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  • Join the voices calling for Wheeler to hold large, open public field hearings. Sign and send the petition to the FCC demanding the Chairman come out and face the public support for real net neutrality. 
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public%20hearingsxcf.pngAugust 29, 2014 | In the past few weeks, an overwhelming number of comments have been filed at the FCC in favor of protecting an open internet and real net neutrality. Despite this, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has not scheduled large, public field hearings.

Before Chairman Wheeler considers passing rules which could end net neutrality and open the door for pay-to-play lanes, he should face the American public by holding large, open public meetings across the country.

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Please take a moment to add a personal statement to the Chairman before sending the comment. The Chairman and staff are more likely to listen to personal messages. This message will placed into the public record at the FCC.

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Next Step For Net Neutrality: Join Call For Regional Hearings, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, www.PopularResistance.org

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Lee Camp | One Group of Looters Is Not Like the Other

August 21 | Which kind of looting do you prefer? (I'll give you a hint - one of these groups of people steal 1,000 times more from you.)

 

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Claudine Harrington for this contribution. 

 

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The U.S. government’s creeping war on journalists

 

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  • A new poll reveals that three quarters of reporters agree the public isn't getting the information it needs.
  • The Presidency and the Press

David Sirota, Salon

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 | As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing “serious limitations on access to records” that they say have “impeded” their oversight work.

The data about public information officers was compiled over the past few years by Kennesaw State University professor Dr. Carolyn Carlson. Her surveys found that 4 in 10 public information officers say “there are specific reporters they will not allow their staff to talk to due to problems with their stories in the past.”

David Sirota is a senior writer for the International Business Times and the best-selling author of the books "Hostile Takeover," "The Uprising" and "Back to Our Future." 

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The Presidency and the Press, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • A  toxic relationship
  • Part 1: Nixon Is Gone, but His Media Strategy Lives On
  • Part 2: How Obama Administration-Controlled Media Is Used to Avoid Scrutiny from the Press

 

Special Project | Media Behaving Badly: Week Ending August 24, 2014

 

  • images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQmTy5tt7s2H-B2v-uk10FiiqH6kN32QrX6iaoXvZuxnAPbj5uw"The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover." --Al Franken
  • 9 New items including:
    • How a Media Myth Helped Close Half of Texas Women's Health Clinics 1 Year Later
    • Jeremy Scahill: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows'
    • How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis
    • Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreporte
    • The Media and War, June 27, 2014
    • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight
    • Gun control impotency is another failure of the traditional media
    • The fake patriotism of Fox New
    • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

John Cole

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How a Media Myth Helped Close Half of Texas Women's Health Clinics 1 Year Later, Hannah Groch-Begley, Media Matters for America

  • The myth of the unsafe clinics was created by anti-choice activists, and the media accepted and repeated it.
  • Jeremy Scahill: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows'

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Jeremy Scahill: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows' Chris Branch, HuffPost Live

  • Blasts US Media Coverage of 'Massacre' in Gaza
  • How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis

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How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis, Oliver Willis, Media Matters for America

  • A charity has withdrawn its plans to provide beds for migrant children due to "negative backlash caused by information misreported to the public."
  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance

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Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported, Steve Rendall, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • The GOP has a serious problem with racism, and corporate media are often loath to point fingers too directly at elite American institutions such as one of the two major political parties.
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

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The Media and War, June 27, 2014David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis
  • Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

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Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight, Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

  • This is the American corporate media at its perpetual game, manipulating public opinion as always, against the public interest-- favoring transnational corporations and transnational investors who don't give a damn about this country, or anything beyond their profits.
  • Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

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Gun control impotency is another failure of the traditional media, Egberto Willies, Daily Kos

  • Imagine how different it would be if all news networks covered this story. A country similar to America adopted gun control. Some of its politicians sacrificed themselves for the better good of society by passing substantive gun control laws. After several years the evidence is in. Gun control works. Imagine if we really had a traditional media the nation could actually count on. Our gun control impotency is another failure of the traditional media.
  • The postcard the NRA doesn't want you to send

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The fake patriotism of Fox News, Paul Rosenberg, Salon

  • When conservative pundits accuse Obama of "disrespecting" the military, they're missing what's really important.
  • What the right doesn’t understand about Memorial Day
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

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Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon

  • False claims go unchallenged, racial fears are stoked -- and political scientists discover it helps GOP at polls.
  • Excerpted from "The Wrongs of the Right: Race and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama"
  • Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race

 

How a Media Myth Helped Close Half of Texas Women's Health Clinics 1 Year Later

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  • The myth of the unsafe clinics was created by anti-choice activists, and the media accepted and repeated it.
  • Jeremy Scahill: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows'

Hannah Groch-Begley, Media Matters for America

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Fake%20Media.jpgAugust 5, 2014 |  On August 4 a federal trial begins in Austin challenging a Texas law passed last summer which requires abortion clinics in the state to qualify as "ambulatory surgical centers" starting this September. The ambulatory surgical centers  requirements say that a clinic must have doorways and hallways of a certain width, and "additional infrastructure like pipelines for general anesthesia and large sterilization equipment." As  Mother Jones  noted, "These requirements aren't medically necessary for an abortion, and they cost a lot of money to implement."

Abortion clinics already have safety requirements, according to medical experts there is no evidence that the additional surgical center restriction "positively affects health outcomes," and these requirements could severely reduce the number of clinics. There are more than 13 million women in Texas, but according to the Wall Street Journal, only seven clinics in the entire state currently meet the extra requirements.

Hannah Groch-Begley: Media Matters for America Research Fellow. I also bake pies.

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Jeremy Scahill: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows' Chris Branch, HuffPost Live

  • Blasts US Media Coverage of 'Massacre' in Gaza

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  • How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis

 

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