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'Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole': Why we need to look beyond Trump

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“While we endlessly watch for the latest blunder or scandal, America is being pulled dangerously off course." --Foreign Policy Editor David Rothkop

Eric Black, MinnPost

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/journalism.jpg?w=24003/29/17 | I confess I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the doings and sayings and tweetings and lies of the current incumbent. When I worry about that, it is for two reasons: Reason A is that if one is just calling out President Trump’s lies (let alone his self-serving and self-obsessed hijinks in other non-mendacity areas) one is overlooking a great many important things going on in the nation and the world, many of which are relatively unrelated to Trump's antics.

Reason B derives from having spent so many of my scribbling days (and years and decades) as a hard news reporter. I still sometimes hear the voice of the old norms of the “objectivity” paradigm within which that game was circumscribed. If I write about 10 Trump lies, do I have to find something he said that was true and make a big deal about it, to fend off the inevitable criticisms of bias? Or bring up some much-less-outrageous half-truth that the no-longer-terribly-relevant Hillary Clinton once uttered?

Eric Black writes Eric Black Ink for MinnPost, analyzing politics and government of Minnesota and the United States, the historical background of topics and other issues. 

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Live at Truthdig: What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

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An open internet is being threatened by the Trump administration: According to an article by the media-advocacy organization Free Press, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, “vigorously opposed rules [the FCC] adopted to protect the rights of internet users” when Pai worked at the FCC under Obama.

Emma Niles, Truthdig

 

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But one at-risk issue hasn’t been making headlines in the same way: net neutrality—the principle that internet service providers and governments regulating the internet should treat all data on the internet equally, without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

Emma Niles, Assistant Editor, Truthdig

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Noam Chomsky: Democracy Is Staged With the Help of Media Working as Propaganda Machines (Video)

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Related: Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism

 

Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Truthdig

 

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Mar 22, 2017 | In an illustrated clip for Al-Jazeera English, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman explains renowned linguist Noam Chomsky’s theory on the five filters of the mass media machine that manufacture Americans’ consent.

 

Natasha Hakimi Zapata: Truthdig’s assistant and poetry editor. 

 

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

 

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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Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

  • https://blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/Glen_Spying.jpeg?itok=oj8HD4cgThe ruling class/War Party/corporate media campaign for regime change in Washington has moments of pure silliness, with grown men claiming that U.S. presidents don’t have the power to wiretap people. Someone should have informed Dr. Martin Luther King. But, if self-described “progressives” can believe that the CIA is a benign, democratic institution, they can believe anything. “The destabilization of the U.S. bourgeois state is a project, not of the Kremlin, but of multinational and finance capital headquartered in the U.S.”
  • Related: Mainstream Media’s ‘Victimhood’, Robert Parry, Consortium News

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Corporate Media Counting Cadence to Fascism

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  • The ruling class/War Party/corporate media campaign for regime change in Washington has moments of pure silliness, with grown men claiming that U.S. presidents don’t have the power to wiretap people. Someone should have informed Dr. Martin Luther King. But, if self-described “progressives” can believe that the CIA is a benign, democratic institution, they can believe anything. “The destabilization of the U.S. bourgeois state is a project, not of the Kremlin, but of multinational and finance capital headquartered in the U.S.”
  • Related: Mainstream Media’s ‘Victimhood’

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report 

https://blackagendareport.com/sites/default/files/styles/image-400x300/public/Glen_Spying.jpeg?itok=oj8HD4cgWed, 03/08/2017 | When Donald Trump charged that President Obama wiretapped the Republican campaign in the weeks after the November election, the bulk of corporate media chose to treat the allegation as another example of Trump’s “alternative facts.” They trotted out folks like Ben Rhodes, a former deputy National Security Advisor to Obama, who dismissed the charge as ridiculous. "No President can order a wiretap,” Rhodes huffed.

This may be technically true, but it’s an objective lie. Presidents can cause anybody to be spied upon, simply by indicating a desire to see it happen. In 1963, the Kennedy brothers -- formally acting through Bobby Kennedy’s office as Attorney General -- gave FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover permission to tap Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s phones and bug his home and offices. Hoover’s goal, according to a 2008 CNN “Black in America” report, was to “neutralize King as an effective Negro leader.” The Bureau didn’t find evidence that King was under “communist influence,” but did discover “embarrassing details about King's sex life,” which the FBI used to encourage King to kill himself. When he declined to take his own life, someone else did the job.

Glen Ford,  Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report 

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Mainstream Media’s ‘Victimhood’, Robert Parry, Consortium News

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  • Just weeks ago, mainstream U.S. media decried “fake news” and backed a blacklist of independent news sites over “Russian propaganda.” Now, under fire from President Trump, the MSM loves a free press.
  • Related: Watch Jon Stewart on 'Colbert' Urge Media to Dump Trump 

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