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The Donald and the Fake News Media: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About

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Part 1: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About ~ Robert Reich
Imagine if … the mainstream corporate media … talked about important things
Part 2: The Donald and the Fake News Media
There’s one place where it’s (fake news) barely talked about at all
,and  that couldn’t be stranger.
Related: Time is Running Out. Tell Congress: Restore Net Neutrality Now!

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About ~ Robert Reich

  • “The biggest freedom-of-the-press issue is that Trump is working with Comcast and AT&T and Verizon to end net neutrality. … Ownership of the media and the ownership of the internet, the fact that these big internet providers are [a] few giant companies that also produce content—it’s very, very dangerous.”
  • Imagine if they [the mainstream corporate media] talked about important things, like all the corporate corruption of Donald Trump. How that would have resonated with voters. He’s violating the Constitution.

sueannm, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/AP_17348715653928-850x567.jpg / Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

November 16, 2018 | If you clicked this story, or have any desire to listen to the interview embedded within, odds are you’re a consumer of independent media. Yet even as you’re reading these words, your ability to do so in a timely manner is in grave jeopardy.

Since the repeal in June of Obama-era rules guaranteeing net neutrality, websites like Truthdig, Democracy Now!, Common Dreams and more risk being pushed into an internet slow lane that could severely hamper their readership, if not drive them out of business entirely. For Jeff Cohen, editorand co-founder of the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting(FAIR), it may be the most urgent threat to the First Amendment no one is talking about.

Robert Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He's the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Sue Ann Martinson: editor at Rise Up Times

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Part 2: The Donald and the Fake News Media ~ Tom Engelhardt

Oh wait! Oddly enough, in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s one place where it’s barely talked about at all, where silence largely reigns, and to my mind that couldn’t be stranger.

sueannmCommon Dreams / Rise Up Times

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/net-neutrality-now-180.pngNovember 15, 2018 | Face it: it’s been an abusive time, to use a word he likes to wield. In his telling, of course, it’s he or his people who are always the abused ones and they — the “fake news media” — are the abusers. But let’s be honest. You’ve been abused, too, and so have I. All of us have and by that same fake news media.

It isn’t complicated, really. Thanks to them, to those cable news talking heads who never stop yammering about him, to the reporters who clamor over his every word or twitch, he’s always there, 24/7. I know that it’s still called covering the news, but it’s a phrase that no longer faintly fits the situation. Yes, a near majority of Americans voted for him as president, but no one voted to make him a living (and living-room) icon, a never-ending presence not just in our world, but in all our private worlds, too.

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/tom_engelhardt.jpg?itok=jkM6xaRITom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His sixth and latest book, just published, is A Nation Unmade by War (Dispatch Books).

Sue Ann Martinson: editor at Rise Up Times

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Related:

Time is Running Out. Tell Congress: Restore Net Neutrality Now! Craig Brown, Common Dreams

http://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgThe window on our best chance to restore net neutrality is closing very soon.

 

 

 

 


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