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In the Tank

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And He Is Us

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CNN Fail: Imaginary ‘Dark Males,’ ‘Accents’ and ‘Arrests’

Between about 1 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, the CNN news team was at the worst I’ve ever seen it.

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Peace Activists and Patriots at the Boston Marathon Bombing

Monday was Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, celebrating the day the American Revolutionary War began in 1775, at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It is also the day of the annual Boston Marathon, which will now, sadly, go down in history as yet another episode of senseless mass violence.

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

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How the News Is Killing You

Reading mass media news articles is unhealthy and causes unhappiness, so stop it; Americans want to know more about socialism, as evidenced by Merriam-Webster’s two most searched entries in 2012; meanwhile the Swedes were dissatisfied with gendered pronouns and have officially incorporated a third, gender-neutral one into their language. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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What Margaret Thatcher Really Meant to England and the World

Amid all the suffocating claptrap celebrating Margaret Thatcher in the media, only the British themselves seem able to provide a refreshing hit of brisk reality.

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Hillary’s Future

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Voter Information Wars: Will the GOP Team Up With Wal-Mart’s Data Specialist?

Republicans want to use data to make predictions about individual voters, and they may contract with a “data warehousing” company used by Wal-Mart and Apple.

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Roger Ebert’s Life

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North Korea

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How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears “illegal” immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

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How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears ‘illegal’ immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

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It Wasn’t David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

For all of the strident attacks on Stockman’s column, I have yet to read a serious critique of his most brazen claim.

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The Treason of the Intellectuals

The journalists, pundits and academics who sold us the Iraq War remain firmly ensconced in their positions of privilege and power, and these self-defined liberals stand ready to sell us out again.

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Without Fear or Favor: The Heresies and Vindications of Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis, the former New York Times reporter and columnist who died Monday at the age of 86, shaped the American conscience on a broad range of issues, from civil liberties and civil rights to war and diplomacy, for almost 50 years.

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Presidential Con Artist

George W. Bush’s paintings do not reveal anything about the Iraq War, despite our wishing that they did; absurdly, the main argument against gay marriage is the state’s supposed need to regulate procreation; meanwhile, the entire Senate voted against Social Security cuts and the media said nothing. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Education: Poverty Is the Crux of the Problem

If income divide is at the root of current public education deficits, that chasm must be narrowed by reducing the factors that perpetuate poverty.

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The Day That TV News Died

If any single day marks the fall of broadcast reporting, it’s when Phil Donahue was banished in 2003 for telling the truth about the coming war in Iraq.

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Tea Party Activists Absurdly Boycott Fox News for Being ‘Too Liberal’

A number of tea partyers are under the delusion that Fox News, the right-wing’s treasured network for all things skewed and biased toward conservatives, is making a hard turn to the left.

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Reports of My WMD Are Greatly Exaggerated

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the American war machine might be revving up for another strike, this time in Syria.

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Good Intentions, Bad Information at CPAC

Libertarians, whom the Republican National Committee has largely shut out, assumed a more energetic role at CPAC this year, using the failed election as evidence that the GOP should return to their philosophy’s ideals.

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CNN’s Poppy Harlow Said to Be ‘Outraged’ by Steubenville Coverage Criticism

In the aftermath of its slanted coverage of the Steubenville rape trial verdict Sunday, CNN has faced enormous criticism for focusing on the convicted rapists rather than the 16-year-old victim.

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Iraq War ‘Smartest Thing Bush Did,’ Fox News Host Says

Although polls show a majority of Americans now believe the invasion of Iraq 10 years ago was a mistake, Eric Bolling expressed the opposite sentiment.

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Bush Officials Should Be Prosecuted for Iraq War, Michael Moore Says

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is a war criminal, the liberal filmmaker and activist contends.

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Rape Vigil

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Savior

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Wake Up

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Pig Shadow

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Jeb for President

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CNN’s Awful Steubenville Rape Coverage Compared to ‘Onion’ Satire

The cable news channel’s controversial reporting was eerily similar to a segment that aired two years ago on The Onion’s short-lived Comedy Central sports news satire program “Sportsdome.”

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Bin Laden’s Influence Lives On After Him

A day will undoubtedly come when Osama bin Laden will occupy the same place in 21st century history books as Gavrilo Princip holds in the histories of the 20th century. Both committed acts that provoked great wars, brought down empires and profoundly altered their times.

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An Unrepresentative Democracy

Why are ideas widely supported in most of the country so often portrayed as controversial, polarizing and divisive once they are taken up by legislatures?

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Access Skews Coverage of Syrian War

The civil war in Syria is not a romantic democratic uprising, although one could get that impression from accounts in mainstream media outlets.

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Jon Stewart Praises Rand Paul’s Filibuster of Brennan Nomination

On “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night, host Jon Stewart applauded the efforts of Sen. Rand Paul’s epic “old-school style” filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Two Rats, One Mind

Scientists connected the brains of a pair of rodents—one in Brazil, the other in North Carolina—via computers; an Italian jeans maker has trademarked the word “Jesus” thus holding exclusive rights to clothes bearing Christ’s name; meanwhile, a police officer is on trial in New York on suspicion of planning to rape, torture and cannibalize women. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Americans Fear Iran but There Is Much to Learn From Cuba

A Gallup poll issued this month says that 99 percent of the American public now has become convinced that Iran’s civilian nuclear program will threaten “the vital interests of the United States in the next ten years.” Eighty-three percent say this will be “a critical threat.” Why?

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The News That Wasn’t Fit to Print

The New York Times ignores a historic environmental demonstration in D.C.; accused hacker Jeremy Hammond speaks out against the government’s faulty “cybersecurity strategy” regarding Aaron Swartz’s prosecution; meanwhile, nudists in Vienna attend an art exhibit on “Nude Men From 1800 to Today” to show off their goods. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Two 2016 Prospects Spotlight Democrats’ Identity Crisis

Despite its success in recent elections, and despite the image of unity it projects, the Democratic Party is in the throes of an epic identity crisis pitting its corporate money against its stated principles.

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Staying Stupid: Why the ‘Hip’ Young Republicans Can’t Change Their Party (or Themselves)

Savvy Republicans know that something is deeply wrong with the GOP —frequently mocked these days by Republicans themselves as “the stupid party”—which has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.

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GOP’s Foreign Policy Unfit for a World Power

Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearings to become secretary of defense have raised questions about the Republican Party’s ability to conduct U.S. foreign policy worthy of a major international player; Hillary Clinton may be responsible for the decline in the use of “Hillary” as a baby name; meanwhile, although President Obama is quite adept at Internet use, his tendency toward waging a “cyber war” is a deficient approach to online security. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Vatican Lawyer Gives U.S. Media Credit for Uncovering Sex Scandal

For once, the American media might have done some good, at least according to the Rev. Robert Oliver, a lawyer for the Vatican who recently assumed the role of prosecutor on sexual abuse cases within the Holy See.

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Serious News: In Low Supply From Corporate-Owned Mainstream Media

When one of America’s leading newspapers decides to lighten up or stupefy its content at a time of grave developments and degradations in our society—local, regional, national and international—“We the People” need to be part of the conversation.

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Drama Over Including Gays in Immigration Reform

Though President Obama is trying to find a place for gay binational couples in his immigration reform plan, Republicans such as Sen. Lindsey Graham just won’t have it; as a tribute to the late Aaron Swartz, MIT should make academic articles free to the public; meanwhile, new studies show that urbanites have developed neural responses that keep them constantly on the lookout for danger. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Today’s News

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Fact Check: ABC Spreads Fear About Syrian Chemical Weapons

You know you’re on shaky ground when you quote a source like the defense secretary with the words, “He basically said. ...” FAIR’s Peter Hart compares ABC’s lazy quoting on Syrian chemical weapons to the kind of WMD fear mongering that led the U.S. to war with Iraq.

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Hillary Clinton’s Testimony

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Trump Reportedly Wants to Buy The New York Times

Could The New York Times soon become The New York Trump? Maybe, if Donald Trump—who has slapped his name on high-rise apartment buildings, golf courses, hotels and bottled water—has his way.

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