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Snow squalls, snow fences and the privatization of highways: ‘It is time to draw a line in the snow’

A lake effect snow squall (snowsquall) drops heavy snow over Sudbury on Feb. 27. Lake effect squalls are noted for their persistence and linear banding, producing blinding visibility on Highway 400 yesteday.

An awesome lake effect snow squall (snowsquall) drops heavy snow over Sudbury on February 27, 2014. Lake effect squalls from Georgian Bay are noted for their persistence and linear banding, producing blinding visibility on Highway 400.

The following reflection was written on February 28, 2014 but for some reasons was not published at the time. I am posting it now in the midst of the extreme cold weather front that is gripping Canada and the United States.

The view from Blantyre

By TONY SEED

WHEN extreme weather event strikes, the reporting of the media proceeds from the premise of the insurance companies: it is a supernatural “act of God,” a natural disaster divorced from the social conditions made by man. It has become a genre and given a name – disaster journalism. It was all so “unexpected.” Hurricane Katrina? Just blew in suddenly from the Gulf. That ice storm in Atlanta? The weather suddenly shifted upstate in the morning. That tsunami in the Indian Ocean? No-one at the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii had the phone number of the Sri Lanka president and hence the island received no warning. Thousands of people, mainly poor fishers, along the eastern and southern coastline were engulfed by the deep blue sea, as if an act of Buddha. Due to the large number of victims, that far-off disaster did make the evening news. These were not “accidents”; natural disasters became crimes. Continue reading

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US: Reality blows up media-police falsification of the murder of yet another African-American

mediaculpaheader.stretchedA total of 111 people were killed by police in the United States in the month of March, 2015, almost four a day. (Since 1900, in the United Kingdom, with the exception of Northern Ireland, 52 people have been killed by police.) At least 1148 people were killed by police in 2014, of whom 304 (26 per cent) were Black and over 100 unarmed. Now one of them has been caught red-handed in South Carolina. A bystander filmed the unprovoked murder.

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The 2012 ban on Press TV by the European Union

Dr. ISMAIL SALAMI*

voltaire(Oct, 17, 2012) – The recent EU move to take Press TV off the air is to be seen as part of a continued process of media violation against this alternative channel.

On Monday, UK-based Eutelsat, which is run by Michel de Rosen, a Zionist Israeli-French, stopped carrying Press TV and some 18 other channels from Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), a move which Gary Follows, Arqiva Head of Public Relations, says is a “result of reinforced EU Council sanctions and repeated requests by France’s broadcasting authority for the permanent switch-off of the Iranian channels.” UK-based Arqiva is the service supplier which held the IRIB contract. Continue reading

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Information war: CNN’s Amanpour show edits out criticism by visiting RT host

Multi-millionaire diva gets comeuppance, resorts to insults when guest refuses to follow the script

RT (Nov. 26) – Last week, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour invited RT’s Anissa Naouai to discuss what the US channel called ‘a heated propaganda war’ by the Russian government. But it never showed viewers Naouai’s criticism of Amanpour’s own propaganda exercises.

Naouai, host of RT’s In The Now, was invited to speak along with Mikhail Kasyanov, a former Russian prime minister and a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin’s policies.

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American exceptionalism and Iran: US is not ‘the world’

warner-ifillSometimes it’s the little things that say a lot. And when PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill and correspondent Margaret Warner (11/5/14) were discussing  various consequences of the midterm elections, this part caught my ear: Continue reading

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Build the workers’ press to oppose media monopolization: The working class must have its own voice!

Samples of the Party and non-Party press on display at the celebration marking the 44th anniversary of the Party press, Etobicoke, August 23, 2014.

The U.S.-controlled media monopoly Postmedia announced on October 9 that it had purchased the Sun Media chain, the English-language publications of the Peladeau media monopoly, Quebecor, for $316 million. The deal gives Postmedia control of the five daily Sun newspapers in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg; 27 small-market dailies; 140 weeklies; the London Free Press and numerous other media properties. Postmedia already owns, among other properties, the National Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Regina Leader-Post, Ottawa Citizen, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Windsor Star, Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province. The purchase of Sun Media still requires regulatory approval from the federal Competition Bureau. Continue reading

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Freedom of the press, US style: Attack dogs set against courageous journalist

The American monopoly media is unleashing its attack dogs all over against the late Gary Webb, who had the courage to expose the relationship between the CIA, the Contras and the drug trade, including the role of the CIA Cuban-American terrorist, Posada Carilles. Courage is, after all, contagious. The attack is carried in a definite and surreptitious way. “A different rule actually governs American journalism – that journalists need ‘extraordinary proof’ if a story puts the US government or an ‘ally’ in a negative light, but pretty much anything goes when criticizing an ‘enemy’.” *

wapo-no-hero-webbIn 1996, in the wake of his explosive “Dark Alliance” series for the San Jose Mercury News (8/18-20/96), the Washington Post was one of the major newspapers to attack Gary Webb (FAIR Blog10/21/14).

It’s 2014, and they’re still at it. Continue reading

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Freedom of the Press, US style: How to drive a colleague to his grave and sleep easy at night

On the collaboration of American monopoly journalists. “The fact that the Contras were the CIA’s army, and not, say, the Bolivian secret service’s army, was crucial to understanding the story – and therefore Webb’s attackers did everything they could to obscure this point.” JIM NAURECKAS*

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Gary Webb

Ryan Grim’s 2009 book This Is Your Country on Drugs–recently excerpted in the Huffington Post (10/10/14)–sheds light on the establishment media’s 1996 effort to discredit Gary Webb’s Contra crack revelations (“Dark Alliance,”San Jose Mercury News, 8/18-20/96) by talking to some of the key players. As depicted in the new biopic Kill the Messenger, other journalists’ attacks on Webb cost him his job, and after being run out of the profession he loved, in 2004 he apparently took his own life. But the people who wrote those attacks sleep very well, they want you to know–it’s an object lesson in how to do bad without feeling bad. Continue reading

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Freedom of the press, US style: Killing the messenger vs. truth telling

Much of modern American filmmaking is escapist and vapid, but not “Kill the Messenger,” the new movie recounting the brave Contra-cocaine reporting by Gary Webb and his subsequent destruction at the hands of the monopoly media, writes JAMES DIEUGENIO*. His informative article, however, overlooks Webb’s exposure of the CIA’s narco-terrorist Luis Posada Carriles (see here).
Actor Jeremy Renner as journalist Gary Webb in "Kill the Messenger."

Actor Jeremy Renner as journalist Gary Webb in “Kill the Messenger.”

(Oct. 16) – I only met Gary Webb once – in December 1996 at the late, great activist bookstore, The Midnight Special, in Santa Monica, California. I was writing at Probe Magazine then and had covered Webb’s groundbreaking San Jose Mercury News three-part series, titled “Dark Alliance.”

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James Risen’s book, Pay Any Price

Barrack Obama promised a “transparent” administration – but Americans did not know the transparency was a one-way street, letting the government look at the people, and concentrating executive power in the White House and a warmongering “commander-in-chief” as president; meanwhile, using coercive measures and disinformation to block the public’s ability to view issues objectively and work out solutions, a reality described in James Risen’s new book, reviewed by NORMAN SOLOMON.

james-risenNo single review or interview can do justice to Pay Any Price – the new book by James Risen that is the antithesis of what routinely passes for journalism about the “war on terror.” Instead of evasive tunnel vision, the book offers big-picture acuity: focusing on realities that are pervasive and vastly destructive. Continue reading

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The most disinformed country on earth

Where the right to know the truth is systematically violated. MANUEL E. YEPE

Media-CulpaThe disinformation resources with which the U.S proclaims to the world its bonanzas, freedoms, equalities and humanitarian feelings are formidable. They have appointed themselves as judges and custodians of the civil and political rights of citizens of the Third World. Meanwhile, they trample on these rights in their own country and the rest of the planet; especially in those states considered adversaries because they do not docilely accept Washington’s global domination. Continue reading

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Obama’s attack on journalism

Progressive  (May 8) – James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winner at the New York Times, may face jail time on a federal contempt of court charge if he doesn’t release the identity of one of his confidential sources.

The Bush Administration’s Justice Department tried to pry the information out of him, but ultimately relented.

Now President Obama, who vowed to restore our civil liberties when he ran for the White House in 2000, is letting his Justice Department pursue Risen even more aggressively than Bush did. Continue reading

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Death of US journalism 2013

 

Merchants of Death Speak: PBS

mediaculpaheader.stretchedThe January 23 episode of PBS series Nova was a mostly upbeat report on drones and surveillance. What viewers may not have known about “Rise of the Drones” was that it was funded in part by Lockheed Martin – the giant aerospace corporation that just happens to be a major drone manufacturer. Continue reading

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Thousands protest press credibility in march against monopoly media

Image from facebook.com @MarchAgainstMainstreamMedia

Image from facebook.com @MarchAgainstMainstreamMedia

I am posting this report for the information of readers, as it reflects the depth of the social disconnect between the people and the self-serving monopoly media. As a professional journalist, once with the Toronto Globe and Mail, I am sympathetic to the pressures faced by the journalists and staff but I do not believe such a media can be reformed nor the illusion that it can “speak truth to power.” The monopoly media is part of power, as demonstrated by how every daily newspaper in Canada supported the Anglo-American war on Iraq in 2003, and the US-UK-disinformation about weapons on mass destruction needed to confuse and disorient the people, as again today with Syria and Iran. I am for building an independent media which seeks truth from fact and reports objective reality in the interests of the people – or which helps us develop true and proper public opinion about the unfolding events. Such a media with lofty aims and representing a just cause cannot be termed “alternative media,” which is to marginalize it. That media is the mainstream media. It is the monopoly media that presents an “alternative” and anti-social view of reality. That was the conviction of myself and my colleagues with which we published Shunpiking, Nova Scotia’s discovery magazine, for 13 years and the response of thousands of our readers. – Tony Seed

THOUSANDS of people in the UK and US united in their rejection of mainstream media in a mass protest. Protesters targetedthe headquarters of media giants like Fox News, the BBC and NBS, decrying their narrow coverage of world affairs. Continue reading

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Graphic details. Use of US news sources

From David Brenneman (thanks to Undernews): Two of a series of charts from a new report from the Pew Research Center illustrate the ongoing decline of the print editions of the American monopoly media. Continue reading

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U.S. Justice Dept. spied on Associated Press

spy(AP) – The U.S. Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news. The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of calls. In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters. Continue reading

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Press freedom and Press TV

By DAVE THOMAS

Televisionillustrationjamalkhurshid-1360430528-641-640x480TWO DAYS AGO Press TV was removed from Galaxy 19 This satellite carries mostly unscrambled signals so they can be seen just with a dish and receiver box and no fees, “Free-to-Air” as they say. Galaxy 19 is at 97 degrees west. Last month the same thing happened on Hispasat 1 at 30 degrees west. Continue reading

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PBS show on drones funded by drone maker

FAIR – The PBS Nova broadcast “Rise of the Drones” was sponsored by U.S. drone manufacturer Lockheed Martin – a clear violation of PBS’s underwriting guidelines.

As Kevin Gosztola reported (FireDogLake), the January 23 broadcast was a mostly upbeat look at surveillance and weaponized drones. “Discover the cutting edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history,” PBS urged, promising to reveal “the amazing technologies that make drones so powerful.” Continue reading

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‘Paid content’ is the degeneration of the monopoly media

Recent paid content strategies threaten to blur the line between news and advertising, analysts say

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Screen shot from The Atlantic’s offending Scientology paid content advertisement

ON MONDAY, Jan. 14, The Atlantic raised some eyebrows with the publication of a “sponsor content” article on its website celebrating the Church of Scientology. The magazine took the article down within hours following outcry from readers and journalists, reported Poynter. As media organizations search for ways to leverage their brands online, critics warn about blurring the lines between news and advertising. Continue reading

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The wizards of lies

By UMBERTO MAZZEI*

Media-CulpaSINCE THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, information control obsesses those looking for “excessive profit”, as Adam Smith defined it. The model was developed in the United States. There, secondary education – the mass version – was minimized in any aspect related to humanities, such as history, geography, philosophy, which give benchmarks for critical thinking.

The idea is to impart only the knowledge that will render the working class useful at a job, but politically ignorant. It allows for nurturing majorities with a world view based on distorted information, so the public can be guided according to the convenience of the ruling class. It is a useful trick even for governments without electoral fuss and with visible leaders, but it is in democracies where it is most useful, because the ruling class, which is hardly seen, uses misleading information to promote their puppets in electoral carnivals. Continue reading

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Journalists as megaphones: The Globe and Mail covers Bell

By DWAYNE WINSECK

Media.rca Nipper.jpgONCE AGAIN, yet another story in the Globe and Mail yesterday was out peddling a story of doom and gloom about the state of conventional commercial television broadcasters in Canada. This time, the story by Steven Ladurantaye came hot on the heals of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling Thursday that threw cold water on the idea that cable, satellite and IPTV services should pay broadcast tv companies — Bell (CTV), Shaw (Global), Rogers (CityTV), Quebecor (TVA), the CBC, and a smattering of smaller independents — to deliver their signals to the tv screens of Canadians across the country. Continue reading

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Syria: new exposé in disinformation

ACCORDING to Champs news agency, the latest image by the armed opposition in Syria consisted of large black plumes of smoke from burning tires, apparently giving the idea of political chaos in the Syrian capital and society. Continue reading

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Pot calling the kettle black

Dr ISMAIL ZAYID condemns the double standards in the reporting of the Halifax Chronicle Herald and the Canadian Press on the Halifax International Security Forum and its warmongering agenda against Syria and Iran. Continue reading

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Quebec pushing forward with controversial proposal to define ‘professional’ journalists

THE Quebec government’s proposal to create legislation that would define who is a professional journalist is first going to have to undergo public scrutiny, reports the National Post and The Suburban.com.

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Canada Day with the royals (1): We are not ‘smitten’ nor ‘smote’ nor amused

Protesters wait for the arrival of Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Montreal, November 10, 2009. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi (CANADA ROYALS CONFLICT)

Part one of a two part series by TONY SEED, Part two is here.

HALIFAX (July 1, 2011, revised July 4) – THE July 1st headline of the Halifax Chronicle Herald leaps into never-never land with its banner of another royal tour: “Canadians smitten [1] with royal newlyweds.” The entire front page of the second section is also given over to fawning coverage of the alleged affair. Then you read more carefully. “A small crowd … at the government airport.” A “walk-about” amongst tourists to the nation’s capital with nothing else to do but touch the elephant! 

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For your information: The Pentagon military analyst program

Media-CulpaTHIS indepth article, whereby “Internal Pentagon documents repeatedly refer to the military analysts as ‘message force multipliers’ or ‘surrogates’ who could be counted on to deliver administration ‘themes and messages’ to millions of Americans ‘in the form of their own opinions.’ …” concerns the U.S. Pentagon military analyst program. In parallel, something very similar unfolded in the Canadian media, whereby “analysts” have been presented by the media as “independent” third party “authorities” without disclosing their military credentials and real affiliations. They include Janice Gross Stein (DND Chair Strategic Forum), Gynne Dyer (Board, Royal Military College), David Charters (Reserve officer), and others from “foreign policy” and “strategic studies” centres financed by the Department of National Defence. –TS

[Sourcewatch] – THE Pentagon military analyst program was launched in early 2002 by then-Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Victoria Clarke. The idea was to recruit “key influentials’ to help sell a wary public on “a possible Iraq invasion.” Former NBC military analyst Kenneth Allard called the effort “psyops on steroids.” [1] Continue reading

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Pentagon’s propaganda documents: who will ever report this scandal?

Media-CulpaBy JOHN STAUBER, PR WATCH – Eight thousand pages of documents related to the Pentagon’s illegal propaganda campaign, known as the Pentagon military analyst program, are now online for the world to see, although in a format that makes it impossible to easily search them and therefore difficult to read and dissect. This trove includes the documents pried out of the Pentagon by David Barstow and used as the basis for his stunning investigation that appeared in the New York Times on April 20, 2008. Continue reading

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Freedom of the press, US style: Who killed Gary Webb?

The journalist who exposed the crimes of Luis Posada Carriles | JEAN-GUY ALLARD*

garywebb-articleHAVANA (January 5) – Like few journalists before him, Gary Webb exposed the CIA’s evil schemes in the drug world and revealed to the US public how the country’s African-American neighbourhoods were inundated with crack as part of drug trafficking designed to supply the Nicaraguan Contras with money and weapons.  Continue reading

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Introducing Shunpiking Online

Welcome to our first online publication!

SHUNPIKING online logoShunpike shun.pike n (1862): a side road used to avoid the toll on or the speed and traffic of a superhighway – shun.pik.er nshun.pik.ing Encyclopaedia Britannica

(August 6 / Revised August 18, 2003) – SINCE the launching of Shunpiking on 3 December 1995, our magazine has matured and developed to become a vibrant news and quality information source for Nova Scotians, readers across Canada and not a few readers around the globe.

 Now we are launching Shunpiking Online on the World Wide Web to complement and extend the reach, topicality and timeliness of Shunpiking Magazine. Continue reading

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