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The following interview is from the May 5th episode of Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. The billionaire Koch Brothers -- the geniuses who helped bankroll the Tea Party movement -- are trying to buy up media outlets across the country. If they're successful, they'll be able to spread their anti-consumer lies to millions of Americans. Ring of Fire's Mike Papantonio talks to attorneys Howard Nations and Mike Burg about the conservative takeover of the media.

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  •  What is up these days with the Associated Press? (1+ / 0-)
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    unfangus

    Way back in the day when I was studying for my Journalism degree, AP was considered a reputable and reliable source of news that was sold for syndication.  

    Standards have declined throughout the profession but AP now publishes without any substantiation or attribution.  In the days after Tsarnaev was captured, AP was running Alex Jones-type conspiracy theories about the efforts of law enforcement before and after the bombing.  The string of nonsense stories they published came to an abrupt end punctuated by a mysterious tweet from their Twitter account announcing that the White House had been bombed.  The story is that their account was hacked.

    After observing these coincidental communications aimed at the public, I had to wonder if the Koch Brothers already bought AP.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:28:30 AM PDT

    •  Much changed but I lack full details (1+ / 0-)
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      Mark Lippman

      Yes, about 50 years ago when I was starting out in the press trenches, the AP was a very special thing, and all members were part of it. And long before then.

      I know it has seemed in bad, slanted hands since well before the 2008 election but am not sure what happened when. I do remember that around the 1970s-1980s, many key news staffers were fired at AP and many left. Signs of trouble to come.

      I have seen, and perhaps you have, other things happen. Clearly from where I stood, and in retrospect now, the demise of newspapers coincides with the sale of most all of them into the maximum-profit Wall Street quagmire. Say, 1980 onward. Many of the private family owners before that time were imbued with principles of unbiased, impartial news coverage, and decent treatment of their employees. I could cite so many examples, rest those souls!

      BOYCOTT FREE TRADE. BUY U.S.-MADE. Foil the Obamas, Clintons, Bushes and other free-trade schemers. Then we can walk with heads held high again.

      by catfoodnation on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:41:25 AM PDT

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