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  •  We need this, or something like it (4.00)
    because we are getting killed not as much by the actual GOP as much as the media that spins everything the GOP's way.

    I respect Lakoff, but I don't believe for a second that MSNBC or CNN is anymore likely than Fox is to communicate Democratic frames and talking points without putting a GOP scuffjob on them. I believe the time to get a progressive news channel has to be soon, because too many people are not as politically active as we are, and the people giving these folks their news coverage on the go enable Republicans.

    **** I'm a Proud 'Fight Back in all 50 States' Democrat ****

    by LeftHandedMan on Sun Sep 18, 2005 at 06:06:14 PM PDT

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    •  IWT (4.00)
      Independent World Television News is trying to build an alternative news service.
      •  I'd really like to see this succeed. (none)
        Independent World Television

        Our Mission
        The Problem
        Serious news and full-spectrum debate -- on which democracy depends -- are disappearing from television. Across the globe, news media are concentrated in the hands of a few entertainment conglomerates whose interests determine news coverage. They promote superficial "infotainment" over tough investigation, context and holding authority accountable. Public broadcasters face shrinking budgets and growing political and commercial pressures.

        The Solution
        We need a news and current affairs network that defends the public interest and the highest standards of journalism. Independent World Television will be such a network, a non-profit broadcast service financed by viewers across the globe -- independent of corporate or government funding and commercial advertising.

        Independent World Television

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

        by RevDeb on Sun Sep 18, 2005 at 06:40:56 PM PDT

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        •  IWT is IT. (none)
          We should all sign up and have all our friends and all their friends sign up. Now.

          If you need to be convinced, check out the astounding FOUNDING COMMITTEE, which I submit is as excellent a group of top-of-the-profession journalists and formidable public interest activists as you will likely ever see listed  together in one place.

          IWT is definitely happening and the blogosphere should get behind it and give it a huge push forward.

          •  Support IWT (none)
            My first post was short because I was short on time, but I've mentioned IWT here on dKos several times, and each time, I find more people who haven't heard of it.

            I'm on their email list, and gave them one contribution back in June when I first learned of them.

            From an August email:

            I'm also writing to ask for your help in doubling the size of our online community by September. One of the questions I hear most often is, "What's the #1 thing I can do to help the network right now?" The best answer--in addition to considering a small contribution--is inviting your friends, family, and coworkers to join our email list:


            You can help us meet our September goal by forwarding the message below to five friends right now and encouraging them to sign up.

            Why is growing our list so important to IWT right now?

                1) Building an online movement is the key to building IWT. Email subscribers are the backbone of our online community. It's the communications lifeline that connects our international supporters.

                2) A growing list is proof of widespread support. Contributions and email sign-ups prove to our potential carriers, regulators, funders, and new supporters that there really is widespread international support for Independent World Television.

            So, tell the world you want to know. Tell the world you have a right to know. Help us build independent world television! Help us double our list by September.

            Thanks again for your outstanding help and input,

            Paul Jay
            Chair, Independent World Television

            Also, check out their video segments.
            And, if you think this is the alternative we need to Rupert Murdoch's empire and all the other wannabes who are trying to emulate him, give them your support.
          •  Sounds wonderful (none)
            It is sorely and desperately needed.
            My fear is it will not be on regular cable and basic satellite services but one of these special digital packages that requires a special purchase.
            Meanwhile CNN, MSNBC, Fox News are all almost all cable and satellite basic packages that most consumers buy.

            Tom Coburn: There is No crying in Baseball or SCOTUS Hearings. Your brain has been recalled.

            by wishingwell on Sun Sep 18, 2005 at 11:56:42 PM PDT

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