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Continued from Neoliberal Brainwashing -- Journalism in the Service of the Powerful Few
FAIR Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting — The national media watch group
Welcome to my site. I started to create it after the 11 September attacks on New York and Washington in order to make some sense of what is happening on our planet. If you believe that the attacks on the financial and military centers of the US were attacks on “our freedom and democracy” then I suggest that you go back to watching the Western television channels and reading the New York Times, for the information in the following links may disturb you.
If you feel that important information is being kept from you by the mass media, this web site is a good place to start to find out more about the reality of life on this planet. You can also see examples of the double standards prevalent in the philosophy pushed by Western mainstream media.
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Spinsanity - Countering rhetoric with reason Don't get me wrong, it's a generally useful site, but often falls for the same fallacies and suffer from their own spin. You can only rely on it for so much.
What is Spinsanity? It's a Web site whose proprietors scrutinize statements by our political leaders, candidates, journalists, and pundits for honesty, fairness, and rhetorical soundness. Each week on the Commentary Page, the good folks at Spinsanity will restore sanity to the spin of statements from the right and the left. Today: Mischaracterizations of the Kerry record at the Republican National Convention.
The American Conservative
Chronicles (A magazine of American culture)
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs
in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
- George Orwell
The File Room is an illustrated archive on censorship which you can browse and update.
Project Censored explores and publicizes censorship in our society by locating stories about significant issues of which the public should be aware, but is not, for one reason or another.
Project Censored Canada identifies and publicizes under-reported stories, informally auditing Canada's national news media and their implicit claims to be 'watchdogs of society,' informing the public about significant issues. PCC also conducts a systematic 'negative content analysis' of Canada's national news media. The 1995 Top 10 Under-Reported Stories and 1995 Junk Food Stories are available.
Banned Books On-line has links to books that have been censored and a description of when, where, and why each was suppressed.
Also see the alt.censorship usenet newsgroup.
Alternet's Culture Wars highlights right wing censorship efforts. AlterNet is an independent information service providing subscribers with alternative news, views, information and ideas from hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and leading public interest organizations. AlterNet information is also available via gopher.
Institute for First Amendment Studies focusses on a variety of First Amendment threats, including censorship, posed by the so-called Religious Right.
Blacklisted is a public radio show about the blacklisting of hollywood actors and writers during the 1940's and 1950's. The show is produced by award-winning producer Tony Kahn, has a star-studded cast, and is distributed by NPR.
The American Civil Liberties Union is the foremost civil liberties group in the United States. Among other issues, it combats censorship by governmental and non-governmental groups.
The Chronicle of Freedom of Expression in Canada is a chronology of 20th-century censorship by Canadian officials, plus other resources.
The Committee to Protect Journalists monitors abuses against the press and promotes international press freedom. CPJ has a full-time staff of reporters and regional experts devoted to documenting and responding to violations of press freedoms around the world.
The Index on Censorship -> Index Index is a country by country listing of censorship and free speech abuses around the world.
Fight Music Censorship is an Internet petition campaign to prevent the United States Congress from passing lyric censorship laws. Mass M.I.C. (the Massachusetts Music Industry Coalition) is a non-profit organization of musicians, fans, promoters, music media, and music industry professionals dedicated to fighting music censorship promoting and protecting the freedom of musical expression in Massachusetts.
Music Censorship - Right or Wrong lists some censored music and includes links to pro- and anti-censorship organizations.
Amazon.com buying info The Media Monopoly
The 50, 26, 20... Corporations That Own Our Media
Of the 1,700 daily papers, 98 percent are local monopolies and fewer than 15 corporations control most of the country's daily circulation. A handful of firms have most of the magazine business, with Time, Inc. alone accounting for about 40 percent of that industry's revenues.
Corporate Ownership of the Media FAIR Resources
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting What's Wrong with the News
Independent, aggressive and critical media are essential to an informed democracy. But mainstream media are increasingly cozy with the economic and political powers they should be watchdogging. Mergers in the news industry have accelerated, further limiting the spectrum of viewpoints that have access to mass media. With U.S. media outlets overwhelmingly owned by for-profit conglomerates and supported by corporate advertisers, independent journalism is compromised.
Ultimately, FAIR believes that structural reform is needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting, and promote strong, non-profit alternative sources of information.
Check out these links for more of FAIR's analysis of the media business:
FROM THE ISLAMIC WORLD:
English language versions of Islamic newspapers:
www.ahram.org.eg/weekly: Al-Ahram, Cairo, state-owned;
www.dailystar.com.lb: Daily Star, Lebanon;
www.gulf-times.com: Gulf Times, Qatar;
www.jang.com.pk/thenews: Daily Jang, Pakistan, excellent reporting on Afghan war.
Other sources for regional news:
www.al-jazeera.net: Al-Jazeera, the now-notorious Pan-Islamic Qatar TV station; in Arabic, but until the U.S. bombs all of their reporters and facilities, the pictures alone can tell lots that we don't otherwise see or hear about both the news stories and Islamic news priorities. As for critics that claim Al-Jazeera's coverage is propagandistic because it favors one side's view: they should look in the mirror. Al-Jazeera has shown Americans in a humane light far more often than American TV has shown -- well, any Iraqis at all, actually;
www.allafrica.com: AllAfrica Global Media, good news coverage of Islamic Africa;
www.haaretzdaily.com: Ha'Aretz, left-leaning daily Israeli newspaper, good for domestic Israeli news and a spectrum of opinion on the occupation of Palestine and other Middle Eastern matters far broader, actually, than what passes for debate on Israel/Palestine in mainstream U.S. media;
www.irna.com: The Islamic Republic News Association, based in Teheran, tends to be a fundamentalist viewpoint;
www.islamonline.net/english: IslamOnline.net, an impressive pan-Islamic site (Arabic & English) of news, opinion, and culture;
www.memri.org: Middle East Media & Research Institute, translates articles from Farsi and Arabic media.
Daily newspapers & TV:
www.dailytelegraph.co.uk: Daily Telegraph;
www.guardian.co.uk: The Guardian (until a few years ago, the Manchester Guardian), Britain's leading left-leaning daily, also publishes London Observer on Sundays;
www.independent.co.uk: The Independent, home of the immortal Robert Fisk, the single best English-language Middle East reporter in the world;
www.dailymirror.co.uk: The Daily Mirror, home of John Pilger, who gives Fisk a solid run on both experience and on eloquent opposition to America's neo-colonialism;
www.ireland.com: Irish Times;
www.MondeDiplo.com: Le Monde Diplomatique, a separate online magazine published by Le Monde, the prestigious Paris daily. It's not the daily (that's only available in French), but still a good source for European perspectives on international issues.
Other Western voices:
www.debka.com: DebkaFile, an excellent Website devoted to Middle East intelligence run by a former Economist foreign affairs writer;
www.eurasianews.com scores of links to sites on Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Eureasian counties;
www.iwpr.net: Institute for War and Peace Reporting, a British outfit that ranges from the Balkans throughout Asia, but especially valuable for the former Soviet republics;
www.mwaw.org: Media Workers Against War, originally formed after 9/11 by disgruntled BBC and Guardian employees scrutinizing British media coverage of the Afghan invasion, has since morphed into becoming, as well, a British anti-war.com, with news on much of the global anti-war movement;
www.estriples.com: European (as opposed to Pacific) edition of Stars and Stripes, the daily newspaper of the U.S. Armed Forces. Not just the military "line" -- the Pentagon figured out ages ago that providing an honest reflection of what men (and now women) in uniform care about is in the long run far more useful than printing a house organ that refuses to acknowledge reality. This is war news stripped of the jingoism and feel-good fluff, and from military contractor scandals to battlefield (and, probably, occupation) difficulties, you're far more likely to read about it here than stateside. Oh, and if you want to support the troops, you can find out what they actually care most about -- like getting some toilet paper into Kuwait...
www.wombatnews.com: Wombat International News, a Japanese site with a stunning number of links to news coverage around the world, including heavy coverage of U.S. adventurism.
Wire Services: Try accessing wire service articles, such as Reuters or Associated Press, before they've been edited by their local or national newspaper editors. They're posted on AOL, Yahoo, MSN, and a host of other commercial internet service providers. Because they're originally written for a wide variety of media outlets (with the same article often running internationally), the original wire service articles have been miles above the versions eventually printed in the NY Times, Wash. Post, and other major daily newspapers: they're timely, they contain body counts, and they contain "unofficial" quotes from US military men on the front lines that often contradict the glowing quotes from Pentagon spokesmen.
ALTERNATIVE U.S. MEDIA:
www.alternet.org: AlterNet: syndicates
articles to newspapers, magazines, and web sites around the country, but also carries a lot of great
www.anti-war.com: Libertarian-oriented, utterly priceless source of news and opinion on militarism and the resistance to it;
www.commondreams.org: Common Dreams;
www.fair.org: Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, an invaluable media watchdog group;
www.indymedia.org: Independent Media Center, activism-oriented, with links to over 90 local indymedia sites around the world, including Israel & Palestine (a site which is very good). Can be stunning in its on the spot coverage of protest, but the open publishing policies of many of its affiliates can mean its quality varies wildly in reliability;
www.inthesetimes.com: In These Times magazine, updated more frequently than the print publication;
www.motherjones.com: Mother Jones' magazine; their daily site tends to be harder-edged and not as focused on long investigative pieces as the monthly print version;
www.thenation.com: The Nation magazine, also with many features that don't make it to print;
www.theonion.com: The Onion, an often brilliant satirical newspaper that's more painfully truthful than the garbage in your local chain-owned daily;
www.theprogressive.com: The Progressive magazine;
www.tompaine.com: Tom Paine;
www.utne.com: Utne Magazine's site is updated daily with little of the new agey lifestyle material the print monthly uses to spice newsstand sales; www.workingforchange.com: the political site of Working Assets -- you found it!;
www.yellowtimes.org: Yellow Times, like Utne is essentially a very good clipping service;
www.zmag.org: Z Magazine and ZNet, also with a widely read European edition. Chomsky's a close buddy, and ZNet tends to be more focused on activism and radical alternatives than most of the above outlets.
As mentioned, this is necessarily incomplete, with no slight intended for a number of fine sites not listed here. I've run such lists in the past, I'm always looking for more suggestions -- and the web generates good new ones far faster than any one person can keep track. Send 'em along and I'll run a follow-up list as the opportunity allows.
DECIPHERING THE BALKAN ENIGMAUSING HISTORY TO INFORM POLICY Table of Contents by William T. Johnsen. Attempt of more or less honest analyses of the complex issue that helps to understand views of a better educated part of the US establishment.
Finding a solution to the Kosovo crisis must begin by rejecting false analogies to the traumas of the past by Henry Kissinger.
The fatal flaws of NATO intervention Lt.Gen Satish Nambiar, First Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations Forces deployed in the former Yugoslavia 03 Mar92 to 02 Mar 93, analyzes the errors of the recent past in Yugoslavia.
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