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Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Reflect a Nationwide Search for Justice

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  • On Thursday, the Truthdig team sat down with documentary filmmaker and environmental activist Josh Fox to discuss the impact of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
  • “We need an outpouring of support for journalists who are doing jail time” for protesting, Fox said.

Emma Niles, Truthdig

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Oct 26, 2016 | Over the weekend, 127 people were arrested at the construction site of the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline. Since the demonstrations began this summer, more than 260 people have been arrested.

Among those facing legal retribution for demonstrating alongside members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe is Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman, who was initially brought up on “riot” charges, although those charges were later dropped. Actress Shailene Woodley made mainstream media headlines when she was arrested earlier in October during a peaceful protest—a process she streamed live onto her Facebook page. And award-winning documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg could face decades in prison for documenting the protests.

Emma Niles, a staff writer at Truthdig, graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Political Science. She has worked for the National Women’s Law Center and Ms. Magazine.

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  • The events at Standing Rock also allow Americans to realize who some of the nation’s most important leaders really are. The fight for environmental sanity—against pipelines and coal ports and other fossil-fuel infrastructure—has increasingly been led by Native Americans, many of whom are in that Dakota camp today. They speak with real authority—no one else has lived on this continent for the longterm. They see the nation’s history more clearly than anyone else, and its possible future as well. 
  • For once, after all these centuries, it’s time to look through their eyes. History offers us no chances to completely erase our mistakes. Occasionally, though, we do get a chance to show we learned something.

 

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Propaganda Rules the News

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  • By constantly denying, deforming, and upending the truth, the Corporate Media are the main guardians of a global system of breathtaking hypocrisy and criminality, and the principal threat to the survival of all life on this planet. 
  • The Western Media “Presstitutes” Continue to LIE about the Ukraine and just about everything else.
  • Related: Nygaard Notes #584: Ten Concrete Tips for Media Propaganda Self-Defense

Paul Craig Roberts, the 4th Media News / the Greanville Post

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August 12, 2016 | Gerald Celente calls the Western media “presstitutes,” an ingenuous term that I often use. Presstitutes sell themselves to Washington for access and government sources and to keep their jobs. Ever since the corrupt Clinton regime permitted the (further) concentration of the US media, there has been no journalistic independence in the United States except for some Internet sites.

Glenn Greenwald points out the independence that RT, a Russian media organization, permits Abby Martin who denounced Russia’s alleged invasion of Ukraine, compared to the fates of Phil Donahue (MSNBC) and Peter Arnett (NBC), both of whom were fired for expressing opposition to the Bush regime’s illegal attack on Iraq. The fact that Donahue had NBC’s highest rated program did not give him journalistic independence. Anyone who speaks the truth in the American print or TV media or on NPR is immediately fired.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest books are, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and How America Was Lost. 

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  • Read books; take a class; talk to informed people; read specialist and activist stuff; do a case study.  All of these things will provide nutrients that you can’t get from a diet composed of nothing but the daily news.  
  • That’s why I suggest that what we call “the media”—whether it be corporate or progressive/alternative—should be only a part of a well-balanced information diet.

 

 

Propaganda and the Fake Left Media; or, Shills for Clinton

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Related: How liberal apologists torpedoed change, helped make the Democrats safe for Wall Street

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September, 2016 | Now Age Conversations: “Propaganda and Fake Left Media” with Joshua Frank 

Joshua Frank is Managing Editor at Counterpunch.

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How liberal apologists torpedoed change, helped make the Democrats safe for Wall Street, Thomas Frank, Salon

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Center-left pundits have carried water for the president for six years. Their predictable excuses all ring hollow.

It’s not just Fox News.

Related: Stop Whining About 'False Balance'

US Media Ignores CIA Cover-up on Torture

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A group of U.S. intelligence veterans chastises the mainstream U.S. media for virtually ignoring a British newspaper’s account of the gripping inside story on how the CIA tried to block the U.S. Senate’s torture investigation.

Steering Group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

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September 16, 2016 | MEMORANDUM FOR: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Vice Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

SUBJECT: U.S. Media Mum On How Your Committee Faced Down Both CIA and Obama

We write to thank you for your unwavering support for your extraordinarily courageous and tenacious staff in (1) investigating CIA torture under the Bush/Cheney administration and (2) resisting CIA/White House attempts under the Obama administration to cover up heinous torture crimes like waterboarding.

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) is a group of former officers of the United States Intelligence Community. It was formed in January, 2003, as a "coast-to-coast enterprise" to protest the use of faulty intelligence "upon which the US/UK invasion of Iraq was based."

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