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News Media Last Updated: Dec 28th, 2007 - 00:40:28

News Media
Guerrilla News Network's Ford Foundation connection: The progressive media and the CIA
By Bob Feldman

Although the Guerrilla News Network [GNN] may claim to be an anti-corporate media group, it was given a grant of $62,500 in 2006 by the multi-billion dollar (and CIA-connected) Ford Foundation, (also see "Alternative Media Censorship") whose board of trustees chairperson, Kathryn Fuller, has also been sitting on ALCOA's corporate board since 2002.

Jan 4, 2007, 00:40

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Aljazeera: The plot thickens
By Ramzy Baroud

The launch of Aljazeera International on November 15, the English arm of Aljazeera Satellite Television, was hardly an ordinary event.

Dec 21, 2006, 00:46

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Murdoch megalomania
By Jerry Mazza

James Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has settled into being not only a mogul, i.e., BSkyB Chief Executive, but is guilty of the same megalomania he accused (with a sweep of his �unseen hand�) the BBC of exhibiting.

Dec 14, 2006, 00:28

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Greenberg buying up New York Times shares
By Jerry Mazza

�Hammering Hank,� as he�s better known to colleagues, is at it again. According to Reuters, AP, and CNBC at msn.Money  Maurice �Hank� Greenberg has been buying up shares of The New York Times Company to try to break the Sulzberger family�s �hold� on it. Watch out.

Dec 1, 2006, 01:08

News Media
A Qatari child is born
By Linda S. Heard

At last! After years of speculation and months of delay the English-language version of Al Jazeera, the Arab World's most controversial and arguably most successful, television network aired on November 15. It is billed as the first English-language news channel headquartered in the Middle East or Gulf.

Nov 22, 2006, 00:36

News Media
The FCC must stop shutting down microradio stations
By K�llia Ramares

On October 27, I went to an informal FCC hearing on media consolidation. It was held at the Oakland Marriott as part of the California NAACP convention. It was informal because only two of the five commissioners�Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein--the Democrats�were present. So it wasn�t an official hearing and wasn�t mentioned on the FCC web site.

Nov 8, 2006, 01:20

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Filming his own death in Oaxaca, Mexico
By Henk Ruyssenaars

(FPF) -- When working as an independent correspondent in Chile, I saw the zooming in on a killer for the first time when cameraman Leonardo Henrichsen was filming his own death. He was shot during the failed military coup on June 29, 1973, shortly before Washington's war machine and CIA/Kissinger's coup on the 11th of September 'suicided' democratically elected President Salvador Allende.

Oct 31, 2006, 00:51

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Sebastian Mallaby�s distortions of what �every honest politician knows�
By Seth Sandronsky

As U.S. midterm elections near, the topic of political honesty draws some pundits like moths to light. Take Sebastian Mallaby in the Washington Post of October 23.

Oct 30, 2006, 00:42

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Mike Malloy is b-a-a-a-a-c-k
By Sheila Samples

Much to the dismay of the Bush Crime Family and the Flying Monkey Right, their most fervent nemesis, talk-show host Mike Malloy, will return to progressive airwaves on Monday, Oct. 30 -- a whole week and one day before the mid-term elections. When you consider the corruption and scandals oozing like slime from the right over just the past week and one day, Malloy's return is not a moment too soon.

Oct 24, 2006, 00:57

News Media
Bush�s absolute power grab
By Carla Binion

On October 17, George W. Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This new law gives Bush power similar to that of Stalin or Hitler, and grants agencies within the executive branch powers similar to those of the KGB or Gestapo.

Oct 20, 2006, 01:19

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Truthiness and lies
By Lacey Benns-Owens

It�s no wonder that �truthiness� was chosen as Word of the Year for 2005. This term, created by fake journalist Stephen Colbert, seems more and more appropriate these days. Colbert states, �we are divided between those who think with their head, and those who know with their heart.� Truth no longer seems to exist. Replacing logic and facts with feelings and heart has become all too common. Part of this shift may stem from the very genre spoofed by Colbert. Cable news media has taken a dramatic shift away from the original concepts and ethics surrounding journalism.

Oct 20, 2006, 01:07

News Media
The message will out
By Linda S. Heard

It's been almost a year since a Daily Mirror headline read "Bush plot to bomb his Arab ally." The article referred to a leaked "top secret" Number Ten memo that reportedly quoted the US president telling Britain's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, of his desire to bomb Al Jazeera's headquarters in Qatar at a time the broadcaster was covering US activities in Fallujah.

Oct 18, 2006, 00:58

News Media
Wars and propaganda machines
By Rodrigue Tremblay

Propaganda machines are dangerous, even more so in a democracy than in a totalitarian regime, because their goal is to confuse, disinform, lie, raise fear and manipulate the opinions of the people.

Oct 9, 2006, 01:30

News Media
Murdoch almighty: When public loses opinion
By Ramzy Baroud

People imagine that their opinions are their own, not those of corporate moguls who compete to colonise the public sphere. We are not as free in thought as we think.

Sep 21, 2006, 01:15

News Media
Ten anti-Castro "journalists" in South Florida on US government payroll
By Luciana Bohne

During the Mercosur summit in Argentina, WJAN-TV South Florida reporter, Manuel Cao, asked Cuban President Fidel Castro why his government didn't allow a prominent doctor and dissident to leave the country. Quick as lightning, Castro shot back, "Who pays you?"

Sep 15, 2006, 00:48

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Keith Olbermann's finest hour
By Bill Berkowitz

On Wednesday, August 30, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann had his Edward R. Murrow moment and he made the most of it. In a thoughtful and hard-hitting six-minute commentary, Olbermann, the host of "Countdown," responded to the new campaign launched by the Bush administration branding opponents of the war in Iraq as appeasers and confused enablers of terrorism.

Sep 14, 2006, 00:19

News Media
The art of lap dining: More from the liberal [sic] media
By Mickey Z.

Here's how it works: Mainstream America is heavily conditioned to believe that Fox News represents the far right of the political spectrum while The New York Times is lefter than left . . . and anyone with opinions off this limited chart is ignored, mocked, or, if all else fails, arrested and/or eliminated with extreme prejudice. Thus, the parameters of debate in the land of the free are narrower than Ann Coulter's mind.

Sep 8, 2006, 00:44

News Media
All the news that fits the Bush agenda
By Ernest Partridge

It is difficult to understand how anyone with even a modicum of critical intelligence, can still believe the right-wing complaint that the mainstream media (MSM) "has a liberal bias." Evidence to the contrary is overwhelming, and new evidence appears almost daily.

Sep 1, 2006, 00:33

News Media
Out to lunch
By Remi Kanazi

The US media�s biased coverage of the crisis in Lebanon should come as no surprise. While the White House and Congress claim a �special relationship� with Israel, our news outlets are not supposed to have a �special relationship� with anyone. Their job is to fairly report on matters; anything less is a disservice to those watching their news programs and reading their newspapers.

Aug 7, 2006, 01:24

News Media
Millbank launches attack on White House Press Corps veteran Helen Thomas
By Wayne Madsen

While Israeli bombs and missiles obliterate Lebanon and her people, the Washington Post's Dana Millbank, a favorite messenger boy for the Bush neocons, launched his own attack against Lebanese-American White House Press Corps doyenne Helen Thomas, in a scathing review of her new book, Watchdogs of Democracy: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Failed the Public.

Jul 19, 2006, 00:48

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