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Yet another #OscarsSoWhite

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  • Once again, the Academy rewards white people for their great accomplishments in film
  • The Academy has a special talent for nominating all the white people involved in black films 

Scott Eric Kaufman, Salon

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Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 | The nominees for the 88th Annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, actor John Krasinski, and directors Guillermo Del Toro and Ang Lee — but there was more diversity in those making the announcements than among the nominees themselves, as Twitter was quick to note:

Scott Eric Kaufman, an assistant editor at Salon and, as of August 2013, President-for-Life of The Onion AV Club's "Internet Film School, writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money, where he not only runs the podcasts, he co-hosts one of his own with Steven Attewell, about Game of Thrones. His archived posts oncerning literary theory can be found at The Valve, where he served as an editor. He also wrote about historicism and literary history for what is now The Chronicle of Higher Education's history blog, The Edge of the American West.

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Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and the New York Times sadistically exploit anxiety over Islamic terrorism to grab votes.

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  • The threat of terrorism in Iowa is minute, but GOPers and the New York Times continue to exaggerate the danger there — and everywhere else.
  • David Brooks is so very afraid.
  • Why the Islamic State Is the Minor Leagues of Terror

Amanda Marcotte, Salon

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Wednesday, Jan 6, 2016 | For 21st century conservatives, “fear” is not an authentic feeling of actual concern for your safety, but an ideological pose struck to justify the darker, more sadistic urges that motivate the Republican base.

In our day and age, declaring you want war for the pleasure of conquest or that you support racist policies out of unvarnished bigotry is socially unacceptable. So fear is donned as a costume to conceal the hate. The shivering coward is a more sympathetic figure than the snarling bigot, and so no matter how laughably implausible their posture of fear is, conservatives will strike it.

Amanda Marcotte is an American blogger (Pandagon.net) who writes on feminism and politics. She contributes a weekly podcast to RH Reality Check. She is the author of "It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments."

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Why the Islamic State Is the Minor Leagues of Terror, Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com
Putting Threats into Perspective for 2016
Fear is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-interest

MSNBC and CNN should stop promoting Donald Trump’s racist presidential campaign.

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Sign the petition from CREDO and Daily Kos to MSNBC and CNN: Viewers deserve better than wall-to-wall, uncritical coverage of Donald Trump’s racist campaign.

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/dk-production/campaigns/wide_images/000/001/559/small/credo_trump_unacceptable.png?1450806338 Within hours of Donald Trump proposing a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, both MSNBC and CNN interrupted their evening programming to broadcast live footage from a Trump campaign rally in South Carolina. MSNBC took it a step further, quickly announcing that Trump would appear live on its Morning Joe program the next morning, for the second time in just eight days.

The media’s obsession with Donald Trump has gone too far and has real consequences for our Democracy. By relentlessly chasing ratings and devoting massive airtime to Donald Trump interviews and live coverage of his speeches, MSNBC and CNN are providing Trump with free publicity that is fueling his campaign.

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'You Cannot Build a Strong Economy on a Falling Wage Floor'

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  • Small businesses understand very well that workers are also consumers. If there’s not enough money in the wage base of the economy of the people they are hoping will come in and buy their goods and services, they feel that every day. 
  • So they believe very strongly that the workers should earn enough so that they can focus on the business, on the customer, and not be constantly worried about just how are they going to make ends meet, how are they going to make the rent and so on.

Janine Jackson, CounterSpin / FAIR 

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Janine Jackson: Whether the federal minimum wage should be raised was the first question of the recent Republican presidential candidates’ debate. Unsurprisingly, the responses ranged from no to hell no, but given a media environment in which some pundits claim that there is no wage too low to pay someone, it’s significant that the question even came up.

When you think of the fight to raise the minimum wage, you might think of fast food workers who’ve been at the forefront of the Fight for $15 movement that’s put a higher wage on the agenda in places like Seattle and Los Angeles and here in New York. You don’t, most likely, think of business owners, as media’s standard presentation often pits business owners, with their eyes supposedly on profits, against workers looking to earn enough to live on.

Janine Jackson is FAIR’s program director and and producer/host of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin. She contributes frequently to FAIR’s newsletter Extra!, and co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the ’90s (Westview Press). 

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Bill Moyers- Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits

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It's not good enough to say the money comes from the XYZ Fund for Swell Americans; we need to know who the wealthy individuals and corporate interests are secretly pulling the levers.

Bill Moyers, The Smirking Chimp / AlterNet

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Television news has gone off its rocker and turned our politics into the equivalent of a freak show's hall of mirrors.

The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns. Each pronouncement from the Sultan of Slur is treated as epic, no matter how deeply insulting, bigoted or just plain ridiculous.

Bill Moyers former host of the weekly public television series Moyers & Company, has received 35 Emmy awards, nine Peabody Awards, the National Academy of Television’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and an honorary doctor of fine arts from the American Film Institute over his 40 years in broadcast journalism.

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