Did NYT go "Judy Miller" on Syria Chemical Weapons?

The run-up to the Iraq war showed that the New York Times has tremendous power to establish "truth" in the United States—and that when the Times wields that power irresponsibly, the results can be catastrophic. 

Media created scandal

It's healthy for democracy to keep a public watch on the work of elected officials, but we also need to be certain that what is reported is accurate.  Read this from William Boardman, Reader Supported News:

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/276-74/17473-faking-the-news-the...

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: May 8, 2013

Jon Stewart shows the Fox news coverage of Banhhazi for what it is.


Anti-regulatory zeal and the oversight failures in West, Texas

This interview includes a good exchange about the bias in news coverage against worker issues.

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Conservative Koch Brothers Turning Focus to Newspapers

As reported in The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/business/media/koch-brothers-making-pl...


“It’s a frightening scenario when a free press is actually a bought and
paid-for press and it can happen on both sides,” said Ellen Miller,
executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan watchdog
group.


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McConnell campaign tapes highlight some of the tactics used by many campaigns to smear their opponents

McConnell campaign tapes highlight some of the tactics used by many campaigns to smear their opponents.  The briefing on the tapes was a typical opposition research briefing for a candidate, and typical reactions within a campaign.  In most cases this kind of campaign discussion leads to decisions about making public attacks against the opponent, or encouraging people not directly connected to the campaign to make such attacks.  The typical tactic is to feed the information to some friendly publication who will carry it as a "news" item.

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"The interesting thing is if you listen to the whole tape, you see Mitch McConnell doesn't participate that much.  He's there listening, but at no time does he say, 'I don't want to do this, I don't want to go there, I don't want to go into her mental health history, I don't want to go into her religious views.'"

"Shadows of Liberty"

New documentary "Shadows of Liberty" as reported by DemocracyNow!  "Using individual cases of journalists whose attempts to tell their
stories have been muzzled by corporations and the government, the film
shows how a corporate-controlled media can silence the truth about
issues ranging from war to labor practices."



DemocracyNow! is being broadcast from the National Conference for Media Reform:


AP says no more "illegal immigrants"

Kari Chisholm at Blue Oregon reports on AP's change in the AP Stylebook regarding the use of the term "illegal immigrant".


The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” or the
use of “illegal” to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that
“illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or
immigrating to a country illegally.


and DemocracyNow has a segment on the change:


Could Google pick the next president?: Craig Timberg

This article by Craig Timberg raises a good issue to consider.  What impact search engines can have on political elections.  The study reported on here also demonstrates the extent to which Media has an impact on the choices voters make.  If search engine ranking can have an impact, then consider the impact of what stories the major media outlets decide to report.


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