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New exhibit at Beat Museum

Michael Moore speaks to Occupy Oakland

 

 

Calling the new exhibit at the Beat Museum as our top selection for the top ten news stories of the year may seem to be an arbitrary and capricious example of poor journalism, but the same people who would get very upset at such a choice by a blogger on some liberal web sites, don't seem to mind that Rupert Murdoch runs his journalism endeavors with a similar dysfunctional level of personal involvement in the editorial decision making.

 

How likely is it that any of Murdoch's lackeys will say that one of the top ten news stories of 2011 is the fact that the integrity of America's much vaunted Free Press has been compromised and that the Murdoch hacking scandal is Exhibit A on the list of evidence?

 

Time Magazine named "the Protester" as the Newsmaker of the Year.   Will Murdoch concur or will he direct his subservient surfs to ignore reality and spin it with the absurd interpretation that:   "It's about time the liberal media acknowledged the achievements of the tea baggers!"?

 

During 2011, we heard one reporter on CBS radio news state that JEB Bush has his campaign headquarters in a hotel in Miami (where by a big co-inky-dink the Republicans will hold their Nominating convention).   If that fact hasn't been reported on Fox, is the withholding of that news evidence of an arbitrary and capricious example of poor journalism, or is it indicative of something more ominous?  

 

At one point during 2011, this columnist/photographer was stopped dead in his tracks by a tableau in the lobby of the Shattuck Hotel in downtown Berkeley CA.   There were three young men having breakfast together and that wasn't remarkable in a town that provides a worthy rival for the UCLA baseball, basketball, and football teams.   What was astounding was the visual of thee young guys ignoring each other and peering intently at their own laptop computers.   We took a photograph of the scene that illustrates the paradoxical aspect of contemporary society whereby friends ostensibly feel more connected to the world by being isolated from each other.  

 

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