui bono? To whose benefit? And then to follow up that question with another question: what are the implications of the answer of “Qui bono?” for freedom? As for the NPR story, the intended beneficiary is the United States Government -- The State -- at the expense of freedom – yours and mine.  

In short, on August 1, 2014, NPR broadcast a story on a report by two tech firms purporting to contain “tangible evidence” validating the U.S. Government’s claims that “revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures.” 

Jason Peirce is a writer on Economic Development and Public Policy.

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Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon

Amy Goodman | Get Ready for the 'Internet Slowdown'

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  • Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules that govern your online life.
  • sign-btn.pngSign and send the petition: Demand FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hold public hearings on net neutrality.

Amy Goodman,  truthdig.com 

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Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpg Sep 3, 2014 | (This coming) Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grass-roots action. Protesters won’t actually slow the Internet down, but will place on their websites animated “Loading” graphics (which organizers call “the proverbial ‘spinning wheel of death’”) to symbolize what the Internet might soon look like. As that wheel spins, the rules about how the internet works are being redrawn. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules that govern your online life.

The fight over these rules is being waged now. These corporate ISPs want to create a two-tiered Internet, where some websites or content providers pay to get preferred access to the public. Large content providers like Netflix, the online streaming movie giant, would pay extra to ensure that their content traveled on the fast lane. But let’s say a startup tried to compete with Netflix. If it couldn’t afford to pay the large ISPs their fees for the fast lane, their service would suffer, and people wouldn’t subscribe.

 

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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Sign and send the petition: Demand FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hold public hearings on net neutrality.

  • Join the voices calling for Wheeler to hold large, open public field hearings. Sign and send the petition to the FCC demanding the Chairman come out and face the public support for real net neutrality. 
  • Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings

Daily Kos Campaigns

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public%20hearingsxcf.pngAugust 29, 2014 | In the past few weeks, an overwhelming number of comments have been filed at the FCC in favor of protecting an open internet and real net neutrality. Despite this, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has not scheduled large, public field hearings.

Before Chairman Wheeler considers passing rules which could end net neutrality and open the door for pay-to-play lanes, he should face the American public by holding large, open public meetings across the country.

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Please take a moment to add a personal statement to the Chairman before sending the comment. The Chairman and staff are more likely to listen to personal messages. This message will placed into the public record at the FCC.

Daily Kos is the premier online political community that is at once a news organization, community, and activist hub. 

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Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, www.PopularResistance.org

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Lee Camp | One Group of Looters Is Not Like the Other

August 21 | Which kind of looting do you prefer? (I'll give you a hint - one of these groups of people steal 1,000 times more from you.)

 

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Claudine Harrington for this contribution. 

 

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The U.S. government’s creeping war on journalists

 

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  • A new poll reveals that three quarters of reporters agree the public isn't getting the information it needs.
  • The Presidency and the Press

David Sirota, Salon

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 | As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing “serious limitations on access to records” that they say have “impeded” their oversight work.

The data about public information officers was compiled over the past few years by Kennesaw State University professor Dr. Carolyn Carlson. Her surveys found that 4 in 10 public information officers say “there are specific reporters they will not allow their staff to talk to due to problems with their stories in the past.”

David Sirota is a senior writer for the International Business Times and the best-selling author of the books "Hostile Takeover," "The Uprising" and "Back to Our Future." 

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The Presidency and the Press, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Special Project | Media Behaving Badly: Week Ending August 24, 2014

 

  • images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQmTy5tt7s2H-B2v-uk10FiiqH6kN32QrX6iaoXvZuxnAPbj5uw"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
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    • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight
    • Gun control impotency is another failure of the traditional media
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    • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

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How a Media Myth Helped Close Half of Texas Women's Health Clinics 1 Year Later, Hannah Groch-Begley, Media Matters for America

  • The myth of the unsafe clinics was created by anti-choice activists, and the media accepted and repeated it.
  • Jeremy Scahill: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows'

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Jeremy Scahill: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows' Chris Branch, HuffPost Live

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How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis, Oliver Willis, Media Matters for America

  • A charity has withdrawn its plans to provide beds for migrant children due to "negative backlash caused by information misreported to the public."
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Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported, Steve Rendall, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • The GOP has a serious problem with racism, and corporate media are often loath to point fingers too directly at elite American institutions such as one of the two major political parties.
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

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The Media and War, June 27, 2014David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

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Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight, Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

  • This is the American corporate media at its perpetual game, manipulating public opinion as always, against the public interest-- favoring transnational corporations and transnational investors who don't give a damn about this country, or anything beyond their profits.
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Gun control impotency is another failure of the traditional media, Egberto Willies, Daily Kos

  • Imagine how different it would be if all news networks covered this story. A country similar to America adopted gun control. Some of its politicians sacrificed themselves for the better good of society by passing substantive gun control laws. After several years the evidence is in. Gun control works. Imagine if we really had a traditional media the nation could actually count on. Our gun control impotency is another failure of the traditional media.
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The fake patriotism of Fox News, Paul Rosenberg, Salon

  • When conservative pundits accuse Obama of "disrespecting" the military, they're missing what's really important.
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  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

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Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon

  • False claims go unchallenged, racial fears are stoked -- and political scientists discover it helps GOP at polls.
  • Excerpted from "The Wrongs of the Right: Race and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama"
  • Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race

 

How a Media Myth Helped Close Half of Texas Women's Health Clinics 1 Year Later

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  • The myth of the unsafe clinics was created by anti-choice activists, and the media accepted and repeated it.
  • Jeremy Scahill: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows'

Hannah Groch-Begley, Media Matters for America

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Fake%20Media.jpgAugust 5, 2014 |  On August 4 a federal trial begins in Austin challenging a Texas law passed last summer which requires abortion clinics in the state to qualify as "ambulatory surgical centers" starting this September. The ambulatory surgical centers  requirements say that a clinic must have doorways and hallways of a certain width, and "additional infrastructure like pipelines for general anesthesia and large sterilization equipment." As  Mother Jones  noted, "These requirements aren't medically necessary for an abortion, and they cost a lot of money to implement."

Abortion clinics already have safety requirements, according to medical experts there is no evidence that the additional surgical center restriction "positively affects health outcomes," and these requirements could severely reduce the number of clinics. There are more than 13 million women in Texas, but according to the Wall Street Journal, only seven clinics in the entire state currently meet the extra requirements.

Hannah Groch-Begley: Media Matters for America Research Fellow. I also bake pies.

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Jeremy Scahill: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows' Chris Branch, HuffPost Live

  • Blasts US Media Coverage of 'Massacre' in Gaza

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  • How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis

 

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