342 Palestinians, 5 Israelis Killed in Gaza Conflict; Media Disinfo or No Info

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 5:00 pm

342 Palestinians (80% of them civilians) and 5 Israelis (2 of them civilians) have now died during Israel’s assault on Gaza. The news report notes the following:

“The increasing number of children killed in the conflict is causing a growing outcry, with a joint statement from the NGOs War Child and Defence for Children International saying more children had been killed than militants.”

Tens of thousands protested Israel’s actions in London, but the BBC decided to say nothing about it (it did eventually write something about the protest, here), according to the Respect Party website (screenshot provided). Neither did Murdoch’s Sky News, but that’s not surprising.


A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 3: Intersectionality & Technology

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 12:15 pm

One important tool which defines modern activism is the use of social media for organizing and building solidarity. While social media does little unless paired with “meatspace” direct action, it can be a powerful tool for motivating people, reporting on live events, and building intersectionality. When arrests first occurred at Occupy Austin, we heard from activists in Egypt who had staged an impromptu protest at the US Embassy.

MSM’s “Inevitable War Theory” Destroyed. Most Important Event Ever

By: Sunday September 29, 2013 4:00 pm

What has just occurred on Syria, the aversion of another mainstream media (MSM) “Inevitable War”, despite the absolute, uniform certitude of the MSM that it must and will occur…..yada yada yada, is such a rare thing. It was so important that the American people, along with the Brits and the World, have uniformly, and with certitude, absolutely rejected that MSM’s advocacy for more war.

Late Night: We Can All Be Video Monitors but Should We?

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 8:10 pm

I went to Netroots Nation in San Jose this year. The most interesting panel I attended was on “tracking” where someone from one political campaign follows around a candidate at their various public events and records what they do and say. The various members of the panel spoke about how powerful some of these videos can be citing examples from early hits with George Allen’s “Macaca” to Romney’s ” the 47%” I knew this happened but I was unaware of just how sophisticated the process had become at the national level.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks – Fact Check #1

By: Wednesday May 29, 2013 1:05 pm

This is the first in a series of fact-checks on We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks by Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney. It is the “first” of my fact-checks because there are so many distortions and inaccuracies in this film, it is difficult to know where to begin. Luckily, the title itself provides a good place to start.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Hastings, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan

By: Sunday February 12, 2012 1:59 pm

General Stanley McChrystal told journalist Michael Hastings that he wanted to be on the cover of Rolling Stone and so he was. The resulting story—describing an alcohol fueled dinner in Paris and the General’s staff mocking the Obama Administration—ended McChrystal’s tour as the commander of US forces in Afghanistan and his military career.

Late Night: What an Anti-Journalism World Looks Like

By: Monday February 7, 2011 8:00 pm

This is what we do, human beings, we look around our own lives and we talk about what’s going on. It’s the only way we do this, the only way we really connect. And as a reporter sometimes your job is to point the camera at something somebody else doesn’t want it pointed at, and tell everyone you can as much as you can about what’s going on. And that job is dangerous, and it’s scary, and it’s necessary as blood.

The world that anti-journalism conservatives, the ones who rant about the “lamestream media” and chat and wave their fists at reporters, envision? That world, in which “enemy journalists” publishing stuff they don’t like and stuff that contradicts their worldview are harassed out of business, beaten, even killed? It’s happening now in Egypt. I hope they’re watching. I hope they’re paying attention.

And I hope, though I have no reason on earth to believe they’ll ever think this hard, that they’re wondering if this is really so very funny after all.

Israeli Attack on Gaza Flotilla: Media Already Losing Interest?

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 8:15 am

American news media failing to keep covering the Gaza story in depth.

5 Lessons the Tea Parties Can Learn from the Anti-War Movement

By: Saturday March 27, 2010 11:30 am

With all the controversy raging around the Tea Parties, the Republican party, and the recent terror attacks against members of congress, I thought it might be helpful if we extend a helping hand to the Tea Party folks, and show them what we’ve learned from the recent history of the anti-war movement.

Regaining Control of the Afghanistan Debate

By: Monday March 15, 2010 6:30 pm

We have to do more than just be against the war. We have to expand the debate and allow for other solutions to be discussed besides just removing the troops.

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