How to Seem Racist: A Guide

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Tina Dupuy: If you feel like Martin is responsible for his own death because he wasn’t docile and apologetic, you seem racist.

Greenwald’s Courage Can Be Contagious

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Wendy McElroy: Obama’s greatest allies in criminalizing journalism are the brave media people whose reporting on Greenwald essentially consists of going “arf, arf!” In his Skyped speech, Greenwald praised them as actors who played “journalists on TV.”

The Snowden Debate: Liberal Versus Liberal

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Julie Driscoll: The battle seems to be pitched among the libs as to who’s the purest. Ed Snowden = hero = “good” lib; Ed Snowden = lying attention-seeking cowardly traitor = “bad” lib.

Richard Clarke’s Dire Warning to Journalists

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JP Sotille: Richard Clarke has gone out of his way to tell us and those journalists willing to listen that the tipping point between sunlight and darkness is here. Now it is possible for a government or, it is not hard to imagine, a powerful corporation to simply hijack the car of an inconvenient truth-teller and run them off the road, into a ditch or, alas, into a lone palm tree.

Paula Deen and the Cooked Goose of American Culture

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JP Sotille: Shame is the only thing standing between you and your arrival as a full-on cultural reference. So, make a sex tape. Try out for a reality competition. Transcend the plight of the anonymous. Maybe you are the next “Food Network Star.”

The All-Time Whistleblower: Philip Agee

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William Blum: Agee’s goal in naming all these individuals, quite simply, was to make it as difficult as he could for the CIA to continue doing its dirty work.

Snowden Hated Leakers on Dubya’s Watch

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Berry Craig: Could it be that pure-as-the-driven-Snowden sang now because he’s just another Obama-hating right-winger?

Watch Your Mouth!

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Steve Hochstadt: Jim Allen has resigned his Republican Party office and Paula Deen’s show is being cancelled by the Food Network. The difference is that racist talk is no longer tolerated.

Deliver Me from Glenn Greenwald and Fox News

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Berry Craig: The likes of Greenwald and the Fox propagandists are a throwback to the time when almost all newspapers were unabashedly partisan. And Jane and John Q were worse off for it.

Can Elites Convince Victims of Top-Down Policies to Blame Themselves?

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Randy Shaw: The GOP truly believes Americans will go back to the days of blaming themselves for high student loan debt, wage stagnation, and the inability to get a fulltime job. It’s just a question of finding the right message to convince them that it is their own lack of hard work and industriousness that put them in their situation.

Why MSNBC Fell — And How It Can Rise Again

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Randy Shaw: What if activists closely following Keystone, immigration reform, the battle against federal budget austerity and other campaigns knew that each night MSNBC would have the latest on developments in all of these campaigns.

Politico Slants Obamacare Coverage

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Berry Craig: From the start, right-wing groups used “Obamacare” as a slur for the president’s health care program. Ultimately, Obama and the Democrats embraced it. “You want to call it Obamacare — that’s okay, because I do care,” the president said.

Koch Brothers: Out Now!

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Dick Price: Thursday, a hundred or so veteran agitators gathered in Will Rogers Park on Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills to protest the conjectured sale of the Los Angeles Times to Charles and David Koch, plutocrat owners of the $115-billion-annual-revenue Koch Industries, who have expressed interest in using the paper to spread their drown-government-in-the-bathtub invective.

The Right to Privacy in the Age of Facebook

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Steve Hochstadt: Now the internet has once again burst the accepted bounds of community by allowing and encouraging interactions between people who have never met.

Mainstream Media Acrostic

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Gary Corseri: Mealy-mouthed assassins state halt-truths/non-truths, swearing they are all-true.

What’s Really Behind All Those Village Voice Layoffs

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Michael Sigman: For many old-media types I talked to, there was more resignation than outrage this time around, as though a cherished institution were already gone.

Bill Maher v Glenn Greenwald

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JP Sotille: Like so many of the so-called “Left” in America, Maher has basically accepted the key notion that a whole population of like-minded people have decided to kill Americans because of an irrational religious belief system.

Effort to Stop Koch Brothers’ Takeover of LA Times Gains Momentum

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Steve Smith: A sale by Oaktree (which has controlling interest in the Tribune Co.) to the Kochs would be an affront to the values of Angelenos and working people everywhere.

Abercrombie & Fitch’s ‘Fat Policy’ A Good Thing

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Jasmyne Cannick: Protesting Abercrombie & Fitch is sending the message to children, teens, and adults that it’s okay to be fat and if people don’t accept you being fat and make clothes to accommodate your fatness that they are somehow bad.

Why I Want the Koch Brothers to Buy the LA Times

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Joe Mathews: Most American newspapers today are owned by little-known rich people or faceless corporations, and it’s rare that papers do things that people love or hate. The LA Times suffers from this same malady: It’s unthreatening and predictable.

Pacifica Foundation Seeking Executive Director

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The Pacifica Foundation, the country’s oldest public radio network, comprising 7 business units, is seeking an Executive Director.

CNN Hasn’t ‘Jumped The Shark:” It Is ‘The Shark’

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JP Sotille: CNN’s unwillingness to let go, cut away or—perish the thought—actually cover a wide array of “news” stories, first manifested itself during the infamous coverage of the Carnival Cruise “Poop Ship.”

Obama Scores at Correspondents Dinner

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Julie Driscoll: If you missed the Correspondents Dinner 2013, here is a video along with a list of one liners delivered by President Obama — the president with great timing.

The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink

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Norman Solomon: After the bombings that killed and maimed so horribly at the Boston Marathon, our country’s politics and mass media are awash in heartfelt compassion — and reflexive “doublethink.”

Corporate Media Loves Thatcher Because She Broke Unions

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Randy Shaw: Wealthy media chieftains love Thatcher for eliminating working class jobs, cutting funding for free school milk programs, and dramatically increasing income inequality; they define such actions as strength rather than immorality.

Send Lauren to Netroots

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Lauren Windsor: I am competing to win a scholarship to an important political media conference, Netroots Nation, and I need your help.

Teaparty.org: Stuck in 2008, Still Demented

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Julie Driscoll: Although it’s not really necessary to “know the enemy” (since our enemies have already outed themselves as idiots and numbskulls hugging their guns and building underground bunkers), it’s on sites like teaparty.org where true radical right-wingers are born, bottle-fed, nurtured and set free to wreak havoc.

Digital Grab: Corporate Power Has Seized the Internet

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Norman Solomon: The huge imbalance of digital power now afflicting the Internet is a crucial subset of what afflicts the entirety of economic relations and political power in the United States. We have a profound, far-reaching fight on our hands, at a crossroads leading toward democracy or corporate monopoly. The future of humanity is at stake..

Crafting a Win-Win for Digital Content Creators and Consumers

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Brad Parker: If any theft or freeloading has occurred it is by the ISPs. Why? Because the ISPs are not paying the creators a fair share of the rather substantial profits on what is essentially the new Broadcast Medium, the Internet.

Dancing With Horses

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Georgianne Nienaber: Anyone who followed the last presidential election cycle will remember the hammering dressage took from liberal pundits who circled like jackals around the hapless Ann Romney and her Olympic contender, Rafalca.

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