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Popular Resistance FCC Comments: The Internet Is A Common Carrier

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  • Popular Resistance urges the FCC to reclassify the Internet Under Title II as a Common Carrier so real net neutrality rules can be put in place and we can be assured that the Internet will remain an Open Internet with equal access for all and no discrimination. Only in this way can the full potential of the Internet be realized.
  • Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgTake Action Now as the time for public comments is running out. We ask you to sign onto the Popular Resistance formal comments to the FCC published below.  We will file it on July 15.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgJuly 10th, 2014 | This is not the time for expedience or for working within the confines of what is perceived as politically possible. This rulemaking is about the future of the most important communication tool in history. The Internet already has tremendous economic, social, cultural and political impact and will have an even greater impact in all of those areas in the future.

It is time to decide what is right for the Internet, what is necessary to make the Internet the most effective tool possible for humanity. When the FCC defines what is necessary for the future of communication, then what is politically possible will change. As the FCC can see from the hundreds of thousands of comments it has received, people will rally and mobilize to protect the Internet. If the FCC takes effective action to serve the public’s interest, it will have more political power than it currently perceives.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgTake Action Now as the time for public comments is running out. We ask you to sign onto the Popular Resistance formal comments to the FCC published below.  We will file it on July 15.

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Special Report | The Media and War: Week of June 29, 2014

  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • 8 New items including:
    • The Media and War, June 27, 2014
    • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight
    • Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy
    • What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine
    • Syria | Shameful Performance of Western Media
    • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
    • Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media
    • "Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Media and War, June 27, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis
  • Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

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Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight, Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

  • This is the American corporate media at its perpetual game, manipulating public opinion as always, against the public interest-- favoring transnational corporations and transnational investors who don't give a damn about this country, or anything beyond their profits.
  • Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

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Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy, Patrick L. Smith, Salon

  • What the New York Times and John Kerry pretend to forget is the real history of America's noxious role in the world.
  • Ukraine: Exploding The Myths, Outlining Solutions

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What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine, Ted Rall, Common Dreams

  • Why you should not take U.S. papers and television at face value on Ukraine....
  • Ukraine in Context: What You Don't Know About a New Cold War
  • Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy

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Pat Bagley

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Syria | Shameful Performance of Western Media, As’ad AbuKhalil, Al Akhbar English 

  • There is no accountability and it is unlikely that someone is going to write a book on the shortcomings and failures of Western media. Western media also marketed the Libya story and they were never made accountable for the lies they peddled there.
  • These media have failed their readers on many levels. Their shortcomings can be summarized as follows.
  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media
  • "Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit

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How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance, Richard Schiffman, OpEdNews

  • Norwegian sociologist, Johan Galtung, the winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1987, believes that the media's institutional bias toward reporting "official sources" in the government and military means that we generally only hear from those with a vested interest in the use of force, rarely from the people on the ground who will pay for their decisions in blood. The arguments for military action are framed in abstract geopolitical terms and vague appeals to "the national interest" rather than focusing on the terrible human costs of organized state violence.
  • Iran: This Is What Propaganda Looks Like
  • PBS's Dishonest Iran Edit
  • How the Media Is Taking Us Toward War With Iran

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Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media, Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

  • "The new American way of war" is but a new strategy in service to a very old goal, which is the maintenance of the global U.S. military hegemony that began after World War II and took on new life with the demise of its only perceived rival, the Soviet Union, 20 years ago.
  • Special Project | The Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, & Iran: Week of July 29

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"Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit, James Tracy, Global Research

  • Given the backdrop of progressive-left journalists’ lengthy and ardent opposition to the Bush-Cheney policies of Nazi-like atrocities and plunder, venues such as Democracy Now are poised to serve as platforms for disseminating the necessary disinformation to make the Obama administration’s color revolutions and "humanitarian" policy of military interventions seem palatable to the very audiences whose sensibilities are most opposed to violence and imperialism.
  • When War Is in the Air on PBS
  • NATO's Presence Does Not Benefit Afghan Women

 

The Media and War, June 27, 2014

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  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis
  • Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis

Investigative journalist Charles Lewis joins Bill Moyers this week to talk about why facts, logic and reason are often missing in the rush to war.

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

Moyers%20%7C%20The%20Truth%20vs.%20DC%27s%20Propaganda%20Machine%20with%20Charles%20Lewis.jpgJune 27, 2014 | As the exploding crisis in Iraq spotlights once again the tragic record of American policy in the Middle East, Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis, whose new book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity details the many government falsehoods that have led us into the current nightmare.

Lewis details the deceptions and illusions that have caused “most Americans and their elected representatives to completely ignore facts, logic and reason in the rush to war.” A complicit partner, he says, is a media intent on preserving the status quo and never offending the ruling elite.

Charles Lewis is investigative journalist whose new book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity details the many government falsehoods that have led us into the current nightmare.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV

Historian Andrew Bacevich, in a recent interview with Bill Moyers, the veteran journalist who chronicled the media's Iraq boosterism in the documentary “Buying the War,” accused those who book guests for broadcast of viewing (the Iraq conflict) through a lens of partisan politics. "So if Iraq is falling apart, their reflexive inclination is to say, 'Let’s go get someone who is a critic of Obama.' And who better to do that then a neoconservative or a senior member of the Bush administration?"

Sam Stein & Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

Bacevich%20%7C%20Media%20Loves%20Iraq%20Hawks.jpg06/27/2014 | Kent Conrad’s phone hasn’t been ringing very much over the past few weeks, as Iraq, and the debate over America's future in the country, has once again dominated the news.

The architects of the Iraq war are back in TV studios and on op-ed pages, as are journalists and pundits who promoted the Bush administration’s ultimately bogus case for invading. But Conrad, a former senator who was one of only 23 to vote against authorizing the war in October 2002, hasn’t heard from CNN, MSNBC or any other TV outlet. "Not once," he said, when asked if anyone in the press had reached out regarding the current crisis in Iraq.

Sam Stein: Political Editor and White House Correspondent of Huffington Post

Michael Calderone: Huffington Post senior media reporter

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Related:

Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight, Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

  • This is the American corporate media at its perpetual game, manipulating public opinion as always, against the public interest-- favoring transnational corporations and transnational investors who don't give a damn about this country, or anything beyond their profits.
  • Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

 

Brick by brick

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  • Jeff Bezos' radical vision for the Washington Post
  • After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination.

Michael Meyer, Columbia Journalism Review

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meyer-opener-goldbricks.jpg Andrew B. Myers 

June 26, 2014 | In April, six months after her family sold the newspaper it had controlled for eight decades to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth walked onstage in the paper’s auditorium to reverse what had been the signature strategy of her six years at the helm. Since she was named publisher in February 2008, a year the newspaper division of The Washington Post Company declared a loss of $193 million, Weymouth had sought to codify the Post’s identity as a paper “For and about Washington.” While touted as a strategy to leverage the Post’s brand of national politics reporting in the digital era, “For and about Washington” was, in the grand tradition of Beltway wordsmithing, a phrase meant to put a positive spin on a period of retrenchment. 

As a practical matter, “For and about Washington” meant the Post no longer covered stories beyond its circulation area unless they had a direct link to political Washington or a federal government interest. Exceptions were made for impossible-to-ignore events, like school shootings and other catastrophes, but all domestic bureaus were closed and correspondents were called home. Digital growth was certainly a goal, but the deeper logic of the strategy was that the relative value of a print subscriber trumped that of a digital subscriber. Print continued to provide the vast majority of the paper’s revenue, and newsroom employees were told repeatedly by Weymouth and her deputy, Post president and general manager Steve Hills, that preserving this revenue stream was the organization’s central priority and hope for continued solvency. Digital growth was encouraged to the extent that it fit with the goal of continuing to be the dominant news outlet in the DC region. In fact, the Post achieved impressive digital growth and a major increase in its national audience under this strategy. But it was all achieved under the banner of narrowing ambitions, and no amount of Pulitzer Prizes or popular new blogs or experimental infusions of digital stem cells could make up for this paradox. 

Michael Meyer is a Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) staff writer.

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Related:

Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight, Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

  • This is the American corporate media at its perpetual game, manipulating public opinion as always, against the public interest-- favoring transnational corporations and transnational investors who don't give a damn about this country, or anything beyond their profits.
  • Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

 

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