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PBS's Shultz Doc Has Content to Match Its Conflicts

  • 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.
  • PBS, George Shultz and Funny Funding

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)

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


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How You Will Change the World with Social Networking ~ Deanna Zandt

  • "Technology isn't a magic bullet for solving the world's problems, but it's certainly a spark to the fastest fuse to explode our notions of power that the world has seen in a thousand years. In this book, I hope to show you how to light that fuse."
  • An excerpt from Deanna Zandt's new book, 'Share This!' explains how we share information and find community will change our lives.

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, in AlterNet

Social networking is all the rage, and it's coming at us, a million miles an hour. We're surrounded by a flurry of new technology, and just when we begin to make sense of one tool, a new one arrives on the scene.

All this activity leaves us little time to contemplate any forest for all these trees, let alone think about the bigger picture of how this technology will change the future. But here's the secret: How we share information, find community, and both connect and disconnect will give us unprecedented influence over our place in the world. Social media technology holds some of the biggest potential for creating tectonic shifts in how we operate, and the overall open-ended promise of technology gives us a great shot at creating the systems for change. Technology isn't a magic bullet for solving the world's problems, but it's certainly a spark to the fastest fuse to explode our notions of power that the world has seen in a thousand years. In this book, I hope to show you how to light that fuse.

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Men’s Sex Problems are Growing — At Least on the Radio

Once upon a time, it was advertising about women’s flow that raised questions of taste on broadcast media. But lately its men’s intimate issues that have invaded radio in major metropolitan markets, leaving a lot of people saying, “I can’t believe I just heard that.”

Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Men: do you want to be bigger and thicker where it counts?

Would you like a longer, more powerful sexual experience?

And speaking of you know what, are you standing over the toilet waiting for your flow? Waking up in the middle of the night to urinate?

Once upon a time, it was advertising about women’s flow that raised questions of taste on broadcast media. But lately its men’s intimate issues that have invaded radio in major metropolitan markets, leaving a lot of people saying, “I can’t believe I just heard that.”

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Daniel Schorr, Journalist, Dies at 93

His aggressive reporting over 70 years as a respected broadcast and print journalist brought him into conflict with censors, the Nixon administration and network superiors.

Robert D. Hershey, Jr., New York Times | NY.

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Daniel Schorr, flanked by his lawyer, Joseph A. Califano Jr., and his wife, Lisbeth, before the House ethics committee in 1976. Bob Daugherty/Associated Press

Daniel Schorr, whose aggressive reporting over 70 years as a respected broadcast and print journalist brought him into conflict with censors, the Nixon administration and network superiors, died on Friday (July 23) in Washington, DC. He was 93.

His death was announced by NPR, where he had been a commentator for the last 25 years. A spokeswoman, Anna Christopher, said he died at a Washington, DC, hospital after a short illness. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Schorr, a protégé of Edward R. Murrow at CBS News, initially made his mark at CBS as a foreign correspondent, notably in the Soviet Union. He opened the network’s Moscow bureau in 1955 and persuaded the Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev to sit for his first television interview, with “Face the Nation.” At the end of 1957, Mr. Schorr went home for the holidays and was denied readmission to the Soviet Union after repeatedly defying Soviet censors.

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Staying Tuned: A Life in Journalism ~ Daniel Schorr, Described in Powell's Books

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira

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