21 Jul 2010

Progressivism Fails Because Democrats are Afraid to Advance a Progressive Agenda

That Americans are not supportive of progressivism is largely a conjured up fear to excuse a failure to advance a progressive agenda and win support from Democratic Party leaders for progressive change. The American people support progressive ideas. They just need real progressive leadership that, independently from Democratic Party interests, promotes a vision and future where these progressive ideas are indeed viable and practical.

19 Jul 2010

The “Liberal” Netroots: An Army Beholden to Democrats or an Independent Political Force to Be Reckoned With?

Each year, for the past five years, members of what has become known as the “netroots” have come together for an annual convention known as Netroots Nation to participate in a forum for progressive activists and candidates to strengthen communities online and grow the progressive movement. As the “netroots” prepares for another convention, what might be the outcome? What is the state of the “netroots” and how are Democratic Party politics impacting the “netroots”?

15 Jul 2010

Nonprofit Organizations Funded by Comcast Want You to Ignore the Possible Impact of the Comcast-NBC Merger on Media

What may be the only FCC public hearing on the Comcast-NBC merger was held Tuesday, July 13th. The following is a report from the hearing that shows how nonprofit organizations were enlisted by Comcast to distract from the possible impact if FCC approves of this media consolidation move.

13 Jul 2010

When Will We Take Responsibility for the Obama Presidency’s Failings?

It is uncomfortable and in some respects unreasonable to take to task those progressive Democrats who should be the biggest allies of social justice movements. This writer (who considers himself to be progressive) is in fact an ally of many of these Democrats. But the direction in which these progressives have led the Left is incredibly destructive to the future of this country and in fact the whole of humanity.

09 Jul 2010

Comcast-NBC Merger: Media Consolidation In the Name of Diversity

Congresssman Bobby Rush’s hearing on the Comcast-NBC merger in Chicago on July 8th shined a light on how Comcast-NBC hopes to get this through. They are hoping to demonstrate a concern for diversity and an interest in increasing minority ownership and leadership. Of course, why are they just now figuring out ways to make their corporations more diverse? Oh, yeah, this is one way to get the greenlight to merge.

07 Jul 2010

BP Doesn’t Want You Filming, Move Along Now

A recounting of a chilling story Mac McClelland reported on that has been featured prominently on blogs for the past few week followed by a question — What is the link between this prohibiting of media access and detaining of photographers/videographers to Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) programs?

03 Jul 2010

BP, Government Block Press from Reporting Their “Ballet at Sea”

Adm. Thad Allen has issued a directive further restricting media access. This comes days after the ACLU of Louisiana wrote a letter urging an end to blocking of the press and censorship of information.

02 Jul 2010

America Speaks, But Not for Cuts to Social Programs

Video interviews with Margaret Flowers of PNHP and Katie Robbins of Healthcare-Now! on the deficit cutting agenda being pushed by AmericaSpeaks through “town hall meetings.” Last weekend, 21st Century Town Hall Meetings were held involving citizens in discussion and debate on the budget and economy, allowing citizens to talk about what they would like to cut so economic problems in this country could be properly addressed and solved.

16 Jun 2010

Obama’s Oval Office Address: Is the Gulf Half-Empty or Half-Full?

The positive, calm, and collected nature of the address was not necessarily what Americans wanted to hear. Given the increasing scope of the disaster and the reality that there is no end in sight, many wanted specifics, wanted to know how the administration plans to really gain control of a situation that BP is manipulating and covering up. But, they did not get the healthy skepticism that could have been a part of the address.

15 Jun 2010

US Social Forum: Storytelling for Real and Lasting Change in America

Karlos Guana Schmieder, communications director for the Center for Media Justice, discusses the Center’s plans for the U.S. Social Forum and why movements need to tell a good story to be successful and ultimately create real and lasting change in America and the world.