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Filmmaker and journalist Rory O'Connor writes the 'Media Is A Plural' blog, accessible at www.roryoconnor.org.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012     

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Politics 3.0
"The Internet has helped revolution; but the Internet is not revolution.

Sunday, April 15, 2012     

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Facebook Is Not Your Friend
(9 comments) Trust is essential for the success of any brand. Mark Zuckerberg may think that Facebook's recurrent privacy flaps haven't much affected the sometimes anti-social social network, but they represent a huge potential threat to what he has built.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012     

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Paranoia Strikes Deep at Google
(1 comments) Google co-founder Larry Page is paranoid--and justifiably so" As the Associated Press reported this week, Page "has a Facebook fixation"When he replaced his mentor Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO last April, Page insisted that the company had to be more aggressive about countering the threat posed by Facebook's ever-growing popularity.

Monday, April 2, 2012     

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Rick Santorum: Bowling Alone in the First Digital Election
Santorum's conspicuous kegling was "really meant to be a cultural story, who Rick really is," his chief strategist John Brabender told the New York Times. "I think every presidential candidate wants people to get a peek into their real life so they can make a value judgment." But the entire made-for-media affair reveals more about Santorum's backward-looking campaign than it does about his cultural values..

Tuesday, January 24, 2012     

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#january 25 One Year Later: Social Media & Politics 3.0
A year ago, a revolution began in Egypt that still reverberates there -- as well as among other repressive regimes in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and beyond, including thousands of miles away in New York City, where "Occupy Wall Street" protests in turn took root and then flowered into literally hundreds of similar protests all around the world. What if anything did it all have to do with the rise of social media?

Saturday, October 15, 2011     

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Insiders voice doubts about CIA's 9/11 story
(4 comments) As we sought to clarify how the CIA had handled information about the hijackers before 9/11, we found a half dozen former government insiders who came away from the Sept. 11 tragedy feeling burned by the CIA, particularly by a small group of employees within the agency's bin Laden unit in 2000 and 2001, then known as Alec Station.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011     

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Jose Antonio Vargas Is an American Hero
Jose Antonio Vargas is incredibly brave to risk everything he has accomplished in this country in order to tell the truth-and to shine yet another but still much-needed light on the pressing need for comprehensive immigration reform in this country. He, and millions like him, have much to contribute to America -- and without people like them, our country will be far poorer.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011     

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Volunteers of America Got to Revolution
(3 comments) There's rightfully been an outpouring of praise in this country for the brave revolutionaries of the Arab Spring. So here's a question to my fellow Americans: what are you waiting for? This country could be doing so much better than it is. It's time to volunteer again for America --and if that takes a revolution, so be it.

Saturday, May 28, 2011     

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Obama Comes for the Journalists
(18 comments) Citizens as well as journalists need to stand up for Risen and against the sleazy, Bush-like tactics of the Obamacrats and the burgeoning national security state. Otherwise, if you don't speak out when they come, first for the whistleblowers, and then for the journalists, when they come for you, there will be no one left to speak out...

Thursday, May 26, 2011     

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Obama Comes for the Journalists
It's bad enough that ever since President Obama took office, he has repeatedly gone after whistleblowers like Sterling with a cold vengeance, charging more people in cases involving leaking information than "all previous presidents combined," as Savage noted. But Obama administration officials are no longer content just with targeting whistleblowers... Now they are coming for the journalists as well

Friday, April 15, 2011     

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Crossing Zero: How and Why the Media Misses the AfPak Story
(7 comments) When it comes to Pakistan, American journalists are helping to sustain a false and deceptive narrative and that's a real problem. As an example, on the left, Rachel Maddow ought to be challenging the narrative. Instead she looks to Dan Rather and Zbigniew Brzezinski who initiated the crisis. Why?

Thursday, April 7, 2011     

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We Media vs. Me Media
Few media chatfests are as valuable as the regular We Media gatherings.

Friday, April 1, 2011     

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Controlled Releases of Information? Apps to the Rescue!
The digital information revolution has disrupted the previously highly centralized world of nuclear public relations and spin, putting a stunning amount of information at our fingertips for the first time.

Monday, March 28, 2011     

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No Word for It: Imagining the Unimaginable
Tsunami is a Japanese word -- one sign of the island nation's intimate relationship with the destructive forces of the ocean that surrounds it. Despite the fact that the word is one of the few from the Japanese language to attain universal use, "tsunami" didn't even appear in Japanese government guidelines and standards for nuclear plants until 2006

Tuesday, March 15, 2011     

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No Word for Meltdown: The Return of Nukespeak
A Google search for the past month showed more than 1.93 billion hits for "meltdown. Yet the regulators at the NRC remain wary of listing the word that everyone else in the world uses to summarize the full horror of what will ensue if uranium fuel at the core of a commercial nuclear power plant is left uncooled long enough for it to melt.

Saturday, February 5, 2011     

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The Coming Media Convergence
(4 comments) Like it or not, the top Timesman and other leading mainstream media figures will inevitably soon find themselves learning from and eventually emulating the Guardian/WikiLeaks collaboration. Here comes the new media convergence!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011     

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Programmers "frank, direct, negative" on PBS' Need To Know
When Need To Know, a new public affairs offering, premiered nationwide in May on PBS -- and on line at PBS.org -- the hybrid effort was met with an outpouring of negative reaction from media activists and public television viewers alike.

Monday, January 10, 2011     

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Hate Speech and Hateful Acts in Arizona
"It is our right and our duty to criticize the people who have put the fate of our country in peril," Rush Limbaugh said this week on his syndicated radio show."

Monday, December 13, 2010     

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Richard Nixon, Liu Xiaobo, Julian Assange and Us
(2 comments) "Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity and the mother of truth."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010     

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Information Poverty and Giving Thanks
The ongoing digital information revolution has redefined poverty, making how much you know as important, if not more so, than how much you own.

Saturday, October 30, 2010     

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Axelrod Memo to Obama: Election 2012
(15 comments) Nearly half of all Democrats are now turning against Obama and say he should be challenged for the party nomination.

Thursday, October 21, 2010     

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Bill O'Reilly: Juan Williams Died For Your Sins
(1 comments) Williams' remarks, although bigoted and fairly stupid, were made in an ill-executed attempt to counter O'Reilly's even stupider and more bigoted assertions.

Friday, October 15, 2010     

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Pentagon Hides Iraq War Deaths Tally
(2 comments) The information went unnoticed for months after being "quietly posted on the Web site of the United States Central Command without explanation." It was only recently discovered by the AP "during a routine check..."

Friday, October 15, 2010     

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Pentagon Hides Iraq War Death Tally
A spokesman at Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla., could not answer basic questions about the information." Iraqi Health Ministry officials were equally reticent and refused to discuss the American figures, which fall thousands of deaths short of those the Iraqis have compiled using actual death certificates.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010     

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Everybody Knows Times Op-Ed Columnists Are Lazy
(4 comments) Everybody knows Op-Ed columns in the New York Times are, for all the obvious reasons, considered prime editorial real estate. But how many are aware they are apparently also unedited, poorly managed sinecures for lazy thinkers proffering unsupported assertions and analysis on both the left and the right side of the political opinion aisle?

Thursday, September 23, 2010     

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Are We Entering A "Fact Free" Period in Politics and Media?
(3 comments) as former president Bill Clinton observed on Good Morning America recently, "we may be entering a sort of period in politics that's sort of fact free"" Former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. made a similar point about the media recently in a speech about journalism, wherein he noted, "The future of accountability journalism is now at stake

Thursday, September 9, 2010     

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"News Bias" and The Media Battle Over the Meaning of 9/11
(7 comments) Like the "Global War on Terror" spawned by the attacks, the ongoing struggle to interpret 9/11 now appears to be a war without end.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010     

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Obama's Tricky Battle with the Military-Media Complex
(2 comments) Given that Obama has delivered on his promise in Iraq, why should we doubt next year's pending pullouts from both Iraq and Afghanistan? Simple: high military officials and their accomplices in the media ardently oppose both -" and the president is either unwilling or simply unable to confront them.

Monday, August 30, 2010     

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Obama and the Military-Media Complex
(4 comments) Obama has arguably met his self-imposed deadline. But will the powerful military-media complex allow him to remove "all US troops from Iraq" by the end of next year? Moreover, will they ever support his July 2011 deadline for US troops to begin leaving Afghanistan -" a country the US invaded earlier and has occupied longer than Iraq?

Monday, August 16, 2010     

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The Tillman Story -- Just Give Us Some Truth!
(2 comments) Of the many lies George W. Bush told us about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some were larger but none worse than that told about the death of Pat Tillman.

Friday, July 30, 2010     

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Big Journalism? No, Another Phony Breitbart Beatdown
I'd just joined Shirley Sherrod as an actor -" albeit in an exceedingly minor role, alas -- in another gussied-up, phony "journalism" beatdown by the conservative crackpot Andrew Breitbart.

Monday, July 26, 2010     

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America's Most Dangerous Man -- Barack Obama?
(10 comments) once again, instead of admitting mistakes and failures, the American President Barack Hussein Obama (like the American President Lyndon Baines Johnson before him) is trying to "defend his war strategy" and "reassert control over the public debate" on an unwinnable war.

Thursday, May 20, 2010     

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Controversial Pentagon's Private Contract Killers Operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Pelton believes he has become cannon fodder in a turf war between the CIA and the Pentagon, with the Times acting as the CIA's mouthpiece and media outlet. "The narrative has become Blackwater-like," he complains.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010     

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PBS and Our "Need To Know" the Truth
(7 comments) A controversial new PBS news magazine aims at "revitalizing public media" while raising fears among viewers and questions about priorities.

Thursday, April 29, 2010     

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Strengthening Democracy Means Funding Independent Media
We're engaged in a war of ideas in which you can be right and still be wrong unless you can popularize and mainstream those ideas so they get adopted.

Friday, April 16, 2010     

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Burma Video Journalists: Courageous Reporting From A Closed Country
(1 comments) A small group of citizen journalists are risking death to expose a repressive regime.

Monday, April 5, 2010     

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Not in Our Town: Communities Use Media to Combat Hate
Are you tired of the relentlessly battering beat of bad news delivered daily by our media? Did you ever wonder if that same media could be used instead for good? If so, here's a story that will lift your spirit and might also encourage you to get involved and help make change

Tuesday, March 30, 2010     

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Media Mutes General's Afghan Admission
(3 comments) an astonishing open admission of possible US war crimes by Obama's man on the ground in Kabul, senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan General Stanley A. McChrystal, was reported by Richard A. Oppel Jr. in the New York Times" and then promptly ignored by the rest of the mainstream media.

Thursday, March 18, 2010     

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Health Care reform Needs Media Reform
(3 comments) One would think that a four billion dollar giveaway to Big Media and Big Pharma, which drives up health care costs that are already spiraling out of control, would be part of 'health care reform' aimed in part at cutting costs.

Friday, March 12, 2010     

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Second Mistrial for Shock Jock Hal Turner
Internet shock jock and F.B.I. confidential informant Hal Turner beat the rap again when his second federal "Death-Threat Trial," ended in yet another mistrial.

Thursday, March 4, 2010     

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A Victory for Online Journalists
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has finally done the right -" and democratic -" thing in reversing a previous boneheaded decision by the New York Police Department to deny official "working press' passes to reporters at online or nontraditional news outlets -" such as this one!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010     

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Stop the Nukespeak-- And Tell Us the Truth About Nuclear Power!
(2 comments) Proponents speak of "health effects" when they really mean "cancer." Accidents such as the infamous one at Three Mile Island are merely "anomalies," "significant events" or "abnormal occurrences" -- and when they recur, they are re-dubbed "normal abnormalities." Radioactive substances such as Strontium-90 are measured in "sunshine units," and when deadly plutonium somehow goes missing, it's simply a "MUF -" materia

Thursday, February 4, 2010     

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American Journalism -- Busy Being Reborn
(1 comments) The notion that a free society requires a free press is almost universally acknowledged. So is the fact that many legacy media outlets -" the New York Times and The Nation among them -" now face a resource emergency. The industry's "lost revenue model" -" the subject of seemingly endless posts, articles, speeches, books and above all industry conferences -- has made it increasingly difficult to pay for newsgathering.

Thursday, January 14, 2010     

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Google to China: Drop Dead!
(4 comments) Does a company with a stated corporate goal of "Don't Be Evil" really deserve praise for finally pulling the plug on its longstanding cooperation with the Great Firewall of Chinese Internet control? I think not.

Friday, December 18, 2009     

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Happy News Year?
Please join me in bidding farewell to The Aughts -- the first decade of the Twenty First Century. When it came to all things media, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times..."

Monday, December 7, 2009     

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Afghanistan No Exit
(2 comments) Further evidence that the peace-prize-president – while outwardly engaging in his usual “enigmatic and epigrammatic split-the-baby-in-half Yoda/Spock-speak” – was actually proposing to wage war more intensely -- and not only for eighteen months, after which we all get to go home.

Thursday, November 12, 2009     

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Media, Money & Sun Myung Moon
Through an adroit combination of money, media and the consistent promotion of a conservative political agenda, a self-styled Messiah and convicted felon had rapidly reinvented himself and was soon hailed at the White House.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009     

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Iraq & Afghan Wars: Just Give Me Some Truth
When it came to the war in Iraq, “I should have been the canary in the coal mine,” Alissa Rubin wrote this week in the New York Times. “But like so many others around me, I did not want to believe what I saw.”

Tuesday, October 20, 2009     

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The Kabul Class of 2009
The “'forgotten war' in Afghanistan, as news outlets had once called it, is suddenly very visible.” NBC News' chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel – who made his name covering The war in Iraq – put it well when he spoke to the New York Times from Kabul this week: “It's like the Baghdad class of 2003 is now the Kabul class of 2009.”

Thursday, October 15, 2009     

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Rush Limbaugh and the NFL's Higher Standard
(1 comments) It was obvious from the start that Rush Limbaugh's bid to buy into the NFL was doomed. But why do NFL owners hold themselves to higher standards than the rest of us?

Thursday, October 8, 2009     

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The Human Sacrifice Channel
Alito described his proposed -- and perhaps fanciful and hypothetical -- “Human Sacrifice Channel.” “I mean, people here would probably love to see it,” he said. “Live, pay per view, you know, on the Human Sacrifice Channel.”

Friday, September 11, 2009     

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Network News Chiefs: The Future's So Bright
(1 comments) While celebrating Murrow and citing Cronkite, network news heads remain in a state of denial about their industry's challenges.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009     

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Internet!
(1 comments) It was forty years ago today -- the birth of the Internet!

Thursday, June 11, 2009     

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Patrick Fitzgerald's Private Jihad
(1 comments) "To put it plain and simple," Fitzgerald wrote, "if in fact you publish the book this month and it defames me or casts me in a false light, HarperCollins will be sued."

Monday, June 1, 2009     

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Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz - How MSNBC Became a Liberal Mecca
(4 comments) Despite the startling success of Maddow and the recent addition of Schultz to an increasingly liberal lineup that also includes MSNBC's first breakout star Keith Olbermann, getting anyone other than on-air talent like Schultz and Maddow to admit the obvious - that the rising cable net is in the process of re-branding itself as the left-winged equivalent of right-leaning industry leader Fox News – can be difficult.

Thursday, May 21, 2009     

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Prairie Home Torture Companion
(3 comments) Garrison Keillor claims to be a liberal. He – and we - should know better. Keillor has just joined the already large and ever-growing list of allegedly 'liberal' media figures who either advocate or apologize for torture.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009     

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Media Torture
(2 comments) As Bowden explained in the formerly august pages of The Atlantic, "The Bush Administration has adopted exactly the right posture on the matter...Torture is a crime against humanity, but coercion is an issue that is rightly handled with a wink, or even a touch of hypocrisy; it should be banned but also quietly practiced."

Tuesday, May 5, 2009     

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Babes in TortureLand
(7 comments) While speaking recently at Stanford University, where she steadfastly defended the Bush Administration's "enhanced interrogation" policies, ex-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice revealed herself to be a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Richard M. Nixon School of Government.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009     

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Torture and the Media
(3 comments) Hell should reserve a special place for those journalists who abdicated their professional and constitutional duties in support of torture in exchange for access and exaltation.

Thursday, April 9, 2009     

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Times to Globe: It's hard out here for a pimp!
"From the moment The Times Co. purchased The Globe in 1993 it has treated New England's largest newspaper like a cheap whore."

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