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Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

Neil deMause, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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SuperBowlEstimate.pngJan 28, 2015 | With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, expect plenty of media reports on the projected economic windfall for host city Glendale, Arizona. Last year, when the NFL announced that its big game would provide a $600 million boost to the New York/New Jersey economy, that figure promptly became a fixture in news coverage of the event (CNN, 1/24/14; Newsday, 1/22/14; FoxNews.com, 5/21/14).

In one typical article, the New York Daily News (1/20/14) reported that city business owners were scurrying to grab a piece of the Super Bowl pie, quoting a local limo-service owner: “Nothing comes close to this. Everyone in New York City that has to do with transportation, bars, hotels — all will be making money.”

Neil deMause is a contributing writer for FAIR, and runs the stadium news website Field of Schemes.

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How Propaganda Conquers Democracy

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  • In recent decades, the U.S. propaganda system has grown more and more sophisticated in the art of “perception management,” now enlisting not only government PR specialists but careerist journalists and aspiring bloggers to push deceptions on the public.
  • Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage

Nicolas J S Davies, Consortiumnews.com

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Politics-%20Truth%20vs.%20Propaganda.jpgJanuary 19, 2015 | Do we live in a country where citizens are critically informed on the issues of the day by media that operate independently of the government? Or do our political leaders deliberately plant a false view of events and issues in the mind of the public that complicit media then broadcast and amplify to generate public consent for government policy?

This is a basic test of democracy for the citizens of any country. But the very nature of modern propaganda systems is that they masquerade as independent while functioning as the opposite, so the question is not as straightforward as it seems.

Nicolas J S Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. Davies also wrote the chapter on “Obama At War” for the book, Grading the 44th President: A Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader.

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Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage, Corey Hutchins, Columbia Journalism Review 

  • In the wake of an investigation, as one veteran journalist at the paper put it, “we’re walking around with duct tape over our keyboards.”
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Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage.

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  • In the wake of an investigation, as one veteran journalist at the paper put it, “we’re walking around with duct tape over our keyboards.”
  • A Terrorist Massacre The News Barely Covered

 

Corey Hutchins, Columbia Journalism Review

 

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riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/images.jpg?w=225January 14, 2015 | Things are not as they should be these days at The Virginian-Pilot, the largest newspaper in Virginia. In the fall, the paper produced an important investigation of municipal government, one that has sparked an official inquiry, led to policy changes at a local bank, and prompted the mayor of Virginia Beach to resign his lucrative private-sector job. By any expectation, the paper would have kept dogging the story, probing whether there was more to discover about the overlap between government and business elites in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Instead, the newsroom has been consumed with warding off pressure from an unexpected source: upper management at its own paper. In the view of several Pilot journalists, that pressure has stifled further enterprise reporting. It has also led to concerns that the paper might even publicly backtrack from its published coverage.

 

Corey Hutchins is CJR's Rocky Mountain correspondent based in Colorado. He has contributed to Slate, the Nation, the Texas Observer, and others. 

 

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A Terrorist Massacre The News Barely Covered, Libby Watson, Media Matters for America

  • The Hebdo shooting certainly deserves our attention. But given the scale of the Baga tragedy, with as many as 2,000 dead and survivors still trapped on an island on Lake Chad, don't these victims' stories deserve to be heard too?
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A Terrorist Massacre The News Barely Covered

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  • The Hebdo shooting certainly deserves our attention. But given the scale of the Baga tragedy, with as many as 2,000 dead and survivors still trapped on an island on Lake Chad, don't these victims' stories deserve to be heard too?
  • Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism

Libby Watson, Media Matters for America

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Early_Start_With_John_Berman_and_Christine_Romans_-_04_25_00_AM.jpgA brutal attack on a Nigerian town by the militant group Boko Haram that may have killed as many as 2,000 people has been given relatively little attention by the U.S. media. 

January 15, 2015 | On January 3, Boko Haram militants attacked the town of Baga, Nigeria, near the Cameroon and Chad borders, after attacking a nearby military base. Conflicting reports on the death toll have emerged -- local officials initially estimated that as many as 2,000 were killed, though recent accounts suggest the death toll is in the hundreds. As of January 12, nine days after the attacks began, "bodies still littered the bushes in the area." More than 10,000 people were killed in 2014 alone in a conflict that has raged for more than five years and displaced 1.5 million people. 

But the terrible scale of this tragedy hasn't translated into extensive news coverage, which Maeve Shearlaw noted in a January 12 Guardian article.

Libby Watson is a researcher at Media Matters and holds an MA in Political Communication from American University. She is originally from Banbury, England.

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Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism, John Pilger, Consortiumnews.com

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