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February 11 2014

08:00

Watch: Fox host rips Bill O’Reilly over his ‘disrespectful’ interview with President Obama

freakoutnation.com - By Anomaly - Feb. 11 (News Analysis) - Bill O’Reilly’s interview with President Obama wasn’t appreciated by co-host Geraldo Rivera. O’Reilly called his interview “disrespectful” and said it was “unsettling to watch,” because the president deserves “all the respect and dignity” of the office. Rivera noted that O’Reilly referred to Obama as a “community organizer”and added, “[O’Reilly] is the president of most of the white men in America and Barack Obama’s the president of everybody else.”

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February 10 2014

08:00

Defying Threats to Journalism, Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Launch New Venture, The Intercept

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Feb. 10 (News Report) - Investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald join us for their first interview upon launching The Intercept, their new digital magazine published by First Look Media, the newly formed media venture started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Greenwald is the journalist who first broke the story about Edward Snowden's disclosures on the National Security Agency. He was previously a columnist at The Guardian newspaper. Scahill is producer and writer of the documentary film "Dirty Wars," which is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. "We are really about a journalistic ethos -- which is not doing things like helping the U.S. continue its targeting of U.S. citizens for death, but by being adversarial to the government," Greenwald says. "Telling the public what it ought to know, and targeting the most powerful corporate factions with accountability journalism." Greenwald and Scahill founded TheIntercept.org with filmmaker Laura Poitras.

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February 06 2014

08:00

A Lot Of Media Outlets Botched The CBO's Obamacare Report

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Feb. 06 (News Analysis) - The Congressional Budget Office issued a report on Tuesday that said that as many as 2 million people could exit the workforce thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The reasons for this, the CBO said, were varied, but it stressed that the economy would see "a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than...a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor," thanks to, for instance, people choosing to quit jobs they didn't like but were only staying in because of their health care benefits. That's not how a lot of media outlets reported the news, however. A lot of them said that the report was warning that Obamacare would kill over 2 million jobs—a notion at odd's with the CBO's conclusion that some workers would choose not to work.

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January 27 2014

08:00

New York City settles for $18 million over RNC arrests of journalists, protesters | Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

rcfp.org - By Cindy Gierhart - Jan. 27 (News) - In anticipation of such detentions, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press established a hotline to provide cost-free legal assistance to journalists covering the convention, as it has at every national political convention since 1976. The hotline was staffed and cosponsored by attorneys from the law firm of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, who coordinated with volunteer attorneys from other firms.

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December 28 2013

08:00

Talking anonymous sources, under oath

The Politico - Dec. 28 (Opinion) -

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December 23 2013

08:00

On Sarah Palin's Impressively Incoherent 'Duck Dynasty' Comments

Rolling Stone - By Matt Taibbi - Dec. 23 (News Analysis) - Palin's mind is amazing. Slavery was purely a private-enterprise abomination. It had nothing to do with being subservient to the government. It was the opposite of that, actually. She was also wrong in the sense that the health care program isn't "free stuff" (even those who will receive subsidized care will be paying in one form or another for their policies). So she pulled off a Friedman-esque anatomical impossibility there, getting three feet in her mouth at the same time.

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December 21 2013

08:00

How Bad is the Corporate and Conservative Media?

AlterNet - By Don Hazen - Dec. 21 (Editorial) - Actually both corporate and right-wing press are getting much worse. There are dozens of examples of journalistic failure every week. The right-wing media is often insane as we report on AlterNet in our super popular weekly series on Right-wing wackos. And, increasingly, mainstream media is about protecting the 1% and the media owner’s financial interests. They too often miss the real story or mislead the reader. We need top flight, tenacious, fearless, progressive media to push back every day.

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December 18 2013

08:00

'60 Minutes' Benghazi Debacle Named 'Error Of The Year'

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Dec. 18 (News) - As if things weren't bad enough for "60 Minutes," the newsmagazine has now been given a prize nobody wants: Poynter's "Error of the Year" award, which it won for its disastrously botched story on the Benghazi attacks.

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December 16 2013

08:00

'The War On Fox Is Over'

Huffington Post - By Amanda Terkel - Dec. 16 (News Analysis) - in the coming years, Fox will no longer be the center of Media Matters' universe. That's because the group believes it has effectively discredited the network's desire to be seen as "fair and balanced."

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08:00

'60 Minutes' Trashed For NSA Piece

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Dec. 16 (News Analysis) - "60 Minutes" was trashed all over Twitter on Sunday night for a two-part story on the NSA which critics dubbed obsequious at best.

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December 15 2013

08:00

Washington Post "Fact Checker" Fails on Iran Nuclear Fatwa

truth-out.org - By Gareth Porter - Dec. 15 (Editorial) - Kessler’s failure in fact-checking on the Khamenei fatwa is symptomatic of a much larger problem. For many years, news media have systematically failed to check the facts in regard to one claim after another about alleged Iranian ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons.

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December 11 2013

08:00

ALEC's "Institutional Corruption," From Backing Apartheid to Assault on Clean Energy, Public Sector

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Dec. 11 (Special Report) - We discuss ALEC’s latest efforts, along with its historic opposition to divestment campaigns from apartheid South Africa, with Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy.

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December 08 2013

08:00

Whose sarin?

The London Review of Books - By Seymour M. Hersh - Dec. 08 (Investigative Report) - Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal Operations Order – a planning document that precedes a ground invasion – citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.

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November 25 2013

08:00

Jeremy Scahill: the man exposing the US Dirty War

theguardian.com - By Stephen Moss - Nov. 25 (Review) - as the Edward Snowden furore shows, journalists are under greater pressure than ever before. "Under President Obama the US justice department has authorised the seizure of the phone records of journalists; they are tracking the meta-data of journalists; they're prosecuting whistleblowers in record numbers under the Espionage Act; there really is a war against journalism. For everyone who does this kind of work, where you're taking on powerful institutions, the responsible posture to take is to assume they're monitoring your communications. It's a part of doing this work."

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November 22 2013

08:00

JFK Denialism: Why Does Mainstream Media Refuse to Ask the Real Questions About His Death?

Consortium News - By JP Sottile - Nov. 22 (News Analysis) - It is a failure that has metastasized over the five decades since, with those entrenched behind the privileged walls of network news, major newspapers and sanitized pulp-history continually doubling-down on a discredited theory that has them perpetually out of step with the majority of Americans who, not coincidentally, also distrust them.

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November 21 2013

08:00

'American Journalism Never Followed Up On That Story'

Huffington Post - By Farah Mohamed, Ryan Grim - Nov. 21 (Special Report) - As the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death nears, former presidential candidate Gary Hart, a member of the Senate committee that investigated JFK's assassination, said that the press had failed in its responsibility to investigate the truth behind his killing.

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November 08 2013

08:00

How Can the New York Times Endorse an Agreement the Public Can't Read?

eff.org - By Maira Sutton - Nov. 08 (News Analysis) - The New York Times' editorial board has made a disappointing endorsement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even as the actual text of the agreement remains secret. That raises two distressing possibilities: either in an act of extraordinary subservience, the Times has endorsed an agreement that neither the public nor its editors have the ability to read. Or, in an act of extraordinary cowardice, it has obtained a copy of the secret text and hasn't yet fulfilled its duty to the public interest to publish it.

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October 12 2013

07:00

Why Won't The Press Police Radical Republicans?

Media Matters - By Eric Boehlert - Oct. 12 (News Analysis) - News coverage of the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling crisis has prompted widespread criticism about how Beltway journalists unnecessarily include Democrats when assigning blame for a shutdown strategy that has been methodically plotted by extremist Republicans for months; a strategy built around making unprecedented demands on the president in exchange for Republican votes for a policy they say they already support.

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October 10 2013

07:00

Someone Had This Crazy Notion That Maybe The Media Should Inform The Public About Stuff

Huffington Post - By Jason Linkins - Oct. 10 (Opinion) - Leaving aside the fact that it's weird to suggest that one spend "political capital" on a matter such as the debt ceiling, which is neither a partisan issue nor a subject for debate, why is it solely President Barack Obama's responsibility? Chuck Todd and David Gregory may not have been aware of this, but as they were discussing this matter there were TV cameras pointed at them, beaming their image all over the world into people's homes. This presented a golden opportunity to fulfill their obligation to properly inform the public. So why not do it? For whatever reason, Todd and Gregory passed on the chance, and in so doing they allowed error to flourish.

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October 04 2013

07:00

Jon Stewart Revisits 'Bullsh*t Mountain' As Fox News Reports On The 'Liberal' Shutdown (VIDEO)

Huffington Post - By Jon Stewart - Oct. 04 (Comedy News) - As Republicans amped up their attempts to recast the government shutdown as an Obama-helmed initiative, Jon Stewart took a look at how Fox News has taken the ball and run with it... right up to the peak of Bullsh*t Mountain. Not since the 2012 election have we seen such creativity in reporting.

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