Forcing Change in Big Media’s Pro-war Bias

By: Saturday February 28, 2015 6:00 pm

Today I want to suggest some other steps and some leverage methods to force the issue.

I discussed them and the research that led to them on Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd. Feb, 26, 2015.

Today Digby wrote about Chris Hayes and Laura Ingram pointing out how the networks push war. Now, what to do to change it?

Following Lee Fang’s Nation article on retired generals pushing bombing without being identified. I dug into the process for getting those guests to get on the air. I spoke to news producers, show bookers, guests, corporate media execs, FCC and FTC lawyers. I spoke to corporate CFOs, institutional investors, hedge fund managers and media trackers.

After I understood the process, I asked, “Who or what has the power to change things?”


3 Easy Steps to Change the Media’s Views on War & Torture

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 7:00 pm

These days I’m like Mr. Spock in the dark, parallel universe of Star Trek. I see our leadership going down the wrong path regarding the use of war and torture. It’s an illogical, fear-based path, and it’s presented as the only alternative.

Torture Supporters have Better PR and Marketing People

By: Saturday February 21, 2015 2:00 pm

It was held at Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley School of Law which is the current home of distinguished scholar John Yoo.

I went to hear the progress of bringing accountability to the people who encouraged, legalized and normalized torture in America. I was also hoping for a path to accountability for those who tortured.

I was very disappointed

UPDATE: Brokaw Reportedly Wants Williams Fired for Iraq War Story “Mistake”

By: Friday February 6, 2015 6:00 pm

Wednesday Travis J. Tritten at Stars and Stripes did an exclusive story about Brian William’s actual experience while in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003 vs. the narrative that he either helped create or failed to correct in the subsequent years.

Late Night: What’s The Value of TV Journalism? Analysis of Episode Two of The Newsroom

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 8:00 pm

There was a scene in The Newsroom’s second episode this season where Charlie, the network president, explains to the two rich kids working on a hostile takeover that what the news division of ACN does and says is important. ACN, he explains, is like NBC and CNN, they are the face and voice of the parent corporation.

That really struck me. I liked it. Suddenly I was Fox Mulder quoting from the poster above my desk. “I want to believe.”

The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate – Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday November 8, 2014 8:54 am

Since it became an international bestseller in 2004, Don’t Think of an Elephant! has been the definitive handbook for progressives who want to articulate their goals and values to voters, understand how conservatives think and why people often vote against their best interests, and frame the political debate.

Big Media Companies, “What Are They Afraid Of?”

By: Friday October 31, 2014 5:48 pm

For Halloween I’m reminded of a book reading I attended in San Francisco where I asked Matt Taibbi what companies like Goldman Sachs were afraid of. His answer was, “Not journalists!” then he laughed. Next he said, “They are worried about a few left over SEC regulations that they haven’t bought off yet.”

Late Night: Homeland Discussion: Drone Queen “..find me a way to spin this!”

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 8:00 pm

This is a post about Homeland, season 4 episode one, part one titled ”Drone Queen.” This is chock full of spoilers, but it’s not a recap or review, more of a starting point to talk about issues that strike me. If you haven’t watched the episode and intend to, scroll on by.

Why Did We Give JPMorgan Months To Reveal They Were Hacked?

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 4:00 pm

Lots of people have read that the JPMorgan Chase data intrusion started in June and went until mid-August. Maybe you read some of the technical publications that covered it like ARSTechnica, The long game: How hackers spent months pulling bank data from JPMorgan or maybe some business press back then JPMorgan Hackers Came In the Front Door — in June.

Late Night: When Corporate Sponsors Leave ALEC and Rush, What We Learn

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:00 pm

When we go to the interested third parties and educate them, many of those real winners are disgusted with what they hear. Combining that education with appeals to both personal and stated corporate values systems and you have a solid package to help them decide to walk away.

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