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What the NY Times is not telling you about the deficit.

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  • The deficit is largely a red herring - an issue being ginned up by the Republicans for the purpose of preventing Obama from making headway on economic recovery. They hope that anger and frustration over the ongoing crisis can be channeled into Republican votes in November.
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  • Reagan’s budget David Stockman director calls GOP tax cuts delusional
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Rick Nagin, People's World

In a major editorial last Sunday (August 1) entitled "What They're Not Telling You About the Deficit," the New York Times offers at best a partial solution to the problem of the deficit. The Times justifiably criticizes the Republicans, who blame stimulus spending and extension of unemployment benefits for the deficit. The Republicans fail to mention the tax cuts they enacted primarily under the Bush administration to benefit the super-rich.

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Allowing the tax cuts for wealthy families to expire at the end of the year would generate $680 billion, a major chunk of the deficit that is expected to rise to $1.4 trillion this year.

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Reagan’s budget director David Stockman calls GOP tax cuts delusional, Teresa Albano, New York Times | NY
In an eye-opening, and at times hard-hitting article in Sunday's New York Times, President Reagan's budget director has slammed today's Republican Party for pushing to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the super-rich.

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Does the NY Times Factcheck Op-Eds?

Bogus evidence showing Arab apathy towards Palestinians

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Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

On August 2, the New York Times published an op-ed arguing that Arabs do not care much about Palestinians--and that this is a good thing, especially for Palestinians. But the argument relied on a "poll" of the Arab world that does not exist.

The piece, by historian Efraim Karsh, intended to show that the "conventional wisdom" about the Israel-Palestine conflict--that Arabs "are so passionate about the Palestine problem"--is wrong. His main evidence is this: "What, then, are we to make of a recent survey for the Al Arabiya television network finding that a staggering 71 percent of the Arabic respondents have no interest in the Palestinian/Israeli peace talks?"

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Facing the Future as a Media Felon on the Gulf Coast

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  • Gulf Coast now a BP police state as law enforcement conspires with BP to intimidate journalists
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  • Media, boaters could face criminal penalties by entering oil cleanup 'safety zone'
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Georgianne Nienaber, Reader Supported News

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

God forbid you should see this.

The United States Coast Guard considers me a felon now, because I "willfully" want to obtain more photos like these to show you the utter devastation occurring in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, as a result of the BP oil catastrophe. If the Coast Guard has its way, all media, not just independent writers and photographers like myself and Jerry Moran, will be fined $40,000 and receive Class D felony convictions for providing the truth about oiled birds and dolphins, in addition to broken, filthy, unmanned boom material that is trapping oil in the marshlands and estuaries. We don't have $40,000 to spare, and have had to scrape the bottoms of our checkbooks as is to hire boats to take us to the devastation the Coast Guard, under the direction of BP, does not want you to see.

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Gulf Coast now a BP police state as law enforcement conspires with BP to intimidate journalists, Mike Adams, Natural News

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  • This is scary stuff, folks. Now we have a police state in America. No one can deny it. You can't argue the point anymore. It is documented fact, and it's happening right now in the Gulf Coast.
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  • First Amendment suspended in the Gulf of Mexico as spill cover-up goes Orwellian
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  • White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill
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Media, boaters could face criminal penalties by entering oil cleanup 'safety zone' Chris Kirkham, New Orleans Times-Picayune | LA

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What do we call them…you know, “the disabled”?

How many Psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb…or Journalist, or Reporter?

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Pat Maher, SCILife, in nAblement

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Betty Culver

After years of being assaulted with scores of inappropriate references  in print, television, film and the internet to “the disabled”, I need to register my formal complaint to “the media.” Wake up and apply some accepted, common sense principles to the treatment of people with disabilities in your work!

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How many Psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb…or Journalist, or Reporter?

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The answer is just one - but the lightbulb, journalist, or reporter  must really want to change! I wish that I had catalogued every time in recent memory that I noted the inappropriate or awkward use of language  in a television, newspaper or internet story while referring to or interacting with a person who had a disability. Sadly I’ve become anesthetized to its presence. It’s like the soft rumbling of a building’s heating or air conditioning unit, or the regular and rhythmic grumble of the L through a closed window in Chicago’s Loop. Not true! It’s more like nails on a blackboard, the maddeningly high volume of commercials during television shows, the incessant pounding of jackhammer on concrete or the constant ringing of tinnitus in your eardrum.

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PBS's Shultz Doc Has Content to Match Its Conflicts

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  • The documentary's most glaring omissions come in its discussion of Shultz's role in the Iran/Contra scandal, in which the Reagan administration tried to ransom U.S. hostages by selling arms to Iran, and surreptitiously continued efforts to overthrow the Nicaraguan government in defiance of congressional prohibitions.
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  • PBS, George Shultz and Funny Funding
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Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

After FAIR criticized PBS for airing Turmoil and Triumph, a documentary about Reagan-era Secretary of State George Shultz that was funded almost entirely by his friends and associates (Action Alert, 7/12/10; Activism Update, 7/20/10), the program’s producer/writer/director David deVries (PBS.org, 7/16/10) complained that FAIR (and Nation critic Greg Mitchell--7/12/10) hadn't "[paid] much attention to the content and quality of the production."

FAIR had not seen the program prior to its three-part airing on PBS; our initial criticism was based on the conflicts of interest in its funding, bolstered by other critics' description of its uncritical approach to its subject (New York Times, 7/12/10; Wall Street Journal, 7/9/10; San Francisco Chronicle, 7/10/10). Now that the program has aired, however, we can report that its content is as selective, deceptive and indeed inaccurate as you would expect to find in a vanity project of this sort.

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PBS, George Shultz and Funny Funding, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • Do PBS’s conflict of interest rules apply?
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  • What's PBS's excuse this time for airing a program whose subject is so closely tied to the interests of its funders?
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  • Write to PBS ombud Michael Getler
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