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Bill Moyers: "Facts Still Matter ..."

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  • While "most of us like to believe that our opinions have been formed over time by careful, rational consideration of facts and ideas and that the decisions based on those opinions, therefore, have the ring of soundness and intelligence," the research found that actually "we often base our opinions on our beliefs ... and rather than facts driving beliefs, our beliefs can dictate the facts we chose to accept. They can cause us to twist facts so they fit better with our preconceived notions."
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  • How to Restore Truth in Media Reporting?
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  • Intellectual Prostitution and the Myth of Objectivity
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Bill Moyers, Truthout

Thanks to all of you for your welcome - and for the chance to be here among so many kindred spirits. Your dedication to factual broadcasting, to our craft and calling; your passion for telling stories that matter; for connecting the present to the past, has created a community whose work is essential in this disquieting time when "what is happening today, this hour, this very minute, seems to be our sole criterion for judgment and action." It is a sad world that exists only in the present, unaware of the long procession that brought us here. As Milan Kundera’s insight reminds us, the struggle against power "is the struggle of memory against forgetting."

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I talked about this gathering when I was in California this past weekend and spent time with a good friend and supporter of my own work on television, Paul Orfalea. He's the maverick entrepreneur who founded Kinko's in a former hamburger stand with one small rented Xerox copier and turned it into a business service empire with more than two billion dollars a year in revenue.

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How to Restore Truth in Media Reporting? Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips, Centre for Research on Globalization

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  • The late New York University media scholar Neil Postman once said about America, “We are the best entertained least informed society in the world." From Jessica Simpson’s weight and Brangelina’s escapades, to Britney Spears’ sister and the Obama’s First Puppy, Americans are fed a steady “news” diet of useless information laden with personal anecdotes, scandals, and gossip.
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  • The media democracy movement
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  • ...And in Other News
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  • Stop Blacking Out Progressive Protests
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Intellectual Prostitution and the Myth of Objectivity, Christopher Ketcham, TruthDig
Whence the delusional obsession with “objectivity” in the journalism schools and the pages of the Gray Lady et al.?
The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.

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'Serious’ Republicans vs.‘Starry-Eyed’ Progressives

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Beltway media scorn People’s Budget, hail Ryan hoax

Peter Hart and Julie Hollar, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

This article is made possible with the generous contributions of readers like you. Thank you!

The budget proposal released on April 5 by Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) includes tax cuts for the wealthy, tax hikes for the middle class, drastic cuts in social spending and a radical restructuring of Medicare that would shift most of the cost of healthcare to seniors. Its dubious claims of deficit reduction rely on fatally flawed assumptions and inexplicable projections (CBPP, 4/7/11; CEPR, 4/11).

Meanwhile, the 76-member Congres-sional Progressive Caucus unveiled its own “People’s Budget” proposal on April 13, which would eliminate the deficit in 10 years without eroding social services or raising taxes on the working class. Serious economists like Paul Krugman (New York Times, 4/25/11) and Jeffrey Sachs (Huffington Post, 4/8/11) have spoken out in favor of the People’s Budget as, in Krugman’s words, a “genuinely courageous” plan and “the only major budget proposal out there offering a plausible path to balancing the budget.”

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Selling the Anti-Immigration Story

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Media blitz gains attention--but little scrutiny--for nativist Federation

Beau Hodai, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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The Federation for American Immigration Reform (not to be confused with the media watch group FAIR), recently held its fourth “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event in Washington, D.C. The April 5–7 gathering saw the cozy confluence of freshman lawmakers, veteran creatures of the Hill such as journalist/speechwriter Patrick Buchanan and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R.-Maine), and nearly 50 radio personalities broadcasting from “Radio Row.”

In past years Lou Dobbs, known for his anti-immigrant vitriol (FAIR Media Advisory, 11/12/09), had broadcast both his nationally syndicated radio show and his former CNN show from the event. Radio broadcasters present this year were marshaled by Rodger Hedgecock of the right-wing Radio America network.

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The Influencing Machine

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  • How the media works
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  • A frisky comic-book primer from the co-host of "On the Media" tackles objectivity, bias and the lizard brain
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  • Intellectual Prostitution and the Myth of Objectivity
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Laura Miller, Salon

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This article is made possible with the generous contributions of readers like you. Thank you!

Every week, the Peabody Award-winning public radio program "On the Media" takes an essential but maddeningly immaterial subject -- how journalism, entertainment, advertising and other communications work -- and makes it graspable, urgent and wryly amusing. Much of the credit for this remarkable transubstantiation goes to longtime producer and co-host Brooke Gladstone, who consistently strikes the right balance between knowingness and idealism. She's all too aware of how the media really functions, but she never loses sight what the public wishes and imagines it to be.

Because there's such a gap between our dream (or nightmare) of the media and the reality, this gig requires a highly developed sense of irony. Say you're doing a story (as Gladstone did last fall) about the fact that the press will come down harder on a politician who lies about himself than on a candidate who lies about his opponent, and that it's much easier to get away with misrepresenting policy than with fibbing about personal matters. As a result, slandering your opponent's position on healthcare reform causes less of a fuss than claiming you dodged sniper fire on a diplomatic mission to Bosnia when you didn't.

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Intellectual Prostitution and the Myth of Objectivity, Christopher Ketcham, TruthDig

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  • Whence the delusional obsession with “objectivity” in the journalism schools and the pages of the Gray Lady et al.?
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  • The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.
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