Paul Krugman: Lessons From a Comeback

Paul Krugman gives a summary of how liberal policies in California are helping the state recover from its conservative era.
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“The country’s showcase state,” gloated The Wall Street Journal, “has come to look like a hapless banana republic.”


The Daily Show with John Stewart: Murdochopoly

Murdoch:  "If you can stimulate the discussion, you can change the agenda, that sort of thing."
Reporter: "His best selling paper The Sun once even claimed to have won an election single handed."


DemocracyNow!: BBC-Guardian Exposé Uses WikiLeaks to Link Iraq Torture Centers to U.S. Col. Steele & Gen. Petraeus

DemocracyNow! reports on the BBC-Guardian Exposé "James Steele: America’s Mystery Man in Iraq" including extended clips from the full movie.

MAGGIE O’KANE (multimedia editor and director of investigations at The Guardian newspaper and executive producer of the documentary):We also know that CENTCOM, immediately after the film was broadcast on BBC Arabic, set up a monitoring unit within CENTCOM to see what the response has been among the Arab population. We know also that there were public screenings of the film in Samarra, in which people came out onto a square to watch the film, which, in a sense, is a sort of acknowledgment of what happened to the male population of that time. But so far, the Pentagon has said nothing.

I mean, one of the interesting things I find is that the interest in this in Europe, for example, is huge. I mean, 14 countries have—are showing the film over the next 10 days and have bought it. But actually, within the America mainstream television networks, there’s been very little response, and also very little response from the American mainstream media. So I presume they’re just going to try and ignore it. And except for what your program has done, and also Real TV, it seems to have been played down.

AMY GOODMAN: So, you’re saying that U.S. Central Command, they’re monitoring reaction to this all over the world. And in the United States, the commercial networks, they did not option this film, this documentary, play it, especially at this time, on this 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

MAGGIE O’KANE: Yeah, I mean, we have had very little response in the American mainstream media. It went out last night on ZDF in Germany, which is the German state channel. It went out on the Swedish state channel two nights ago. And it’s going out in France tomorrow. So, one wonders, since this is about, you know, America’s war in Iraq and the American special advisers, why is America not interested?

Rachel Maddow: How Isreal's honoring of Obama is reported in the US Media

Rachel Maddow exposes Fox News for their non-coverage of the REAL news.

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We're all watching as the Israel President is saying to President Obama "I know that you will never stop striving for a better world." And as he was speaking those very words live, as seen on MSNBC and CNN, what was running on Fox News instead was...a commercial for their new special on President Obama as an enemy of Israel. That is the ad they are running instead of the live feed of the government of Israel giving President Obama the highest honor a civilian can receive from the Israeli government.

Rachel Maddow: Misstated positions betray Republican lack of seriousness on policy

Rachel Maddow and Ezra Klein expose Republican reversals on policy statements.

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I feel like looking at some of these sort of Freudian slips on some of these more social policies, or policies that aren't as central to their agenda in Washington, is actually an important window into them not really being invested in policy at all.

DemocracyNow! interview with Phil Donahue about his 2003 firing from MSNBC

PHIL DONAHUE: Well, I think what happened to me, the biggest lesson, I think, is the—how corporate media shapes our opinions and our coverage. This was a decision—my decision—the decision to release me came from far above. This was not an assistant program director who decided to separate me from MSNBC. They were terrified of the antiwar voice. And that is not an overstatement. Antiwar voices were not popular. And if you’re General Electric, you certainly don’t want an antiwar voice on a cable channel that you own; Donald Rumsfeld is your biggest customer. So, by the way, I had to have two conservatives on for every liberal. I could have Richard Perle on alone, but I couldn’t have Dennis Kucinich on alone. I was considered two liberals. It really is funny almost, when you look back on how—how the management was just frozen by the antiwar voice. We were scolds. We weren’t patriotic. American people disagreed with us. And we weren’t good for business.

Chris Matthews March 19

The scariest aspect of the Iraq war was how easy it was sold to Americans.

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The case for Iraq War was ‘deliberately made up’

Discussion with Rachel Maddow on NOW with Alex Wagner:

Rachel Maddow: The lessons that we've got to learn, which I'm not sure we've learned, are about how we got there. The case to go to war was full of holes, it was made up. It was deliberately made up, and our political system, including the media, was not good enough, was not rigorous enough to ferret that out. So there was something wrong institutionally with the debate not being good enough.

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Bush May Be Gone, But "Psychosis" of U.S. Foreign Policy Prevails

From DemocracyNow! 3/18/2013

ARUNDHATI ROY: When the United States invaded Iraq, a New York Times/CBS News survey estimated that 42 percent of the American public believed that Saddam Hussein was directly responsible for the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. And an ABC News poll said that 55 percent of Americans believed that Saddam Hussein directly supported al-Qaeda. None of this opinion is based on evidence, because there isn’t any. All of it is based on insinuation or to suggestion and outright lies circulated by the U.S. corporate media, otherwise known as the "free press," that hollow pillar on which contemporary American democracy rests. Public support in the U.S. for the war against Iraq was founded on a multitiered edifice of falsehood and deceit, coordinated by the U.S. government and faithfully amplified by the corporate media.

Koch brothers buy up of media?

Interesting discussion about the prospect that right-wing moguls will buy up a group of newspapers.

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