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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. Though to be fair, it’s not entirely our fault. Between the 24/7 news cycle, social media and reality TV, we have been spoon fed other people’s private business for so long we now assume it’s a given to know everything. This was written by a journalist and published by a media outlet. We do not want to open Pandora’s Box, not about [Fast and Furious] and certainly not about a bunch of other potentially scandalous things the federal government has been involved with. . . . I trust not much needs to be said about this.

The reason I note this is not the entertainment value of marveling at something so inane (at least not primarily). 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

NYT: Drone Strikes 'Combat Militancy' by Increasing Militants. In today's New York Times article (6/6/12) about the apparent drone killing of Al-Qaeda "deputy leader" Abu Yahya al-Libi, Declan Walsh and Eric Schmitt write: If his death is borne out this time, it would be a milestone in a covert eight-year airstrike campaign that has infuriated Pakistani officials but that has remained one of the United States' most effective tools in combating militancy.

NYT: Drone Strikes 'Combat Militancy' by Increasing Militants

That's revealing. It's inarguable that the drones kill people the U.S. government wants to kill, and some it doesn't intend to kill. But does this really qualify as "combating militancy"? In Yemen, the increase in drone attacks has resulted in a doubling of the ranks of the local branch on Al-Qaeda. We have gone a long way down the road of creating a situation where we are creating more enemies than we are removing from the battlefield. The first time I saw a drone in the sky was about eight years ago, when I was 13. 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.” These men also mention that Clinton will be 69 years old in the next election.

It’s not unheard of for an opposing party to pick on a potential candidate, or even one who is currently running, and comment on age. 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. George Will, Grasping at Something. George Will (cc photo: Keith Allison) If you tuned in to ABC's This Week (5/27/12) to hear the panel of pundits discussing the economy, you may have George Will say this about Barack Obama: He's made clear what the choice is this fall, and it really became clear, I think, this week.

George Will, Grasping at Something

The president wants capitalism without casualties. He wants dynamism but no dislocations. Now, remember, this is the president who says that ATMs and airport ticket kiosks cause unemployment. Those Children Weren't Civilians–Says Nobody. On Sunday, there were reports of a NATO airstrike in the eastern Paktia province of Afghanistan. The early reports said that a family of eight was killed, as the New York Times reported: The casualties took place in eastern Paktia province on Saturday night when the family's home was hit by a bomb, said Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for the governor of Paktia. Six children were killed, four boys and two girls, as well as their mother and father, whose name was Safiullah.

But an Associated Press report that appeared in the Washington Post (5/28/12) looked very different, thanks mostly to anonymous officials who aren't waiting for any investigation to get out their side of the story: 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. (UPDATE: See the video of Matthews' comments here, along with some discussion of what it all means.) Reporting from the big cable TV industry event this week, Broadcasting & Cable's Andrea Morabito writes (5/22/12): Hardball host Chris Matthews argued that because of the rise of opinion-based news networks, the non-critical aspect of the media is gone, going as far to say that the reporting that verified the U.S. administration's claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002 would not happen today because of cable news.

"I would like to think there would be a reckoning we didn’t have then because of modern media," Matthews said. "24/7 is good because it's not only breadth, it's depth. Without cable, it is just network [television] thinking, embedded thinking, which is dangerous in a democracy. " 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.

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. 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.

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. 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. 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. >> Jon: BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, ♪ ♪.

Media Madness: Promoting Society's Worst, Ignoring Its Best. March Madness comes once a year. Freddy in Space: Vintage Video Of The Week : ABC News' 'VCR Horrors'! It's the 1980's. Young horror fans are in their glory, while their parents are outraged over the tapes that are easily accessible to them at the local video store. ABC News runs a news piece on their show 20/20, aimed to demonize horror films and the kids who enjoy them with all kinds of wild and salacious accusations. 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“). 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. In 1948 Frank Wisner was appointed director of the Office of Special Projects. Soon afterwards it was renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). This became the espionage and counter-intelligence branch of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated on "propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world. " Later that year Wisner established Mockingbird, a program to influence the domestic American media. Wisner recruited Philip Graham (Washington Post) to run the project within the industry. In 1951 Allen W. After 1953 the network was overseen by Allen W. The Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) was funded by siphoning of funds intended for the Marshall Plan. Jonathan P. J. 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. Digital Resistance to Political and Cultural Manipulation and Indoctrination - StumbleUpon. 14 Propaganda Techniques Fox &News& Uses to Brainwash Americans. Matt Ortega: the man behind Mitt Romney memes - Mitt Romney.

Hoodies don't kill - Trayvon Martin. Wanted (by NYT): One Woman to Represent All Feminists. Our One Percent Media. Bill Keller Remembers the Downing Street Memos (Sort Of) NYT's Anonymous Drone Defenders. To Draw Reluctant Young Buyers, G.M. Turns to MTV. 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.