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"When I picked up the phone, my ears perked up at the national TV part. I was like, ‘Fuck yeah, I graduated college…’ I gave them no straight answers. Every time [Fox] called, it would be from an unknown number. I’d be like, ‘Yeah, I got my English degree from Texas.’ Then the next time, ‘Yeah, I’m in engineering.’ …Twenty emails later with the producer at Fox, they’re telling me what to say. It’s such bullshit. It’s so ridiculous… I don’t care if there’s any negative press about me. I think there’s a greater issue. Our media should be a tool to educate the masses, instead of getting ratings and selling Cheetos. This is proof."

- Max Rice, the 20 year old “prankster” who talked his way onto Fox News and whose phony on-air interview with Fox & Friends’ Gretchen Carlson has gone viral. (via reallyfoxnews)

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Source: thenonprophet

"Literally every day, someone is being arrested for doing nothing more than taking a photograph in a public place. It makes no sense to me. Photography is an expression of free speech.

Since 9/11, there’s been an incredible number of incidents where photographers are being interfered with and arrested for doing nothing other than taking pictures or recording video in public places.

It’s not just news photographers who should be concerned with this. I think every citizen should be concerned."


Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel, National Press Photographers Association. New York Times Lens Blog, Criminalizing Photography

Professional and non-profressional photographers need to know their rights.

Here’s a brief primer from us.

If you want to jump straight into the details, the ACLU writes about photographer rights here.

(via futurejournalismproject)
Source: futurejournalismproject

"You’re blowing it with Fox News. The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful."

- Steve Jobs to News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch in 2011 (via reallyfoxnews)

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Source: The Huffington Post

"The surplus wealth I have has no utility to me. It has all kinds of utility to the rest of the world if used properly."

- Warren Buffett: My Extra Money Would Be More Useful To Others (via huffingtonpost)

Buffett should use his money to buy the regional newspaper industry from the fools running it into the ground. (via shortformblog)

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Source: The Huffington Post



African Stereotype of the Day: Gabriel, Benard, Brian, and Derrik, who live in Kenya, were inspired to poke fun at the way African men are portrayed by Hollywood: “If people believed only what they saw in movies,” they said, “they would think we are all warlords who love violence.” Mama Hope — an organization that partners with African organizations to help transform their communities — was more than happy to hand them a mic as part of a video campaign to “Stop the Pity, Unlock the Potential.”

Good stuff.


We’re talking to you, shirtless Matthew Mcconaughey.

(via respooptacles)

Source: thedailywhat

"In general, and no matter what material we send, I suggest that we should distribute it to more than one channel, so that there will be healthy competition between the channels in broadcasting the material, so that no other channel takes the lead. It should be sent for example to ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN and maybe PBS and VOA. As for Fox News, let her die in her anger."

- A number of Bin Laden documents seized during last year’s raid have been posted online by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. One of the documents, outlining media strategy for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 contains some of OBL’s assessments of media outlets. He found MSNBC “good and neutral” until they fired Olbermann but was harsh on Fox News, saying:

From the professional point of view, they are all on one level- except (Fox News) which know, falls into the abyss as you and lacks neutrality too.

Download the docs here.

(via thepoliticalnotebook)
Source: thepoliticalnotebook

"As people increasingly share stories, videos, and tips through their networks, they are no longer just news consumers but news producers. There’s even a neologism coined to describe the shift from passive consumer to active producer: “presumer.” It confers an added obligation to evaluate what amid the clutter is worth sending on."


"The left has moved right. The center has moved right. What constitutes a controversial position is a moving target. And in narrating the ebb and flow of political fortunes, the press is indeed supposed to be dispassionate. But that’s not the same as deaf, dumb and blind. It never stopped being the media’s job to evaluate the world and explain what constitutes news. Is it not very big news that the most powerful and influential segment of the political right, in full view of a largely mute press corps, has veered into Glenn Beck World?"

- Bob Garfield, Co-Host, NPR’s On The Media. The Media’s Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Campaign Coverage. (via futurejournalismproject)
Source: futurejournalismproject


This week, the free and open Internet millions of Americans have come to depend on is under attack.

In a procedural move, Senate Republicans are trying to overturn the rules that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put in place late last year to help protect net neutrality — the simple idea that all content and applications on the Internet should be treated the same, regardless of who owns the content or the website. The House already pushed through this dangerous legislation, which would effectively turn control of the Internet over to a handful of very powerful corporations.

I sincerely hope the Senate doesn’t follow suit, and I’m doing everything I can to make sure this terrible legislation never reaches the President’s desk.

While millions of Americans have become familiar with the concept of net neutrality, it’s important that we’re all on the same page. Net neutrality isn’t a government takeover of the Internet, as many of my Republican colleagues have alleged. It isn’t even a change from what we have now. Net neutrality has been in place since the very beginning of the Internet.









this is why i am a feminist

I actually cried when I watched this.  

this was really wonderfully done.

holy shit. i am so happy this exists.

*If you do nothing else today, WATCH THIS. Shows the detrimental impact of (sexist, demeaning) mainstream media, and the extent to which it’s ingrained in our lives. Because women only control approx. 3% of media content like advertising and publishing, images and portrayals of women are being controlled by men who continually sexualize, exploit, and undermine (even the most powerful women) in our country - in addition to socializing boys and men to view women as objects and that being a man means always being in power, in control, and better than women. Shows several real-life examples from the media.

this is just way too great to not reblog

Source: dave-bowman


Chart from “Media Monopoly Revisited,” Extra!, October 2011 issue
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

This has never failed to freak me the hell out.


Chart from “Media Monopoly Revisited,” Extra!, October 2011 issue

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

This has never failed to freak me the hell out.

Source: fuckyeahmarxismleninism

What Wikileaks Tells Us About Al Jazeera


This article from the bourgeois magazine Foreign Policy attempts to gloss over the U.S./CIA relationship with Al Jazeera (currently on display in Libya and Syria), but has useful information.

Al Jazeera has been making waves in the Middle East ever since it aired its first broadcast on Nov. 1, 1996. In its news dispatches and talk shows, the pan-Arab satellite channel, which is funded by the state of Qatar, has been a strident critic of U.S. foreign policies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Palestinian Territories, even while it has been a thorn in the side of many an Arab autocrat. But after the last dump of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, on Aug. 30, articles have begun to circulate — especially in Iranian and Syrian media outlets — about Al Jazeera’s close relationship with a surprising interlocutor: the U.S. government.

Source: fuckyeahmarxismleninism

Huffington Post Recruiting Teens to Write for Free


Last Friday Forbes reported that AOL’s Huffington Post Media Group is launching HuffPost High School, a vertical aimed at the teen set.

The site will be edited by a paid 17-year-old but like much of the Huffington Post, content will be produced for free. In this case by unpaid teenage bloggers.

Running with the strategy, AOL will also solicit unpaid contributions from young teens and high schoolers for Patch, its network of 800 hyperlocal news sites.

“We’ll be expanding our sharing platform to teens,” an AOL spokeswoman explains to Forbes using the company’s social vernacular.  

Over at AdAge, Simon Dumenco is none too pleased:

Let’s get real here: AOL is not just another benign outlet for aspiring teen writers; it’s not the school newspaper writ large. It is, thanks to its combo with HuffPo, a massive, highly aggressive, cynically SEO’d page-view machine with a history of dubious ethics — and let’s not forget that AOL, despite all its troubles, still had second-quarter revenue of $542.2 million.

Back in February, AOL property TechCrunch reported that Patch “is churning out one piece of content every 9 seconds.” That’s what this is about, folks: churn. Page views. And getting unpaid children to help AOL shovel content — digital coal — into its page-view oven.

Quite simply, AOL/HuffPo intends to monetize the work of minors earning $0/hour. On Patch and HuffPost High School, it will sell ads against content created by minors — but it will not share advertising revenue with those minors.

Self-respecting advertisers have to ask if they really want to be a part of something like this.

Meanwhile, a $105 million class action lawsuit by former unpaid Huffington Post writers continues. So too a Newspaper Guild call for writers to boycott the publication.

HuffPo has long defended its practice of using unpaid contributors by arguing that consenting adults can share their labor in any way they please. True enough, but what happens when your writers aren’t old enough to legally consent?

Writes Jeff Berkovici:

Should teenagers who can’t legally vote, drink or have sex be allowed to decide for themselves what to publish in a place where it could potentially be read by millions of people? What if a 15-year-old wants to write confessionally about having an abortion, as this adult writer did, or joke about smoking marijuana, as this writer did? And what if that 15-year-old’s parent wants to have that posting deleted? And what if that parent is divorced, and his ex-spouse who shares custody gives her permission?

Definitely not something I’ll be participating in. there’s so much wrong with AOL and its associates, and there’s so much opportunity for free enterprise in journalism now that this just seems wholly unnecessary. 

Source: futurejournalismproject


This was my favorite remark from the conference yesterday, so much so that it gets it’s own post.

 The difference was that we didn’t put all the burden on the people who are least able to protect themselves, who don’t have lobbyists in this town, who don’t have lawyers working on the tax code for them — working stiffs out there, ordinary folks who are struggling every day. And they know they’re getting a raw deal, and they’re mad at everybody about it. They’re mad at Democrats and they’re mad at Republicans, because they know somehow, no matter how hard they work, they don’t seem to be able to keep up. And what they’re looking for is somebody who’s willing to look out for them. That’s all they’re looking for.

And for us not to be keeping those folks in mind every single day when we’re up here, for us to be more worried about what some funder says, or some talk radio show host says, or what some columnist says, or what pledge we signed back when we were trying to run, or worrying about having a primary fight — for us to be thinking in those terms instead of thinking about those folks is inexcusable.

I mean, the American people are just desperate for folks who are willing to put aside politics just for a minute and try to get some stuff done.”

This is the president I campaigned for, and the one I want to campaign for again. The one who will take a stand, and who is so incredibly aware of the humanity and gravity of the situation we are in.

"And at some point, I think if you want to be a leader, then you got to lead. Thank you very much. Goodnight."