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Updated: Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power

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  • Caving in and turning over the free and open Internet to the big phone and cable companies
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  • The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose.
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  • Jim Hightower: The fight for net neutrality
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Eliza Krigman, Tech Daily Dose

The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose.

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Instead, the commission will deal with enforcement on a case-by-case basis. Broadband providers who violate the law will face a maximum penalty of $2 million by the FCC, under the bill.

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The absence of the rulemaking authority, along with other provisions of the bill, is consistent with information reported by Tech Daily Dose last week (Sep 19-25).

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Caving in and turning over the free and open Internet to the big phone and cable companies, Progressive Change Campaign Committee

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  • Call and help stop the Waxman Net Neutrality cave
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  • Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power
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FCC Chief Concedes Slow Pace,  Amy Schatz, Wall Street Journal | NY

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  • Key parts of the Obama administration's technology agenda are stalled at the Federal Communications Commission, its chairman acknowledged Monday (Sep 27), but he said he's impatient to move forward on them as soon as possible.
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  • Julius Genachowski took over the FCC 15 months ago with an ambitious to-do list, including a plan to improve U.S. broadband service and a promise that he would prevent phone and cable companies from interfering with Internet traffic.
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Jim Hightower: The fight for net neutrality, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown
Big biz wants to own the information superhighway while We the People bump along the backroads

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Move to cancel U film's airing draws backlash

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  • U delays debut of film on Mississippi River pollution
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  • The documentary on farming and river pollution was criticized as unfair, but backers disagree.
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Tom Meersman, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Paul Oman

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The executive producer of a documentary about farming, pollution and the Mississippi River said Monday that the University of Minnesota made a rash mistake in canceling its broadcast on public television.

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Barbara Coffin, head of the film unit at the U's Bell Museum of Natural History, spoke for the first time about what she called "our messy internal confusion."

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U delays debut of film on Mississippi River pollution, Minnesota Daily

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(University vice president of relations Karen Himle, who canceled the airing) lists her husband’s public relations firm, Himle Horner Inc.,  as an outside source of income on her University-required conflict of interest form. The company has represented the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council,  which lobbies for agribusiness. (Ed note: Himle's husband has an affiliation with big agribusiness as well as candidate Tom Horner.)

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Bob Fertik, Democrats.com

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Boycott FOX News Advertisers, Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
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News Bias' and the Media Battle over the Meaning of 9/11

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  • Nine years after 9/11, the battle over the meaning of what happened to our city, our country and our world on that fateful blue-crystal morning continues unabated.
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  • Media rife with anti-Muslim bigotry in lead up to 9-11 anniversary
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Rory O'Connor,  RoryOConnor.org, in AlterNet<http://www.alternet.org>

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Nine long years after 9/11, the battle over the meaning of what happened to our city, our country and our world on that fateful blue-crystal morning continues unabated, with the battleground still the swirling nexus of news and politics. As usual, all sides in this cultural clash are employing the very media they consistently accuse of ‘news bias’ to promote their competing visions. Like the “Global War on Terror” spawned by the attacks, the ongoing struggle to interpret 9/11 now appears to be a war without end.

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As we approach the 9/11 “anniversary,” bigotry and smears against both Muslims and their “militant, anti-Semitic” faith have become distressingly common in prominent media outlets ranging from the New Republic to CNN and Fox News, and from the Washington Post to the Washington Times. Here’s just a taste of mainstream media’s anti-Muslim rhetoric from the past few weeks, as compiled by Media Matters For America.

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Media rife with anti-Muslim bigotry in lead up to 9-11 anniversary, Media Matters For America.
As the nation prepares to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, numerous media figures have propagated anti-Muslim rhetoric, often smearing Muslims as "terrorists," "jihadists," and "extremists," and dismissing Islam altogether as a "militant" and "anti-Semitic" faith.

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Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves

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  • The story of how one lone idiot, pimping an 18th-century brand of community terrorism, held the media hostage and forced some of this nation's most powerful people to their knees to fitfully beg an end to his wackdoodlery is an extraordinary one.
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  • Top Stories More Important than Quran-Burning Nut Job
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Jason Linkins, Huffington Post

Yesterday (September 9) afternoon, the leader of a microscopic cult of idiots who announced plans to stage an "international" day of Quran burning in Gainesville, Florida held a press conference, for a rapt media which decided that his moronic plans were the single most important thing going on in America. At that press conference, in front of "9/11 Truther" signs, this cult leader lied to everyone who was watching, telling them that he was going to call off his 9/11 book burning festival because he had successfully reached a deal with the people behind the Park51 community center in Lower Manhattan, in which they would move their facility away from the site of the World Trade Center.

Not a word of this was true, but it was amazing, all the same -- at one fell swoop, we had finally knit up the strands of a season of irrationality into one big, shiny, synergized knot. This was supposed to be the end of Recovery Summer? More like Relapse Summer.

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Top Stories More Important than Quran-Burning Nut Job, Juan Cole, JuanCole.com

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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The horrible era of anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States yielded a one-day silly season on Thursday (Sep 9), covered wall-to-wall by the US cable news channels. The weird cultist Terry Jones, fired from his church in Cologne, Germany last year for abusing his congregants, preaching hate-filled sermons, and demanding absolute obedience, was favored by an unprecedented telephone call from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asking him not to burn the Quran, the Muslim scripture, on Saturday. Jones, who can’t seem to get even 50 people to follow him in Gainesville and is a nobody with a nasty stunt, is nevertheless getting millions of dollars worth of free advertising for his lunacy courtesy Time Warner, Newscorp, etc. If there were any responsible adults left in the producers offices of the major television news shows, they would have long since pulled the plug on this non-story. Then Imam Mohammad Musri of central Florida came out and announced that he and Jones would be flying to New York to see Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on Saturday. Jones seemed to be under the impression that he was in a position, by calling off the Quran-burning, to force Abdul Rauf to move his proposed inter-faith community center. Then Abdul Rauf came out and said he’d had no contact with Musri or Jones and though he was glad the book-burning had been called off, he wasn’t going to have the issue toyed with. Jones replied that he had been lied to and was only suspending the Quran burning and reserved the right to go ahead with it.

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9 Shameless Warmongers Who Call Fox News Home

Some of the worst purveyors of misinformation about Iraq have been warmly embraced by Fox News.

Media Matters for America

During the run-up to the Iraq war, some of the worst purveyors of misinformation about Iraq had a home at Fox News, and their ranks have swelled considerably since then. Media Matters takes a look at the track record of wrong predictions and shoddy analysis about the war in Iraq by many of Fox News’ contributors and analysts.

1. Karl Rove White House Iraq Group was formed to “set [messaging] strategy” for going to war with Iraq. The Washington Post reported in 2003 (accessed via Nexis) that the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) was formed in August 2002 “to set strategy for each stage of the confrontation with Baghdad. A senior official who participated in its work called it ‘an internal working group, like many formed for priority issues, to make sure each part of the White House was fulfilling its responsibilities.’ ” Part of the WHIG’s mission, according to the Post, was to decide “what to demand of the United Nations in the president’s Sept. 12 [2002] address to the General Assembly, when to take the issue to Congress, and how to frame the conflict with Iraq in the midterm election campaign that began in earnest after Labor Day.” Rove was a regular participant in this group.

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Protest Glenn Beck - Boycott FOX Advertisers

Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.
Our boycott of Fox News advertisers is having a huge impact - over 200 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck's show.

Bob Fertik, Democrats.com

Today (Aug 28), Glenn Beck tried to hijack Martin Luther King's legacy for his own rightwing agenda - and the corporate media gave saturation coverage to help him.

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  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who insisted President Obama "has a deep-seated hatred for white people ... This man is a racist."
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  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who said social justice "leads to death camps" and "a Jew, of all people, should know that."
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  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who called progressives a "virus waiting for their chance to suck all of the blood out of the Democratic neck."
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  • Yes, the same Glenn Beck who called Hillary Clinton "the stereotypical bitch."
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Join over 60,000 progressive activists who are boycotting Fox News advertisers.

Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.

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  • On 7/18/09, Beck inspired a gunman to attack the little-known Tides Foundation, after demonizing them for 18 months. The gunman got into a massive shootout with police and wounded two of them.
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  • On 4/4/09, Richard Poplawski murdered 3 Pittsburgh policemen after posting Beck videos on a neo-Nazi website.
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  • On 4/9/09, Beck poured "gasoline" on an "average American" and asked, "President Obama, why don't you just set us on fire?"
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  • On 8/16/09, Glenn Beck dramatized giving Speaker Pelosi a glass of wine with poison.
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Washington Post Bungles History of Gaza Blockade

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It gets the facts wrong on crucial history and context relating to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Alex Kane, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

In an article (8/10/10) on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's testimony to an Israeli panel investigating the May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the Washington Post gets the facts wrong on crucial history and context relating to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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Joel Greenberg writes:

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Netanyahu said that the naval blockade, imposed by the previous Israeli government in January 2009 during a military offensive against Hamas, was meant to prevent the smuggling of arms to the Gaza Strip, which he described as "a giant weapons depot and base for attacks on Israel."

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He added that 12 ships had tried to run the blockade since it was imposed, but none had reached Gaza.

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