… of how we got here:
Jill Abramson’s sad admission
Why did the New York Times back down again and again and hold important stories? The reasons are infuriating. — Patrick L. Smith
Heather Digby Parton on
Cheney’s old pal Ahmed Chalabi is back
And more media mess:
Media Matters on
How The Iraq War Still Haunts New York Times
— C.B. Hanif
Tags: Ahmed Chalabi
Graduation style, June 2014.
Just finished a great year with my Journalism students at Inlet Grove Community High School, plus two before that as managing editor of the South Florida Times. Now summer’s back again, I’m missing my students and the newsroom — so what better to do than pause and give thanks for all the good. It’s also a good time to catch up on missed family and friends, obligations and opportunities, community service and activities. To get in some biking and swimming. And of course, with so much going on — from the regrettable (Iraq. Again.) to the unforgettable (Gooooooooooooooooooooal!) — more writing, editing and reading. Meanwhile I’m back up for air; feel free to be in touch.
Tags: Inlet Grove Community High School·South Florida Times
The illegal American invasion of Iraq and subsequent occupation was so epochal a catastrophe that it spawned a negative phrase in Arabic, “to Iraqize” or `arqana…So how can Libyans and the world avoid the Iraqization of Libya?
— Juan Cole, “How to Avoid Bush’s Iraq Mistakes in Libya”
University of Michigan Prof. Juan Cole’s analyses on all things Middle Eastern at his Informed Comment site (juancole.com), are like music to a thinking person’s ears. Take a look back over the past few days’ postings, including his “Top Ten Myths about the Libya War.”
Tags: George W. Bush·informed Comment·juancole.com·Libya
The News of the World debacle
is a huge media story — and in typical fashion, our “Fair & Balanced” major news media organizations generally don’t know how to deal with it. Namely, by stating the facts. Such as:
“It seems increasingly likely that the techniques of bullying, coercion, spying, and the politics of personal destruction common at the News of the World were not limited to this one piece of the Murdoch media empire. Even short of hacking, Murdoch’s properties often behave like cults, not news organizations. We have known for a long time that Fox Cable News instructs reporters on how to spin the news and promotes fascist demagogues in the evening magazine shows.” — Professor Juan Cole at Informed Comment: “Is Murdoch’s Media Empire A Cult?”
It couldn’t happen to more deserving guys. As things continue falling apart, here for those just tuning in are a couple of compelling videos that really lay bare the Murdoch mess.
The first features Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, who I’ve greatly admired since I first got to know him during our annual international Organization of News Ombudsmen meetings:
The second features Nick Davies, the amazing reporter who refused to take no for a story:
— C.B. Hanif
Tags: Faux News·Fixed News·James Murdock·News of the World·Nick Davies·Rupert Murdock
Juan Cole pretty much says it re our depressing media landscape:
Americans live in a late capitalist society where the rich have gotten many times richer and the middle class has gotten poorer, where Wall Street bankers have stolen us blind and blamed us for living above our means, where persistent unemployment is worse than in the Great Depression, where most politicians and some judges have been bought by corporations or special interests, where authorities actively conspire to keep people from voting, where the government spies on citizens assiduously without warrant or probable cause, and where the minds of the sheep are kept off their fleecing by substituting celebrity gossip, sex scandals, and half-disguised bigotry for genuine news…
I’ve seen the movie trailer. It seemed to shout, ‘Invest your money, intelligence and dignity elsewhere: Catch the Syfy marathon.’
Read the column here. See the page here. See this week’s entire Digital Edition here. Or just keep reading:
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Tags: Bruce Lee·Green Hornet·Jason the TVaholic·Kato·marathon·Syfy
“Isn’t Azerbaijan a democratic republic? Constitutionally, it is, of course. But the constitution is one thing and the political culture and practice are something else.”
— Christel Fricke, director of the Center for the Study of Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo, Norway, writing at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
It’s a new year in Baku, Azerbaijan, which I last wrote about here, after visiting, on behalf of the international Organization of News Ombudsmen, here.
Even as bustling Baku booms, it seems the more things change, the more things…don’t? As Ms. Fricke observes, the struggle continues.
More Baku scenes:
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Tags: Center for the Study of Mind in Nature·Christel Fricke·Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty·University of Oslo
From my latest Florida Weekly commentary:
Perusing the trove of sensitive documents is like viewing our world neighbors’ — and our own — dirty linen. Foreign leaders are as embarrassed as our own. I was left wondering just who decided what got leaked.
Read the rest here. See this week’s entire Digital Edition here. Or, just keep reading:
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Tags: Allen Maxwell·Bob Campbell·Bob Jenks·Daniel Ellsberg·First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches·Ghassan Rubei·Julian Assange·WikiLeaks