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Smell Something Rotten?

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2010 P.U.-litzer Prizes recognize the worst of U.S. journalism

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Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

At the end of every year FAIR rounds up some of the stinkiest examples of corporate media malfeasance. This year brought no shortage of contenders; indeed, the hardest part of the P.U.-litzers is narrowing down the list.

Readers who think we missed one can share their nominations at the FAIR Blog <fair.org/blog>.

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Project Censored's Mickey Huff Finds the News That Didn't Make the News, Mickey Z., t r u t h o u t
Unfortunately, the myths both of a free press and of the "liberal" media persist in the US, regardless of mountains of evidence to the contrary manifest in various social science studies dealing with media content and bias over at least the past few decades (not to mention scores of articles and books - and Project Censored has been looking at this problem, in terms of what does and does not get reported, for going on 35 years now).

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Project Censored's Mickey Huff Finds the News That Didn't Make the News

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  • Unfortunately, the myths both of a free press and of the "liberal" media persist in the US, regardless of mountains of evidence to the contrary manifest in various social science studies dealing with media content and bias over at least the past few decades (not to mention scores of articles and books - and Project Censored has been looking at this problem, in terms of what does and does not get reported, for going on 35 years now).
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Mickey Z., t r u t h o u t

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Photo: Artiii / flickr

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I first came in contact with Mickey Huff, associate professor of history at Diablo Valley College, when one of my articles was selected by Project Censored, for which he serves as director. For the uninitiated, here's how Huff describes Project Censored: "Project Censored's principal objective is training students in media literacy and First Amendment issues for the future advocacy and protection of free press rights in the United States. Project Censored has trained some 2,000 students in investigative research in the past three decades. Through a partnership of faculty, students, and the community, Project Censored conducts research on important national news stories that are underreported, ignored, misrepresented, or otherwise censored by the US corporate media."

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Mickey Z.: In a land where freedom of the press is considered sacred and the media is usually portrayed as a collection of closet Leninists yearning to sacrifice Tea Party virgins on the altar of Fidel Castro, why in the world do we need Project Censored?

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Smell Something Rotten? Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
2010 P.U.-litzer Prizes recognize the worst of U.S. journalism

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Harry Weber, AP Reporter, Blasts New York Times' Gulf Oil Spill Scoop Claims As 'Patently False'


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APer blasts ‘patently false’ scoop claims in NYT oil spill story

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Associated Press oil spill reporter Harry Weber says of the New York Times' Sunday "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours" story: "Their key assertions that the destruction of the Horizon 'has escaped intense scrutiny' and that the final hours are only now possible to piece together are patently false. ...A dozen different AP staffers as early as May have done numerous spot, enterprise and investigative reconstruct pieces on every element in the Times story, plus many they didn't focus on."

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APer blasts ‘patently false’ scoop claims in NYT oil spill story, Jim Romenesko, Poynter
Associated Press oil spill reporter Harry Weber says of the New York Times’ Sunday “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours” story: “Their key assertions that the destruction of the Horizon ‘has escaped intense scrutiny’ and that the final hours are only now possible to piece together are patently false. …A dozen different AP staffers as early as May have done numerous spot, enterprise and investigative reconstruct pieces on every element in the Times story, plus many they didn’t focus on.”

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I Will Not Participate In the Journalism of Appeasement

Don’t you get it? This is a war! This is a mass slaughter carried out by economic policy. This is the elimination of the existence of a middle class. These are financial terrorists committing crimes against humanity. Our country is under attack!

David DeGraw, AmpedStatus

Here’s a brief summation of my recent reporting:

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  • If we continue to let our politicians and wealthy members of society live in comfort, free from the consequences of their actions, we are complicit in our own demise.
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  • Our country is so overrun with corruption, we cannot remain passive and expect things to get any better.
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  • The economy is propped up by smoke and mirrors and will inevitably collapse. Without immediately breaking up the banks and holding the thieves accountable, we will continue on our downward spiral with increasingly severe and devastating consequences.
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  • These are extremely unpleasant truths that we are now forced to confront. We have to act now. If you are not calling for revolution or organizing, you are either unaware of what’s happening around you, horribly naïve or a fascist sympathizer.
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Special Report | Fake Net Neutrality

"The darkest day of the year may end up marking the beginning of a long winter's night for Internet freedom."

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  • Net Neutrality at risk!!!
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  • FCC Commissioner: Net Neutrality A 'Threat To Internet Freedom'
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Net Neutrality at risk!!! Misty, Craig, Tim and the Free Press Team

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FCC Commissioner: Net Neutrality A 'Threat To Internet Freedom' Bianca Bosker, Huffington Post

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  • "On this winter solstice, we will witness jaw-dropping interventionist chutzpah as the FCC bypasses branches of our government in the dogged pursuit of needless and harmful regulation," FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell wrote. "The darkest day of the year may end up marking the beginning of a long winter's night for Internet freedom."
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  • "'Net neutrality' sounds nice, but the Web is working fine now. The new rules will inhibit investment, deter innovation and create a billable-hours bonanza for lawyers." --FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell
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The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time, Al Franken, (D-MN), Huffington Post
Net neutrality is the most important free speech issue of our time. And that's why, this Tuesday (Dec 21), when the FCC meets to discuss this badly flawed proposal, I'll be watching. If they approve it as is, I'll be outraged. And you should be, too.

The FCC's Guide to Losing Net Neutrality Without Really Trying, Craig Aaron, Huffington Post

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  • Apparently FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expects the millions of Americans who have spoken out for Net Neutrality to buy this lemon when the FCC meets to vote on his rules on Dec. 21.
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  • Reactions To FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Mixed
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Reject Fake Net Neutrality, Timothy Karr, Free Press

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  • Commissioners Clyburn and Copps are longstanding champions of real Net Neutrality. If they know you've got their backs, they can toughen up the language of Genachowski's plan.
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  • Chairman Genachowski needs their votes. Commissioners Clyburn and Copps have real political leverage to fix this rule.
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  • The FCC's Guide to Losing Net Neutrality Without Really Trying
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The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time

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Net neutrality is the most important free speech issue of our time. And that's why, this Tuesday (Dec 21), when the FCC meets to discuss this badly flawed proposal, I'll be watching. If they approve it as is, I'll be outraged. And you should be, too.

Al Franken, (D-MN), Huffington Post

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cuppa jove to Evergreene Digest--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it.This Tuesday (Dec 21) is an important day in the fight to save the Internet.

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As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it's a truly level playing field. Small businesses should have the same ability to reach customers as powerful corporations. A blogger should have the same ability to find an audience as a media conglomerate.

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This principle is called "net neutrality" -- and it's under attack. Internet service giants like Comcast and Verizon want to offer premium and privileged access to the Internet for corporations who can afford to pay for it.

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Reject Fake Net Neutrality


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  • Commissioners Clyburn and Copps are longstanding champions of real Net Neutrality. If they know you've got their backs, they can toughen up the language of Genachowski's plan.
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  • Chairman Genachowski needs their votes. Commissioners Clyburn and Copps have real political leverage to fix this rule.
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  • The FCC's Guide to Losing Net Neutrality Without Really Trying
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Timothy Karr, Free Press

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After more than a year of waffling on Net Neutrality, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski just announced plans to issue weak regulations that give just about everything to giant phone and cable companies, and leave Internet users with almost nothing.1

Genachowski calls his plan Net Neutrality. But it's fake. It doesn't live up to President Obama's pledge to create lasting and enforceable Net Neutrality protections or to Genachowski's own promises to deliver for the president.2
This is a huge betrayal. But we still have time to fix Genachowski's toothless rule before it goes to a vote on Dec. 21.

Click here to automatically send the letter below to the FCC: "Accept Nothing Less than Real Net Neutrality."

FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps have been unwavering champions for Net Neutrality. They now hold the power of their majority votes to fix the chairman's bad rule.

Click this link to automatically send our mass letter (below) to Commissioners Clyburn and Copps. Take action now and we will hand-deliver your letters when we meet with the commissioners on Wednesday, Dec. 8. They need to hear from you that Genachowski's fake Net Neutrality plan fails on so many fronts:

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  • It fails to protect Net Neutrality for people who access the Internet using wireless devices. There is only one Internet: Users must be free to access any legal website, service or application whether they're at home or using a mobile phone.
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  • It fails to prevent new "paid prioritization" schemes planned by industry. We can't let AT&T and Comcast charge steep tolls to speed up the sites and services of a few media giants while slowing down everyone else.
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  • It fails to close massive loopholes. The FCC can't let Verizon build a new "private Internet" under the guise of "specialized services" that would stifle competition and innovation.
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  • It fails to restore the FCC's authority, which was stripped away during a Bush-era frenzy of deregulation. If the FCC doesn't "reclassify" its broadband authority under Title II of the Communications Act, it risks making Net Neutrality rules that will be tossed out in court right away.
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Commissioners Clyburn and Copps are longstanding champions of real Net Neutrality. If they know you've got their backs, they can toughen up the language of Genachowski's plan.

Chairman Genachowski needs their votes. Commissioners Clyburn and Copps have real political leverage to fix this rule.

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Send them the letter and then tell your friends to take action, too.

Thanks,

1. SavetheInternet.com, "Damning Praise for Genachowski's Plan"
2. Huffington Post, "FCC Chairman Announces Fake Net Neutrality Proposal"

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The FCC's Guide to Losing Net Neutrality Without Really Trying, Craig Aaron, Huffington Post<>

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  • Apparently FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expects the millions of Americans who have spoken out for Net Neutrality to buy this lemon when the FCC meets to vote on his rules on Dec. 21.
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  • Reactions To FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Mixed
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