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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at Amazon.com.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, August 30, 2010 WHO OWNS OUR MEDIA AND WHY IT MATTERS
Why has the media done such a bad job exposing the crimes of Wall Street. Is it because many media companies are owned by Wall Street? Danny Schechter investigates
(19 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 5, 2009 COG OR COA: WHY IS OBAMA MORPHING INTO BUSH 2?
There seems to be evidence of continuity between some Bush Policies and Some of Obamas. Why? News Dissector Danny Schechter discusses the the reasons the new initiatives are often blunted
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, February 28, 2011 TheTen Reasons The Banksters Get Away With Fraud
How does Wall Steet evade and avoid prosecution for its role in the financial cirisis; News Dissector Danny Schechter cites ten reasons in this special report. Please add yours and share ideas on what we can do aboit the moral and political failure to prosecute.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 15, 2009 WILL PROTECTIONISM PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS?
The Steelworkers are protesting against Chinese tire imports to try to save American jobs. A US Trade body agrees and is recommending tariffs be imposed. Is this smart--will it save jobs or cost them. Danny Schechter, author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity writes about tires and political fires asking "Can Doing What Seems To Be The Right Things Turn Out To Be Wrong?
(16 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 17, 2011 Is the Iraq War actually over?
The county has a long way to go to recover from a war that is not over. The war that began with the bang of shock and awe ended with the whimper of withdrawal with few of the issues solved. Many Americans are saying "good," while most Iraqis are saying good riddance.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 9, 2011 Skating to the Financial Abyss
Even as another potential Great Depression looms, the U.S. political/media system seems incapable of addressing the crisis and devising coherent answers. Instead, the old partisan and lobbying games dominate the political world and obsession with trivia commands the news media's focus.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, January 31, 2011 Egypt: Mubarek Is Not Your Only Enemy
There is a Made In The USA economic crisis driving the political upheaval in Egypt that the wold media is not talking about argues News Dissector Danny Schechter
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Can Financial Markets Avoid Collapse?
The world's financial system continues to teeter near a very nasty brink, with the United States and Europe disagreeing about how to pull back from the edge.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 27, 2011 A new banking crisis: You can bank on it
Without falling down the rabbit hole of endless well-footnoted debates, the truth is that millions of savers have seen their savings shrink and most bankers, thanks to bailouts and cheap money, watched their holdings rise. Blaming the victim for the crime has a long and dishonorable history.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 26, 2011 WHY WALL STREET IS WINNING
How Wall Street is raking in the big bucks while the Administration remains complicit and teh left silent.
Danny Schechter dissects.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 30, 2011 When "Getting it Done" Becomes Impossible
Much of what Obama has "gotten done" is not what most activists really want: a prison-industrial system. More military adventures. Authorized assassinations. Few new regulations on Wall Street. No tax on financial transactions. Only a trickle of prosecutions of financial criminals.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 5, 2010 Whither Financial Reform: Why They Don't Get It?
Experts are jumping up and down demanding major financial reforms but nothing happens. Why? News Dissector Danny Schechter reports on the stalemate and lack of Congressional "appetite" for action
(18 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 27, 2010 The Financial Crisis as Crime Story
The public seems to be delighted if not outraged by the SEC's charges against Goldman Sachs, the opulent investment bank that many Americans see as the poster child of those causing the financial crisis. Even in the world of business where dislike of government crackdowns is dominant, a new poll shows that a majority believe Goldman is getting what it deserves.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 23, 2010 A Question For Those Who Fought Against Apartheid
many of us Supported the fight Against Apartheid. Apartheid Fell. Os South Africa turning its back on the values of the struggle for freedom and should those that supported that struggle speak out. Danny Schechter offers an open letter: Should Friends Criticize Friends?
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, January 18, 2010 Is the Haiti Rescue Effort Failing?
The disaster planners have an agenda that goes beyond just saving lives. They want to use the crisis to rebuild Haiti along lines they support. (ie. Support of property rights etc) So far they have not spoken about how policies backed by the United States through the Caribbean Basin Initiative were responsible for uprooting peasants from the countryside to move them to the city to be a cheap labor reserve.
(18 comments) SHARE Monday, August 19, 2013 President Obama's biggest failure
Obama has betrayed most of his promises to homeowners, and has sided with the banks with subsidies and incentives. He also supports the need for government financing since the private sector only funds 13 percent of mortgages through lenders like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that Obama now wants to phase out.
SHARE Saturday, February 21, 2009 Is It Time For A Jailout On Wall Street?
AS many progressives mobilize to prosecute Bush and Cheney, few are going after Corporate Criminals and Wall Street Fraudsters. It is time for a Jailout not just a bailout. Aren't economic crimes as iimportant as political ones?
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Counter Narratives Challenge The Official 911 Story
The mainstream media treated the anniversary of 911 as an occasion for memoralization, not asking deeper questions. There were other events in New York challenging that narrative. News Dissector Danny Schechter reports.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 23, 2011 US Economics: One Big Ponzi Scheme
Progressives should hang their heads in shame at the minimal amount of activism taking place against the banks and the escalating numbers of foreclosures. Homes and hope are being stolen from people for whom the term "depression" now has a personal, as well as economic, meaning.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 1, 2010 AS HAITI AID MISSION FAILS, WHAT NEXT TO SPEED RECOVERY?
The UN has taken over the Haiti aid program after it became clear the US military bungled the job. What happens now as "recovery" replaces emergency relief. News Dissector Danny Schechter searches for an answer
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 9, 2010 Was the Market Pushed?
Despite all the rules that govern the markets or regulations designed to assure transparency and accountability, crooks, swindlers, and even gangsters are commonplace. Corrupt practices are pervasive; regulation is behind the curve; lightening fast computers now do the heavy lifting. When professionals in the field were asked how they define criminal conduct, the majority surveyed said crimes only occur when you are caught.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, January 30, 2012 Will Obama go after Wall Street criminals?
A word to the wise, watch what the administration does, not just what it says. Remember, as Obama hits the political hustings reborn as a "populist," in a political environment energised by Occupy Wall Street, his "bundlers" are still pressing the flesh on Wall Street, seeking a new round of political donations.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 25, 2011 Inside Occupy Wall Street
The police went on the offensive Saturday with mass arrests of activists. There are reports of police kettling protesters with a big orange net, at least five maced, and police using tasers. There were also reports of the use of mace, tear gas and pepper spray which hit two old women.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 21, 2011 When the irrational is considered rational
As we saw in the great manufactured budget stalemate in Washington, members of Congress were and still are prepared to trigger a collapse in the name of a naive but rigid ideology.
Some of us argue with them, thinking our facts can refute theirs -- but at bottom, fanaticism is not neutralized by rational argument. You need countervailing power and a willingness to fight for another vision.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 5, 2011 March Madness and Class War
Millions of Americans are wrapped up in the March Madness basketball finals but the the madness is spreading from sports to politics argues News Dissector Danny Schechter
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 4, 2010 As Economy Declines, Time To Rein In The Banksters
While the media focused on the terror threat over Detroit, the terrifying reality in Detroit is ignored. AP reports, "DETROIT - One measure of how tough times are in the Motor City: Some of the offenders in jail don't want to be released; some who do get out promptly re-offend to head back where there's heat, health care and three meals a day.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 6, 2011 It's Time for a Wall Street Perp Walk
The current system of government agencies agreeing to Wall Street settlements without anyone admitting responsibility has to stop. The cover-ups by politicians and the complicit of media have to stop. We have had bailouts. Now, its time for a "jailout!"
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 18, 2009 ARE OBAMA'S FINANCIAL PROPOSALS A ROAD TO REAL REFORM?
President Obama announced his new "rules of the road " for the financial sector. Do his reforms go far enough? News Dissector Danny Schechter, author or Plunder raises some questions missing in most media accounts.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 17, 2009 How To Prod Obama: Use The Organizing Techniques He Used
Most progressives tend to believe that the best argument wins. Actually, it is the best organization. This is an article about a film I made investigating HOW Obama won --his use of grassroots organizing and the Internet. Its my hope that it will encourage the wider use of these techniques not just in elections, but to promote change.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2009 American Expressions; A Time for Credit Card Reform
As the Senate prepares to vote on credit card reform, a look at how integral these cards are to our economy of speculation and debt. A look at the issues and the urgency of credit card reform.
SHARE Sunday, September 8, 2013 The Covergence: War And Economic Collapse
As we wait for what seems like an inevitable US directed war to salve the President's ego and "credibility," we also mark the anniversary of the financial crisis. A convergence?
SHARE Saturday, February 21, 2009 PBS Screws Up Report on Financial Crisis
Unfortunately, at a time when we need hard-hitting investigations into our financial catastrophe, we are getting warmed-over reprises that seem consistent with the larger media failure that has accompanied the financial failure.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 24, 2010 UN Wants Probe of Wikileaks Torture Revelations: Iraq War Crimes and Media Response
The Guardian is among the first news orgs to publish analysis of the Wikileaks released documents, and leads with the statement that the files show how the US turned a blind eye to torture in Iraq, and "expose serial abuse of detainees, 15,000 previously unknown deaths, and a full toll of Iraq's five years of carnage."
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 5, 2011 Obama Readies Tepid Jobs Plan While The Right Settles in for Economic Apocalypse
What no one is talking about is why the jobs are gone -- and a good part of the reason has to do with the attacks on unions that fought to protect American workers. With Obama is posturing for political reasons, and the Republicans are playing at trench warfare in the interest of big business, where can a breakthrough occur?
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Too Big to Jail
Most of the bigger banks have emerged from the financial crisis stronger than ever, with executives cashing in with higher salaries and bigger bonuses. That old saying about criminals who "laughed all the way to the bank" has to be revised because in this case they never left the bank.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 18, 2011 "It's So Not Over," Say Occupy Protests
Three months into the Occupy Wall Street movement, protesters took their message uptown in a march that surprised the police and many Christmas shoppers, but helped explain what the economic crisis means to average people.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 10, 2013 California's Real-Life Cop Drama
California is obsessed with a real-life crime drama, the story of a disaffected former Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing three people. Now the subject of a massive manhunt, the ex-cop has turned to Facebook to detail his grievances.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 1, 2011 The hidden roots of Egypt's despair
The question is, why aren't Americans up in arms too as inflation at the pump and the grocery store drives prices higher here? Part of the reason is that they don't know that the US has worse economic inequality according to a scientific measure: The Gini Coefficient.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 7, 2010 THE OLBERMANN EXPULSION
News Dissector Danny Schechter comments on The Olbermann Expulsion with a profile he wrote in 2007
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 30, 2010 The US Media Hit on Helen Thomas
Helen Thomas was forced into retirement and thrown to the wolves in a media culture that relishes stories of personal destruction and missteps. It's the old "the Media builds you up before they tear you down" routine. How can we expect Israelis and Palestinians to reconcile if our media won't set an example by reconciling with Helen Thomas?
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, November 25, 2011 Can Shopping Save Us?
The Holiday Shopping season is upon us. Will it turn the economy around. No way, says News Dissector Danny Schechter
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Stumbling Toward a Bleak Horizon
The "recovery," so breathlessly trumpeted by Obama and other politicians who want it to be true, is not generating the new jobs we need. The resumption of unemployment benefits will help those who were cut off but not all who need them. Foreclosures are rising, and government programs to stop them are not working.
(12 comments) SHARE Friday, July 31, 2009 AS OBAMA'S SUPPORT ERODES,THE RIGHT IS RESURGENT
The fall of of public support for Obama's initiatiatives is being accomplished by a resurgent right and a complicit media argues Danny Schechter who has some thoughts on how to fight back
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 11, 2011 A TIME TO SPEAK OUT AND DEFEND HELEN THOMAS
Helen Thomas is facing another insult as the Society for Professional Journalist discusses withdrawing a lifetime achievment award. Danny Schechter suggests it is a time to speak out by calling or writing them.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 28, 2012 Sundering the Social Contract
In political philosophy, the idea of a social contract is that the individual surrenders some rights for the benefits of living in a civilized society that has reasonable rules for all. However, in recent decades, the greedy rich have torn up that contract.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Turkey-Israel Split Reshapes Mideast
The accusation against Turkey is more guilt by association, intended to demonize the Turkish government, which has long been aligned with Israel, for now being furious that its citizens were gunned down on the high seas. You can expect parts of the US news media to join in with more one-sided trash talk. Once the Israeli Lobby goes on the ideological warpath, its fabricated issues will get lots of play from their media assets.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 27, 2011 'Theater of the Absurd' Comes to Life
We stood by while Wall Street looted our country. Today, 20-percent of all homes in Florida stand empty. The debt grows, and all of us suffer. They can't seem to stop it. Republicans promise jobs, but then pass laws that hike unemployment. The theater of the absurd has gone from being a literary subculture to a mainstream political strategy.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, April 25, 2014 That "Iron Law" Of Oligarchy Is Back To Haunt Us
Has the United States Just Become an Oligarchy or has there been an "iron law" of oligarchy that predates recent attention-getting studies. News Dissector Danny Schechter discusses how the rich rule.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 7, 2010 The burden that haunts Obama
More and more billionaires are funding the Republicans with no pretense to promoting equality or help for the middle class. The greed that drives these wealthy elite seems to know no bounds. One by one, his chosen policy wonks have deserted the White House like those proverbial rats leaving a sinking ship.
SHARE Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Why US Media Is Soft on Wall Street
Media is a business tied into other businesses and driven by interlocking directorates by a not-so-invisible umbilical chord. Media historian Robert McChesney wrote "A specter now haunts the world; a global commercial media system dominated by a small number of super powerful, mostly U.S. based transnational media corporations."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 4, 2010 "Clinton Alma Mater, Thy Name We Sing"
It was hard to resist an invite to my high school reunion because it came from guys who worked with me on the student newspaper at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York; my gateway to a career in journalism.
But few in today's dreadful High School will have my chance at success.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 7, 2014 A Daily Beast Ideologue Tries But Fails To Slay RT
The Daily Beast has sent an operative of Empire to
discredit the Russian financed TV station as another media war erupts over Ukraine coverage. Danny Schechter of Mediachannel.org reports.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 11, 2011 CORRUPTION DIVIDES SOUTH AFRICA
News Dissector Danny Schechter investigates the underside of South Africa's Rainbow Revolution exposing deeply embedded crime.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, February 3, 2012 Iran Critiques Hollywood
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sees a growing chance that Israel will attack Iran's nuclear sites this spring -- despite resistance from the Obama administration.
SHARE Wednesday, December 28, 2011 The Year's Top Story is Not Getting Coverage
Most of our media is mesmerized by the antics of individuals, not the impact of institutions, Most media outlets are parochial, unwilling to see the economy as globalized force, with the US playing a major role.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 8, 2013 Obama gets "personal" as rift with Russia over Snowden grows
No wonder "no drama Obama" is stressing out because of his inability to control the issue and its media framing. He has been pushed into a corner where he seems to be sulking openly. To cite the old saying, "what a web we weave when first we practice to deceive..."
SHARE Friday, December 23, 2011 On Havel/Kim, Where's the Objectivity?
The Western news media reacted to the deaths of two international figures, Czech Vaclav Havel and North Korean Kim Jong-il, by presenting comic-book cut-outs of the two men, following simplistic story lines that missed the more nuanced reality.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 20, 2013 The Snowden Saga: The NSA WILL Be Reformed!
The pressures are building on the NSA --From the Courts, the Press, and Inside The Government. Its sails will be trimmed argues News Dissector Danny Schechter
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 21, 2013 Say Goodbye To The Stock Exchange
What we face here is not only the eclipse of stocks and equities but their replacement with even more risky and speculative programmed trading that moves so fast it can't likely be regulated effectively, although the wheeler dealers behind this "innovation" say that the Dodd Frank "reforms" will help them.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 19, 2010 US Consumers Urged to Splurge
Get in gear people, and get your wallets back to the mall: do your duty for Santa and Wall Street. It will be difficult for the economic recovery to make much headway without a pick-up in consumer spending as it accounts for two-thirds of the economy.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 7, 2009 MEDIA FAILURE COMPOUNDS THE FINANCIAL FAULURE
Media coverage is compounding the financial crisis argues News Dissector Danny Schechter, author of a new book and film "THE CRIME OF OUR TIME) on the financial crisis as a crime story.
SHARE Friday, December 19, 2014 Voices From The Ghosts of Vietnam Are Being Heard Again: Which Should We Listen To?
New York, New York: It's been nearly 40 years since what the American media called "The Fall of Saigon" and the Vietnamese referred to as the Liberation. I saw it then as the Fall of Washington.
The ghosts of Vietnam are back, thanks to two filmmakers with very different takes. The first is Rory Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy's youngest daughter. Her one-sided account has already been nominated for an Oscar. The second is Tiana...
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 28, 2014 Just What We Need: Another War
It appears that president Obama is just itching to go to war against ISIS, and why not throw Assad in as well? News Dissector Danny Schechter looks at the forces pushing for the next war.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 5, 2011 The Latest Crackdown Threat To Hit 'Occupy'
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is talking tough again, darkly hinting that he may have to take action to shut down Occupy Wall Street. He now claims that the community in Lower Manhattan is upset by the occupation of Zuccotti Park and he must heed their wishes.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 20, 2012 Are We On A Road To Nowhere?
The perils are many, the pleasures are few, is one way to sum up. News Dissector Danny Schechter's blogs at a new place: newsdissector.net
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 14, 2010 TO FIGHT WALL STREET, WE NEED THE CRIME NARRATIVE
If we are going to mobilize for financial reform, we need to a better job of explaining what went wrong. FIlmmaker Danny Schechter argues we need a crime narrative to explain how the people were ripped off. We need a jailout, not just more bailouts.
SHARE Friday, January 9, 2015 Washington vs Daesh: Who Is Winning The War On The Islamic State (IS/ISIL?)
It was a strange article on the front page of the New York Times: A top U.S. general, Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, was admitting that the Pentagon is at war with an enemy that it doesn't understand, and has sought out expertise outside the military to help figure out what he is up against.
SHARE Thursday, June 25, 2009 Madoff In The Dock: THE CRIME OF OUR TIME
Ponzi King Bernie Madaoff is to be sentenced next week. News Dissector Danny Schechter, author or Plunder assess his prospects and the prospects for the prosecution of other financial fraudsters.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Next Steps For Al Jazeera America
Al Jazeera needs to understand why programs like The Daily Show resonate so deeply or even why competing networks like RT or shows like Democracy Now win admiring audiences. They need a new approach based on honesty, not to be seen as another pretentious pool of "talent" or an establishment-rationalizing apparatus. Newsrooms in the service of the 1 percent, as staffed by a showbiz" punditariat, are losing viewers.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 28, 2009 Wall Street's Scams, Lies and Frauds
A quote:Our theoretical analysis shows that an economic underground can come to life if firms have an incentive to go broke for profit at society's expense (to loot) instead of to go for broke (to gamble on success). Bankruptcy for profit will occur if poor accounting, lax regulation or low penalties for abuse give owners an incentive to pay themselves more than their firms are worth and then default on their debt obligations
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 6, 2013 Will Americans Ever Get To See Al Jazeera?
Time Warner executives are sensitive to a competitive business environment and polarized political culture. They are very aware that Al Jazeera is considered "controversial" even as competitors fear its reputation for news excellence. They don't necessarily want to show the superficiality of most international news coverage in the US and prefer to stop the channel from gaining a foothold here, as it has in many countries.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, July 2, 2012 The Obama Defection:
Why are so many former supporters turning on the President even as many consider him preferable to his Republican Challenger? Why is there a growing "Obama Rejection?" Danny Schechter offers his dissection.
SHARE Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Wall Street's Collapse, 3 Years Later
Few today want to go back to that summer, just three years ago, when the financial spill began with a gusher of anxiety that led to the bailouts that so many hate now but supported then. I guess many still believe that if we close our eyes, it will all go away. Dream on. I wonder if that phrase "the silence of the lambs" was prophetic?
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 15, 2011 You Can't Evict an Idea
Occupy Wall Street as a movement is hardly dependent on access to one park. This is an issue that the government is taking seriously, too, amid reports that young people are turning away from and against President Obama. There's nothing like police over-reaction to harden attitudes. The rousting of the park will lead to more conflict and polarization. You can count on it.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 11, 2014 Israel Is Bad for The Jews, Part 2
In a second part of his essay, "Israel Is Bad For The Jews." News Dissector Danny Schechter discusses the hateful response he received to his original reflections.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, June 8, 2009 OBAMA ELECTRIFIES WORLD: SHOULD WE BELIEVE THE HYPE?
Barack Obama was cheered everywhere he went in France as the World continues to debate the ideas in his speech in Cairo. He has transcended politics and become a celebrity. Should we buy the hype? News Dissector Danny Schechter reflects on how he is regarded and how activists should respond/
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 19, 2014 Back To Iraq, And Welcome To The Suicide State
What's missing in the media picture of the new fighting in Iraq? News Dissector Danny Schecher who wrote book and made films on the subject is back as the media goes back to Iraq.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, July 19, 2010 Is The "War" on Wall Street Over? Who Won?
Has the government decided o make nice with Wall Street now that the financial reform bill is about to become law. Danny Schechter suggests the 'war" is over and that Wall Street won.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Obama Wins But The People Can Still Lose
President Obama Won Reelection but will he have the leverage to promote the changes that he embraced on the campaign trail. News Dissector Danny Schechter dissects.
SHARE Thursday, June 11, 2009 WHO CAN WE BANK ON AS THE CRISIS SHARPENS?
The Administration is giving mixed signals about financial reform. They say they are for it but have not delayed initiatives while allowing banks to pay back government monies with few obligations. news DIssector Danny Schechter, author of PLUNDR assesses the contradictions.
SHARE Tuesday, October 26, 2010 Inside the Secret War Between Wikileaks and the Pentagon
It's not just the government that's been out to discredit Assange or perhaps try to prosecute/persecute him. On Sunday, the New York Times ran a front page "profile" of the leader of WikiLeaks that many readers in the comment session saw as a hit job because it insinuated a mass defection in his organization and painted him as arrogant and unstable.
SHARE Monday, May 2, 2011 'Birtherism' and the US 'News' Media
The media's programs program the audience by constantly and continually framing issues in a trivial manner. Manipulating emotion is their modality, doubt their currency and cynicism their methodology, except, of course, on issues like the economy, Israel or U.S. wars. The shame of it is that they know what they are doing, know what the impact of what passes for "coverage" will be, but do it anyway.
SHARE Friday, May 2, 2014 When South Africa Called, We Answered: And Now?
As South Africa Goes To The Polls, There is intense rancor dividing old comrades slog with a longing for the black and white days of the anti-apartheid movement. News Dissector Danny Schechter reports.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 30, 2010 BUSINESS IN POLITICS AND POLITICS AS A BUSINESS
The problem with the corruption of our politics is not limited to political campaigns taking money from business. Politics has become a business argues News Dissector Danny Schechter,
SHARE Tuesday, May 10, 2011 WAS TONY KUSHNER MEANT TO BECOME THE NEXT HELEN THOMAS?
The City University of New York voted to Reinstate A n Honorary Degree for Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Tony Kushner in a slap at a prominet conservative backer of Israel. Was Kushner intended to become the next Helen Thomas. News Dissector Danny Schechter examines the controversy.
SHARE Monday, July 27, 2009 When Wall Street Is The Problem, Is Bernanke The Answer?
All the media focused on President Obma's Comments on the Cambridge Police, ignoring his charge that Wall Street KNOWINGLY made bad loans. There was no follow-up on that either. This comment discusses the deepening economic cris and Ben Bernanke' bid to play savior. Written by Danny Schechter, author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Will All The Financial Reforms Lead to Change or Just Prop Up the Status Quo?
Its been said that crises like the one we are experiencing leads to change. But is that happening today. Is there a chance that after the financial crisis is over, we will go back to the Status Quo. Danny Schechter, author of PLUNDER explores what is and is not changing as a result of the financial meltdown.
SHARE Saturday, December 14, 2013 Will Mandela's Burial Bury His Memory?
Nelson Mandela will be buried Sunday. Will his burial also bury his memory, asks News Dissector Danny Schechter, author of Madiba AtoZ: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandlea.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 20, 2012 President Obama as "Warrior-in-chief"
if you are looking for an explanation of why the wars go on, you can't get hung up in debating their pros and cons. They are an extension of an imperial policy about perceived national and economic self-interest, not values. Why is Obama using his ordered killing (rather than capture for trial) of bin Laden as a campaign issue? Is it because, unable to fix the economy, he is running as "warrior-in-chief"?
SHARE Friday, September 11, 2009 Obama's Speech Raises Issue He Doesn't Really Address
Barack Oama's Health Care Reform Speech started with claims about economic recovery? Were they Valid? What's being left out? Can we have a "jobless recovery?" News Dissector Danny Schechter, author of the forthcoming CRIME OF OUR TIME discusses.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 23, 2012 When Is A Terrorist No Longer a Terrorist?
For years they were branded a terrorist group--until they decided to invest in price Washington Lobbyists. And Now, poof, They are terrorists No More. News Dissector Danny Schechter explains how they did it,
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 14, 2014 Back In Iraq: We Only Want To Save You
Once again, a war on Iraq is escalation with shifting pretexts, fist to protect Americans and then Iraquis. News Dissector Danny Schechter puts the story in context.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 20, 2006 Dan Rather, R.I.P. Assasinated By The Media Company He Loved
For months he had wandered in the wilderness of CBS News headquarters with nothing to do, telling friends he knew more about what was on the menu at the cafeteria than he did about what the news organization he had once commanded was doing.
SHARE Saturday, June 2, 2007 Can Our Media Survive?
My media work has had it cycles almost like a business cycle. I was in radio at WBCN for 8 years, at ABC News for eight years, and so far with Media Channel for nearly 8 again. Are the media gods sending me a message?Is it time to hang up my scalpel?All of these stints are no small accomplishment considering how volatile the media world can be as well and how hostile it has become to our values.
SHARE Tuesday, July 21, 2009 OUR ENDLESS ICONOMANIA: MICHAEL, WALTER AND NELSON
Americans love icons from American Idol to the the fascination with the good and great. dead and alive.
Now its Walter Cronkite and Nelson Mandela's turn in the festival of hype that started with Michael Jackson's endless memorial. News Dissector Danny Schechter explores our need for heroes.
SHARE Saturday, February 9, 2013 Only In California: Cop Turned Critic Sparks Manhunt
What do we make of the case of former California cop Christopher Jordan Dorner, an accused cop-killer.Whats the story behind the manhunt? News Dissector Danny Schechter takes a stab at discussing the spectacle.
SHARE Saturday, August 6, 2011 "Dog Days' for US Economy
The debt-ceiling crisis has revealed that Republicans have found a valuable hostage and Democrats have shown they will pay the ransom. So, the prospects that the federal government will address other problems, like joblessness and a staggering middle class, are even dimmer.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 6, 2011 Nailing Osama: The Media's Delight
The "new" Obama wants to be seen as a warrior, not a wuss, as long as he is not forced to go after Wall Street. Right now, his victory is viewed widely for what it is; vengeance. Or in the words of the street, "payback."
SHARE Monday, January 11, 2010 IT IS TIME TO TAKE GEITHNER AND SUMMERS OUT OF THE GAME
It is Time For The President to fire Tim Geithner and Larry Summers because their policies are not working to promote more jobs and a recovery. He likens the need for a shakeup to a manager taking a fading pitcher out of a baseball game.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, January 9, 2009 Inaugurate This: Waiting for Barack Obama
Barack Obama's grassroots campaign could become a major force in keeping him honest and pressing for the changes he has advocated. This piece includes information about a new film I am making on the Obama campaign
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 23, 2011 Winning with Kamikaze Tactics
The dangerous political and economic trends of the past three decades are coming to a head in Washington current debt battle. The Right is armed with its anti-government extremism and its vast propaganda machine, while the Democrats seek compromise and the Left remains disorganized.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, February 15, 2010 Is "WE ARE THE WORLD" What's Needed Now? The Challenges the STars Do Not Address
There is nothing controversial or angry about the new We Are The World, and that may be one off its problems because syrupy high profile celebrity events are now co-opted corporate-embraced commodities in our commercial culture. They are almost an expected Made in the USA genre, slick and all too often self-congratulatory commercials for compassion.
SHARE Wednesday, July 1, 2009 DEPENDENCE GROWS AS INDEPENDENCE DAY NEARS
As America's Independence nears, our economic dependence grows in an interdependent world. Danny Schechter speaks about our growing debt load and our need to think about our relationship with the world in a new way.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 30, 2010 WHEN THE TALIBAN CALLS, SHOULD YOU ANSWER?
What Should you do when the Taliban reaches out to "friend" you on Facebook? Should you be very, very afrad? Danny Schechter asks: Do We Live In a "Republic of Fear?"
SHARE Monday, August 22, 2011 TV Networks "Monetize' Politics
More than a year before the traditional start of the U.S. campaign season -- Labor Day 2012 -- the political horse race is already heating up with an early measure of the field determined by how much money each contender can raise. The TV networks end up as both handicappers and beneficiaries.
SHARE Saturday, May 12, 2012 Setting the Stage for More Wars
U.S. news correspondents often compete to cover Americans wars with an eye to making a name or building a career. But -- when the wars drag on or when problems are just festering -- the news media quickly loses interest, ironically setting the stage for more wars.
SHARE Monday, March 1, 2010 RECONCILE THIS: THE "UP OR DOWN" VOTE IS HAPPENING!
It looks like Obama has opted for the Reconcilliation Option on the Heath Care Vote but there Can be no reconciling the differences between the parties and perhaps within the parties. The age of stalemate is upon us.
SHARE Monday, February 4, 2013 DWC: The Fight To Save Public Education
News Dissector Danny Schechter connects his his history as a high school journalist to an ongoing battle to save DeWitt Clinton High School and publie education.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 26, 2010 TREAT THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AS A CRIME STORY
President Obama's call for financial reform has yet to use the "F WORD" to call attention to financial fraud. News Dissector Danny Schechter, director of the new film, PLUNDER THE CRIME OF OUR TIME, argues that the crisis is driven by fraud and crime.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Why is Oliver Stone's "Money Never Sleeps" Asleep At The Switch
I was hoping that Oliver Stone would do for the crimes of Wall Street what he did for so mamy other subjects like Salvador, Vietnam, Veterans etc but his film falls flat. Is this just the "new normal" for Hollywood or are other forces behind its lack of real punch? Is it a conspiracy or something worse? Smile. Danny Schechter contrasts his investigation with the auteurs.
SHARE Wednesday, September 2, 2009 Tony Soprano To The Rescue: Recruited to Help Admin Fight Mob
The FBI is warning that organized crime is moving in on the stimulus and recovery money. Whats the best repsonse? News Dissector Danny Schechter suggests using criminals to catch criminals by recruiting Tony Soprano. This "Secret Surveillance" tape suggests such a maneuver may be underway.
SHARE Sunday, August 31, 2008 IN THE EYE OF THE HURRICANE: AS ONE STORM THREATENS,ANOTHER IS OUT OF MEDIA SIGHT, OUT OF OUR MINDS
As we brace for what's been called the "mother of all storms," the platitude-pushing wonderland of TV has shifted the political debate overnight from the prospects of a man with a "funny name" to a gun toting former small town beauty queen turned Governor who hates polar bears and shoots moose.
One catastrophe may be coming. The other may be already here, and a third, well, no one wants to talk about that.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 7, 2006 The Media Shift from Them to Us
Mapping out the contours of the emerging media system is now on the agenda of consumers and creators in consciousness industries all over the world. Suddenly, many major media combinesperhaps still more outside America than inhave put aside their institutional arrogance and realized that their traditional approach is no longer selling.
SHARE Friday, May 23, 2014 Calling George Orwell: We Need You Now
News Dissector Danny Schechter offers a "review"that goes deeper into the cryptographic craziness that Glenn Greenwald unmasks in the obsessive world of the NSA
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 15, 2009 Will Obama Follow Lincoln's Example?
Abraham Lincoln was cautious at first but as events changed, as the Civil War wore on, he became bolder. Will Barack Obama follow his example
SHARE Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Meet Jack Lew, The Insider's Outsider
Lew is unlikely to stand up to the President. He has had successes working with Republicans and reportedly earning their trust. He may have started in politics opposing the Vietnam War, but he is now spoken of as a pragmatist who will rationalize Obama's more conservative predelictions, not challenge them.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 7, 2010 A CALL TO ACTION: STRENGHTEN FINANCIAL REFORM
The Conference Committee on FInancial Reform Begins Its Formal Process This week. Reforms Proposed as Urgent Are Being Watered Down. We need to Educate The Public On The Issues. Danny Schechter suggests Screening his New film PLUNDER: THE CRIME OF OUR TIME that looks at the financial crisis as a crime story. Write Dissector@mediachannel.org
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, February 7, 2014 The Olympics Are Here To Stay—And To Pay
In our media, the Olympics are about terrorism, protest and Putin--but not about their business agenda. That's what News Dissector Danny Schechter writes about.
SHARE Monday, May 3, 2010 Explaining the Plunder and the Crime
Missing is a hardnosed look at the financial crisis as a crime story -- an approach that allows for morality as well as indignation, and resonates with public anger. It touches the nerve that most people feel.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 7, 2009 The Fog Of Robert McNamara
In the minds of a generation, it was that genius that convinced the country and his bosses, JFK and LBJ, that he/we could win the Vietnam War.
SHARE Sunday, December 30, 2012 Looking Back At The News of 2012
Those of us who hoped the Obama re-election might usher in a little more justice and equality remain disappointed. Those of us who longed for a change we could believe in then took to the streets to try to create it, only to confront the power of the police state -- the NYPD, FBI et al. Only now, with the disclosure of new documents, do we have a hint of how we were spied upon and lied to.
SHARE Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Are Rising Oil and Food Prices a Scam?
Contracts for oil outnumber their actual delivery, a sign of speculation and market manipulation, as oil companies win government authorizations for wells but then don't open them for exploration or exploitation. It's all a game of manipulating oil supply to keep prices up. And no one seems to be regulating it.
SHARE Tuesday, March 27, 2012 The Final Four Or More?
There are two final fours underway--one on the courts, the other in the campaigns writes News Dissector Danny Schechter
SHARE Friday, October 8, 2010 Obama's Mission Impossible
We seem to be in the era of one step forward and two back where the idea of change serves as an election slogan - not a commitment to more fundamental repairs. The political system is as broken as the economic one, and there is no Superman on the horizon to fly in and fix it.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 16, 2012 Ignoring Warnings Can Be Fatal
Why Do so many warnings go unheeded. Why is denial so common? News DIssector Danny Schechter discusses why ignorance is not bliss.
SHARE Saturday, November 9, 2013 The Fight To Save Journalism
News Dissector Danny Schechter salutes the tenth anniversary of Free Press while discussing the fight to save journalism.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2009 JUNE 4: STANDING UP TO TANKS AND FOR TRUTH
While there has been lots of coverage of the anniversary if Tiananman Square, on going reporting on human rights in china has diminished. Media Critic Danny Schechter offers an assessment
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 28, 2007 The Day After: The World Reacts To The Murder of Benazir Bhutto
A day later, shock and fear still seem to rule in Pakistan in the aftermath of the killing of Benezir Bhutto. We do know, confirmed again today in the Washinhgton Post that the US government brokered her return. Were there any discussions of security arrangements? We don't know. Could this predictable killing have been prevented?
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, October 8, 2007 Can We Trust The New Jobs Report That Has Led to Rosy Forecasts?
There are questions about the credibility of the statistics on violence and conflicts coming out of Iraq, reported by Bush appointees.
What's true of reporting from Iraq is also true about the job figures that the govt releases monthly gauging the health of the U.S. economy. Can they be trusted? And what about the reporting on them? This is a timely issue as Fox News gets ready to launch its heavily-hyped new Biz channel
SHARE Sunday, May 13, 2007 The Staple of Cable as Poster Child; O'Reilly as Father Coughlin Fascist Copycat
As Bill O'Reilly's pattern of hateful commentary goes unexamined within his own issue, few are asking why the cable industry which was launched with so much hope to offer more diversity has embodied so much of the worse on TV. In response to O'Reilly, CNN gave us not an alternative but a clone called Glenn Beck. And don't get me started on the many Neanderthals on MSNBC over the years.
SHARE Sunday, March 24, 2013 Recruits Meet At The LSE: Reliving The South African Struggle In London
London: Thomas Wolfe wrote "You Can't Go Home Again" year ago, and its core truth keeps popping up in my life even as I tend to retrace some of my life journeys, in an endless walk down memory lane.
I am back in London, cold and wet as I remember it, to attend an event honoring those of us who went to South Africa on underground missions at my mid 1960's alma mater, the London School of Economics and Political Science..
SHARE Sunday, July 14, 2013 The Mandela Soap Opera: Can He Die in Dignity?
The whole world is praying for Nelson Mandela's recovery despite his dire condition, In South Africa, there is a soap operat distracting attention what he stands for. News Dissector Danny Schechter is there and reports.
SHARE Friday, February 16, 2007 The Real Media Mantra: "Let's Make A Deal"
Deals, Deals, Deals.
A culture of buying and selling dominates the world of information and even entertainment. Market logic long ago invaded and twisted media logic.
SHARE Friday, May 25, 2007 Don't Be Surprised That Congress Capitulated On The War
Of course it is disappointing and disillusioning that the Congress passed the war financing bill giving the Decider in Chief another victory in his war with dissenting legislators who he knew, and we should have known, lack the votes and the guts to stop the war even with a protracted timeline"¦
Let me take that back, it is disillusioning only for those with illusions, for those who take poli-tricksters at their word...
SHARE Friday, August 18, 2006 Study Chess As A Guide to Watching Media
The hard-core partisan operatives take this game one nasty step further linking some negative in the news to the person or issue they want to demonize. The idea of ethical debate has long disappeared as show biz techniques dominates news biz.
SHARE Saturday, July 1, 2006 An Idea for Media -- Cover the War Like a Math Class
Who will join me in building a War Clock to show the vast amounts of money being pissed away every second in Iraq? Wouldn't this be a feature that every TV newscast could update daily, just as they report on the movements of the stock market? All it would require is a simple graphic.
SHARE Monday, January 1, 2007 For the New Year: MediaChannel Honors The "We" That Care
Let us then honor those among us who do care, who are blogging writing op-eds, sending comments to editors and websites, digging out untold stories, making documentaries backing indymedia outlet and fighting back against the way show biz has infiltrated and nearly conquered news biz.
SHARE Friday, June 2, 2006 Media Crimes Sanitize War Crimes in Iraq
As events in Iraq continue to slip from bad to worse, the good news brigade is scrambling for new stories ("anything, give me anything") to shore up what's left of public support for a bloody war without end.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 5, 2007 Marching on Memphis: Revitalizing the Media Movement
It is the media that sets the agenda and limits it. It's the media that frames our issues, narrows our choices, deifies our icons and institutions, and pumps out the distractions that focus our attention and keeps us uninformed. If we are to revitalize our democracy, we need to make the media an issue and a target.
We need to fight for a different type of news and a different story.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 4, 2006 911 Redux: Where is that decoder ring when we need it?
More than two towers collapsed on 911. Our democracy has fallen with them. In years past, in similar mysteries of history, it has taken more than 5 years for the truth to surface. In the weeks ahead, let us call for that part of the media that is least compromised to shed prior assumptions and safe conclusions and become open to investigating all the 9/11 narratives as some did finally about the phony claims of WMD's in Iraq.