05 Feb 2015

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

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. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a

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26 Jan 2015

How Torture Wins In the US Marketplace of Ideas

Over two thirds of Christians support the torture of terrorist suspects. —Washtington Post Poll, January 3, 2015 How did this happen? How did actions considered morally repugnant and war crimes in World War II, become acceptable now? And by Christians, goddamnit! Who made this happen, who let this happen, who

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02 Jan 2015

Who Should Get Their Comeuppance in 2015?

So I’m reading year-end news wrap-ups and I’m thinking, “I want to see some of these sick bastards get their comeuppance next year!”

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02 Jan 2015

Who Should Get Their Comeuppance in 2015? How Will You Make It So?

So I’m reading year-end news wrap-ups and I’m thinking, “I want to see some of these sick bastards get their comeuppance next year!” I’m tired of reading these phrases, “Nobody was fired for…” “Nobody has been prosecuted for…” or “None of the perpetrators are in jail for…” and of course,

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14 Dec 2014

The Pressures That Change the Media’s Views on War and Torture

As a person who has had his brain physically removed once, mentally transferred twice (not to mention controlled, rebooted and sped up) I think a lot about what influences, controls and re-configures our brains and how we use those methods on others. I’ve been working on a series of posts

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04 Dec 2014

What’s The Price Paid For Truth? Analysis of The Newsroom, Episode 4: Contempt

Daniel Ellsberg once said that he got the Pentagon Papers out to impress a woman. In his book Secrets Duncan Campbell at the Guardian said this about Ellsberg’s story. “It is also, in a way, a love story about how he fell for his wife, Patricia Marx, and her pivotal

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30 Nov 2014

Where’s Our Anti-War Propo? Lessons from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Pt 1

I’m guessing a lot of adults skipped, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” I didn’t. Maybe you thought, “Why watch a movie about a bunch of poor people fighting for the amusement of the rich when I can watch Black Friday videos of people fighting for free?” But I’m

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26 Nov 2014

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

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.”

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26 Nov 2014

What’s The Value Of TV Journalism? Analysis Of Episode Two Of The Newsroom

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

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15 Nov 2014

Did CIA Block Michael Hastings’ Book Salon at FireDogLake?

Today’s FireDogLake Book Salon with Matt Farwell, discussing  Michael Hastings and The Last Magazine was canceled because of technical difficulties.  FDL had to cancel my Book Salon on May 25th with Richard A. Clarke on his book Sting of the Drone because of technical difficulties.  There have been other technical difficulties that have

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