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“Almost every resident of North Waziristan has become a mental patient because of the drone strikes, which are worse than polio. On one hand, the U.S. spends millions of dollars to eliminate polio, while on the other hand it kills hundreds…”
Three ways to play:
1. This is a story for Americans: “the Taliban are… Read the rest
When NPR does on-air campaigning for listener donations, they make much of the fact that NPR is “independent” and non-profit. They distinguish themselves from for-profit news outlets, and imply that corporate money causes news to be biased in favor of the businesses who sponsor the reporting.
It’s a common premise among the left: If a news outlet is owned… Read the rest
Retreating loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi killed scores of detainees and arbitrarily shot civilians over the past week, as rebel forces extended their control over the Libyan capital, survivors and a human rights group said Sunday.
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It remains unclear who is responsible for some of the other killings, including of dozens
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The Internet Archive has released “The 9/11 Television News Archive” over 3,000 hours of news footage from 9-11 through 9-16-2001 from all major worldwide news outlets. Considering that most people experienced 9-11 through television, rather than in person, it seems like a monument to how people experience history–mediated in real-time, rather than directly or through reflective, after-the-fact accounts.… Read the rest
Jon Stewart was on Fox Sunday, boring viewers by lecturing Chris Wallace on Fox’s bias and media sloppiness.
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
Stewart has done this a few times now, most famously on CNN’s Crossfire years ago. The schtick is that “the bias of the mainstream media is toward sensationalism, conflict and laziness” In other words,… Read the rest
Good Morning America and ABC News ran a story about a mother, “Kerry Campbell” who gives her 8-year old daughter botox injections for beauty pageants. The mom gives a fake name and the news reports it without mentioning its a pseudonym.
We now know its a pseudonym now because of a Child Protective Services investigation. Apparently, many viewers decided… Read the rest
If you care about state politics of the type that spills into national news, you may have heard that the Army Corp of Engineers blew up a levy and flooded a bunch of farmland down in Missouri to save Cairo, Illinois (Pronounced “Kay-row;” remember, we are talking about the Midwest). If you are a visual learner:
Ultimately, Cairo is… Read the rest
The best way to watch the news is to view it as one single very long continuous meta-narrative that extends over months. What comes packed as “a story” is best thought of as a chapter of that much longer story, where a subplot or supporting character is developed. This way, you don’t fall for the compartmentalization of events that… Read the rest