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‘Spotlight’ Celebrates Heroes of Investigative Reporting — and Democracy

  • ”In a recent interview at Salon, Tom McCarthy said that (investigative journalism) is, “so essential to a free and healthy press in our country. The fact that it is eroding should really be a great alarm to people, as much as the ice caps are eroding. We should be really a bit worried about the state of journalism, and not just for the journalists but for us, because that’s who it will impact most.”
  • Let’s listen to Bill Maher: On Paris, religion and race, Maher walks a fascinating and tricky line. 

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest. Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in Spotlight. (Photo: Kerry Hayes)

November 25, 2015 | Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporters: the snappy dialogue, the nose for a scoop, the determination to get at the truth and expose the bad guys.

I never miss Citizen Kane, All the President’s Men or His Girl Friday (the great, screwball remake of that classic play, The Front Page). And when I entered the world of journalism for real, briefly working as a freelance feature writer for a now-deceased, great metropolitan newspaper and then for years in television news and public affairs, I discovered that there really were people in the business as funny, dedicated and talented as the characters on film (some stinkers, too, but that’s for my future, sure-to-go-straight-to-remaindered memoir).

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and, and a former senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos.

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Let’s listen to Bill Maher: On Paris, religion and race, Maher walks a fascinating and tricky line, Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

He's not always right, but Maher's posing provocative questions, and answering them with intelligence, consistency.


Petition | Tell NYT to Tell the Truth About Israeli Oppression of Palestinians


  • The Times' headlines consistently frame Israel as the victim, completely misrepresenting an uprising which is a response to decades of displacement, occupation and repression.
  • Unless we put pressure on the New York Times to report what is actually happening, the story of Palestinians struggling for freedom will be obscured in the paper of record. Can you sign our petition to the Public Editor of the NYT now?
  • American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel

Ari Wohlfeller, Jewish Voice for Peace

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Mary Eve Thomas for this contribution. 

November 13, 2015 | No media organization is more influential in shaping the way American policymakers and news outlets think about Israel and Palestine than the New York Times.

But with some notable exceptions, the Times has done a shamefully poor job of including the historical and political context readers need to understand the roots of the current uprising. here:


Ari Wohlfeller is the Development Director at Jewish Voice for Peace

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American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Almost every single elected official in Washington has come out in full support of Israel over the past three weeks as the Israeli military pressed a bloody offensive across Gaza that has killed well over 1,500 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
  • Part 1: 10 Most Shameless Ways American Politicians Are Pandering to Israel
  • Part 2: Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy


Nygaard Notes #584: Ten Concrete Tips for Media Propaganda Self-Defense

  • Read books; take a class; talk to informed people; read specialist and activist stuff; do a case study.  All of these things will provide nutrients that you can’t get from a diet composed of nothing but the daily news.  
  • That’s why I suggest that what we call “the media”—whether it be corporate or progressive/alternative—should be only a part of a well-balanced information diet.

Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it. September 16, 2015 | It was almost 18 months ago that I was writing about Ukraine and the crisis unfolding there at the time.  In that context, I offered the following advice: “If you don’t know anything about Ukraine (and I’ll bet you don’t), then DO NOT read or watch any mainstream media about that nation until you get some background.  That’s actually the first tip in my list of Concrete Tips for Media Propaganda Self-Defense, which I’ll be publishing one of these days.”

What I actually started doing “one of these days” (which is now, I guess, one of those days), is that I produced a handout that I have given to many people in many settings.  I called the handout “Media Propaganda Self-Defense: Some Concrete Tips,” and people have told me that they have found it useful in fighting off the eternal tsunami of propaganda that faces us every day in the media.  After all this time I have not gotten around to publishing the list in these pages.  It’s time to follow through on my promise!  So, over the next few issues of Nygaard Notes I will present all 10 of the Concrete Tips, adding some detail and nuance that I didn’t have room for in the handout.

By way of introduction, here is the list—without any detail or nuance:

Jeff Nygaard has been an activist, writer, editor, and teacher based in Minneapolis for the past 30 years. He writes and publishes an independent, almost-weekly newsletter, Nygaard Notes

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Rupert Murdoch Took Over at National Geographic Today, Immediately Laid Off Award Winning Staff

  • It's as bad as many of us feared.  In spite of the "happy talk" of "oh, his son will be running it and he's different," "Rupert wouldn't destroy an asset like Nat Geo," etc., today the axe fell.
  • National Geographic Society sets biggest layoff in its history

Eyesbright, Daily Kos Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. Tue Nov 03, 2015 | The memo went out, and November 3rd 2015 came to the National Geographic office. This was the day in which Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox took over National Geographic. The management of National Geographic sent out an email telling its staff, all of its staff, all to report to their headquarters, and wait by their phones. This pulled back every person who was in the field, every photographer, every reporter, even those on vacation had to show up on this fateful day.

As these phones rang, one by one National Geographic let go the award-winning staff, and the venerable institution was no more.

The name now belongs to Rupert Murdoch, and he has plans for it. The CEO of National Geographic Society, Greg Knell, tried to claim back in September that “there won’t be an [editorial] turn in a direction that is different from the National Geographic heritage.” Murdoch’s move today only served to prove Knell’s words hollow, with hundreds of talented people now served their pink slips. And with the recognition that Murdoch’s other enterprises do not reflect the standards held by National Geographic, and with Murdoch’s history of changing the editorial direction of purchased properties, today’s move indicates that we can expect a similar shift for National Geographic.

Eyesbright: Member, Daily Kos; long time Pro-Choice activist and former clinic defender. Never quite giving up hope that American voters will come to their senses. 

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