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Taliban to ban polio vaccines for their own kids unless US stops drone attacks

Taliban commander:

“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&#133 Read the rest

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NPR Believes Corporate Money Skews the News, Except When It Doesn’t

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&#133 Read the rest

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News Fugue: All That’s Fit to Censor

News Fugue: All That’s Fit to Censor

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.
[… more than halfway through the article …]
It remains unclear who is responsible for some of the other killings, including of dozens

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The Spectacle of 9/11, the “Mother of All Events”

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.&#133 Read the rest

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Of Course Fox News is Biased, Jon, but It Doesn’t Matter

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,&#133 Read the rest

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Three Middle School Girls Assault Boy and Nothing Happens.

Here’s the story:

Three young girls from Dunbar Middle school videotaped themselves tackling an 11 year old boy and taking off his clothes. The group can be heard laughing at times and mocking the boy as he struggled to break free.

Here’s where you say, “If the story was about three boys tackling and stripping the clothes off&#133 Read the rest

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Nameless: Industry Standard

Nameless: Industry Standard

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&#133 Read the rest

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Never Waste a Flood

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&#133 Read the rest

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All The News That’s Fit to Compartmentalize

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&#133 Read the rest

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