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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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