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It's Time for Journalism to Stand Up to Trump

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  • Part 1: Trump Is Running Against The Media. Why Does The Media Keep Helping Him?
  • The press should know the name of this game by now.
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Journalism to Stand for Something.
  • Because journalism couldn’t afford to make enemies, it gave up its moral compass. 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Trump Is Running Against The Media. Why Does The Media Keep Helping Him?

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The press should know the name of this game by now.

Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

November 6, 2018 | The “magazine” was mostly laughable with its bad cartoons and red accent fonts that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a fifth-grade Halloween party flyer. But it was also a perfect metaphor for the 2018 election, and the fight that we’re in for the next two years.

The 40-page hunk of glossy paper was campaign literature for Devin Nunes, the Republican congressman now best known for using the House probe of Russian election interference to peddle conspiracy theories about an FBI plot against Donald Trump. Thanks to that notoriety, Nunes—who in 2016 was reelected with 68 percent of the vote—has faced an unusually strong challenge this year. But the campaign he chose to run was not really against the Democrat, Andrew Janz. It was against the hometown newspaper.

Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones.

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Part 2: It’s Time for Journalism to Stand for Something.

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Because journalism couldn’t afford to make enemies, it gave up its moral compass. 

Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

September 19, 2018 | There are moments when you can tell what they will feel like in retrospect: hitting bottom, a dam cracking. Between Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, Paul Manafort’s conviction, a cascade of semi-mutinous signals from inside the White House, and a slew of polls and election results showing the extraordinary civic energy building for the midterms, the last month had that quality.





Fairness and accuracy are not served by pretending to have no point of view. They are served by acknowledging where you’re coming from and then being rigorous about following the facts where they lead.



It felt like truth breaking, if briefly, through the miasma of lies. Like confirmation that the institutions of democracy cannot be bent at will by an authoritarian impulse, or fully paralyzed by its enablers.

Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 16, 2019.

Including permanent links to over 770 websites and over 30 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Activism & Organizing

The Anger Is Real. Let’s Do Something With It. Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

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  • Don’t let the purveyors of rage drag you down to their level.
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Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Democrats' total capitulation on the border
  • The Democrats got absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada.
  • Part 2: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
  • We have Democrats actually playing his (Trump's) game.

Of Special Interest | Economics

A US Tax on Wealth Is Long Overdue. Thomas Piketty, the Boston Globe / Common Dreams / Portside

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Between 1930 and 1980, the rateappliedon the highest incomes was on average 81 percent, and the rate applied to the highest inherited estates was 74 percent. Clearly this did not destroy American capitalism.

Bloggers & Columnists | Ralph Nader, Chris Hedges, Amy Goodman, Thomas Piketty




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Activism & Organizing

Demand Critical Congressional Hearings – Long Overdue, Avoided or Blocked. Ralph Nader, Nader.org
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Here are my suggestions for a dozen long-overdue hearings in the House of Representatives, now run by the Democrats:

Gender & Sexuality

Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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  • Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society
  • Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.
  • Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
  • We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse
  • Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment
  • All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

Government & Politics

Why millions of people are getting hit with a surprise tax bill this year,  Matthew Yglesias, Vox
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An effort to make the tax bill look better ended up making it look worse.
 

Labor

Push puts Minnesota near goal of ending veteran homelessness. Chris SerresMinneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Former%20Homeless%20Vet%20Moves%20Into%20Dwtn%20Mpls%20Studio%20Apt.jpg/ Gallery: With the help of Housing Coordinator Genevieve Pelrine of Start Today Hennepin, Robert Kleen was able to get an affordable lease on a studio in downtown Minneapolis. Richard Tsong-Taataril - Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • A goal that once seemed unattainable — securing safe and stable housing for every veteran known to be homeless — is now within reach. 
  • State getting all vets off the street
  • Related: Homeless America ~ Chris Hedges
  • Related: The market will not fixTwin Cities' affordable housing crisis.
     

Media & Technology

How Facebook Screwed Us All, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

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How Facebook Screwed Us All

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Right-wing sites and clickbait dominate the platform that dominates American news consumption. And that same platform, despite its stated commitment to supporting “quality news,” keeps making it harder for people to find genuine journalism.

Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

Mother Jones Editor's Note: This essay is the cover story for our March/April issue.  Portions of it appeared earlier here and here.

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March/April 2019 Issue | A country riven by ethnic tension. Spontaneous protests driven by viral memes. Violence and riots fueled by hateful fake-news posts, often about “terrorism” by marginalized groups.

It’s a story we’ve seen play out around the world recently, from France and Germany to Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. The particulars are different—gas prices were the trigger in France, lies about machete attacks in Nigeria—but one element has been present every time: Facebook. In each of these countries, the platform’s power to accelerate hate and disinformation has translated into real-world violence.

Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones
and Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones and recipient of a PEN America award for editing.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 9, 2019

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Feature Article | Peace & Non-violence

The ‘War on Terror’ Has Utterly Failed – Global Terrorism Has Dramatically Increased Since 9/11. Jon Queally,  Common Dreams / Alternet


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Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Biggest Threat to Single-Payer? Democrat Support for a Public Option, Michael Corcoran, Truthout


http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/obamacare-healthcare-profits.jpgThe next big fight for single-payer may not be with Big Pharma or the GOP, but rather, Democrats who insist on putting their energy behind weaker policies.
 

Of Special Interest | Race & Ethnicity

Don't get what's wrong with blackface? Here's why it's so offensive. Jenée Desmond-Harris, Vox

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  • Blackface is much more than just dark makeup used to enhance a costume.
  • Related: Kamala Harris Destroyed Black Lives.
     

Bloggers & Columnists | Charles P. Pierce



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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Superbowl%20LIII%20logo_0.jpgThe Super Bowl Can No Longer Entertain an Overstimulated Nation. Dave Holmes, Esquire
 
Let the record show: Football is dead, and ’
twas boredom that killed the beast.

Books, Literature, & Ideas

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  • Part 1: Beware the Moderate Democrat
  • Why the centrist extremists are an incredibly dangerous political animal
  • Part 2: ‘Socialism surging in Iowa’ gives cold feet to centrist Democrats contemplating 2020 run: report
  • It might be the centrists who are getting cold feet.
  • Part 3: The Last Thing America Needs Right Now is a 'Centrist Independent'
  • Howard Schultz is contemplating a run for president, while Kamala Harris leans into Obama-style rhetoric. God Help Us All.

Health, Science, & Environment

What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry, Alexander C. Kaufman, Grist

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“The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialists of America US representative of a working-class Bronx and Queens district in New York City said by email. “It will require the investment of trillions of dollars and the creation of millions of high-wage jobs. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy but this time green energy.”

Media & Technology

Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America, Adam H. Johnson, Truthdig / Rise Up Times 

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  • Do the U.S. and its allies have a moral or ethical right to determine the political future of Venezuela?
  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

The Military-Media Complex, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Militarism in the Media, World Beyond War
  • Discussing the role of the media in promoting violence and warfare.
  • Part 2: Highlights of #NoWar2018
  • This video reduces a day and a half to 1 hour.
  • Related: From the Archives | Special Report: The Media and War: Week of June 29, 2014
  • Related: Your Complete Guidetothe N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America

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The Military-Media Complex

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  • Part 1: Militarism in the Media, World Beyond War
  • Discussing the role of the media in promoting violence and warfare.
  • Part 2: Highlights of #NoWar2018
  • This video reduces a day and a half to 1 hour.
  • Related: From the Archives | Special Report: The Media and War: Week of June 29, 2014
  • Related: Your Complete Guidetothe N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Militarism in the Media, World Beyond War

/ Militarism in the Media: On January 15, 2019, 100 participants joined our webinar featuring experts Rose Dyson and Jeff Cohen discussing the role of the media in promoting violence and warfare.

Rise Up Times

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February 4, 2019 | Militarism is the “elephant in the room,” says FAIR founder Jeff Cohen. Former TV pundit for MSNBC, CNN, and Fox, Jeff was fired for shedding light on the perils of U.S. interventionism and in particular, for opposing the invasion of Iraq on the air. Rose Dyson, President of Canadians Concerned About Violence in Entertainment, expresses concern about the culture of war that is perpetuated by TV, music, video games, and social media.

Rise Up Times: Media for Justice and Peace

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Part 2: Highlights of #NoWar2018

World Beyond War

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World Beyond War: a global movement to end all wars

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Related:

From the Archives | Special Report: The Media and War: Week of June 29, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance

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8 New items including:

  • The Media and War, June 27, 2014
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight
  • Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy
  • What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine
  • Syria | Shameful Performance of Western Media
  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Nygaard Notes #511 | "The New American Way of War" in the Media
  • "Progressive" Journalism's Legacy of Deceit,

Related:

Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America, Adam H. Johnson, Truthdig  / Rise Up Times 

https://www.truthdig.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/maduronyt.jpg / Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes victory signs, declaring he will prevail amid a "coup," during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday. (Ariana Cubillos / AP)

  • Do the U.S. and its allies have a moral or ethical right to determine the political future of Venezuela?
  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

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