|Taking a Closer Look at the Stories Ignored by the Corporate Media|
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- The ideological Republicans are destroying a fine public institution.
- ABC News will now air the 'killed' Robert Kennedy Jr. interview after all.
- Critics liken radio, TV spots to propaganda; agency defends use
- Investigators at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are examining $15,000 in payments to two Republican lobbyists last year that were not disclosed to the corporation's board.
- ABC corporate executives at the network's highest levels ordered three interviews with Robert Kennedy Jr. pulled from ABC News programming.
- Arabic news channel Aljazeera says its new English-language service will not water down its reporting style, despite US criticism of its coverage of the fighting in Iraq.
- Independent World Television will go public on June 15. The goal, as bold as it is big, is to create an alternative news and current affairs network that is, as its name implies, global in reach and free from corporate or government pressures.
- If not deep-seated racism, what is it that makes American audiences more comfortable with Naomi Watts' blonde, freckled, blue-eyed appearance than with Nanako Matsushima's own beauty? Why would we prefer the Celtic blue eyes of Jennifer Connelly over the brown of Hitomi Kuroki? It's not enough for a film lead to be beautiful, it seems she must be white as well.
- Though outgoing FCC Chairman Michael Powell may find it funny to joke about a "Mercedes divide," the ever increasing gap "between those who have access to information technology and digital content and those who do not" is no laughing matter. One expert compared such high-speed Internet access inequity to "having the moderate and upper classes in IMAX theatres, while the underprivileged are still watching silent movies."
- Users of Microsoft's new China-based Internet portal were blocked from using the words "democracy", "freedom" and "human rights" in an apparent move by the US software giant to appease Beijing. Other words that could not be used include "Taiwan independence" and "demonstration".
- A study of media citations of think tanks in 2004—the 10th year of collecting such data—finds that think tanks of the right and center still predominate, despite a slight increase in citations of left-leaning think tanks.
- Like Halliburton, Christ Inc. has become the latest recipient of taxpayer largesse, having won the contract to keep the media out of the news business, and to ensure that power speaks to truth, as opposed to the other way around. In recent months the escalating violence in Iraq and mounting evidence of US-run torture chambers has been dutifully ignored by the Christian News Network, a.k.a. “The Missing White Girl Network” who never miss an opportunity, these days, to provide their theo-con masters with a platform to discredit the administration's naysayers and whistleblowers.
- Expressing alarm, public broadcasters and their supporters in Congress interpreted the move as an escalation of a Republican-led campaign against a perceived liberal bias in their programming. That effort was initiated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's own chairman, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson.
- A troubling shift is underway in how lawmakers censor media in this country.
- When Google Inc.'s 19 million daily users look up a long-lost classmate, send e-mail or bounce around the Web more quickly with its new Web Accelerator, records of that activity don't go away.
- The Pentagon war to annex Iraq as a profitable region of US capital's empire is still raging, long after the fragile pretexts for invasion have torn like tissue. The sheer brutality and colonial-style character of the occupation have unleashed a firestorm of resistance that enjoys widespread support in the Iraqi population. But not many people in the US are seeing the reality of life for Iraqis and GIs on TV news or in newspapers.
- So, even NPR, and PRI are running with fear, CNN, and others have long since capitulated, as has the NY Times and Washington Post—so all we have left are we few on the internet, and at some point, we’ll be shut down, and some of us will probably be “persons of interest” and possibly arrested for sedition and speaking out—as happened in Nazi Germany.
- "We were set to perform The Hand That Feeds with an unmolested, straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop. Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me," Nine Inch Nails' leader Trent Reznor said in a statement posted on the band's Web site.
- Soon, patrons of the Naperville Public Library - at least those wanting to use the Internet - will need more than a library card. They'll give a fingerprint.
- To the average listener, Radio Free Ohio has all the earmarks of pirate radio. For weeks, it sounded as if amateurs had been bleeding their voices into the broadcasts of stations in Akron, Ohio, owned by Clear Channel, the corporate radio giant. But last week it came out that Radio Free Ohio was not a prank on Clear Channel but in fact a prank by Clear Channel.
- As a longtime fan of both George Bushes' eccentric grasp of English, I naturally enjoyed this gem from W.: "See, in my line of work, you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
- ... believe the 5 corporations who own almost all of the media in the U.S. are liberal.
- The Media exists for the purposes of the corporate and government elites. These purposes include preventing ordinary Americans from having any say in their own government. The Media survives as a business only because ordinary Americans give them their money. We are the base of the pyramid, holding it all up.
- The Lancet says that 100,000 Iraqis have been killed by the American invasion of Iraq. In view of this, which has been mainly ignored by the American media, we can say without hesitation that the war in Iraq is the greatest terrorist act of the new century. How can the CEO's of ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and the New York Times defend the fabrications, deceptions and outright lies that played out day by day on the front pages of America's newspapers and paved the way for the killing fields of Iraq.
- Young children who watch a lot of television are more likely to become bullies, a new study reveals. The authors suggest the increasingly violent nature of children’s cartoons may be to blame.
- The hands of America's corporate-controlled news media are now dripping with the blood of those sacrificed in a war promoted and exploited for ratings and profit. May this blood that has been shed for their greed never wash clean, lest we forget how easily corruption, avarice and deceit can usurp democracy, blacken the hearts of humanity, and destroy the soul of a nation.
- Pornographic film star Mary Carey, who ran for California governor in a recall election in 2003, and who is attending a Bush dinner, has been arrested in a raid on a new strip club in the Tacoma suburb of Lakewood, Washington.
- No e-mail is really private. There is no assurance that a message will reach only its intended target. With dozens of servers and satellites, people can read your messages if they expend the effort. Google is reading peoples' e-mails to target specific advertisements to them.
- The internet's most popular search engine Google has been accused of supporting Chinese internet controls by omitting contentious news stories from search results in China. This has been going on for at least 1 year for China. Is this what happens in the USA too?
- What the mainstream media are giving us is elevator news. Recently, I encountered the term "WPN" (for "what passes for news"). I'd like to propose a related term, "Nuzak." It's a functional description of how WPN fits into the life of the average Joe, who never reads a newspaper except for the sports section.
- Porn star and former gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey will be joining her boss, Kick Ass Pictures president Mark Kulkis, in attending a dinner with President Bush in Washington, D.C. on June 14.
- Imitating Big Tobacco's fight against cigarette labeling, the PR industry launches a battle against regulation of government-funded "fake" news.
- To balance the anti-Chavez local press and pro-American CNN, Venezuela is launching a South American Al Jazeera. With journalistic heavyweights and a non-corporate vibe, the channel arrives on the scene as a number of Latin American nations are leaning politically left.
- Fox ran a one-hour documentary called "Iran: The Nuclear Threat." It glorifies Israeli preemptive attacks on Iraq and promotes a preemptive attack on Iran.
- Is that a bit of desperation coming from Bill O'Reilly? His show's lost a third of its viewers over the past few months and now he won't shut up about celebrities who refuse to put their heads on his chopping block of a show.
- A third federal agency has admitted it paid a journalist to write favorable stories about its work. Documents released by the Agriculture Department show it paid a freelance writer $9,375 in 2003 to "research and write articles for hunting and fishing magazines describing the benefits of NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) programs."
- Make an assertion, promote your opinion, or provide your interpretation. Before your opponent can question your motive, strength of argument, or basis for your assertions, call for them to prove you wrong. Place the burden of proof for your assumptions on your opponent.
- Today's U.S. also is undergoing a program of moral cleanliness. Censorship is in. Creativity and saying anything against the new morals automatically earns one the label of 'un-Amercan.' This counter cultural revolution took decades to implement. Today, it is solidly in place and shows no signs of abatement. It will stick around for years, if not decades. There is little opposition to it.
- As distinct from the concept of real democracy, democratic fascism is a political ideology, fully backed up by corporate terrorists and war lords in the 'mainstream media' and academia, that adherents would apply to consummate police state at home and impose puppet regimes in the Muslim world, and which they propagate, besides with the barrel of a gun, through economic genocide.
- Google’s plan 'to build a database that will compare the track record and credibility of all news sources around the world, and adjust the ranking of any search results accordingly' is a new form of censorship in the technological era.
- Guckert made more than 200 appearances at the White House during his two-year tenure with the fledging conservative websites GOPUSA and Talon News. He had little to no previous journalism experience, previously worked as a male escort, and was refused a congressional press pass. On at least fourteen occasions, Secret Service records show either the entry or exit time missing. Generally, the existing entry or exit times correlate with press conferences; on most of these days, the records show that Guckert checked in but was never processed out.
- The Internet as we have known it is going to change -- the only question is how. There's a fight going on over that question, and at stake is nothing less than the Internet's potential as a medium for free expression, civic involvement, and economic innovation.
- Liberal commentator Bill Moyers is out on PBS stations. Buster the animated rabbit is under a cloud of suspicion. And right-wing yakkers from the Wall Street Journal editorial page have been handed their own public-television chat show. PBS is being forced to toe a more conservative line in its programming by the Republican-dominated agency that provides about $30 million in federal funds to the Alexandria-based service
- We are number one...We are number one.....or are we?
- Secretary Gutierrez stated that America is experiencing "tremendous economic prosperity." Really? What America is Secretary Gutierrez living in?
- A severe earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale which struck Indonesia on Tuesday, which has so far resulted in a death toll topping 1,000, had "little or no effect" on the Terri Schiavo case, the 24-hour news networks confirmed today.
- At the same time one of Florida's most visible television reporters brought the news to viewers around the state, he earned hundreds of thousands of dollars on the side from the government agencies he covered.
- The UK government is contemplating breaking up the BBC and stripping the broadcaster of its independent status, a British newspaper has reported.
- A Book Review of Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon shapes and censors the movies by David L. Robb
- The Bush administration, rejecting the Government Accountability Office statement that government tapes are illegal propaganda, said last week that it is legal for federal agencies to feed TV stations prepackaged news stories that do not disclose the government's role in producing them
- Press Secretary Scott McClellan officially confirmed that the White House is blowing off the Government Accountability Office's finding that prepackaged administration video news releases constitute illegal covert propaganda.
- Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit in seeking records from the Department of Defense concerning Pentagon funded programs engaged in "strategic influence, perception management, strategic information warfare and/or strategic psychological operations" through media consultants, "think tanks," foreign expatriate political organizations
and Internet sites.
- "Thank you, Bush. Thank you, U.S.A.," a jubilant Iraqi-American told a camera crew in Kansas City for a segment about reaction to the fall of Baghdad. A second report told of "another success" in the Bush administration's "drive to strengthen aviation security"; the reporter called it "one of the most remarkable campaigns in aviation history." A third segment, broadcast in January, described the administration's determination to open markets for American farmers. To a viewer, each report looked like any other 90-second segment on the local news. In fact, the federal government produced all three.
- Following the Pentagon, CIA, FBI and other government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security has hired a Hollywood liaison to work with moviemakers and script writers. Are movies with scripts written with Pentagon, CIA, and FBI input called propaganda?
- The U.S. military is to beam its own news coverage to millions of Americans.
- Bahraini police have detained a man who runs a website seen as critical of the Gulf Arab state's government and royal family, activists said.
- The architect of the Bush victories in 2000 and 2004 came through the ranks of college Republicans with the late Lee Atwater, and their admitted and alleged dirty tricks are the legends many young political operatives dream of pulling off.
- The ranks of federal public affairs officials swelled during the Bush administration's first term, but that hasn't meant that government information is easier to get. "The role of public affairs officers is not to make information available to the public, as one would naively assume, rather, it is to regulate public access to information, which is something quite different."
- The existence of Jeff Gannon, the propagandist impersonating a reporter is disturbing. However what is even more disturbing is that he is not the first but the sixth "journalist" (four of whom have been unmasked so far this year) to have been a propagandist on the payroll of either the Bush administration or a barely arms-length ally like Talon News, while simultaneously appearing in print or broadcast forums that purport to be real news
- For two years Jeff Gannon cut an unobtrusive figure at White House press conferences. He was writing under a false name and working for a Republican front organisation. His 'softball' questions to White House officials can now be seen as plotting by an administration which has frequently displayed a dark mastery of the arts of press control.
- His real name is James Dale Guckert. He has no journalistic background whatsoever. His application for a press credential to cover the Congress was rejected. But the White House arranged for him to be given a new pass every single day, a deliberate evasion of the regular credentialing that requires an FBI security check. It was soon revealed. "Gannon" owned and advertised his services as a gay escort on more than half a dozen websites.
- More on Jeff Gannon the so called whitehouse reporter who was pro Bush.
- A man with a phony name and fake credentials poses as a white house correspondent. This right wing, "loose canon", "reporter" consistently supported George Bush, but has revealed that he was using a fake name and credentials.
- The New York Times killed a story that could have changed the election... why?... because it could have changed the election.
- In 2002, syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher repeatedly defended President Bush's push for a $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families. Unbeknownst to us, this "independent reporter" had several contracts with the US Government and was being payed thousands of dollars.
- The Bush Administration--aided by right-wing allies who have produced assorted hired guns and conservative think tanks to further their goals--are engaged in a campaign to suppress science that is arguably unmatched in the Western world since the Inquisition.