BREAKING NEWS: AP, Media Fumble News Story

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Walter Brash: Reporters who socialize with the power elite—and this happens far more than it doesn’t happen—often fail to do their primary job: challenge authority, as the Founding fathers so eloquently asked.

The Real Reason for the Right’s Wrath Against Candy Crowley

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Joseph Palermo: The hate brigades have taken aim at Ms. Crowley not because she showed “bias” or was “wrong” about the facts or exceeded the role of moderator, but because she performed a genuine act of journalism in front of 65 million viewers.

Infomercials for Despots

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Stephen Lendman: CNN and other scoundrel media vilify Syria and Iran unjustifiably. At the same time, they suppress horrific atrocities committed by US allies. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are two of the worst.

Fox News Says Teetotaler Biden Drunk During Debate

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Julie Driscoll: When Fox ran out of ways to protect the golden boy Ryan, after they’d media-mauled, after they’d gloated about their poll showing a clear Ryan win, Fox launched the smear that Biden was drunk at the debate:

Jack Welch Capitalizes on Collateral Damage

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JP Sottile: We can talk cavalierly about the “paranoid style in American politics,” but just beyond the Birthers and latter-day Red Scarecrows who populate the Tea Party and Rep. Allen West’s townhall meetings, there is a deeper, darker secret that we all basically know and lament.

Why I’m Boycotting Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Book

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Peter Dreier: People of conscience don’t have to buy his books or buy tickets to his movies, and can urge others to do likewise. He is an embarrassment to all Californians.

Jim Lehrer, Marriage Counselor

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JP Sottile: Setitle: Like an expert counselor, Lehrer facilitated an open and honest exchange of feelings and emotions. Okay, not much honesty. But the exchange did seem “open”…for business.

Documentaries Present Opposing Views on Occupy

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Lauren Windsow: American Autumn: an Occudoc, will screen on a double with Andrew Breitbart Presents: Occupy Unmasked with a moderated debate to follow.

“Bocephus…You’re Not Fit to Carry Ammo for a Real Veteran’”

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Berry Craig: Given his macho talk and fondness for the flag and firearms, you’d think Hank Williams Jr. would have volunteered for what surely would have been the ultimate hunting trip for him — Vietnam.

Boycotting Newsweek

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Brent Budowsky: Now Brown resorts to the old standby: Obamahate. What will she think of next week? Perhaps a beefcake shot of Paul Ryan while he attacks Medicare and a woman’s right to choose.

Romney Tax Return Provides a Window to His Soul

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Walter Brasch: What does matter is that by stonewalling, obfuscating, and refusing to give full disclosure, he appears to have something to hide.

Sorry, NY Times, Federal Dollars Essential for Reducing Child Poverty

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Randy Shaw: Since the Nixon presidency, the false legend that federal money does not “solve” poverty, and even make it worse, has triumphed over the actual facts.

Oscar Pistorius and ‘The Dignity of Risk’

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Dave Zirin: Particularly remarkable is that even though the IAAF set a tone that the track and field community should be suspicious and resentful of Pistorius, the other athletes saw his accomplishment as something to celebrate.

My Five Minutes with Bill O’Reilly

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Peter Dreier: It was clear from the get-go last night that Bill didn’t want to talk about Pete Seeger. He wanted to talk about why I called him a “right-wing buffoon”

Danny Boyle’s Olympic Minstrel Show

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Dave Zirin: This is the Olympics as nothing less than a neoliberal Trojan horse. Seeing the queen sit in observance of pantomime protests and Cameron cheer the very NHS he aims to slash is actually quite perverse.

The Romney Campaign’s Situational Demagoguery

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Joseph Palermo: Worse than Swift Boating, worse than Willie Horton, Mitt Romney is running the most craven, dishonest, and hypocritical campaign we’ve seen in contemporary American politics.

Social Media: Meaning or Madness?

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Charles Hayes: Increasingly I see young people (and some not so young) spending their days flitting this way and that, like subatomic particles being moved by unseen forces, while focused on a hand-held gadget.

The Fluff Factor: Today’s Journalism

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Walter Brasch: Today’s news co-hosts, known as anchors, are usually a tandem of a wise middle-aged older man and his pretend trophy wife, both of whom spend more time in Make-up and Hair Dressing than they ever spent in journalism classes.

Stop-and-Frisk Citizen Journalists

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Sharon Kyle: Do citizens have a right to monitor the behavior of law enforcement? What about citizen journalists? The case of citizen Joseph “Jazz” Hayden may be one of police retaliation. What do you think?

Advertising, Our National Values, and Truth and Beauty

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Walter Moss: What is it about our nation’s values that inclines us to be so accepting of advertising and all the falsity and ugliness that comes with it?

Koch Brothers: The Least of Our Worries

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Robert Illes: But in many ways worse are the watery “liberals” on, say, MSNBC, especially Chris Matthews, whose main interest seems self-serving, to maintain the election as seeming like a tight horse race.

Cory Booker No Millennial, Should Not Launch Millennial Website

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Nomiki Konst: Why do millennials need to be saved by non-millennials? Our generation’s unique greatness is in part due to our self-starting, self-sufficient, entrepreneurial spirit.

MO Bitter Blues in the Jeff City Rotunda or Rush Limbaugh’s Big Head

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Kathleen Peine: It’s not the Hall of Universally Loved Missourians,” House Speaker Steven Tilley told the Kansas City Star in regard to the placement of the Rush Hudson Limbaugh III bust in the Missouri Capitol. “It’s the Hall of Famous Missourians.”

The Unembarrassable Network

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Berry Craig: The folks at Fox aren’t real newshounds. They’re rabble-rousing hacks in the tradition of the country’s old-time partisan press.

Neil Munro’s Incivility

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Karen FInney: Rather than helping to further understanding about the policy being announced, Munro engaged in exactly the kind of provocative-for-the-sake-of-it “journalism” that cheapens our national debate on important issues.

Losing My Prince

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Charley James: The only thing that’s possibly more devastating than finding yourself on the street is having to let a friend take care of a beloved pet because you are homeless.

Charley James Is Back

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Sharon Kyle & Dick Price: At last report as of this morning, Charley is still day by day able to get a night’s lodging, while he pitches writing ideas to editors. We encourage to catch up with Charley’s contributions and send whatever you can afford his way, as we have done. You can either send him funds directly to him through PayPal or send them to us and we’ll pass them all to him.

Unequal Political Coverage in the Media

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Unequal Political Coverage few years ago, I met Sue Wilson a media reform activist who was promoting her awarding winning documentary, “Broadcast Blues” at the annual L.A. Media Reform Summit.  Sue, who has been a foot soldier in the battle to take back the media, was on a campaign that continues today. Sue believes media [...]

We Don’t Need a Law to Stop Cyber-Cowards

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Berry Craig: But if this old reporter were a blogsite boss he’d exercise his First Amendment right to make bloggers tack their names on what they write or they wouldn’t get posted.

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