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Open Letter on Censorship

Google wields enormous power. It is the gatekeeper not only of what is permissible on the Internet but what is kept out. This creates equally enormous abuse.

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Is Breaking Bad Over?

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Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

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Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

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World Falling Apart

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Read This Now: Two Reasons Why Facebook Wants to Fix Obnoxious Headlines

Through the perverse economics of Internet journalism, Facebook has become essential to the revenue of virtually every publication, including this one. So the social network’s promise to cut down on spammy, deceptive posts has many sites atwitter.

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John Oliver Pokes Fun at Online Headlines by Literally Destroying a Piñata

To prove a hilarious point about how over-the-top headlines on news websites tend to be, the “Last Week Tonight” host takes a bat to the “Trojan donkeys of diabetes.”

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Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information.

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ISIS Beheads an American, Threatens Another if Airstrikes Continue

A man believed to be kidnapped journalist James Foley was beheaded in a video released to the public by militants who say another captured American will be killed if the United States continues its campaign against ISIS in Iraq.

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Hell Before Breakfast

Before Twitter, Skype, the Web, before even TV, there was still news. And sometimes powerful reporting needs no technology, just words.

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John Oliver Explains How Native Advertising Is Killing News

The most profitable news websites are fueled by so-called native ads—paid advertisements disguised as original news content. John Oliver finds a funny way of explaining why the future of news is in jeopardy.

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Jon Stewart Launches Fake Kickstarter to Buy CNN

With analysts estimating that the news network, often the butt of “Daily Show” jokes, could be worth $10 billion, Jon Stewart has launched a parody campaign to crowdsource the funds.

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Will the New York Times Take Us to War Again?

I have never been much of a fan of the journalistic self-examination practiced by folks identified as "ombudsman" or "public editor." I changed my mind Sunday.

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Hyenas vs. Rhinos: Who Could the NYT Get to Write an Op-ed on Iraq? Hmm…

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan did a quick study and found that critics of the paper of record over its preference for Iraq War hawks as sources and commentators in the past two weeks are justified in their feeling that Iraq War critics have been slighted.

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Neocon Reunion Tour

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The New York Times’ Desperate Dive to the Bottom

The motto of The New York Times has long been “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” After reading the Times report on how the paper might survive the digital era, I’m afraid it could be overtaken by a concept called “good enough.”

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Is Journalism Losing Its Nerve?

A new survey from Indiana University suggests things are fast changing in the news industry—and not for the better.

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How About Diversifying Newsrooms for a Change?

Media organizations would benefit from fresh faces from a variety of backgrounds; protesters want the Gates Foundation to stop giving money to private prisons; meanwhile, a man is serving a life sentence in prison for lending his friend a car and going to bed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Why We Need Local Reporting

Last Thursday was an interesting news day in Los Angeles—and one that highlighted the importance of local reporting as newspapers fade away across the country.

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How Pacifica Can Become the Media That We Need

America’s first public radio network is reportedly in trouble. This is a vision to stabilize and save Pacifica.

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Joe Scarborough Belittles Female Co-Host for Trying to Talk About Actual News

Mika Brzezinski calls out her colleague and MSNBC panel for “capitalizing on a non-story for ratings because people’s imaginations are pricked by this and that is not responsible.” This leads them to talk down, belittle and show a complete disregard for who she is and what she says.

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Stephen Colbert’s Back From Spring Break Just in Time to Comment on Media’s MH370 Obsession

The “Colbert Report” host slams his “colleagues in the 24-hour news game” for “yanking theories out of their ass-star.”

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Robo-News Bot Reports Earthquake Story for L.A. Times

For those who’ve been wondering if at least some of the news currently dispensed by the MSM isn’t churned up and plopped out of a machine somewhere in the dark reaches of Rupert Murdoch’s basement, wonder no more.

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Missing News

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Media Rules Us

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Four Reasons Syria Refugees Are a Bigger Story Than Malaysian Air MH 370

The hours and hours of U.S. cable television speculation about the fate of the missing Malaysian Air flight during the past seven days are a “Daily Show” parody waiting to happen.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



Ending the World the Human Way

Climate change isn’t the news and it isn’t a set of news stories. It’s the prospective end of all news. Think of it as the anti-news.

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What the Iraq War Has to Do With Afghanistan

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says America’s approach to foreign affairs is too militarized, evidenced by its two most recent wars; American viewers can hardly recognize news anchors anymore; meanwhile, people still believe Greek art was white, despite proof of its once garish colors. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Yahoo Wants to Bring Back the Newspaper by Putting It on Your Phone

Nick D’Aloisio was 15 when he created Summly, and he became one of the youngest millionaires ever when he sold his tech to Yahoo two years later.

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E-Journal

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Media Misfortune

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Guardian Threatened With Terrorism Charges for Reporting NSA Story

British police are investigating the staff of The Guardian newspaper to determine whether acts of journalism can be prosecuted as acts of terrorism.

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Censorship

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Cellphones Are Interfering With Your Brainwaves

Scientists have discovered that radiation from cellphones has affected the way our brains have evolved to function; newsrooms all over the country are downsizing and becoming digital in the process; meanwhile, Germany denies Edward Snowden asylum yet again, but this time wants to find a way to question him. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



The NSA Leaks and the 3 News Outlets

Although The Guardian broke the story on the National Security Agency, it soon collaborated with The New York Times and ProPublica; Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar have set up a temporary blog until their site is up and running; meanwhile, from the sky, a church is discovered to have an unfortunate resemblance to a sexual organ. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

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The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras Reportedly Joining Forces With Greenwald for New Site

More details emerged Wednesday about the major new media outlet that came to light when Glenn Greenwald announced he was leaving The Guardian for a “once-in-a-career opportunity.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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(The Difficulty of) Looking at Climate Change

Though websites and print media may give us the news, they seldom give us the scale of the news or a real sense of the proportional importance of one thing compared to another. And proportion, scale, is the main news we need right now—maybe always.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Justice Scalia Gets Most of His News From Talk Radio

The man who was once the Supreme Court’s most conservative justice (now there’s a depressing past tense) tells New York magazine that he gets most of his news listening to talk radio on the way to and from work.

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Miley and Putin

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All the News That’s Shit to Print

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The News on China

People are fascinated by China, but there’s something being lost in all the hubbub—what everyday life is like there.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The news media, in reporting the sale of The Washington Post and the implications for The New York Times, ignored a fundamental rule of journalism and life: Bosses lie.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE


Thank You, Graham Family

Thank you for building and sustaining one of the world’s greatest newspapers—and, when the time came, letting it go.

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Newspapers Are Disappointingly Partisan When It Comes to Scandal

A study has found bias where there isn’t supposed to be any.

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Amazon CEO Buys The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos (and not the more famous company he runs) will buy one of the most influential news sources in America and become its sole owner.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE


Violent World News

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This Year’s Best-Kept Secret: The Next Generation of Community Radio

A microphone and a radio transmitter in the hands of a community organizer imparts power, which some liken to the life-changing impact when humans first tamed fire.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



Say Hello to the ‘Super Rich’

The 0.001% of the world comprise a class all of their own, spanning several nations and holding 40% of global wealth; some activists are turning away from industrial agriculture and back to the Native Americans’ approach to harvesting; meanwhile, in an age flooded with tweets, videos and blogs, how are readers expected to wade through the news? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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