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Amy Goodman on How the Media Is Ruining the 2016 Election by Focusing on ‘Trump-Land’

  • “We need a media that covers power, not covers for power,” Goodman  says, noting the imbalance in election coverage among the candidates in this year’s presidential race.
  • Related: The media’s indefensible Trump cowardice: How CNN & NPR shirked their obligation to the truth

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http://www.truthdig.com/images/eartothegrounduploads/GoodmanTrumpland_360.jpgApr 27, 2016 | If you’ve been near a television, computer or newspaper over the past six months, you know it’s impossible to escape media coverage of Donald Trump. Beyond mere annoyance, this avalanche of attention has created a serious problem in media accountability.

Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now!”, argues that the 24/7 Trump coverage is ruining the election. “We need a media that covers power, not covers for power,” she says, noting the imbalance in election coverage among the candidates in this year’s presidential race.

Watch this video to hear Goodman’s full argument.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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The media’s indefensible Trump cowardice: How CNN & NPR shirked their obligation to the truth, Jack Mirkinson, Salon 

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  • CNN's chief scoffs at the idea of calling Trump out, while NPR scolds one of its journalists for telling the truth.
  • Related: We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.
  • Related: World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake

Cable News Not Covering Government Corruption Protests in Washington, D.C. (Video)

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Cenk Uygur, host of “The Young Turks” and one of the people arrested Monday, has a theory on why traditional media did not cover the protest.

 

Eric Ortiz, TruthDig

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Democracy%20Spring%20Cable%20News%20Blackout.jpgApr 13, 2016 | The Democracy Spring movement is growing. But you wouldn’t know it by watching mainstream media.

After more than 400 people were arrested in front of Congress on Monday for protesting U.S. campaign finance laws, cable television news channels like MSNBC and Fox News dedicated fewer than 30 seconds of coverage to the dissent, The Intercept reports. CNN did not provide any daytime broadcast coverage.

On social media, where the action got over 136,000 tweets, it’s a different story.

Eric Ortiz, Managing Editor, TruthDig

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The media’s indefensible Trump cowardice: How CNN & NPR shirked their obligation to the truth

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  • CNN's chief scoffs at the idea of calling Trump out, while NPR scolds one of its journalists for telling the truth.
  • Related: We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.
  • Related: World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake

Jack Mirkinson, Salon

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http://media.salon.com/2010/04/white_house_reporters_afraid_to_criticize_the_white_house-460x307.jpg Friday, Mar 18, 2016 | More than anything, our elite media is devoted to the idea that the political system as it is presently constructed is a legitimate, respectable one. Politics means Democrats and Republicans facing off against each other. No matter how noxious one or the other party becomes, no matter how morally suspect, the two-party-debate framework has to be adhered to and it is not the role of the media to take sides in the matter. This is how, to name just one example, the New York Times spent over a decade tiptoeing around the fact that the United States had tortured people. The paper surely knew that what was happening in American black sites and prisons was torture, but politicians kept insisting that it wasn’t, so the Times had to back off. The system had to be respected.

Obviously, it would have been nice if some of our big media outlets had abandoned this framework a long time ago. Nevertheless, the rise of Donald Trump represents the most blindingly obvious threat to this state of existence in a while. Not only is Trump a bully, a racist and a congenital liar, he’s also a quasi-fascist tyrant-in-waiting leading an increasingly brutal movement of followers. By any stretch of the imagination, he should be seen as beyond the pale, a uniquely dangerous man worthy of revulsion — and he is very likely going to be the Republican presidential nominee.

Jack Mirkinson is a writer living in New York. 

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We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable, Neal Gabler, Salon

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  • Trump isn't the destruction of the GOP. He is its fulfillment. We'd all know this if the press would do its job. 
  • Trump could only make a mockery of our politics because the media already had.
  • The media is NOT doing its job! 

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World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake, Arjun Walia, Prepare for Change / Global Research 

  • Recently, Udo Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.
  • We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.

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World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake.

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  • Recently, Udo Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.
  • We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.

Arjun Walia, Prepare for Change / Global Research

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Fake%20Media.jpg March 27, 2016 | He recently made an appearance on RT news to share these facts.

I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I was educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public.

But seeing right now within the last months how the German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia — this is a point of no return and I’m going to stand up and say it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do and have done in the past because they are bribed to betray the people, not only in Germany, all over Europe.

Udo Ulfkotte is a German journalist. He was formerly an editor for the German main daily newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Ulfkotte studied jurisprudence and politics at Freiburg and London. 

Arjun Walia writes ebooks based on broadcasting live from home computer.

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We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable, Neal Gabler, Salon

  • Trump isn't the destruction of the GOP. He is its fulfillment. We'd all know this if the press would do its job. 
  • Trump could only make a mockery of our politics because the media already had.
  • The media is NOT doing its job! 

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NYPD's Arrests of Citizen Journalists Should Spark Outrage

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  • If freedom of the press means anything, it should protect the growing number of people who use media to hold powerful institutions accountable. If it doesn’t protect copwatching, then it’s totally useless.
  • ESPN’s Van Gundy lashes out at sports media ‘quid pro quo’

Josmar Trujillo, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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http://fair.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FloresArrest.jpg Copwatching activist Daniel Flores is arrested (on traffic island) at a protest in The Bronx. (image: AshAgony)

March 23, 2016 | Last week, New York City police officers arrested four well-known activists for filming them. Copwatchers—people who regularly film and document police activity—have often been targeted by cops who don’t want to be recorded, despite reminders that recording police interactions is legal in the city. While legal protections for filming police are still unclear in some parts of the country, the invaluable role that copwatchers play as journalists—acting as the eyes, ears and media of the streets—deserves to be recognized.

Much was made in the media about the 2014 arrests of the Huffington Post‘s Ryan Reilly and the Washington Post‘s Wesley Lowery by local police in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police killing of Michael Brown. HuffPo released a statement condemning Reilly’s arrest. The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) also objected. Reilly, a reporter at media powerhouse Huffington Post (where I occasionally blog), and Lowery, who has produced some top-notch copaganda since then (FAIR Blog, 2/12/16), were roughed up and arrested, apparently for nothing.

Josmar Trujillo is a former columnist for Extra! who writes at the Huffington Post, Newsday and amNY. He is also an organizer with the Coalition to End Broken Windows and New Yorkers Against Bratton.

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ESPN’s Van Gundy lashes out at sports media ‘quid pro quo’, Danny Funt, CJR

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  • “I don’t believe readers understand how beholden most of these writers are to their sources,” Van Gundy tells CJR in an interview. “They’re actually the mouthpieces for these people. It’s a quid pro quo.” That bartering of favorable coverage for scoops corrupts sports reporting well beyond this instance, Van Gundy claims, now more than ever. 
  • The media is NOT doing its job!

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