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Internet providers are new secret police, says report – CSO Online – Security and Risk

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  • This process is gradually strangling the openness that is at the core of the Internet. This openness has enhanced democracy, has shaken dictatorships and has boosted economies worldwide. The openness that is at the core of the Internet is what we will lose through privatized policing of the Internet by private companies," said Joe McNamee, Advocacy Coordinator at European Digital Rights.
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  • House Republicans seek to block FCC Internet rules.
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Jennifer Baker, IDG News Service

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More and more European Union member states are delegating online policing to private companies and Internet service providers, according to a report released Wednesday (March 9).

Where law enforcement agencies would traditionally have tackled the problem of illegal online content, more powers are being given to ISPs in the name of industry self-regulation, according to a study by the organization European Digital Rights (EDRI). That trend is likely to become stronger with increasing “extra-judicial sanctions” against consumers, EDRI said.

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House Republicans seek to block FCC Internet rules, Associated Press/Google

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  • The rules prohibit phone and cable companies from favoring or discriminating against Internet content and services, including online calling services like Skype and Web video services like Netflix that could compete with their core operations. The FCC's three Democrats voted to adopt the regulations late last year over the opposition of the agency's two Republicans.
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  • Why the FCC can’t protect net neutrality
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  • David Morris: How America lost control of its airwaves
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Noam Chomsky Listens to Talk Radio

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  • Noam Chomsky Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’
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  • We have little time left to save our anemic democracy.
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Rory O’Connor, Media Channel

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Noam Chomsky tells ex-New York Times reporter Chris Hedges he has “never seen anything like this.’”

“This,” says the man Hedges believes is “America’s greatest intellectual,” is the frightening mood of the country — “the level of anger, frustration and hatred of institutions,” and the “self-destructive fantasies” that have Chomsky warning “that we have little time left to save our anemic democracy.”

“It is very similar to late Weimar Germany,” Chomsky told Hedges. “The parallels are striking."

“I don’t think all this is very far away,” he added. “If the polls are accurate it is not the Republicans but the right-wing Republicans, the crazed Republicans, who will sweep the next election.”

Apparently the noted linguist has been hearing some shocking things from America’s shock jocks — and their audience.

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Noam Chomsky Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’, Chris Hedges, Information Clearing House
Chomsky reserves his fiercest venom for the liberal elite in the press, the universities, and the political system who serve as a smoke screen for the cruelty of unchecked capitalism and imperial war.

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Mideast Expert: Fox News Panders To Muslim-Bashers

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  • What (Fox News) excels at are simplistic generalizations and assertions, often choosing selective texts, individuals or events as if they were representative of the entire community.
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  • Fox Gave Far More Airtime To Supporters Of King's Anti-Muslim Hearings
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Sarah Pavlus, Media Matters for America

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A prominent Mideast expert -- whose work combating Islamophobia is supported by News Corporation's second-largest shareholder -- has condemned the inflammatory, anti-Muslim rhetoric frequently featured on News Corp. subsidiary Fox News.

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John L. Esposito heads the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, where his involvement dates back to its founding in 1993.

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Established to "build stronger bridges of understanding between the Muslim world and the West as well as between Islam and Christianity," the center was renamed for the Saudi prince -- a major News Corp. shareholder -- in 2005, after he gave a $20 million gift to support and expand its work.

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Report: Fox Gave Far More Airtime To Supporters Of King's Anti-Muslim Hearings, Media Matters for America

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  • Fox's Hyping Of King's Hearings Follows A Long History Of Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
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  • As Fox aggressively promotes Rep. Peter King's controversial hearings on Muslim radicalization, Media Matters looks at the long history of anti-Muslim rhetoric on Fox and from Fox personalities.
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The peril of lower standards in the 'new journalism'

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  • How a story that suggested Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes was about to be indicted resonated around the world is a signpost on the road to America's secession from reality.
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  • America Can't Deal With Reality
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Leonard Pitts Jr., Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA

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Said words came from one Barry Ritholtz, a financial analyst, author and TV commentator who, according to his website, has contributed commentary on matters monetary to the whole alphabet soup of TV news: CNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, PBS, Fox, MSNBC and C/SPAN.

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Ritholtz also has a blog and it was there that he recently broke what seemed a major news story: "Roger Ailes to Be Indicted." Ailes, as you may know, is the controversial chairman of Fox News.

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Bill Moyers: America Can't Deal With Reality, AlterNet

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  • Many people inhabit a closed belief system on whose door they have hung the "Do Not Disturb" sign.
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  • We Must Be Exposed to the Truth, Even If It Hurts
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"Fox News Lies" in Wisconsin

The report begins: "Fox News has pushed a litany of falsehoods while reporting on pro-labor protests in Wisconsin, thereby proving right the many Wisconsin protesters who have broken out into chants of 'Fox News lies.'"

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Pro-Labor Protesters Chant "Fox News Lies"

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Protesters Chant "Fox Lies." On February 18, protesters chanted "Fox lies" during Fox News correspondent Jeff Flock's live report on the labor protests from the Wisconsin Capitol building. [Fox News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, 2/18/11]

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Protesters Chant "Tell The Truth." During Live Fox Segment. On February 21, protesters chanted "tell the truth" throughout Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin's live report on the protests. [Fox News, The Fox Report, 2/21/11]

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Protesters: "Fox News Lies." On February 27, protesters again chanted "Fox News lies" during a Fox News report from the Madison, WI, protests. [Fox News, America's News HQ, 2/27/11]

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Fox Falsely Claims WI Gov. Walker Is "Actually Doing What He Campaigned On"Gingrich: Walker Is "Actually Doing What He Campaigned On." During the February 24 edition of On the Record, Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich said:

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