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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.

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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

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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  • 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

 

 

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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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Related:

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

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  • Outrage! FCC Official Says a million people commenting will not make much difference.
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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

  • A  toxic relationship
  • Part 1: Nixon Is Gone, but His Media Strategy Lives On
  • Part 2: How Obama Administration-Controlled Media Is Used to Avoid Scrutiny from the Press

 

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