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Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable 'will throttle choice on the web'

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  • Angry consumer groups say proposed $45.2bn mega-deal will drive up costs for millions – and call on FCC to block takeover
  • Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet

Dominic Rushe, Guardian (UK) 

media-consolidation-drawing.png Thursday 13 February 2014 | Consumer groups reacted angrily to the merger of cable giant Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) on Thursday, claiming the combination could “throttle” choice on the internet.

Comcast’s proposed $45.2bn takeover of TWC will create a media behemoth that will dominate broadband internet access across the US. Comcast, which owns NBC Universal, will also cement its position as the pre-eminent force in cable TV.

Dominic Rushe is the US business correspondent for the Guardian (UK)

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Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet, Michael Winship, BillMoyers.com 

  • A new ruling could put Web users at the mercy of the cable companies. Now's the time for us to stand up and fight
  • You can start by contacting the FCC chairman’s office and demanding that he and his colleagues stand resolute and forthright in favor of net neutrality, an Internet open to all.
  • Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!
  • One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone
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The Massive Progressive Protest You Didn’t Hear About This Weekend

  • Huge outpouring of Moral Majority in North Carolina
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  • North Carolina’s Moral Monday Movement Kicks Off 2014 With a Massive Rally in Raleigh

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Think Progress

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February 9, 2014 | Somewhere between 80 to 100,000 people from 32 states turned out to protest four years of drastic state Republican initiatives in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday.

The “Moral March on Raleigh,” organized by Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) and the North Carolina NAACP, marched from Shaw University to the state capitol to push back against the “immoral and unconstitutional policies” of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory during the 2013 NC General Assembly session. Since North Carolina Republicans took over both legislative chambers in 2010, legislators have eliminated a host of programs and raised taxes on the bottom 80 percentrepealed a tax credit for 900,000 working families, enforced voter suppression effortsblocked Medicaid coverage, cut pre-Kindergarten funding, cut federal unemployment benefits, and gave itself the authority to intervene in abortion lawsuits.

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee is an Immigration Reporter/Blogger for ThinkProgress <>.

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North Carolina’s Moral Monday Movement Kicks Off 2014 With a Massive Rally in RaleighAri Berman, The Nation  Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

  • On February 8, 2014 | North Carolina’s Moral Monday movement held a massive “Moral March” in Raleigh today which began at Shaw University, exactly fifty-four years after North Carolina’s trailblazing role in the civil rights movement. Tens of thousands of activists—from all backgrounds, races and causes—marched from Shaw to the North Carolina State Capitol, where they held an exuberant rally protesting the right-wing policies of the North Carolina government and commemorating the eighth anniversary of the HKonJ coalition (the acronym stands for Historic Thousands on Jones Street, where the NC legislature sits).
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Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division

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  • Millions of unsuspecting viewers (are) wholly unaware that the PBS “reporting” they are watching is not objective news, but instead an ideological advertisement funded by a billionaire trying to manipulate public policy.
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  • PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary

David Sirota, Pando Daily

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February 12, 2014 | On December 18th, the Public Broadcasting Service’s flagship station WNET issued a press release announcing the launch of a new two-year news series entitled “Pension Peril.” The series, promoting cuts to public employee pensions, is airing on hundreds of PBS outlets all over the nation. It has been presented as objective news on  major PBS programs including the PBS News Hour.

However, neither the WNET press release nor the broadcasted segments explicitly disclosed who is financing the series. Pando has exclusively confirmed that “Pension Peril” is secretly funded by former Enron trader John Arnold, a billionaire political powerbroker who is actively trying to shape the very pension policy that the series claims to be dispassionately covering.

David Sirota is a staff writer for Pando Daily, television commentator and nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Wired, Vice, The Nation and Salon.com. He covers the intersection of politics, technology and popular culture.

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PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary, Alesa Mackool, SEIU.org

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Rethinking News | First, Kill the Useless TV News Stand-Up

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  • We do need to get rid of the idea that real television news, professional television news must have stand-ups and establishing shots and staged b-roll and frothy transitions. We need to clean away that ancient filigree to free up resources and time to make TV news better, because it can be.
  • Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet

Jeff Jarvis, Huffington Post

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Mass_Media02/10/2014 | I was about to launch into writing a post about the most irritating habits of local TV news -- starting with the most objectionable: the stand-up -- when I got a surprising email from a producer at Fox Channel 5 News in New York: "We are working on a story about the most annoying things about local news," he wrote. "Yes, we are really doing this. And it is for tonight." I got a similar call from another network; more on that in a minute. So I spoke to the Channel 5 reporter for 10 minutes over Skype and they used one soundbite (which is another annoying thing TV news does, but I'm not complaining).

Here's why I hate the convention: The stand-up has zero journalistic value. It wastes time. It wastes precious reportorial resource. It turns the world into a mere backdrop for entertainment. It's a fake. Take, for example, all the stand-ups we see these days at the George Washington Bridge because of the Christie scandal. Local TV news does it.

Jeff Jarvis is a new-media columnist for The Guardian in London. He is associate professor and head of the entrepreneurial journalism program program at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. 

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Related:

Net neutrality isn’t dead just yet, Michael Winship, BillMoyers.com 

  • A new ruling could put Web users at the mercy of the cable companies. Now's the time for us to stand up and fight
  • You can start by contacting the FCC chairman’s office and demanding that he and his colleagues stand resolute and forthright in favor of net neutrality, an Internet open to all.
  • Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!
  • One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

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