HOW TO CONFRONT THE MEDIA

HOW TO CONFRONT THE MEDIA
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November 8, 2005

HOW TO CONFRONT THE MEDIA

The idea of confronting the media is a popular one. Dissatisfaction with the devolution of TV News is widespread. Disgust with big media is everywhere even if it sometimes expresses itself with a mistaken belief that the problem is a non-existent "liberal media," or just the fault of an obnoxious personality like Bill O'Reilly.

By Danny Schechter, MediaChannel.org

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SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, DO EVIL
Reporters Without Borders held a New York press conference this week to explain why the press freedom group teamed up with a group of investment managers - instead of journalists - to press Internet behemoths like Cisco and Yahoo to monitor their operations in "repressive regime countries" like China.

By Rory O'Connor, MediaChannel.org

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IRAQ: ITALIAN TV ALLEGES U.S. USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN FALLUJAH

A documentary to be aired on Tuesday by Italian state satellite TV channel RAI News 24 alleges that US troops used chemical weapons during their assault on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah in November last year.
Adnkronos International

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US FORCES 'USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS' DURING FALLUJAH ASSAULT

Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004. Ever since the assault, which went unreported by any Western journalists, rumors have swirled that the Americans used chemical weapons on the city.
By Peter Popham, Independent UK

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THE MEDIA ARE MINIMISING US AND BRITISH WAR CRIMES IN IRAQ

We can expect the US and UK governments to seek to minimise the extent of their war crimes. But it's time the media stopped collaborating.
By George Monbiot, Guardian UK

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WIDER SCOPE IN PREWAR PROBE SOUGHT

Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee want the right to interview top policymakers or speechwriters as part of the inquiry into whether the Bush administration exaggerated or misused intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), the panel's vice chairman, said.
By Walter Pincus, Washington Post

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ANOTHER LEAK PROBE? GOP CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO 'WASH POST' SCOOP

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Tuesday called for a congressional investigation into who told Washington Post reporter Dana Priest about previously undisclosed CIA interrogation centers.
By E&P Staff, Editor & Publisher

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PROSECUTOR IN LEAK CASE KEEPS FOCUS ON ROVE

The special prosecutor investigating the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson is trying to determine whether Deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove lied to the FBI when he was first interviewed by agents about his role in the case in October 2003, attorneys close to the case said.
By Jason Leopold, Raw Story

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GRAHAM SAYS LIBBY DIDN'T ACT ALONE IN CIA LEAK CASE

Vice President Dick Cheney must explain what he knew about the activities of his top aide, who was indicted in the CIA leak case, former Sen. Bob Graham said.
By Frank Davies, Miami Herald

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IRAQI JOURNALIST SHOT DEAD IN MOSUL

An Iraqi journalist was shot dead by gunmen in the flashpoint city of Mosul, Iraq, on Monday, bringing to more than 70 the number of foreign and Iraqi journalists who have been reported killed since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. Note: Article includes a chronology of those reported killed in 2005.
Reuters

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FRENCH ROAST

Coverage of the riots by major American media has been incomplete. Headlines have referred to "angry French teens" and "angry immigrants." That's misleading.
By Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle

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THOUSANDS OF KATRINA 911 CALLS WENT ASTRAY

Emergency calls were supposed to be routed to the fire department but its main station was already abandoned. And so -- after hours of confusion -- many calls were shunted north to Baton Rouge, where unsuspecting emergency personnel suddenly found their phones ringing off the hooks.
By Ceci Connolly, Washington Post

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PROPOSED LEGISLATION MAY AFFECT FUTURE OF PUBLIC-ACCESS TELEVISION

For every hour of "Desperate Housewives" on ABC, the nation's 3,000 public-access television channels present dozens of hours of local school board meetings, Little League games and religious services… Now, though, the future of the channels deemed "electronic soapboxes" in 1972 by the Federal Communications Commission is uncertain, as proposed legislation about how the telecommunications industry is regulated winds its way through Congress.
By Felicia R. Lee, NY Times

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CHICAGO PUBLICATION FILES FCC PETITION TO DENY TV STATION LICENSES

A “petition to deny renewal” of 18 commercial and public broadcast TV licenses was filed this week at the FCC by Third Coast Press, a community newspaper and website in the Chicago area. It stated that the stations have been “systematically negligent in serving the public interest in terms of their news and public affairs coverage, children’s programming, and hypercommercialism while systematically engaging in policies which brought specific harm to the Chicago African American community, the broader Arab and Muslim community, and other communities of color, by what can only be explained as their deliberate and repeated marginalization.”
Third Coast Press

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AS KNIGHT RIDDER GOES, SO MAY NEWS INDUSTRY

As big shareholders of Knight Ridder Inc. pressure executives to consider selling the nation's second-largest newspaper company, an increasing number of industry veterans say the fight's outcome could write the future of print journalism.
By Joseph Menn and James Rainey, LA Times

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THE NEW MEDIA ELITE

Companies such as the New York Times, Walt Disney, News Corp., and NBC/Universal, as well as magazine and book publishers, are increasingly losing ground to a new breed of media elites who grew up in the digital world and are now out to control it by offering content and services to users worldwide.
By Betsy Streisand and Richard J. Newman, US News & World Report

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SEARCH FIRMS CAST WIDER NET

Internet giants Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. yesterday unveiled new products designed to boost their visibility beyond computers by using cell phones and television sets to reach a broader audience.
By Yuki Noguchi, Washington Post

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TV'S NEW PARALLEL UNIVERSE

Top players are launching online channels to reach young viewers and big spenders.
By Tom Lowry, Business Week

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CBS, NBC DEALS ACCELERATE SHIFT IN TV LANDSCAPE

Two big TV networks, CBS and NBC, struck deals with cable and satellite providers allowing their viewers to watch popular shows anytime they want, the latest sign of how quickly technology is upending viewing habits and reshaping the industry's longtime model.
By Brooks Barnes and Peter Grant, Wall Street Journal

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1772

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VIDEO BLOG NETWORK LAUNCHES

ReelBlogs today announced the launch of the ReelBlogs video blog network. Blogs on the ReelBlogs network will produce short-form video content made specifically for Internet and video podcasting audiences.
By Duncan Riley, Search Engine Journal

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GROKSTER CALLS IT QUITS ON SHARING MUSIC FILES

Grokster, a developer of file-swapping software used to trade copyrighted music and movie files, said that it would halt distribution of the software and cut off support for its associated network as part of a landmark settlement with the recording industry and Hollywood studios.
By Jeff Leeds, NY Times

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1768

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FOX NEWS IS ACCUSED IN BIAS SUIT

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against the Fox News network, claiming it harassed and discriminated against its female employees, creating a "hostile work environment because of their sex."
By Julia Preston, NY Times

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REPAIRING JOURNALISM

Journalism's most serious failure, probably, is its reluctance to explain how reporters go about putting together a news story. A large percentage of news stories, for example, begin with a public relations announcement from a government agency, private advocacy group, politician, corporation, celebrity, or other publicity seeker.
By Sydney H. Schanberg, Village Voice

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