Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home.
Click here for The Center For Public Integrity database of the 935 Lies of the Bush administration officials that led us into War.
From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.
Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.
"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants." - Lewis Black
If we detain people without hearings, wiretap our own citizens, and torture people on mere suspicions, the terrorists have won, because we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Um ... Looks like we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Everything I know is wrong ... again
Just about everything I know about print and broadcast journalism I learned from watching movies or TV. Though I’ve seen It Happened One Night, His Girl Friday, Citizen Kane, Sweet Smell of Success, Network, and All The President's Men, I know almost nothing about how Things Really Work.
Here’s what I thought I knew:
Newspapers and television news departments compete with other newspapers and television networks for the largest audience share. Whoever has the largest audience can charge the highest advertising rates. The name of the game is to scoop the competition, grab the headlines, get a byline, and keep bringing in those advertising dollars.
That’s obviously not the case at all.
For almost 14 years the national print media and the three major networks have consistently overlooked one of the biggest scandals in the history of journalism:
The FOX News network … Lies.
Rupert Murdoch plowed 100 million dollars a year for five years to build a cable news network that intentionally lies or distorts the truth to millions of Americans.
I know … I know … why devote air time or copy space stating the obvious?
Because It’s News!
Anytime anyone sinks a half billion dollars into a media entity that masquerades as a news organization but is instead the propaganda arm of Right Wing Corporatism … as Darren “Kolchak” McGavin would say, “That’s News Vincenzo …. NEWS!”
If the major newspapers and ABC, CBS, and NBC had been hammering FOX News over every one of their blatant lies or distortions of fact, the present day FOX News audience would be primarily made up of people who are voluntarily incontinent.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann slam FOX News regularly. At best MSNBC has fewer than a half million viewers. Liberal talk radio takes on FOX more often but … to how many people? Currently, there are fewer than 100 U.S. commercial radio stations carrying liberal talk programs. Each weekday there is over 10 times as much conservative talk as progressive talk. A tree falling in the forest, or a Right Wing Lie exposed only makes an impact if there’s an audience.
6 years ago Robert Greenwald co-produced and directed the DVD, Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. The film is an overwhelming condemnation of Fox's skewed practices and argues that Fox News has been engaging in what amounts to consumer fraud. Greenwald’s documentary was like Edward R. Murrow’s See It Now program on CBS that led to the political downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1954. But Outfoxed wasn’t produced by any of the Big 3 Networks. For some reason covering a cable news network that lies constantly to their audience while pumping out conservative propaganda isn’t newsworthy.
Every night over 20 million people tune into ABC, CBS, and NBC for the nightly news. That’s an audience almost 20 times larger than FOX News garners. Then why does that little pipsqueak of a network wield such power?
How do out-of-context edit jobs flogged by Andrew Breitbart and broadcast on FOX News cause ACORN to be defunded and Shirley Sherrod to lose her job? Why does anyone take the work of a thoroughly discredited Andrew Breitbart and a thoroughly discredited FOX News seriously?
In February 2008 FOX News broadcast a video of Michele Obama's speech with one word edited out.
What she said, “… for the first time in my lifetime I’m really proud of my country.”
What FOX broadcast was, “ … for the first time in my lifetime I’m proud of my country.”
The edited video made it look like it took her husband's political victories for her to be finally proud of America. An unedited quote would obviously show that she has been proud of her country … but now she was really proud.
At the time I called three journalism professors at the University of Washington, an anchor at a network affiliate, and asked them what would happen in the newsroom, or the classroom, if anyone edited a quote to change its meaning.
Changing that one word drastically alters the meaning … It's an ethical violation. Obviously not a mistake.
I teach my students to Never Alter Quotes. If I found out about it … I'd flunk them.
I have never worked anywhere where that is acceptable.
There would be Severe Consequences. In the newsroom I'd outright can his/her ass
By the way … I first found the edited video that aired on FOX at Breitbart.tv. That slimeball has a history of collaborating with FOX News. 20 million Americans would have known that already if newspapers and television news departments did their job.
The competition for news that drove reporters and editors in movies doesn’t exist in Real World Journalism. The only conclusion I can come to is that we’re not seeing competition … because the daily news is delivered to us by The Cartel. A group of Corporate Elites of which FOX News has full membership.
This might seem to be a disturbing development but I wouldn’t worry about it to much.
The overwhelming success of Health Care and Financial Reform leads me to believe that a similar Media Reform will put everything back to right in no time.
In the meantime I guess we’ll just have to put up with the next Breitbart/FOX News collaboration when they zero in on someone or some other organization to delegitimize, defund, and defang by lying their asses off because as sure as God Made Valium … Help is unquestionably on the way.
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My Favorite(?) Excerpt
The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Clicking on the book links to the book's website.
Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.
In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.
"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.