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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

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