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Comment Re:Unsurprising... (Score 1) 853

Well one outlet that doesn't take any corporate/foundation funding is: Any community-sponsored outlet is generally a good bet.

But as far as what we should "rally around," I think your question is missing the point. It isn't that the NYT, Slashdot, Fox, are 100% full of lies. There's obviously some truth/stories in there. You just need to figure out how to read them. Reading Manufacturing Consent by Chomsky and Herman is a great way to start to learn how to separate truth from falsehood.

And it's entirely possible that Democracy Now (not that I think this is at all likely) will be subverted by corporate goons tomorrow. So it's not like DN is infallible or anything. You just have to use your best judgment about how and where you consume news. As soon as you trust anyone else to carry out that task for you, you risk being deceived.

Comment Re:Unsurprising... (Score 1) 853

Who knows? If it's explained honestly to people, they will care. And you might be surprised about Fox: In terms of harm that the media causes, I think Fox is a relatively small player because most know they're full of it. As opposed to, say, the NYT

I agree, violence is not a solution. (But the Black Panthers were a much more complicated organization than you suggest )

Comment Re:Unsurprising... (Score 1) 853

Think of how any positive, lasting social change has come about: popular movements. Women's rights, civil rights, labor rights, etc... every single time a bunch of people got angry, informed, and organized and refused to go home until their demands were met. If we had a million strong rally outside the White House, you'd be sure Obama wouldn't cave again and again to the fringe right and the business lobbies.

Comment The summary is short, but further reading is here: (Score 1) 23

Sorry for the short summary, I know it left out a lot of facts. If you want further (good) commentary and analysis of the issue, please see:

There are a lot of vigils / protests being planned worldwide to condemn this barbaric act of murder. These atrocities will only continue if the international community and the United States tolerate it, so it's important to participate. (If you want my opinion on this issue, please see: )

Submission + - Israel attacks international humanitarian convoy ( 23

chainLynx writes: Israeli forces attacked an international aid flotilla bringing much-needed supplies to the blockaded Palestinian territory of Gaza. Israeli commandos dropped from helicopters onto the ship and used live ammunition, killing at least 10 people and wounding others. The convoy has many noted participants, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire and former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

Comment Summary totally misguided; read Glenn Greenwald (Score 5, Informative) 239

1) Recruiting people does not mean you share their ideological views. Indeed, one of the selling points of Kagan (according to her supporters) is that in spite of her supposed liberal views she was able to recruit people from across the ideological spectrum, including conservatives, to Harvard Law School.

2) As the Solicitor General, you are a lawyer for the government. You argue their cases. We should not confuse positions she took as the Solicitor General with her own personal opinions on the cases.

If anyone wants the real story on Kagan (she's woefully unprepared for the Supreme Court) please read what Glenn Greenwald has recently been writing about her and a debate yesterday

Comment Glenn Greenwald (Score 3, Informative) 164

Comment Who gets to decide what the important issues are? (Score 1) 396

I am never very sympathetic to this argument that "media decentralization is bringing about the apocalypse." The New York Times can't print all the important news every day. Indeed, elite media outlets go out of their way to censor news that they feel is inconvenient for the elites -- see Chomsky and Herman's "Manufacturing Consent." Furthermore, there are dangers inherent in just the opposite, media consolidation. I don't want Rupert Murdoch (or whoever) determining programming on every channel I get.

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