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Special Project | The Military-Media-Industrial Complex, Week Ending February 20, 2016

  • U.S. troops are going back into Iraq, our presence in Libya is escalating, and Obama has widened the war in Afghanistan—all without much of a public debate.
  • Part 1:  Obama and the Pentagon Plan Massive Military Escalation and the Media Barely Seem to Care
  • Part 2:  The truth about war reporting

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1:  Obama and the Pentagon Plan Massive Military Escalation and the Media Barely Seem to Care

U.S. troops are going back into Iraq, our presence in Libya is escalating, and Obama has widened the war in Afghanistan—all without much of a public debate.

Adam Johnson, AlterNet

http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/voa_arrott_-_bani_walid_siege_begins_in_libya_-_03.jpg Anti-Gaddafi fighters in Libya in 2011. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Arrott/Voice of America/Wikimedia Commons  

January 27, 2016 | Almost five years after the United States and its NATO allies launched a campaign in Libya to overthrow Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the United States is on the verge of massively escalating its military operations in the war-torn country. According to the New York Times, the new effort is “expected to include airstrikes and raids by elite American troops.” It is unclear how long this newest effort will last.

The announcement comes on the heels of U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announcing combat troops were going back to Iraq last week. While U.S special forces have been conducting “clandestine reconnaissance missions in Libya to identify militant leaders and map out their networks” over the past year, the New York Times report marks the first time overt combat troops will be deployed in the North African nation.

 

For media watchdog Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), journalist Adam Johnson  has meticulously documented how the media fear-mongers and spreads myths about ISIS without any evidence or serious scrutiny.

“Once again, media terrorize the public for the terrorists,” Johnson wrote in one of his many reports.


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Part 2:  The truth about war reporting

Report the glory, never the horror.

Lonely Man Violine, YouTube

This excerpt was authorized by film maker and copyright owner Rick Goldsmith.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/WWII%20Soldier%20in%20Dress%20Uniform.jpgJan 11, 2016 | Do you think that George Bush and his fellow crooks invented "embedded" war correspondents? Nope. It goes way, way back.

Reporting the truth was once grounds for death by firing squad.

 

 

 

The truth about war reporting. You can get the full film here

 

 

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The media is NOT doing its job!

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  • The American people deserve a better media: one that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we  deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also  requires it.
  • We must force (political leaders) to think about the consequences of their words and their policies. But to do so we need a probing, intelligent, and courageous press - long MIA. 
  • Part 1: American Media Is Failing Us
  • Part 2: A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: American Media Is Failing Us

I truly believe that the American people deserve better media that learns and remembers the role and responsibility it holds as the fourth estate. Not only do we deserve it, but the survival of American values and functioning also requires it.

Anna Nti-Asare, Huffington Post

http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2016-01-13-1452728843-9405773-trump-thumb.png This piece was co-authored by Isak Nti Asare.

01/14/2016 | The media, which is considered the fourth estate for the position it holds in democratic functioning, plays a crucial role in the U.S.... or at least it is supposed to. According to Dr. JP Shea, the following comprise the media's purpose: informing the public of what is happening on a local and international scale, provoking public debates in order to encourage more public participation in important national decisions, uncovering abuses and applying pressure for their rectification, "aler[ting] and mobilizing public opinion to humanitarian causes and injustices," demonstrating political diversity by highlighting different views and approaches to issues, and keeping politicians in tune with public wants and needs as well as giving politicians a platform to express their proposed policies.

Shea goes on to explain that with this huge role comes many responsibilities, that include maintaining a distinction between facts and opinion, using only trained and professional reporters who know what they are talking about, and explaining issues without trivializing nor sensationalizing, among others.

Anna Nti-Asare: Writer and teacher based in the Bay Area. Stanford University BA, University of Cambridge MPhil - Specializes in Race and Gender Studies.

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Part 2: A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters

Honoring life is caring for the living - be that the poor mother or the child. If the reporters could only focus on the everyday lives of everyday people we might force (political leaders) to think about the consequences of their words and their policies. But to do so we need a probing, intelligent, and courageous press - long MIA. We need reporters without borders.

Sherman YellenHuffington Post

http://media.salon.com/2010/04/white_house_reporters_afraid_to_criticize_the_white_house-460x307.jpg 02/08/2016 | If there is one response to a question made by reporters and politicians alike that sets my teeth on edge it is "Now that's a very good question!" I find that the only reason the questioner is being complimented is because the person who is being queried has a stock answer for that question in his or her hip pocket.

The very good questions are rarely if ever asked during political campaigns. My very good question for today follows: Why do skilled reporters fail to ask the follow-up questions of candidates that seem so necessary? At least they do seem necessary to me.

Sherman Yellen: Screenwriter, Playwright, memoirist, and Lyricist

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'Single Payer Saves Money by Saying No to the Insurance Industry'

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  • It seems the story corporate media tell us about single payer—we want it, it makes a lot of sense, and it can never ever happen—hasn’t changed a great deal.
  • Special Project | Health Care Reform: Week Ending March 7, 2015

Janine Jackson, CounterSpin / Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) 

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Janine Jackson: A Washington Post columnist writes that we need to admit that healthcare reform’s twin goals, comprehensive universal insurance and cost control, are at odds. The New York Times reports that a single-payer system requires unpopular taxes, making it, even in the eyes of sympathetic Democrats, politically impossible. And USA Today says the US hasn’t seriously considered single payer because it would cause great disruption to the economy, result in higher taxes, and give the federal government vast new powers.

Well, those claims have some things in common: They’re all untrue, and they’ll all from 1993. It seems the story corporate media tell us about single payer—we want it, it makes a lot of sense, and it can never ever happen—hasn’t changed a great deal. For as long as that media narrative has been abroad, we’ve been checking in with our next guest about how to address it. A primary care physician for many years, Steffie Woolhandler is co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program and professor at the CUNY School of Public Health.

Steffie Woolhandler of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Janine Jackson is FAIR's program director and and producer/host of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin.

 

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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
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