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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.

 

The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the US Media's Award-Winning War Propaganda

  • The credit for selling Obama’s war on ISIS must go to the mainstream American media.
  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014

Medea Benjamin, Common Dreams

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burning_cars.jpg?itok=NtVRbV_OLike these cars in the Syrian city of Damascus, the mainstream coverage of the new U.S. military campaign in Iraq and Syria is in flames. (Photo: Syrian News Agency)

Friday, October 10, 2014 | A war-weary American public that a year ago resoundingly rejected US military intervention in Syria to overthrow the Assad regime now is rallying behind the use of force to destroy the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). In just three months, from June to September, support for US airstrikes in Iraq soared from 45% percent to 71%, and to 65% for airstrikes in Syria.

How did such an astounding turnabout occur? Certainly it wasn’t due to the persuasive powers of President Obama, who seems to have been reluctantly dragged into a conflict that he once acknowledged has no military solution.

/images.jpg?w=225Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace, is the author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control

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

  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis
  • Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 12, 2014

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F.C.C., in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane

  • 8 New items including:
    • 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!
    • The End Of Net Neutrality Means The Death Of Your Internet
    • Demand Real Net Neutrality

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Signature needed: Cable industry lobbyists swarming Congress after we flooded the FCC with comments, Rachel ColyerDaily Kos 

We need you to contact your legislators now. We’ve made it easy to contact all three members of Congress who represent you with one submission—and we’ve tailored the message according to their position on net neutrality. It’s a nice, easy way for you to save the internet by combating corporate power.

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The Biggest Lie About Net Neutrality, Timothy Karr, Free Press / Huffington Post

  • Reclassifying internet service providers (ISPs) under Title II of the Communications Act is the agency's only path forward to protect real Net Neutrality -- and one that millions of Americans have already urged the agency to take.
  • Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings

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

  • Outrage! FCC Official Says a million people commenting will not make much difference.
  • Join us in Urging Regional Hearings of the Commissioners throughout the Country
  • Join us in demanding that the FCC hold hearings to listen to the people.

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A summer of action to save the Internet, Todd O'Boyle, Common Cause

  • Major telecom and cable companies are seeking unprecedented control over what you can see and say online. The FCC is accepting public comments on this critical issue. 
  • Tell them where you stand!

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Don't Let Net Neutrality Become Another One of Obama's Broken PromisesCompiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

The campaign has pushed the door open, now we all have to go through it and raise our voices louder than Comcast’s lobbyists to save the people’s internet.

  • btn-take-action.gifSubmit your comment to the FCC here.  At the end of Part 1 is suggested language you can cut and past as your comment to the FCC on their Open Internet Rules (Proceeding Number 14-28)
  • Part 1: What Next In The Campaign To Save The Internet?
  • Part 2: A Primer: Just What Is Net Neutrality — and Why All the Fuss?

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Save the Internet! Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance, PopularResistance.org

  • Update: Actions every day starting on Wednesday, May 7th, at noon and 5 pm. To Save The Internet, we are building a People’s Firewall against the FCC’s proposed rule that will create a ‘pay to play’ Internet by ending net neutrality. The FCC is located at 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554. 
  • To ensure the Internet is open to all on an equal basis we must act now to prevent mega-corporations from destroying Internet Freedom
  • It is time for escalating actions against the FCC before their vote on May 15th to end net neutrality.
  • The End Of Net Neutrality Means The Death Of Your Internet

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The End Of Net Neutrality Means The Death Of Your InternetInquisitr

By providing a so-called “fast lane” for carriers to hike fees on sites trying to reach customers, it means that we will continuously start paying more to use each of those sites. Imagine paying a fee for your ISP, and then paying a separate tariff for Google, and then Facebook, and so on, and so on, ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

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Demand Real Net Neutrality, SavetheInternet.com

  • Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet!
  • The Federal Communications Commission is proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.
  • Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. 
  • We must stop the FCC from moving forward with these rules.
  • Tell FCC Chairman Wheeler: We Demand REAL Net Neutrality.

Special Project | Media Behaving Badly, October 2, 2014

  

  • "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: Climate Crisis? That's Not News
  • Part 2: The PBS Left: 'Airstrikes Are Wonderful'
  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Climate Crisis? That's Not News

  • Sunday chat shows skip People's Climate March
  • After their silence on the People's Climate March, ask the Sunday shows when they think global climate change will be important enough to take seriously.

 

 

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

 

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If over 300,000 people march in New York City to demand action on climate change, does it make a sound? Not if you're watching the Sunday morning network chat shows.

The September 21 People's Climate March lived up to its billing as the largest climate change march ever, drawing a massive crowd to focus world attention to the climate emergency. Similar events happened in other major cities around the world.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. 

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Part 2: The PBS Left: 'Airstrikes Are Wonderful'

Peter HartFairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

shields-isis-600x335.pngSep 16, 2014 | Every week, the PBS NewsHour gives viewers its version of a left/right debate segment. On the right is well-known conservative pundit David Brooks. On the left is Mark Shields, who is not especially well-known outside of the NewsHour, and certainly has no meaningful connection to leftish politics. As FAIR (Extra!, 7/98) has noted, Shields' publicity materials used to proclaim that he was "free of any political tilt."

On the most recent installment (NewsHour, 9/12/14), Shields was making the point that Congress should weigh in on any decision to launch military strikes against ISIS.

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpin Peter Hart  is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. 

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

  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis
  • Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

Signature needed: Cable industry lobbyists swarming Congress after we flooded the FCC with comments

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We need you to contact your legislators now. We’ve made it easy to contact all three members of Congress who represent you with one submission—and we’ve tailored the message according to their position on net neutrality. It’s a nice, easy way for you to save the internet by combating corporate power.

Rachel ColyerDaily Kos

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Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgSeptember 23, 2014 | Sources tell us cable industry lobbyists are “swarming” the Hill. Their full army of lobbyists are out “slinging tight one-pagers” and “repeating carefully crafted and plausible-sounding talking points” in order to prevent real net neutrality rules.

It may be unsurprising that they’ve unleashed so many lobbyists. After all, Big Cable has spent $42.4 million on lobbying this year and are outspending net neutrality advocates 3-to-1, but folks on the Hill are telling us that this uptick is unusual––they must be concerned we are winning.

We need you to contact your legislators now. We’ve made it easy to contact all three members of Congress who represent you with one submission—and we’ve tailored the message according to their position on net neutrality. It’s a nice, easy way for you to save the internet by combating corporate power.

sign-btn.pngPlease, click here to sign and send a message to your legislators: “Do not believe the cable industry lobbyists. Instead, listen to your constituents and support real net neutrality.”

While the cable companies may have gobs of money at their disposal, we have something they don’t­­—the overwhelming support of the public, the media, small businesses, investors, and tech companies. Basically, everyone is on Team Internet except for the cable companies and their closest profiteers.

We’ve won in the arena of public opinion in a show of force that has struck fear into their soulless corporations. They never suspected we could mount the campaign we, the American public, have mounted. Now, they are retreating to the halls of power. But, we can flood Capitol Hill the same way we flooded the FCC with overwhelming support for net neutrality—and you are key.

sign-btn.pngPlease, sign and send a message to your legislators—Click here.

Don’t get the impression all is lost—because it’s not. We’ve got our own troop of dedicated pro-net neutrality s/heroes on the Hill too—and they have members of Congress primed and ready to support Title II net neutrality. All we need to do is give Congress the political cover to stand up to Big Cable.

sign-btn.pngThis fight isn’t over and we still have a few strategies we can play to win. To contact your members of Congress, please, click here.

Keep fighting,

NPR Serves One Master and it's not the Public

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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

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