Breaking Google’s Monopoly

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Tina Dupuy: Since Google’s search engine is by definition a natural monopoly, it should therefore be seen as a public utility, a private sector company providing a public service subjected to following certain rules.

Under the Global Shadow of Big Brother, Journalism Must Light Up the Political Sky

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Norman Solomon: The alternative to unrelenting independence is sheepism, and that’s not journalism; it’s a professionalized baseline of bowing to government and corporate pressure even before it has been overtly exerted.

Photographers Beware! Big Brother Is Watching You

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Dan Bluemel: The next time you want to take a photograph in public, take pause, for that snapshot may land your personal information in federal counter-terrorism databases for the next 30 years.

JFK & The Anti-Conspiracy Conspiracy

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JP Sotille: The official investigation of JFK’s murder left many loose ends in a rush to dispel suspicions of a conspiracy, but the major U.S. news media has been even more negligent over the past half century in denouncing anyone who dares pull on those loose ends.

Lindsey Graham’s Perpetual Pathos

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Tom Degan: Poor old Lindsey obviously doesn’t have much of a stomach for non-fiction these days. That seems to be a chronic state as far as the right wing is concerned.

LA Times Gives Walmart Protests a Pass

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Peter Dreier: If you want to learn how thousands of Walmart’s poverty-wage workers in the region will be coping with this year’s holiday season, don’t look for it in Los Angeles’ paper of record.

Rachel Maddow Cuts and Pastes Rand Paul

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Brent Budowsky: Rand Paul, who is embroiled in controversies about plagiarism, could learn from Obama instead of making lame and silly excuses that are being brilliantly dissected by Rachel Maddow.

‘P’ Is for ‘Paul’ and ‘Plagiarizer’

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Berry Craig: Paul is still a tea party darling. His base – mostly white folks of the Obama’s-a-Kenyan-born-Islamo-Socialist persuasion – doesn’t care if he swipes from Wikipedia or anyplace else, or if he just makes stuff up.

Read More Than This Headline

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Tina Dupuy: If you’ve fallen into the Internet Age tendency of skimming headlines and tweets instead of reading the entire article, you’d understandably think the new pope is a hippie and the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is a peacenik.

Republican Shutdown: Time Magazine’s False Equivalency

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Joe Palermo: Scherer and Altman leave Time readers with the impression that somehow Nancy Pelosi is equally responsible for the Republican Tea Party crazies in the House who are driving the country into the ground to win concessions from the president they despise.

Russia Bashing: A Dead End

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Ivan Eland: The real rub is that the current Russian leader, unlike his predecessor, the drunk buffoon Boris Yeltsin, refuses to be an American lackey and endure post-Cold War US insults.

Sorkin, Clooney, Al Jazeera America

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Brent Budowsky: Visuals of Murrow and Cronkite that opened Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” during season one had disappeared by season two in symbolic gesture of falling standards.

Race-Baiting Begins in Chris Lane Case

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David Love: The right has made the Chris Lane murder their cause célèbre, their meme, their Trayvon Martin, and they believe this is the president’s gotcha moment.

Government Should Not Define What a Reporter Is—or Isn’t

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Walter Brasch: Under Sen. Feinstein’s belief of who and what a reporter is, Ben Franklin, who wrote hundreds of articles under the byline of Silence Do-Good, and was never paid for it, would not be considered to be a reporter.

To Tweet or Not To Tweet

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Charles Hayes: What has disturbed me about public discourse today, especially in social media, is my sense that it mostly serves as an echo chamber.

Right-Wing Truth-Trampling

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Walter Moss: The most egregious recent example of some right-wing organizations’ truth-trampling is their praise for newspaper columnist Diana West’s revised version of McCarthyism in American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Character.

Why Would Fox Produce the Hillary Miniseries?

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JP Sotille: The stockholders of both 21st Century Fox and News Corp will benefit mightily from Hillary’s candidacy, from an outrage-inspiring Hillary miniseries and, when all is said and done, from a Hillary presidency.

Even Fox’ Chris Wallace Exasperated By GOP Refusal to Govern

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Julie Driscoll: Wallace comes out swinging on an unprepared Eric Cantor, who mostly sits in the interview with a glazed, “oh shit” look.

Lawrence O’Donnell, Don’t Mansplain to Me About Russia

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Julia Ioffe: My main beef with O’Donnell is not that he wouldn’t let me make these 11 points—because, let’s face it, that’s not what the TV is for—but that he did exactly the same shit Russians did to me when I was in Russia.

Remembering Bill Clements

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Tom Degan: It was his mighty pen that sent former Illinois governor, Otto Kerner, to prison in 1974 in a bribery scandal.

Can We See Through Race?

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Scot Nakagawa: When presented with safe, media representations of white-on-black racism, most non-black folk react by siding with the black guy. But, when the incident is happening right in front of them, they side with the white person because proximity causes a more gut-level response.

Citizen Bezos

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Brent Budowsky: If Citizen Bezos remembers Citizen Jefferson and invests in a journalism and discourse that respects and inspires the minds of his readers, he will make a profit for his newspaper and perform a service for our democracy.

Which Jeff Bezos Bought the Washington Post?

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Richard Eskow: Between Bezos’ libertarian politics and his extraordinary gifts in business, this could be a very good or a very bad thing. But either way, it will be something worth watching.

Rolling Stone Blows Cover Off War on Terror

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JP Sotille: By forcing us to look into the face of Jahar, Rolling Stone forced us to examine why this soft-spoken, well-liked and seemingly Westernized boy turned violently on his adopted country. Perhaps the real fear is that he and others like him are not motivated by something as easy to understand and dismiss as “pure Evil.”

The No-News Media Cover a Royal Birth

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Walter Brasch: While the media are fixated upon the birth of a future monarch, they have cut back their incessant incoherently babbling about the lives and misfortunes of American celebrities.

Weiner, Really?

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Julie Driscoll: So, this whole thing where Weiner gets to sext once, resign, and be forgiven to the point where he’s leading in the New York mayoral race polls, and then sext once again, and once again be forgiven by the liberal community is just, well, hypocrisy doesn’t seem too strong a word.

How Obama Administration Attacks Press Freedom

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Norman Solomon: Journalists who can be compelled to violate the confidentiality of their sources, or otherwise go to prison, are reduced to doing little more than providing stenographic services to pass along the official story. That’s what the White House wants.

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.

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