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In Response to 'Unprecedented' Public Outcry, Obama Goes Big on Net Neutrality

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  • Grassroots groups say new White House plan 'may have saved the Internet at the moment it was in the greatest jeopardy.'
  • As the FCC has the final word on the net neutrality debate, advocates say that the "struggle" is not yet over. 

Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

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goesbig.jpg?itok=KC57_p0WDays ahead of the President's statement calling for Internet protection, demonstrators protested in front of the White House in support of net neutrality. (Photo: Joseph Gruber/cc/flickr)

Monday, November 10, 2014 | Responding to the call of millions of Americans and years of grassroots campaigning, President Obama on Monday took what net neutrality proponents called a "major step" towards the protection of the Internet by issuing a statement calling for the safeguarding of "one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known."

Obama's new policy framework calls for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify the Internet as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would make it subject to public control and regulation, like water and electricity, thus preventing corporate Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, from using their monopoly control to dominate the web.

Lauren McCauley: staff writer, Common Dreams

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Even KSTP's Response To Its Racist 'Gang Signs' Story Is Racist

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  • 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."

Jason Linkins & Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

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  • 11/07/2014 | About a week and a half ago in Minneapolis, a man and a woman posed for a picture together, as men and women do all across this great land of ours. But what began as a thoroughly commonplace event in our society ended in a Charlie Foxtrot of garbage journalism, courtesy of the local Minneapolis ABC affiliate, KSTP.

In the photo above, you see Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and a man named Navell Gordon. Gordon is a convicted felon who is currently on supervised probation. He works for an organization called Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. He does so because, having lost his voter privileges to a criminal past he regrets, he now spends time teaching others the hard lesson his mistakes taught him, about how the precious right to vote was part of the cost he paid. Hodges, along with Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, are supporters of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. (Here is a picture of Harteau posing with Gordon, one piece of information among many that didn't make KSTP's report.)

Jason Linkins: Washington, DC-based professional actor and writer 

Ryan Grim is the Washington bureau chief for the Huffington Post and an MSNBC contributor. He is a former staff reporter with Politico.com and Washington City Paper. He is the author of the book This Is Your Country on Drugs.

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New Net Neutrality nightmare

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Free Press

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October 31, 2014 | Word has leaked that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is building a new Frankenstein proposal that's not Net Neutrality (NOT Neutrality?).

Here's the good news: According to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, the truly awful proposal the FCC released in May is dead.

Here's the bad news: Now the agency is considering a convoluted plan with too many of the huge problems we've been protesting against all year.

Just how bad is it? This new proposal:

Free Press works to create a world where people have the information and opportunities they need to tell their own stories, hold leaders accountable, and participate in policymaking. 

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Who Rules Public TV?

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

Aldo Guerrero, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

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Oct 1, 2014 | The corporate and financial sectors have an overwhelming presence on the governing boards of major public television stations, a new FAIR study finds.

The study looked at the occupations of the current trustees of WNET (New York City/Newark), WGBH (Boston), WETA (Washington, DC), WTTW (Chicago) and KCET (Los Angeles).

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PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary, Alesa Mackool, SEIU.org

  • Sign our petition to PBS: Koch money shouldn't influence our media.  We want to see "Citizen Koch" aired.
  • The Corporate Dictatorship of PBS and NPR

 

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President Obama can prevent internet service in Minnesota from getting even crappier.

  • We need President Obama to call on Chairman Wheeler to assert Title II authority—classifying access as a public communications service and requiring Internet Service Providers to be common carriers.
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  • Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines

Rachel Colyer, Daily Kos

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Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgOn October 10, President Obama made his strongest statement of support for net neutrality thus far.


The problem is he still hasn't called to reclassify the internet as an essential communications platform or explicitly said the FCC should use Title II authority. 

sign-btn.pngSign and send a petition to President Obama urging the administration to push Chairman Wheeler to use Title II authority as the basis for net neutrality rules because it’s the strongest legal argument to prevent paid prioritization and prevent Big Telecom from ruining the internet.

Rachel Colyer, Senior Campaign Director, Daily Kos 

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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 12, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • FCC, in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane
  • 8 New items including:
    • sign-btn.pngYour Signature needed: Cable industry lobbyists swarming Congress after we flooded the FCC with comments
    • The Biggest Lie About Net Neutrality
    • Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings
    • A summer of action to save the Internet
    • Don't Let Net Neutrality Become Another One of Obama's Broken Promises
    • Save the Internet!
    • Demand Real Net Neutrality

 

Shepard Smith: 'Do Not Listen To The Hysterical Voices' In The Media About Ebola

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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.

Adam Goldberg, Huffington Post

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Cam Cardow

10/15/2014 | Fox News' Shepard Smith railed against the media's Ebola hysteria on Wednesday.

"You should have no concerns about Ebola at all. None. I promise," stated Smith. He went on to tell viewers, "Do not listen to the hysterical voices on the radio and the television or read the fear-provoking words online. The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible."

Adam Goldberg: Huffington Post front page editor 

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Midterms and the Media's Double Standard for Disqualifying Candidates

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  • Question: Are there different media standards for Republicans and Democrats this election cycle?
  • The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the US Media's Award-Winning War Propaganda
  • How the Media Conditions, Controls, and Programs Society (Video)

Eric Boehlert, Huffington Post

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n-CHUCK-TODD-large570.jpg10/13/2014 | Last week, in the tightly contested Senate race in Kentucky, both Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes gave newsworthy interviews in which they seemed to stumble over basic questions. But only one of the awkward missteps was treated as big news -- treated even as a campaign-ending debacle -- by some in the Beltway press: the Grimes interview.

Pundits pounced after Grimes refused, during an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board, to say whether she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. (McConnell has spent most of his campaign trying to tie Grimes to Obama, who is unpopular in Kentucky.)

Eric Boehlert: A senior fellow at Media Matters for America, and a former senior writer for Salon, Boehlert's books include "Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over for Bush," and "Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press."

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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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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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