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MEDIA ALERT: BIASED, BLINKERED, CULPABLE
By : Media Lens - Thursday July 21, 2005
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John Pilger, Hans von Sponeck, Dahr Jamail and Others Respond to BBC Statement Regarding The World Tribunal on Iraq "Why say more? Observe this distinction: between the fool who longs for his own advantage and the sage who acts for the advantage of others." (Shantideva, 8th century) Media Lens recently issued a media alert about the lack of British media coverage given to the World Tribunal on Iraq, held in Istanbul last month. Our alert, The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing World (...)
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The Wayward Media
By : crisispapers.org - Thursday July 21, 2005
By Ernest Partridge, Co-Editor Here are three mini-essays tied together with a common theme: the media. “Access” - To what? Its no secret: the former watchdogs of the American media have been transformed into Bush’s lapdogs. Whenever a potential White House or GOP scandal rears its ugly head, you can count on the news media to be otherwise engaged. If you’ve paid any attention to the Tom Delay outrages, Gannon/Guckert, the Downing Street Memos, the civilian (...)
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Letter to Corporate Media- About the London Bombings...When will you do your jobs?
By : wrh reader - Wednesday July 20, 2005
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To Whom It May Concern: With all the coverage of the London bombings, it is extremely upsetting to me, but not surprising, that one detail is being left out of every mainstream media article: Visor Consultants, a security consultant firm, was conducting a "terror drill" in the London Underground on July 7, 2005, at the exact same time in the exact same locations that the actual bombs went off. Visor’s Managing Director, Peter Power, discussed this amazing coincidence in two separate (...)
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When News Isn’t News
By : Molly Ivins - Tuesday July 19, 2005
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I hope this is not too Inside Baseball for you, but I am truly hacked with what the bloggers call the MSM, or “mainstream media.” The New York Times and The Washington Post have both gone way out of their way to deny that the Downing Street Memos (it’s now plural) are news. Let me tell you something. Like many of you, during the entire lead-up to the war with Iraq, I thought the whole thing was a terrible idea. I bring this up not to prove how smart we are, but to (...)
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A secret known, a cover blown
By : Larry Johnson - Monday July 18, 2005
The misinformation being spread in the media about the Plame affair is alarming and damaging to the long-term security interests of the United States. Republicans’ talking points are trying to savage Joe Wilson and, by implication, his wife, Valerie Plame, as liars. That is the truly big lie. Plame was an undercover operations officer until outed in the press by Robert Novak. Novak’s column was not an isolated attack. It was in fact part of a coordinated, orchestrated smear (...)
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The difference between Sibel Edmonds’ case and the Downing Street Memos
By : Mike Mejia - Wednesday July 13, 2005
July 13, 2005-In a recent editorial, Online Journal writer W. David Jenkins III called on the Internet community to push the story of fired FBI translator Sibel Edmonds back into the mainstream media, as they have with the so-called Downing Street Memos. Ms. Edmonds once had the pleasure of mainstream media attention in 2002, when she claimed that the FBI translation program was penetrated by a Turkish organization that deliberately mistranslated documents related to 9-11, but her story (...)
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Mainstream Media Try to Hide the Impeachment Question
By : progress.org - Tuesday July 12, 2005
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The latest poll shows more support for impeaching Bush now, than there was for impeaching Clinton when Congress did so in 1998. But the mainstream wimpmedia are reluctant to report on this. Here are portions of an article that managed to sneak into the Washington Post. by Dan Froomkin More than four in 10 Americans, according to a recent Zogby poll, say that if President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him (...)
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THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE VANISHING WORLD TRIBUNAL ON IRAQ
By : AmigaPhil - Monday July 11, 2005
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MediaLens, July 6th, 2005. "The best relationship with our viewers is no longer one of parent-child but of consenting adults trying to piece together the best picture of the world." (Roger Mosey, head of BBC TV news) "A good case can be made that propaganda is a more important means of social control in open societies like the United States than in closed societies like the late Soviet Union... This system of thought control is not centrally managed... It operates mainly by individual and (...)
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Karl Rove: Uncovered
By : buzzflash.com - Friday July 8, 2005
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BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT News from the DNC: Until recently, Karl Rove had denied even knowing Valerie Plame’s name. Now, after the release of emails from Time Magazine reporter Matt Cooper revealing the name of the White House source, Rove’s lawyer confirmed that Rove did speak with reporters about the case. With his history of questionable campaign tactics and his penchant for leaking information critical of his rivals, Rove should come clean with the American people: Did he (...)
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I never thought I’d miss Nixon
By : Diane Bondurant - Friday July 8, 2005
It’s starting to get hot in Tucson, Arizona. Really hot. This July, it’s the political climate that is starting to sizzle, and it’s starting to be very apparent here in Arizona, the armpit of the Red States. Republicans and Democrats alike seem to be fed up with the lies that have been told to us by the current administration. Lies about the US winning the war in Iraq, lies about the number of war dead, lies about the number of soldiers critically wounded and maimed for (...)
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Rove’s colleague says he’s hiding behind the First Amendment and reporters should not protect him
By : alternet.org - Thursday July 7, 2005
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A colleague of Rove argues that the president’s adviser is hiding behind the First Amendment and that reporters should not protect him. Counterpoint: Forget Confidentiality, Out Rove By Bill Israel, Editor & Publisher Posted on July 6, 2005, Printed on July 6, 2005 http://www.alternet.org/story/23385/ In 99.9 percent of cases I know, journalists must not break the bonds of appropriate confidentiality, to protect their ability to report, and to defend the First Amendment. (...)
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Journalist killed after investigating US-backed death squads in Iraq
By : wsws.org - Saturday July 2, 2005
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On June 24, Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for the news agency Knight Ridder, was killed by a single bullet to the head as he approached a checkpoint that had been thrown up near his home in western Baghdad by US and Iraqi troops. It is believed that the shot was fired by an American sniper. According to eyewitnesses, no warning shots were fired. The US military has announced it is conducting an investigation into Salihee’s killing. Knight Ridder has already declared, (...)
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Letter to Dana Milbank about the Downing Street Memo and Corporate Media Complicity in War Crimes
By : WRH reader - Tuesday June 21, 2005
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To: milbankd@washpost.com, Sketch@washpost.com, ombudsman@washpost.com Mr. Milbank--- Regarding Friday’s WashingtonSketch ("Democrats Play House To Rally Against the War"): what an offensive, intelligence-insulting, childish rant, totally lacking in professionalism and propreity. Give me a break. First of all, the Washington Post--- as well as much of the mainstream press--- seems more than a bit confused about the Downing Street Memo. (In this age where apparently the words (...)
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WHAT’S NEW?
By : peter fredsib - Monday June 20, 2005
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By Peter Fredson Every morning I turn on TV to see what is happening in the world. I keep doing this despite the fact that I rarely learn what is really happening. Let me explain. At the beginning of the “news hour” there are 5 to 7 advertisements for toilet deodorants, toothpaste, soft-drinks, suppositories, male enhancement pills, cars new and used, and self-promotional ads for the news services. Then the “anchors” come on, exchange pleasantries, mention the (...)
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There is no Justification for the Silence on DSM- Corporate Media complicit in war crimes
By : FAIR - Saturday June 18, 2005
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One of the features of the newfound media interest in the Downing Street Memo is a profound defensiveness, as reporters scramble to explain why it received so little attention in the U.S. press. But the most familiar line—the memo wasn’t news because it contained no "new" information—only raises troubling questions about what journalists were doing when they should have been reporting on the gulf between official White House pronouncements and actual White House (...)
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THE CIA AND THE MEDIA
By : uidaho - Tuesday June 14, 2005
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How America’s Most Powerful News Media Worked Hand in Glove with the Central Intelligence Agency and Why the Church Committee Covered It Up BY CARL BERNSTEIN In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America’s leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election. He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do so by the newspapers that printed his column. He went at the request of the CIA. Alsop is one of (...)
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Paramount importance of absolutely honest journalism to combat the evil of embedded journalism
By : Aman ullah khan--London - Sunday June 12, 2005
This is in the context of the exquisitely fresh thought of the day that the neo-con Bush American empire is all evil, rather the mother-in-chief of all evils as expressed by Mr Shiraz. I simply appreciate it and would invite the attention of the world conscience and all honest intellectuals and journalists of the world to the recently published article of the most leading journalist of Britain John Pilger. The article was published in the NEW STATESMAN MediaLens: www.medi-alens.org and (...)
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Public Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Falls to All-Time Low
By : E&P Staff - Saturday June 11, 2005
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NEW YORK Public trust in newspapers and television news continued to decline in Gallup’s annual survey of "public confidence in major institutions" in the United States, reaching an all-time low this year. Those having a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers dipped from 30% to 28% in one year, the same total for television. The previous low for newspapers was 29% in 1994. Since 2000, confidence in newspapers has declined from 37% to 28%, and TV from 36% to 28%, (...)
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In shying away from 2002 Downing Street Memo, a timid press shirks its duty
By : citizen-times.com - Friday June 10, 2005
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The coverage, or lack of coverage, of a story regarding notes from a meeting of British intelligence officials dubbed the "Downing Street Memo’’ is quite a mystery. If fact, coverage has been curiously meager, although the contents of the memo were reported in early May by the Sunday Times of London. The intervening weeks have seen the American media focus on runaway brides (Jennifer Wilbanks), runaway mouths (Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean) and a runaway (...)
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John Conyers And Deep Throat
By : Margaret Kimberley - Thursday June 9, 2005
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John Conyers And Deep Throat Margaret Kimberley June 09, 2005 Deep Throat was the anonymous source who helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein break the Watergate story. For the past 30 years the identity and in some cases the very existence of Deep Throat has been called into question until Mark Felt recently revealed himself to be the mystery man. There have been many opportunities for eager reporters to bring down the current White House occupant, but no one (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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