Daniel Ellsberg: Beyond the Echo Chamber, and Racial Profiling

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GRITtv with Laura Flanders
Feb. 24, 2010

The Bush administration thrived on secrecy; Obama promised more transparency, but has yet to really deliver. What’s more, when information does come out, it seems that accountability is nearly impossible to get: the torture memos were released, but there will be no trials. We ask Daniel Ellsberg, one of the world’s most famous whistleblowers, if there’s anything the people can do to take the power back.

Former GRITtv guest Ted Rall is an editorial cartoonist as well as an acclaimed radio journalist–and he’s looking for a kickstart to return to Afghanistan to do more reporting. For your enjoyment, we’ve got a couple of his animated cartoons: one on the Democratic party, and one on Obama’s health care plan.

The progressive media during the Bush era grew to new heights, developing in ways that suited the particular tendencies of the left. Tracy Van Slyke and Jessica Clark started to study the way the media was developing while they worked together at In These Times magazine, and continued their work as Tracy founded the Media Consortium (of which GRITtv is a proud member) and Jessica moved to the Center for Social Media at American University.

Their new book, Beyond the Echo Chamber: How a Networked Progressive Media Can Reshape American Politics, explains how the progressive media has used new technology to make progressive change, and they join us in studio to talk about their book and their continuing work.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been under investigation and the subject of constant protest over his racial profiling and abuse of power in Arizona. Now, Wells Fargo has served Arpaio with an eviction notice from his offices. Dennis Gilman sent us this video in celebration.

Our friends at the Applied Research Center and the Rights Working Group are organizing a “night of 1000 conversations” around racial profiling, and they sent us this video to ask for your support and involvement.

Finally, lobbyists for polluting companies and members of Congress are busy people, and sometimes they just don’t have the time to make the love connections they need to keep the money flowing. PolluterHarmony is here to the rescue! (This spoof brought to you by our friends at GreenPeace.)

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see

Ralph Nader: Nothing can stop the organized power of the people! (1996)

Torture Whitewash: How “Professional Misconduct” Became “Poor Judgment” in the OPR Report

One response to “Daniel Ellsberg: Beyond the Echo Chamber, and Racial Profiling

  1. How are they going to do this … “Their new book, Beyond the Echo Chamber: How a Networked Progressive Media Can Reshape American Politics, explains how the progressive media has used new technology to make progressive change,” … when in fact the ‘progressive movement’ has demonstrated over the last year, several years, it’s UTTER, total and COMPLETE failure? Is this the time for us to be patting ourselves on the back? I don’t think so. Quite the opposite. We have to figure out what the heck we have been doing wrong and pretty quick.

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