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Recently, I went to see a concert featuring "Royal Flush: Music By, For and About Royalty", sung by  the Master Chorale of South Florida;  I esp. enjoyed the following pieces:  Vaughan Williams' "Serenade to Music" ,  Rutter’s “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made” written for the recent royal British wedding and Aloha Oe written by Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii in 1877.   Aloha Oe (Farwell to you) is such a lovely / melancholy song, esp. when you listen to it, while watching an Al jazeera English documentary on Hawaii.

If Queen Liliu'okalani could see how today, many native Hawaiians are living in stark poverty, she would have been outraged / heartbroken; the fact that, had I not seen this Al jazeera broadcast, I would not even be aware of the many issues facing this 'tropical paradise', is yet another example of 'injustice effectively hidden from public scrutiny' by the complicit corporate media.

Another illustration of Al jazeera English's stellar and diverse reporting can be seen here: Witness: The Bomber:  "A fascinating glimpse into the powerful forces that led an 18-year-old boy to walk into the lobby of a Jakarta hotel and blow himself up".  

Perhaps by becoming aware of how our actions are viewed by those on the receiving end of American 'shock and awe' foreign policies,  we can "achieve more global peace and prosperity by transforming our institutional policies".

Read between the lines of each and every media report and help others do the same. The majority of our media outlets – newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, television stations, radio stations, etc. – are owned by huge international corporations and these corporations aren't afraid to manipulate the news they deliver. Always seek the truth and encourage others to do the same. -- John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, from the site: Want to

Why doesn't CNN ('the most trusted name in the news') cover stories such as:

* Working in the US for .23 cents/hour

* Prison industrial complex

* Wells Fargo behind for-profit prisons

* The NYCLU Lawsuit Challenges Appalling Conditions at Suffolk County Jails is an eye-opening piece on the horrific conditions at Suffolk County (Long Island, NY) jails.  

The fact that these issues are not widely reported on News 12 Long Island (the local Long Island TV news channel), CNN, Newsday (a local area paper), etc. is another troubling reminder that we have to look outside the US corporate media for US news ( I would recommend Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, RT America (a Russian owned broadcasting network, offering analysis / discussion focused on alternative economic and financial news), or sections of Al jazeera English that cover US issues, such as:
* Are there any winners of the Iraq war?

* US anti-terrorism bill: Liberty vs security

* Inside Story US 2012 - Who can fix the US economy?

* Punishing the whistleblower? (re: Bradley Manning)

Compare the above stories with CNN, Time magazine, et al. coverage of nonsense 'news': Obama's wearing 'mom jeans', Obama's 'mommy-gate', Mittens' 'cookie-gate', etc. It's as though Americans are constantly fed a dietary stream of 'junk' infotainment, while the rest of the world is getting 'real food for thought' information.  As Glenn Greenwald wrote in Attacks on RT and Assange reveal much about the critics:  
Assange developed an alternative template to the corporate media — one that was far more independent of, and adversarial to, government power — and, in the process, produced more newsworthy scoops than all of them combined. As NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen once put it about WikiLeaks: "The Watchdog Press Died; We Have This Instead"...
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  •  Nothing about Kim Kardashian? (6+ / 0-)

    I'm appalled.

  •  The popular media that delivers news in the US (12+ / 0-)

    is an abject failure.

    I look to Al Jazeera too. I also follow some foreign press.  
    It still surprises me to see stories covered abroad and barely mentioned in the US.

    Afghanistan is the biggest and most obvious example.  Sure we've all heard there's a war over there. Now and then it comes to the surface briefly because of a sensational incident.  Troops urinating on dead Afghans, Qurans burned, a civilian massacre.   The bewilderment Americans express when they talk about Afghanistan doesn't go anywhere.  Don't they wonder why they don't have any idea what the US is still doing over there?  Is there a reason why we hardly ever see an ordinary Afghan on the street or in a tea shop in Kabul answering a reporter's questions?  You'd see them on the evening news in other Western democracies with a free press, especially in the NATO countries that also have troops there.

    How about domestic news?  The Senate recently voted on a bill to end government subsidies to Big Oil.  Does it ring a bell?  Ending subsidies would be an easy call in favor of balancing the budget and with the price of gas at the pump there would be little sympathy for the oil companies.   Where was the coverage?

    If no one notices that anything is missing, is it really missing?

    "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

    by leftreborn on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 01:12:23 AM PDT

    •  But, but, but Brangelina got engaged! (1+ / 0-)
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      The ring, must see the ring!

      Look, Princess Kate!

      They using the "Squirrel!" strategy.

      "I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I rather like the role." - Eleanor Roosevelt. I would like to add that I am a happy atheist!

      by Rogneid on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 08:16:12 AM PDT

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  •  You is great timing...SOPA, ACTA, CISPA... (3+ / 0-)
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    TPTB do not want us to know anything other than what they tell us.

    As for this:

    Perhaps by becoming aware of how our actions are viewed by those on the receiving end of American 'shock and awe' foreign policies,  we can "achieve more global peace and prosperity by transforming our institutional policies".
    Didn't we elect a president to do just that?

    Oh that's right, he reduced the troop levels BUT increased private security and contractors while increasing the drone attacks...


    -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

    by gerrilea on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 02:31:21 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for this eye opener. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me.

    by plankbob on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 02:58:59 AM PDT

  •  Couple of years ago (4+ / 0-)
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    I did an exercise timing the amount of actual contentin the CBS evening news which is rebroadcast in the UK on Sky News (Fox News would probably contravene OfCom regulations!!).

    By the time you stripped out advertising breaks and the trailers for items later in the programs, the actual content was under 17 minutes of a 30 minute program. In the case of some of the fluff pieces or other stories, the time taken as they were trailed in the opening segment and the "coming up"  announcements at the start/end of breaks was longer than the item itself.

    Recently I have begun to suspect that the amount of breaks has actually increased in both this program and on CNN which is almost unwatchable - the International version carries loads of promotional material for either UN agencies or tourist/investment advertising from national governments.  

    Fight poverty, oppression, hunger, ignorance, disease and aggression wherever they occur.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 03:50:54 AM PDT

  •  Real News Network is also pretty good, and (5+ / 0-)

    needs some donations badly.

  •  Independent musings, could you include some (3+ / 0-)
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    thing from Real News Network?

    It is, after all, independent :)

  •  Streetvibes is another good source (2+ / 0-)
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    Here in Cincinnati our local paper has been predominantly conservative for as long as anyone can remember.

    Recently, I picked up a copy of Streetvibes and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the articles. On the front page was a story about the Occupy movement much different than the criminalization stories published by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

  •  I think we all know that for the most part the (5+ / 0-)

    real news is unreported by the MM.

    As someone once said (Jon Stewart?) "The facts have a liberal bias."

    The New York Times lost all its credibility with me over the Judith Miller stuff in the run-up to Iraq.

    The investigative journalism of the Washington Post Watergate Era is dead.

    Witness the coma-like acceptance of the American public over the greatest financial crimes/swindle in history - the mortgage/foreclosure scams and the resulting financial meltdown followed by the multiple trillion dollars stealth  bailout.  Americans allow this to happen and actually let their clueless leaders lecture them about being "adult" and "responsible" and accepting their new diet of sour gruel austerity in order to pay for the crimes they did not commit and were actually the victims of.

    There is a market for actual journalism since it is a void in the marketplace right now. Some of these displaced reporters should dream big and set-up a journalism co-op and pay themselves and some great editors to show people once again how it used to be. A website first and then print media if warranted.

    This is actually one place Occupy might throw some of their money and energy, especially since they don't want to be co-opted by political parties. This would be the way to change the parties themselves to be more responsive to the public.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 05:12:52 AM PDT

  •  Major U.S. cable companies won't carry al-Jazeera! (4+ / 0-)

        As a former newspaper reporter, I am most impressed by the amazingly-fine job Al-Jazeera does in covering the news of the world. Therefore, it is shocking (but not surprising) that the major cable companies in this country refuse to carry what is probably the planet's best news source.

         Let's face it: the powers-that-be in the United States simply do not want ordinary people to know the truth about our country's policies and that real state of things here and abroad. The last thing the oligarchy and its political lackeys desire in an informed citizenry.

          Thus Al-Jazeera is effectively blacked out in most of the U.S. and those of us who require a steady supply of "real news" have to watch it online. Canadians can watch it on their televisions but we have to be protected from reality.

          As the BBC has gutted its World News Service over the past decade or so with slash-and-burn budget cuts, many former BBC reporters and producers have gone over the Al-Jazeera.

         Thanks for a great post on a great network. I'm going to pass it on to everyone I know with the request they pressure their cable companies and people like President Obama to make Al-Jazeera as available as that mediocre corporate pawn CNN.

    •  What happened to Riz Khan? Where is he? (1+ / 0-)
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    •  al-Jazeera English was managed by a Canadian for (2+ / 0-)
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      its beginning years. He had worked for the CBC a Canadian public broadcasting corp. Our right wing government is planning massive cuts to the CBC because they are good. The CBC has been cut year after year by the right wing which especially hates investigative journalism.

      Thanks for this, I've been tuning in to al Jazeera online since the invasion of Iraq.

      ❧To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:12:18 AM PDT

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    •  I get Al Jazeera on broadcast in Chicago (1+ / 0-)
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      There is a channel ( 20.3 or 20.1 ) that broadcasts Al Jazeera, RT, Deutche Welle, French news, Israeli news, BBC, etc.

      I haven't had cable for about 15 years.  They stopped being relevant to my life so why should I watch them?

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:33:55 AM PDT

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    •  Al Jazeera is very biased in some Mid-Eastern (1+ / 0-)
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      news reports. It is owned and funded by the Qatari rulers.

      Ali Hashem: Al Jazeera has become a "media war machine" and is "committing journalistic suicide"

      March 20, 2012

      ‘No independent journalism anymore’ – ex-Al Jazeera reporter
      14 March, 2012

      “There is no independent media anymore. It is whose agenda is paying the money for the media outlet,” he said. “Politicization of media means that media outlets are today like political parties. Everyone is adopting a point of view, fight for it and bring all the tools and all the means they have in order to make it reach the biggest amount of viewers.”

      It is now the job of the viewer to compare the news from several different sources and then make his own conclusions, the journalist believes. “Today we are in the era of open source information and everyone can reach whatever information he wants.”

  •  Fuck the New York Times. (2+ / 0-)
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    And CBS, ABC and NBC. Assholes. Why aren't they doing these stories?

    Barack Obama: So morally bankrupt that he thinks people who tortured other people to death should get a pass. Likes to prosecute whistleblowers and pot smokers, though.

    by expatjourno on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:01:07 AM PDT

  •  I've been showing this segment by Riz Khan (3+ / 0-)

    in my college classes - asking if the media is making Americans stupid - pretty powerful:

    Riz Kahn on the Role of the US Media

    I also show a series of clips of the US media coverage of Occupy Wall Street (with the infamous Erin Burnett "Seriously" segment) compared with Al Jazeera and BBC coverage. It is an extremely stark comparison about how even straight newscasters in the US ridiculed and minimized the movement.

  •  Do you believe that AJ and RT (!) do not (2+ / 0-)
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    have agendas?  That they are unbiased bringers of truth who never propagandize?  I'll certainly agree that the big networks and NYTWaPo etc are pushing the corporatist line, but the breadth of uncensored media in the US is remarkable.  If most people don't care to look, that's another issue.

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:19:14 AM PDT

    •  Examples of uncensored media, please (1+ / 0-)
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      And i do think that Al Jazeera is as devoted to being unbiased as a news source can be. I think they have many highly discerning customers who would move on if they didn't.

      Snarka snarka snarka!

      by Hunter Huxley on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:26:53 AM PDT

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      •  And that's the point... Al-J and RT don't really (2+ / 0-)
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        need an agenda of their own; all they have to do is report the things that those with the agendas hide.

        It's not a War On Religion -- it's a War Against Theocracy

        by here4tehbeer on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 08:03:38 AM PDT

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      •  Try Google, news, "text relevant to the topics" (1+ / 0-)
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        mentioned in the diary.  Look, I know CNN is junk, but those with interests beyond the latest Kardashian stunt have plenty of places to go.  The major networks know their audience.  The NYT self-censors and spins in order to preserve insider status and access.  Not that it is helping them much; there is an explosion of alternative sources.

        The big danger is internet control and censorship, as in China and other places.  If you want to focus energy, do it there.

        Where are we, now that we need us most?

        by Frank Knarf on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 12:31:55 PM PDT

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    •  AJ to CNN is like comparing BBC to Limbaugh (2+ / 0-)
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      There is really no such thing as a US news service any more.   Gathering news is expensive, it is much easier to put a bunch of the same old people into a room and have them talk endlessly about polling numbers or the latest manufactured political controversy.     It is called "filling airtime", not news.     It also avoids bringing up any tricky issues that threaten the integrity of the "beltway bubble."   (Would any watcher of US media have any idea that soldiers from our "most important ally" shot and American citizen in cold blood?)

      The Hilary Rosen thing is the reducto-ad-absurdum of corporate news.   Two CNN employees have a discussion and controversy ensues which CNN covers.   Will the
      White House apologize?   Bad news for Democrats!    Their brains have been on autopilot for a long time.

      Al Jazeera is a throwback to the old days when journalists had to find interesting subjects to discuss.   If you watch them for a couple of hours you will probably learn something that you didn't know before (and it is not that there is a "cat weighs almost 40 pounds!" or "snowstorm somewhere in America!")    

      Al Jazeera's main failing may be that they believe too much in democracy, but if it is an illusion it is at least a pleasant one.

  •  Tipped and rec'd, hotlisted and followed (2+ / 0-)
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    for using accurate terminology.  I'm talking about the "C" word:  

    Corporate media

    I also like the phrase corporate media infotainment.

    That's what they are and until ALL progressives learn to identify the perpetrators accurately, we're not going to go very far.  In the days of the Roberts court, the Citizens United decision, it is critical to get this right.  In a country in which corporations are granted the same status as natural persons, this is important to have some awareness about this.

    The 14th amendment, that was  designed to strengthen the rights of African Americans was twisted and used by railroad robber barons to give corporations the same status as natural persons.


    It's not the TV, the MSM, traditional media, the papers...

    Unfortunately, i t is human nature to take information sources for granted.  Information is as basic as the air we breathe and we're not always aware of it.  When we talk about "facts" we are seldom aware of how our minds were introduced to those "facts" and how our minds latched on to certain memes.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:30:41 AM PDT

  •  You make a very valid point (2+ / 0-)
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    about the sheer inadequacy of (many) U.S. media, but Russia Today is and remains an outlet for the Putin regime, which last I checked is suspected of killing journalists.

    Al Jazeera, meanwhile, is owned by the government of Qatar.

    So those two aren't entirely paragons of journalistic virtue either.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:30:46 AM PDT

    •  But the can still practice journalism (2+ / 0-)
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      One must take media ownership into account when viewing news, to be sure.  Certainly Al Jazeera won't take positions that oppose its owner, for instance.  But it still makes an effort to do real journalism, even if, as with all media, it has its off-limits areas.

      The same is probably true about RT though I trust it less.  It seems a bit more sensationalist.  Of course the Russians have never been shy to criticize foreigners, even when the regime there was much stricter than the current one.  Remember the old joke about how in America, someone could stand on a streetcorner and say, "Down with the President of the United States", while in Soviet Russia, they were also free to say "Down with the President of the United States".

  •  The Onion (2+ / 0-)
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    Has better news than most US "media" outlets.

    "White-collar conservatives flashing down the street. Pointing their plastic finger at me."

    by BOHICA on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:37:27 AM PDT

  •  They've locked down the media, long-since, (2+ / 0-)
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    the shadowy 1%. They are trying hard to lock down the internet, too. (The continued existence of a free and open internet is such a thorn in their side.)

    You know what grates on me more and more, the older I get? The corporate media's mindless veneration of youth. Like candy. Like all sugar and sweetness and beauty and bubble gum all the time, 24/7, and the photos of adorable kids of rich and famous people in strollers and "baby bumps" on starlets. Yeah, if babies and families are so important, where's the political will to lift a blessed finger to make this society family-friendly? What about living-wage employment? What about decent affordable  housing? What about safe and effective birth control and family planning? What about healthcare???

    I'm listening, and I hear...crickets.

    Thanks for the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:59:29 AM PDT

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