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Pawlenty Suggests That Soledad O'Brien Doesn't Understand English. Shepard Smith's Personal Reporting Style - The Colbert Report - 2012-23-07. Rep. Dennis Kucinich grills Donald Rumsfeld. David Brooks: Romney Has a Secret Health Care Plan No One Knows About, But It's a Good Plan. CNN journalist: don’t be nosy. LZ Granderson is a regular CNN columnist and contributor, and has written a column this week that — no joke — urges Americans to stop being so “nosy” about all the bad things the U.S.

CNN journalist: don’t be nosy

Government does. You just have to read it to believe it: We are a nosy country. Jesse Ventura Slams the Media for Creating News Instead of Reporting on It. White House To Press: 'Do Your Jobs' When Reporting On Obama's Private Sector Remark. WASHINGTON -- The White House has some advice for reporters writing about President Barack Obama's recent comment on the health of the private sector: "Do your jobs.

White House To Press: 'Do Your Jobs' When Reporting On Obama's Private Sector Remark

" Obama has come under fire from Republicans for saying on Friday that "the private sector is doing fine" during a press conference on the economy. Obama later clarified his remarks to reporters, saying that "the economy is not doing fine. " But Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been trying to score political points off the comment ever since, even releasing a minute-long video with ominous music that asks, "Has there ever been a president so out of touch with the middle class?

" White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Monday downplayed the idea that there is anything to talk about here, saying that reporters should know better than to miss the broader point Obama was making with his comment: that public sector job cuts are hurting the economy. Dylan Ratigan To Leave MSNBC. Media, drones and rank propaganda. (updated below – Update II – Update III) Several items today relate to the issue of gross U.S. media propaganda and Obama’s national security policies: (1) I have an Op-Ed in The Guardian today on how the American media has been repeatedly and willingly coopted in the Obama administration’s propagandistic abuse of its secrecy powers, with a focus on the recent high-profile, Obama-flattering national security scoops from The New York Times. (2) In yesterday’s Guardian, the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer and Nathan Wessler have a superb Op-Ed on how the Obama administration — by simultaneously shielding its conduct from scrutiny through broad secrecy claims and then selectively leaking — is deliberately distorting the public understanding of its drone attacks (“First the ‘targeted killing’ campaign, then the targeted propaganda campaign”).

Media, drones and rank propaganda

Did I exaggerate, or was that every bit as manipulative and repulsive as I suggested? NYT: Drone Strikes 'Combat Militancy' by Increasing Militants. NYT: How Can We Be No. 1 if Pentagon Budget Is Cut by 1/12th? Part of the 2011 Congressional debt reduction deal called for automatic cuts to social spending and military budgets over the next 10 years.

NYT: How Can We Be No. 1 if Pentagon Budget Is Cut by 1/12th?

The idea was that a deal to avoid these cuts would be struck, because Republicans wouldn't want to cut the Pentagon, and Democrats would try to protect safety net programs. That didn't happen, so these so-called "sequestration" cuts are prompting some alarm bells in the corporate media–ringing loudly at the mere thought of cutting the military budget.

Ed Klein Makes Sexist Remarks About Hillary Clinton: ‘She’s Looking Overweight And She’s Looking Tired’ Ed Klein, an author whose latest book, The Amateur: Obama In The White House, said to Fox’s Brian Kilmeade that he believes Hillary Clinton will seriously consider running for president in 2016.

Ed Klein Makes Sexist Remarks About Hillary Clinton: ‘She’s Looking Overweight And She’s Looking Tired’

Klein commented “I don’t want to sound anti-feminist here but she’s not looking good these days. She’s looking overweight and she’s looking tired…” Kilmeade chimes in with “Looks like she’s not trying, to be honest.” Klein goes on to say“ I think she’s going to take some time off, get back into shape and if her health holds out and that’s a big if…she and Bill, two for the price of one, will run in 2016.” Drone Kill List: Not News? The New York Times' lengthy report (5/29/12) on Barack Obama's drone "kill list" should provoke serious questions: Is such a program legal?

Drone Kill List: Not News?

How does it square with Obama's criticism of the Bush administration's "war on terror" policies? Is the White House covering up the killing of civilians by labeling them "militants"? Why is the United States continuing an assassination policy described as Al-Qaeda's top "recruiting tool"? But those questions have been raised only in fits and starts around the rest of the media.

One of the co-authors of the Times piece, Scott Shane, appeared on the PBS NewsHour and on NPR's All Things Considered (5/29/12). Deliberate media propaganda. (updated below) Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that the Obama administration, in order to conceal civilian deaths caused by their drone attacks, “counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants.”

Deliberate media propaganda

On Chris Hayes and Heroism. It is a very good thing that the Nation's Chris Hayes has a weekend show on MSNBC.

On Chris Hayes and Heroism

The panelists are smart and the lively conversations dig deeper than virtually anything else on cable news. (The same can be said for MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry.) In other words, sounds like a recipe for trouble. And trouble arrived after a Memorial Day show that aired on May 27. Here's the clip that caused the controversy. There was an immediate outcry from some conservative bloggers, who railed against Hayes for disrespecting the troops on such a solemn day. But the next day Hayes issued an apology, saying he was "deeply sorry" and "truly sorry. " not ask questions about the direction of our strategy in Afghanistan, and to assuage our own collective guilt about this disconnect with a pro-forma ritual that we observe briefly before returning to our barbecues. George Will, Grasping at Something. Those Children Weren't Civilians–Says Nobody. Factor and Commander - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 09/29/04.

Cyberterror Fearmongering Eroding Privacy Online. Chris Matthews: Cable News Would Have Stopped Iraq War Lies. Reporting From Outside Party Lines. MEDIA ROOTS — A pair of internet archivists who call themselves ‘Neuro Linguistic Programming’ have uploaded Part one out of forty US corporate media print publications from the immediate days and weeks following 9/11.

Reporting From Outside Party Lines

The duo plans to post multiple full issues of Time and Newsweek as well as other timely magazines that are filled with blatant fearmongering and propaganda about terrorism. Following 9/11, news media accelerated at an amazing rate, and most companies soon adopted internet versions of their paper or magazines. Before this was commonplace, many interesting pieces of information printed about that day most likely were never reprinted again–due to false information or just abandonment by the propagandists. Another March to War? Erin Burnett: Worst of the worst - Glenn Greenwald. (updated below – Update II [Sat.]) I’m finishing up a long investigative article that will be posted later this morning, but I just could not let go unnoted this commentary on The Iranian Threat by CNN’s Erin Burnett (“frightening,” she observed).

I barely know what to say about it — the critiques of media fear-mongering I wrote the last two days apply in spades to this — but it really just mocks itself. It’s the sort of thing you would produce if you set out to create a mean-spirited parody of mindless, war-hungry, fear-mongering media stars, but you wouldn’t dare go this far because you’d want the parody to have a feel of realism to it, and this would be way too extreme to be believable. She really hauled it all out: WMDs! Terrorist sleeper cells in the U.S. controlled by Tehran! But truly: that huge lapse at the start was the peak of journalistic quality for Burnett’s commentary. PBS's new weekly standard: Tucker Carlson; An unfiltered Media Matters for America analysis of the new PBS host. Carlson doctored Gore quotes; told lies about Wellstone memorial service Carlson on women: "[T]hey want to be spanked vigorously every once in a while. " Carlson's Hillary Clinton fantasy: "Every time I see her I think I could, you know, help....

Tucker Carlson's downward spiral - Media Criticism. In many ways Tucker Carlson’s a better symbol of the pathetic state of what passes for conservative journalism than even Glenn Beck or the late Andrew Breitbart, to name two of his contemporaries with a much larger following.

Tucker Carlson's downward spiral - Media Criticism

Glenn Beck started as a no-account shock jock and is now a no-account Internet show host. Breitbart at least went from Drudge lackey to successful right-wing media mogul. Carlson, though, began his career in the most respectable fashion possible and has spent the ensuing decades gradually lowering himself into the gutter. Hannity and Bozell Bewail Alleged Attacks On Ann Romney. Dick Morris: Media 'Ruined' Bush Because Iraq War Coverage Was Too Harsh. Social Security and Medicare: Six Myths Debunked. Colbert on Doocy: I’m Not Some Brown-Noser Toting For the GOP Establishment...Unlike Some People. Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread. Attacks on RT and Assange reveal much about the critics. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, unveiled a new talk show on Tuesday with his own version of a sensational get: the Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

That contrast — between one of America’s Most Serious Journalists and Assange — speaks volumes already about who is interested in actual journalism and who is not. Then we have this, a trite little point, impressed by its own cleverness, found at the center of almost all of these sneering pieces on Assange’s new program: Mr. Assange says the theme of his half-hour show on RT is “the world tomorrow.” But there is something almost atavistic about the outlet he chose. Let’s examine the unstated premises at work here. Julian Assange's 'The World Tomorrow': Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah.

Racist Timeout - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 04/04. The Splice Channel - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 04/09. Making politicians look bad: ‘A fireable offense’ [Glenn Greenwald is on vacation this week and three writers will be filling in for him.] By Charles Davis I thought I had done good. As a 22-year-old reporter just out of college, I had just gotten the then-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Jay Rockefeller, to admit right into my microphone that while he couldn’t deny the Bush administration was potentially funding covert – and illicit – acts of war against Iran, he wasn’t prepared to do a damn thing about it. Weeks earlier, in March 2007, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh had reported in The New Yorker that U.S. intelligence officials were telling him that President George W.

Bush had authorized support for a lovely little Pakistani terrorist organization called “Jundullah,” or Army of God, to wage a low-level war against the Islamic Republic, from bombing police cadets to assassinating high-ranking military officials. Yet the story was met with a whole lot of nothing. Why? - CNN's Branded News Segments - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 04/10. Media Madness: Promoting Society's Worst, Ignoring Its Best. March Madness comes once a year. Media Madness is year-round. What the mass media choose to cover and feature try to turn the priorities of any sane society upside down. People of vice, war, money, spectator sports and business receive media attention – oftentimes ad nauseam. People of virtue, peace, civics, health, labor and community engagement have to beg for media attention. Which of these two groups represents the most basic values of a civilized society that would restrain the excesses of the other group?

There are many reasons for this chronic bias, beyond the power of commercial advertisers. But aren’t these opposites vital to the survival and well-being of a just society? Freddy in Space: Vintage Video Of The Week : ABC News' 'VCR Horrors'! State-dominated media and Iran. The New York Times this morning is prominently featuring a long article documenting the Terroristic aggression of Iran, as evidenced by that country’s attempts to exert influence and foment unrest in Afghanistan: because, as all decent people know, only tyrannical fanatics would attempt to interfere in Afghanistan (similarly, a couple months ago, President Obama and Secretary Clinton both sternly warned the rest of the world, particularly Iran, not to “interfere” or “meddle” in Iraq; they did so as Clinton simultaneously announced that the U.S.

“will have a robust continuing presence throughout the region“). The International Community knows that interfering in those countries is the exclusive prerogative of the U.S. and its allies, and Iran’s attempt to assert influence — in countries that directly border it — is clear evidence of its status as a rogue, Terror nation. I want to focus here on the reporting methods of the NYT.

TBIJ. Fox's Shannon Bream Repeats Scalia's Falsehoods on 'Cornhusker Kickback' Howard Kurtz Tries To Rehab Fox News. Back in Black - 24-Hour News - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 10/24/05. On Topic - Cable News - MSNBC - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 03/19. On Topic - Cable News - C-SPAN - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 03/19.

On Topic - Cable News - The Rest of the World - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 03/19. Operation Mockingbird. From MindWar to FoxNews. FoxNews hasn't landed in Canada just yet - the CRTC only recently approved adding its channel to digital cable - so I was spared being scared recently by Fox military analyst, Retired General Paul Vallely. He told Fox house "liberal" Alan Colmes that "we are not going to permit" a Shia majority victory in the forthcoming theatre of a "free" election in Iraq.

Worse, he said "Iran and Syria are next. It's easy to do.... Israel is (already) prepared to take Iran down. " Colmes, according to Newshounds, followed up by asking whether he thought a Judeo/Christian holy war against Muslims was such a great idea. Who is Paul Vallely, and why is he saying these things? Vallely is co-author of another work that deserves mention. From PSYOP to Mindwar: The Psychology of Victory is a military paper on psychological warfare, written by Col. Digital Resistance to Political and Cultural Manipulation and Indoctrination - StumbleUpon. 14 Propaganda Techniques Fox &News& Uses to Brainwash Americans. There is nothing more sacred to the maintenance of democracy than a free press. Access to comprehensive, accurate and quality information is essential to the manifestation of Socratic citizenship - the society characterized by a civically engaged, well-informed and socially invested populace.

Matt Ortega: the man behind Mitt Romney memes - Mitt Romney. What began as an unintentionally revealing analogy at 8:09 a.m. Hoodies don't kill - Trayvon Martin. Wanted (by NYT): One Woman to Represent All Feminists. Our One Percent Media. From Politico (3/20/12): David Gregory, host of NBC's Meet the Press, and Bret Baier, host of Fox News's Special Report, are among the latest applicants to the Chevy Chase Club, the historic social club that has catered to Washington's wealthiest for over a century.The Club's recent "Membership Report" shows that both Gregory and Baier are up for consideration as "newly proposed candidates for membership. " Bill Keller Remembers the Downing Street Memos (Sort Of)

NYT's Anonymous Drone Defenders. There is a big piece in the New York Times today (3/19/12) on the U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. And, as has been the case before, the U.S. perspective comes via anonymous government officials: A senior American official in Washington said that the CIA had consistently taken precautions to reduce the risk to civilians, and noted that some strikes had killed Pakistan's insurgent enemies, too.

To Draw Reluctant Young Buyers, G.M. Turns to MTV. Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times Ross Martin, left, of Viacom's creative strategy unit, is working with General Motors to help revive interest in cars among young consumers. Too Smart to Fail by Thomas Frank. On Topic - Cable News - CNN - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 03/19. Sale Of BET To White Supremacist Group Results In No Changes To Programming. Reporting From Outside Party Lines. Glenn Greenwald. Broken news. Subconscious War (Video) Meet the Press Admits Its Irrelevance, Lack of Creativity with Go-To Guest John McCain. Domestic Propaganda and the News Media. The Blurring of News and Information.