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Archive for the Month of August, 2005.
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- The more I'm reading about Judy Miller and her actions leading up to and during the early days of the war, and then through the unfolding Plame-Rove-Libby-Gonzalez-Card scandal, the more I’m struck by the special access and relationships she enjoyed with many of the key players in the Iraq debacle (which, at the end of the day, is really what Plamegate is all about).
- Cable news is known for its bias toward conflict and sensationalism. There's nothing that gets viewers to tune in more than exaggerated reports of the latest near-attack by a shark -- or, for that matter, a hurricane. And the most intrepid cable newshands can sneak the message of fear into otherwise seemingly innocuous bits of programming.
- The mainstream media has been co-opted as a propaganda organ for the Bush administration. How did this come about?
- The latest U.S. media uproar about Iran's nuclear program is part of a dream starting to come true for neocons in Washington who fantasize about "regime change" in Tehran. More realistically, for the nearer term, the Bush administration is setting the agenda for a U.S. air attack on Iran.
- When super-pundit Robert Novak stormed off the set of a live CNN show Thursday -- just after uttering what the New York Times delicately calls “a profanity” -- it was an unusual episode of TV punditry. With rare exceptions, the slick commentators of televisionland keep their cool. But we’d be much better off if they all disappeared.
- "Society is now formed into a "matrix" of control. People are discouraged from critical thinking. There is relatively little factual information on which to form judgments. The realities of the world situation for most people are controlled by what they see and hear through electronic media. And Rupert Murdoch and those like him control those media. And the revolving door between corporate interests, government programs, and military actions is fast becoming a closed loop."
- Tom Flocco was warned by a U.S. Intelligence source that a contract FBI Division 5 operative had compromised his website without his knowledge
- Tech Mandates Force Companies to Build Backdoors into Broadband, VoIP
- The internet property and search engine Yahoo said that its search index now includes some 20.8 billion web pages and images, nearly double that of Google.
- There are four primary ways in which this can be accomplished and it is my own personal informed opinion that all four techniques will be used simultaneously:
- When news anchors are complicit in actions that cause death, or when their negligence is an insult to freedoms of all kinds, including press freedom, they should be held accountable and pay the price. In the case of Jennings, the price should be clear: He was a willing whore of the Corporate Press and that should be his legacy.
- Attention hackers: Uncle Sam wants you.
- "For the first time since we began tracking these activities, younger Canadians are spending more time on the Internet than watching TV..."
- An FCC ruling that internet telephony services must provide the same built-in wiretapping capabilities as conventional phone companies has civil libertarians feeling burned.
- Software titan Microsoft enjoys the best media reputation in the United States, with Wal-Mart Stores a somewhat surprising second, according to a new survey.
- Canadian public broadcaster CBC has locked out 5,500 workers after failing to reach an agreement with their union.
- The controversy surrounding the media in Venezuela refuses to die. This is because the country is experimenting with a slow but steady anti-capitalist restructuring which the private media see as a threat to their existence. At this juncture, after surviving a military coup, a 63-day oil stoppage-sabotage (the oil coup) and a presidential referendum--all backed by the private media-- President Hugo Chavez is encouraging the formation of public and community media to counteract attacks on "the process" by the private media.
- The plan for a virtual red light district through the creation of a .xxx net domain name has hit delays after concern from government officials.
- The Thai government has decided to step up its fight against the insurgency in the Muslim south of the country with an unusual weapon - cable television. Using TV to distract dissatisfied, rebellious people.
- For 12 years, pirate station San Francisco Liberation Radio has defied the FCC to broadcast radio by and for the people.
- The U.S. Congress has decided to fund broadcasts into Venezuela, similar to efforts in the Arab World, to 'neutralize' Telesur's "anti-American and anti-freedom rhetoric." Venezuela's President, for his part, has promised to wage a "merciless electronic war against the United States."
- The website, www.globalresearch.ca, also reprints articles from other writers that accuse Jews of controlling the U.S. media and masterminding the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Under Canadian law, website owners can be liable for material they knowingly post, even if they haven't produced it themselves.
- Apparently you can’t even pay TV networks to cover genocide.
- Some local television stations are actually refusing to air anti-war groups' ads, moving this media problem from one of gross dishonesty, into one of actually gagging people and infringing upon the First Amendment.
- ...in early October, 1996, the offensive against Gary Webb’s brilliant work began.
- The "privately" owned media is only capable of producing a narrative that is compatible with the goals of ownership. Curtailing civil liberties
(Patriot Act, National ID etc) and waging war are never in the public interest; they only serve the narrow objectives of the few who stand to gain from them directly. It is critical that the propaganda-system be progressively exposed so the public can see its destructiveness and work to create a different model.
- Last week, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler unveiled plans to present a legislative package to cabinet this fall that would require Internet service providers to put all Internet communications, including chat rooms, e-mails, text messages and Internet telephony, under surveillance at the request of law-enforcement agencies who obtain a court order. Police can already use court orders to request Internet communication, but service providers are not required to monitor the Internet, often leaving gaps in the data available to authorities
- Following months of harassment by the Bush administration, that includes getting him fired from his job at a think tank and attempting to strip him of his membership in the Washington Press Club, the Bush administration has stooped to new lows in trying to make former National Security Agency employee Wayne Madsen disappear. America has entered a dangerous new age of the Neo-Con and new Nazi movement that thrives on lies and propaganda from Fox News and right wing talk show hosts. With Pat Robinson pushing for assassination of foreign leaders are domestic internet journalists next?
- He said the decision to shut down was his own, but that the site was a victim of the murder of freedom of expression.
- In the USA, in recent years there have been other occasions in which news reports about high-level official misconduct have been made to vanish.
- The creator and several buyers of a computer program designed to allow jealous lovers to snoop on their sweethearts' online activities have been indicted for allegedly violating federal computer privacy laws.
- A trail of hidden clues suggests Google is building its own Internet -- and might be looking to let everyone connect for free.
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