PBS Mask of Respectability Sells Iran Nuclear Propaganda

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There are few things more harmful to the public discourse than the cloak of false respectability – especially on a nationally or globally disseminated news network. When corporate media broadcasts propaganda, a benighted public is duped into believing the twaddle of stark raving mad political ideologues as though they were the very words of Socrates by satellite. The mainstream’s reach … Read More

BP’s PR Machine & Toxic Enterprise of Criminal Negligence

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The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped 172 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico and caused a holocaust of sea creatures. As a result, tens of thousands of Gulf residents are now suffering – both emotionally due to a loss of livelihood and physically due to contamination. Earlier this month, Gulf victims won a major battle … Read More

Incarceration: a New American Pastime

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In 1984, a newly formed company Corrections Corporation of America acquired the United States’ very first corrections facility contract for the state of Tennessee. This was the first time in American history that a private, for-profit corporation would control and care for the nation’s incarcerated. Over the next 28 years, the power and reach of the privatized prison system consumed over … Read More

Swann: Media Neglects NDAA, Drug War & Executive Orders

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MEDIA ROOTS – Ben Swann, host and producer of WXIX’s Reality Check, has been offering viewers a look at news not typically covered by the contemporary corporate media establishment. Publicly aired three nights a week in Cincinnati, the news featurette has now received an online cult following for its raw reporting and fresh format. Previous segments have featured petrodollar warfare, … Read More

Big Oil is More Than Big Trouble for the Environment

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MEDIA ROOTS – The global petroleum industry has long been the antagonist for environmental and animal-rights advocates. But more recently, “Big Oil” has emerged as a literal threat to democracy for its vast political influence and ability to contrive wars for profit. A report released last month by the National Wildlife Federation exposed to what extent the oil industry, along with … Read More

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