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Dissecting the News Dissector: "Blogothon: Reflections and Revelations from the News Dissector "

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Section 5 highlights the author's nearly three-decades-long association with and emotional attachment to South Africa at both zenith and nadir points in time. He was there when the wall of Apartheid finally fell, documenting it for several media. Things may have not yet turned perfect, but

"At least in South Africa, leaders and the press recognize the problem ["the looting continues"--the Beloved Country is not yet "living happily ever after"] and speak out. Perhaps that's something that politicians and financial leaders in the West, especially the United States, can emulate."

In Section 6, focusing in on the media, Schechter lauds the controversial news network Al Jazeera on the launch of its offspring Al Jazeera English on its tenth anniversary, 2010:

"The Arabic language news channel that revolutionized news in the Arab World has just marked its tenth anniversary and become once again the world's fifth top-known brand.  

and for its use of native reporters rather than foreign correspondents from Western countries.

"The US bombed its offices once and considered repeating it. An Al Jazeera journalist is being held at Guantanamo without charge."

"The anglo-American hegemony of the big news cartels has for the first time a challenger in the form of well-packaged professional network. Al Jazeera goes on the air globally in English (but not yet in the U.S.A.) to offer another perspective. . .  One of their biggest catches was Sir David Frost, the world-famous interviewer."

Ironically "Qatar, the proprietor of al-Jazeera, is also our most important ally in the Middle East."

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From this controversial issue the outspoken Dissector jumps to Helen Thomas:

"She may be a critic of Israel, but never a hater of Jews."

And a masterpiece of logical reasoning [by analogy]:

How can we expect Israelis and Palestinians to reconcile if our media won't set an example by reconciling with Helen Thomas?  

In the following blog, continuing on Thomas's debasement, he asks yet another compelling questions:

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"The only issue on your table today is whether [the Society of Professional Journalists] stands for the unabridged right of any journalist--any American--to speak his or her opinion, on any subject, without fear of punishment or retribution from any government, individual, private or professional organization."

A dissection of political campaigning in the post-Citizens United U.S. follows:

"Campaign spending in the 2012 U.S. election could reach six or seven billion dollars as outside groups pay for electoral influence. . . .

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for since 2006. Her original website,, first entered the blogosphere in 2003. She recently became an editor for She has in the past taught (more...)

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