Traditional Media Downplays Historic Keystone Pipeline Protests

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-+*Randy Shaw: This disdain for activists working to combat climate change is illuminating. It reflects the powerful corporate interests opposed to such efforts, and the media’s framing Hurricane Sandy and other destructive weather as requiring powerful action from politicians, not activists.

CNN Scoops the Poop (Ship)

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-+*JP Sotille: The painful fact is that CNN, and the rest of the American broadcast news business, covers less and less news with each passing year. Less actual reporters and less working bureaus equal less actual reporting on fewer stories from fewer places around the globe.

Santa Meets the Press

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-+*n 2007 there was a newspaper story about the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) raiding Santa’s workshop, hunting for what they had suspected to be the greatest surveillance system on earth that spied mostly on United States homes and lodgings. The accusation had been put forth by an anonymous source claiming: ‘how else would Santa […]

The No News News Media

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-+*Walter Brasch: Subway is accused of making foot-long hoagies that are 11 inches. The media seized this major fraud and, ignoring anything Congress or Wall Street was doing, slathered layers of hype on a story that should have died with three paragraphs in one day.

Mainstream Media Downplay NRA’s Close Ties to Gun Industry

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-+*Peter Dreier: when reporters use adjectives to describe the NRA, they don’t call it an “industry-backed” or “gun manufacturers-funded” group. Instead, they describe the NRA in terms of its political clout, calling it “powerful,” “influential,” “deep pocketed and widely feared”

New York Times Puffs Fix The Debt Corporate Lobby

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-+*Peter Dreier: Peterson’s Fix the Debt agenda would simply exacerbate the recent trends of widening inequality and declining living standards for most Americans, a chasm we haven’t seen since the Gilded Age of the late 1800s. This so-called “solution” is bad for the economy and bad for the country.

A Broken Media and Gun Violence

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-+*Tom Hall: Is there anything “free” about a ‘free press’ that is controlled so as to eliminate serious discussion about an industry that leads to the death of tens of thousands of people every year?