The Censorious Vortex of the “Flash News” Barons by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
September 20, 2017

For decades, the factors that decided what noteworthy stories would not find their way into print or on the air came down to the media’s ignorance, laziness or from advertising restraints. How else can one explain the many years that passed before the tobacco, auto and junk food industries became the subject of regular consumer reporting? For too long, the explosive material for good journalism in these and other areas had remained hidden in plain sight.

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Nothing is More Important Right Now Than Preserving Net Neutrality

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

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Whatever issues you are interested in depend on keeping the Internet free and open. ~ Lo

From: Battle For The Net

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day Of Action To Save Net Neutrality

WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?

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The Downsides of Cheap Abundance by Ralph Nader

Never Let Me Go

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
October 22, 2015

In college, Economics 101 is often described as the social science discipline that deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. MIT Economist Paul Samuelson liked to focus on scarcity, or more specifically, the allocation of scarce resources. “Abundance” was always a pretty word with an idyllic connotation for Professor Samuelson. I often wonder why there weren’t a few classes about the real-life consequences of abundance, along with scarcity and people’s material welfare.

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Moyers & Company: Is Net Neutrality Dead? + FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Holds Press Conference After Vote + Preventing Cable Company Fuckery

Net Neutrality is Under Attack!

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Updated: Jun. 2, 2014

Updated: May 16, 2014

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Democracy loses if the Internet is sold to the highest bidder — and that may be what’s about to happen.

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FCC Proposal for a Payola Internet Would End Net Neutrality by Timothy Karr + Stop the Internet for the 1%!

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Updated: May 16, 2014

Freepress
April 25, 2014

Contact Info:
Timothy Karr, 201-533-8838

Net Neutrality

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WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal reports that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose a new set of rules issued in response to a January federal court decision that tossed out the agency’s prior open Internet rules.

The new rules would allow Internet service providers to charge an extra fee to content companies for preferential treatment, guaranteeing their content reaches end users ahead of those that do not pay. The rules are now circulating among the FCC commissioners and are expected to be be voted on at the next public FCC meeting on May 15. Continue reading

Washington’s Trans-Pacific Power Play by Ashley Smith + TPP Raises Fears of Global Internet Censoring

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by Ashley Smith
socialistworker.org
April 23, 2014

LA activists greet First Lady Michelle Obama

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The U.S. military wants it, and so does Corporate America–which is why we should beware

BARACK OBAMA is headed to Asia for a four-country tour designed to revive diplomatic and economic attention on the region that Washington’s imperial strategists believe is crucial to the future.

Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the U.S. government’s main allies in the region. But looming over each stop and every meeting will be a country that definitely isn’t on the presidential itinerary: China. Continue reading

Tell the FCC: Restore Net Neutrality + Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!

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Tell the FCC: Restore Net Neutrality

FreePress.net
Jan. 14, 2014

An appeals court just dealt the latest blow to the open Internet. The court struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order because of the questionable legal framework the agency used when it adopted its Net Neutrality rules in 2010.

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Government Should Not Define What a Reporter Is—or Isn’t by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
August 19, 2013

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Sen. Diane Feinstein and a horde of members of Congress of both parties want to decide who is and who isn’t a reporter. Sen. Feinstein says a “real” reporter is a “salaried agent of a media company.”

She mentions the usual suspects—New York Times, ABC News. She dismisses part-time staff. She dismisses freelancers. She dismisses those who write, often without pay, for the hundreds of alternative publications, and often break news and investigative stories well ahead of the mainstream media. She dismisses anyone who, she says, “have no professional qualifications.”

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Barack Obama’s Executive Order: Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Updated: added another video report.

Propaganda Alert!

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
July 06, 2012

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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ASSIGNMENT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMUNICATIONS FUNCTIONS

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

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Moyers and Company: Standing Up For Democracy: The 99% Spring

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billmoyers.com
March 29, 2012

Occupy America - We are the 99%

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American history is rich with stories of social change inspired by the actions of motivated individuals and organized groups. Today’s activists are no different — facing long odds against powerful and systemic special interests.

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PBS-NPR-Leaning Right by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 14, 2011

The tumultuous managerial shakeup at National Public Radio headquarters for trivial verbal miscues once again has highlighted the ludicrous corporatist right-wing charge that public radio and public TV are replete with left-leaning or leftist programming.

Ludicrous, that is, unless this criticism’s yardstick is the propaganda regularly exuded by the extreme right-wing Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. These “capitalists” use the public’s airwaves free-of-charge to make big money.

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FCC Net Neutrality Order a ‘Squandered Opportunity’ + FCC “Net Neutrality” could kill start-ups

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Free Press
December 21, 2010

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: December 21, 2010
Contact: Jenn Ettinger, 202-265-1490 x 35

WASHINGTON — By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules intended to prevent Internet providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from acting as gatekeepers on the Web. The rules, however, heavily favor the industry they are intended to regulate, and leave consumers with minimal protections. Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps voted with Chairman Julius Genachowski, while Republican Commissioners Robert McDowell and Meredith Attwell Baker voted against.

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Obama Flip-Flop: FCC Vote Could End Net Neutrality

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Democracy Now!
Dec. 21, 2010

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When Obama was running for office three years ago, he pledged to support the principle of a free and open internet, saying, “I will take a backseat to no one with regards to net neutrality.” Fast-forward to today and the FCC chair that Obama appointed is leading a vote that could end net neutrality. Today’s pivotal vote will decide on a new set of regulations that critics say will create a two-tiered system for the internet. We speak with Craig Aaron of the media reform group Free Press.

via Obama Flip-Flop: FCC Vote Could End Net Neutrality

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Verizon & Google Enter Reported Deal for Tiered Internet Use, Is Net Neutrality in Jeopardy?

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Democracy Now!
Aug. 6, 2010

Verizon & Google Enter Reported Deal for Tiered Internet Use, Is Net Neutrality in Jeopardy?

The internet and telecom giants Verizon and Google have reportedly reached an agreement to impose a tiered system for accessing the internet. The deal would enable Verizon to charge for quicker access to online content over wireless devices, a violation of the concept of net neutrality that calls for equal access to all services. The deal comes amidst closed-door meetings between the Federal Communications Commission and major telecom giants on crafting new regulations. [includes rush transcript]

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