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The Media and War, June 27, 2014

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  • 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

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis

Investigative journalist Charles Lewis joins Bill Moyers this week to talk about why facts, logic and reason are often missing in the rush to war.

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

Moyers%20%7C%20The%20Truth%20vs.%20DC%27s%20Propaganda%20Machine%20with%20Charles%20Lewis.jpgJune 27, 2014 | As the exploding crisis in Iraq spotlights once again the tragic record of American policy in the Middle East, Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis, whose new book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity details the many government falsehoods that have led us into the current nightmare.

Lewis details the deceptions and illusions that have caused “most Americans and their elected representatives to completely ignore facts, logic and reason in the rush to war.” A complicit partner, he says, is a media intent on preserving the status quo and never offending the ruling elite.

Charles Lewis is investigative journalist whose new book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity details the many government falsehoods that have led us into the current nightmare.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

Full story (video and transcript) … 



Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV

Historian Andrew Bacevich, in a recent interview with Bill Moyers, the veteran journalist who chronicled the media's Iraq boosterism in the documentary “Buying the War,” accused those who book guests for broadcast of viewing (the Iraq conflict) through a lens of partisan politics. "So if Iraq is falling apart, their reflexive inclination is to say, 'Let’s go get someone who is a critic of Obama.' And who better to do that then a neoconservative or a senior member of the Bush administration?"

Sam Stein & Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

Bacevich%20%7C%20Media%20Loves%20Iraq%20Hawks.jpg06/27/2014 | Kent Conrad’s phone hasn’t been ringing very much over the past few weeks, as Iraq, and the debate over America's future in the country, has once again dominated the news.

The architects of the Iraq war are back in TV studios and on op-ed pages, as are journalists and pundits who promoted the Bush administration’s ultimately bogus case for invading. But Conrad, a former senator who was one of only 23 to vote against authorizing the war in October 2002, hasn’t heard from CNN, MSNBC or any other TV outlet. "Not once," he said, when asked if anyone in the press had reached out regarding the current crisis in Iraq.

Sam Stein: Political Editor and White House Correspondent of Huffington Post

Michael Calderone: Huffington Post senior media reporter

Full story … 

Related:

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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  • Jeff Bezos' radical vision for the Washington Post
  • After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination.

Michael Meyer, Columbia Journalism Review

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meyer-opener-goldbricks.jpg Andrew B. Myers 

June 26, 2014 | In April, six months after her family sold the newspaper it had controlled for eight decades to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth walked onstage in the paper’s auditorium to reverse what had been the signature strategy of her six years at the helm. Since she was named publisher in February 2008, a year the newspaper division of The Washington Post Company declared a loss of $193 million, Weymouth had sought to codify the Post’s identity as a paper “For and about Washington.” While touted as a strategy to leverage the Post’s brand of national politics reporting in the digital era, “For and about Washington” was, in the grand tradition of Beltway wordsmithing, a phrase meant to put a positive spin on a period of retrenchment. 

As a practical matter, “For and about Washington” meant the Post no longer covered stories beyond its circulation area unless they had a direct link to political Washington or a federal government interest. Exceptions were made for impossible-to-ignore events, like school shootings and other catastrophes, but all domestic bureaus were closed and correspondents were called home. Digital growth was certainly a goal, but the deeper logic of the strategy was that the relative value of a print subscriber trumped that of a digital subscriber. Print continued to provide the vast majority of the paper’s revenue, and newsroom employees were told repeatedly by Weymouth and her deputy, Post president and general manager Steve Hills, that preserving this revenue stream was the organization’s central priority and hope for continued solvency. Digital growth was encouraged to the extent that it fit with the goal of continuing to be the dominant news outlet in the DC region. In fact, the Post achieved impressive digital growth and a major increase in its national audience under this strategy. But it was all achieved under the banner of narrowing ambitions, and no amount of Pulitzer Prizes or popular new blogs or experimental infusions of digital stem cells could make up for this paradox. 

Michael Meyer is a Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) staff writer.

Full story … 

Related:

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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A summer of action to save the Internet

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  • Major telecom and cable companies are seeking unprecedented control over what you can see and say online. The FCC is accepting public comments on this critical issue. 
  • Tell them where you stand!

Todd O'Boyle, Common Cause

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May 27, 2014 | The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is deciding the future of the Internet over the next couple of months. Major telecom and cable companies are seeking unprecedented control over what you can see and say online.

If the FCC's plan to allow fast lanes for the few goes forward, the rest of us will suffer. Wealthy corporations will pay to move their online content at top speed, consigning nonprofit, independent and dissenting voices to the slow lane. 

The Internet is America's public square. Anything short of a free and fully open Internet will hurt our democracy. 

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More than 3 million people have already taken a stand against online fast lanes, and hundreds recently rallied with this message. And the FCC is hearing us. The agency has opened the door to real net neutrality, but we have to keep the pressure on them to get it right once and for all. 

Whether you're focused on economic, political, environmental or any other public policy issues, you need a healthy informational ecosystem to win friends -- and votes. 

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Thanks for all you do.

Todd O'Boyle is Common Cause's Program Director for Media and Democracy.

Common Cause: Nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government.

 

Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

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  • 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

Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

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Adam Zyglis

06/16/2014 | In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Paul Bremer criticized the Obama administration’s policy in the Middle East and argued that the United States needs to make “a clear commitment to help restabilize Iraq.”

Notably, Bremer’s op-ed -- “Only America Can Prevent a Disaster in Iraq” -- neglected to mention his own role in helping to destabilize Iraq following the Bush administration’s disastrous 2003 invasion. As U.S. presidential envoy to the nation, Bremer disbanded the Iraqi army at the beginning of the occupation, a critical blunder that was followed by years of sectarian violence.

Michael Calderone is the senior media reporter at the Huffington Post.

Full story … 

Related:

Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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  • Representative of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against what he called "terrorists" who have overrun large swaths of the country. 
  • We go to the city of Najaf to speak to Sami Rasouli, founder and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. 
  • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

 

 

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