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Make America Smart Again. Forbes Welcome. Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two Decade Low. Public Evaluations of the News Media: 1985-2009 Overview The public’s assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys, and Americans’ views of media bias and independence now match previous lows.

Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two Decade Low

Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate. In the initial survey in this series about the news media’s performance in 1985, 55% said news stories were accurate while 34% said they were inaccurate. Soapboxie - Politics.

Who Owns the Media? Broadcasters make billions in profits while using the public airwaves for free.

Who Owns the Media?

In return, they are supposed to provide programming that fulfills community needs. Instead, lobbyists have successfully fought to make it easier for broadcast companies to gobble up even more free airspace while doing less to serve the public. Take Action to end the big broadcast swindle. 2011 Revenue: $6.2 billion. Who Owns What. An Analogy to Explain the Electoral College. In baseball, the team who scores the most runs wins.

An Analogy to Explain the Electoral College

It couldn't be simpler, right? Here's a scenario to consider. In a rather high scoring affair, the Red Sox scored 20 runs while the Cubs scored 18. (It's my analogy, I get to pick the teams) The Red Sox win! Not so fast... I am not referring to ONE GAME. Game One. FAIR. Here Are The Most- And Least-Trusted News Outlets In America. News outlets like CNN and ABC News might have the biggest audiences, but they're not the most trusted across-the-board in America.

Here Are The Most- And Least-Trusted News Outlets In America

The most trusted news outlets in America, according to a new study from Pew Research Center, are actually British. 10+ Independent Online News Sources and Why America Needs More of Them. A poll done by the Pew Research Center, in September of 2011, found that, “Fully 66% (of the public) say news stories often are inaccurate, 77% think that news organizations tend to favor one side, and 80% say news organizations are often influenced by powerful people and organizations.”

10+ Independent Online News Sources and Why America Needs More of Them

A more recent Gallup poll, taken in September of 2015, showed that 60% of Americans still do not trust the mass media to deliver the news fully, accurately and fairly. These numbers are not so much a bleak outlook but evidence that the public is finally beginning to realize that the mainstream media cannot be trusted – a good thing and perhaps a catalyst for change. Adweek – Breaking News in Advertising, Media and Technology. The More You News, The More You Know. Year in Review 2015. ABC's NEW FORMAT (2015 vs 27-yr avg) NEXT YEAR's PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION…

Year in Review 2015

As Sanders, Cruz pick up wins, delegate math favors front-runner rivals. Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks to supporters during a campaign stop at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan March 4, 2016.

As Sanders, Cruz pick up wins, delegate math favors front-runner rivals

Photo by Rebecca Cook/Reuters WASHINGTON — Underdogs found something to cheer in the latest run of presidential nomination contests. Whether they are any closer to stalling the drive of Democrat Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is quite another matter. Republicans and Democrats in Kansas, Republicans in Maine and Democrats in Nebraska snubbed the front-runners Saturday on a heartening night for Ted Cruz in the GOP contest and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race.

Ten True Facts Guaranteed to Short-Circuit Republican Brains. As a public service to those who find themselves inextricably cornered by aggressively ill-informed Republicans at work, on the train or at family gatherings, presented here are ten indisputably true facts that will seriously challenge a Republican’s worldview and probably blow a brain cell or two.

Ten True Facts Guaranteed to Short-Circuit Republican Brains

At the very least, any one of these GOP-busters should stun and confuse them long enough for you to slip quietly away from a pointless debate and allow you to get on about your business. 1. The United States is not a Christian nation, and the Bible is not the cornerstone of our law. Don’t take my word for it. Let these Founding Fathers speak for themselves: John Adams: “The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”

Thomas Jefferson: “Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the common law.” James Madison: “The civil government … functions with complete success … by the total separation of the Church from the State.” Stack independent magazine subscription service - read more, pay less. Breaking news, latest news, and current events. Counterculture history, conspiracy theory & reviews. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. Waking Times. ThinkProgress. Alternet. November 2, 2012 | Like this article?

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Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. A decade from now, if I'm asked to name the most memorable thing about the 2012 presidential campaign, it will probably be the sheer mendacity of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s rhetoric, lie piled upon lie. But if asked what one thing about the 2012 campaign most impacted everyday American life, one answer stands out above all others: racism. Since the early months of 2011, our politics have been marinating in the language of racial hatred, whether in former U.S. senator Rick Santorum’s “ blah people” moment, or former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s tarring of Barack Obama as “the food stamp president.” Whether Obama wins or loses, new territory has been broken for the 21st century with the rhetoric of the Republican presidential campaign. BagNews. BuzzMachine.

Chicago Tribune. Daily Show. Daily Kos. I remember that many years ago, when I was a smartass home from first year of college, I was standing in the kitchen arguing with my father.

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My head was full of newly discovered political ideologies and black nationalism, and I had just read the Autobiography of Malcolm X, probably for the second time. A bit of context. Drew Curtis' FARK.com. Globalpost. CAIRO, Egypt — The perception of the western and Muslim worlds locked in a war of values has been heightened following a series of attacks on US missions in Egypt and Libya. A low-budget film depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad as a manipulative, war-mongering playboy — and reportedly promoted by fringe US pastor Terry Jones — was only recently dubbed into Arabic and posted on YouTube, sparking outrage among Muslims in Egypt and Libya.

Huffington Health. LA Times. Turns out, Mitt Romney didn’t really mean it when he apologized and said he had been “just completely wrong” about “the 47%.” Those who didn’t buy Romney’s October mea culpa for his biggest campaign stumble got confirmation Wednesday that the Republican presidential candidate really did, and does, believe that half of Americans are waiting for a handout. MinnPost. The Moderate Voice. Independent, non-partisan journalism. NY Times. WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday voted to gut major provisions of President Obama’s immigration policy, approving legislation that would revoke legal protections for millions of undocumented immigrants, including children, and put them at risk of deportation.

The vote drew condemnation from Democrats and the White House and led more than two dozen Republicans, many worried about the perception that the party is hostile to immigrants, to break away and vote no. The New Yorker. NUVO News. PoliticusUSA. The Rumpus.net.

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