Oct
24
2014

FAIR TV: Ebola & Washington 'Dysfunction,' Rand Paul's Record and Silencing Mumia

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On this week's episode: Pundits say now would be a great time to have a surgeon general–but that hasn't happened, thanks to "Washington dysfunction." Is that really what's happening here? Plus Time magazine promotes Rand Paul, and says his critics–like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow–are unfairly tarnishing his record. And we'll take a look at the new law in Pennsylvania that attempts to silence prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal. It's a blatant assault on the First Amendment. So where's the press? Watch:

Oct
22
2014

A New Way to Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal

Democracy Now! covers an attack on free speech. Where is the rest of the media?

The state of Pennsylvania wants to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal–and just past a blatantly unconstitutional new law that is an attack on press freedom. Where's the media outrage?

Jul
01
2014

The Deeply Held Religious Principle Hobby Lobby Suddenly Remembered It Had

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Coverage of the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling should note that the company used to provide the kind of coverage it now deems a violation of its religious beliefs.

Apr
03
2014

The Point of Limiting Donations Isn't to Make Elections Cheaper or Less Irritating

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The point of contribution limits isn't to make elections cheaper; it's to limit the ability of the very wealthy to dominate politics.

Sep
10
2013

Barrett Brown Can't Talk About Why the Government Wants to Jail Him for a Century

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In the US government's campaign against journalists, Barret Brown is one of the lesser-known victims. And now even less will be forthcoming about his story, as the Texas-based writer, satirist and Internet activist is under a federal court gag order, forbidden to talk about his case.

Aug
20
2013

When the State Attacks Journalism

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Attacks on journalists should outrage every reporter–and anyone who cares about a free press.

Jul
03
2013

Dick Durbin Wants to Stop You From Being a Journalist

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Sen.  Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.), writing in the Chicago Sun-Times ("It's Time to Say Who's a Real Reporter," 6/26/13), says it's time to stop letting just anyone call themselves a journalist. Everyone, regardless of the mode of expression, has a constitutionally protected right to free speech. But when it comes to freedom of the press, I believe we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive. By this he means, basically, that the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press probably don't apply to you: Not every blogger, tweeter or Facebook user is a […]

Jun
30
2013

Chalk Another One Up to Free Speech Hypocrisy

Prosecuting chalkers, not banksters.

It seems inadequate for U.S. media outlets to critique the level of free expression in the country where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is seeking asylum without comparing it to the level of free expression in the country he is seeking asylum from. While the United States has on paper some of the best guarantees of the right to speak in the world, its practice is considerably more chilling.

Jun
25
2013

People Who Urge Calm Over NSA Spying Make Me Nervous

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It's as if it's not possible for the government to violate people's Fourth Amendment rights (to be protected against "unreasonable searches and seizures") unless it violates their First Amendment rights at the same time.

Jun
24
2013

David Gregory Doesn't Understand David Gregory's Snowden Question

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NBC's David Gregory didn't just "ask a question." The question as posed assumed that the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald was involved in a crime–aiding and abetting–and the question Gregory was pondering was the extent of his wrongdoing.

Jun
05
2013

Brian Williams Makes the Case for Putting NBC on Trial

NBC's Brian Williams called Bradley Manning "the man who may have put U.S. military secrets in the hands of Osama bin Laden." But giving classified information to the public is something that news outlets–including NBC News–routinely do, and each time they do it they too could be accused of "aiding the enemy."

Jun
03
2013

Did Obama Flip Flop on the War Against the Press?

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While Meet the Press's David Gregory is playing "gotcha" by selectively editing Barack Obama's speeches, the real story here is that the administration's record of targeting investigative journalism is all too consistent.

May
23
2013

Yes, You Can Be for Press Freedom and Still Think Journalists Ought to Do Their Jobs Well

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The reality is that it is possible to both protest government intrusions on press freedom and to condemn bad journalism of the sort practiced by Jonathan Karl. It's important for protect journalism from official control for the same reason that it's important for media outlets to do a good job.