The self-mutilation being carried on by the mainstream media, out of fear of attack from the right, and decades of alienation from the liberal left.
One trend that has disturbed me over the last few years is the steady destruction of the journalistic infrastructure of our country.
The WaPo used to be my great source of news information; now it is a useless conservative tabloid.
Jon Stewart's show used to be considered comedy; now it is one of, if not the, most trusted sources of news in the US.
I'm now starting to see this dynamic with the Onion.
For example, this prophetic classic from 10 years ago:
At it's initial publication, it was probably funny. To read it now is eerily depressing. Read more about Nation Waiting For Protesters To Clearly Articulate Demands Before Ignoring Them- The Onion
Kristof takes note of the need for jobs and even - in his usual nice-guy way - takes some responsibility for the media silence on the issue:
(I’m an offender, too: I asked President Obama a question at the Twitter town hall, and it was a gotcha query about his negotiations with Republicans. I’m sorry that I missed the chance to push him on the issue that Americans care most about.)
Apology noted. Another thing noted: the relentless nice-guy-ness culminating in this less-than-clarion call for action on jobs: Read more about Kristof: late to the party (and one foot out the door)
WASHINGTON: The FBI has opened an investigation into claims that News International's now-closed London Sunday tabloid News of the World hacked phones of September 11 victims and their families.
The U.S. government should go after Murdoch's media company for its corrupt practices and revoke its TV licenses if it's found guilty.
Be sure to check out The Guardian's yummy phone hacking coverage.
If you're a progressive and want to fix problems like unemployment, the health care and health insurance systems, infrastructure, education, our energy and climate crises and want Government to deficit spend to do it, sooner of later you'll get the question: “Aren't you just 'printing money'? Here's my answer to that one.
1) Today the Government prints very little money. It mostly just “marks up accounts” using a computer when the Treasury spends, or when the Fed buys financial assets, in return for reserves it creates. So, literally, I'm not saying we should “print money,” I'm saying we should deficit spend by “marking up” non-Government accounts. Read more about The "Printing Money" Thing
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Sorry folks, there is no activism today. I'm still processing my feelings about the shocking developments of last Sunday evening.
What I've ultimately settled upon, after my initial excitement has faded, is a feeling of despair. Read more about A Feeling of Despair
My last entry at FDL, which is the last because I've been banned, has been restored to visibility. As I pointed out in my previous entry, my account and diaries were flagged as spam and hidden from view. Read more about FDL Update: Entries Restored, Comments Still Disappeared
The responses to my previous entry were exactly what I hoped they would be: lively. And I'm not done yet, not by a long shot. I'm going to expand upon a comment I made in the other thread. Read more about On the Immorality of Supporting an Amoral Dictator
I seem to recall that someone, late last month, posted an entry arguing that it is immoral for Democrats not to run a primary challenge against Barry Obama in 2012, in light of the things he's done to institutionalize Bush-Cheney crimes. (Glenn Greenwald chronicled the latest violation of the Constitution by Obama on his own blog, which you can read here). Read more about It is Immoral Not to Challenge Obama and the Democrats in 2012
The most recent release of wikileaks docs has provoked all the standard reactions we have come to expect. The punditocracy, both governmental and media, have thrown everything they could think of at them hoping something will stick.
We are told that the docs are an attack on our national security and not just that but the international community. Then we are told often by the same people that they are of no importance, that they are full of mistakes and inaccuracies, that they are essentially gossip, that foreign leaders say even worse and more impolitic things about our leaders. Read more about Wikileaks meets the Grand Wurlitzer
(Cross posted at Feral Cats of Freedom Blog
The meme of "extremes" has been around for awhile, but has become a constant refrain since the election. It is grating to my ears. ""The authoritarian left and the authoritarian right are running to ideological corners and not meeting in the middle," said Steven Weisman, author of a biography on Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan on "Morning Joe". (It is a very tried and true propaganda technique to trot out an author who has a book on a dead politician like Moynihan, Lincoln, John Adams, etc.) Joe Scarborough then repeated, "There is a need for all of us to isolate the extremes." Read more about Weasel Words of the Week - "Extremes"