Danny Schechter

News Dissector Danny Schechter edits Mediachannel.org and blogs at news dissector.net. His latest book is Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela (Madibabook.com) Comments to dissector@mediachannel.org

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 10:15am
Oh, Ye Masters of War: Marking 9/11 Again With A New Dragon To Slay
When will 9/9, the day of the release of the new iPhone and Watch, replace 9/11 in the consciousness of Americans who put consumption way ahead of civil activism? The wizards of Apple, who will soon have a device on the market to help you pay your bills (and take a micro slice), must be aware that...
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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:30am
Outrage: On the Beheading of our Media Brother James Foley
Outrage has been the response to reports that the Islamic State-ISIS maniacs beheaded an American journalist. Unlike American politicians who want us to be loved, in the media at least, these Islamic extremists only want to be feared. We had shock and awe; they have only shock. The killing by...
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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:45am
Back In Iraq: We Only Want To Save You
Welcome back to Iraq—complete with our ever-present WMD’s --- Weapons of Mass Deception. Suddenly, the country we never wanted to have to think about again is back in the news and on our military agenda. So, after a few denials that troops would not, never, and no way be sent, sure’nuff, U.S, boots...
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:15am
Selling Israel’s War on Gaza
There is an art to war and there is an art to selling war—to one’s own people and the world at large. Israel is a master on both tracks. When we speak of the “only democracy” in the Middle East, it is often forgotten—perhaps deliberately—that the country is run by a War or “Security” Cabinet. It is...
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Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 10:00am
The World Cup Spilleth Over: As the Soccer Games End, Political Ones Begin
The World Cup has spilleth over. With the FIFA spectacle about to pack up its goodies—most of their lucre has already been wired out of Brazil—it’s time for hype for the next global spectacle, as the “host” country now tries to cope with its financial losses, intensified social conflicts and...
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U.S. Army Soldier from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team conduct a cordon and search mission in Buhriz, Iraq, March 14, 2007. Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division are conducting their first mission in the Diyala province. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall) Views
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 7:15am
Back To Iraq and US 'Suicide' Foreign Policy
New York, New York – I feel like an Iraq war veteran not because I served in that still ongoing war. No one thanked me for my service, and all praises be, I was not among those who were killed, wounded or traumatized on our side or theirs? I was a veteran in the same sense that I was, for years as...
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Friday, May 30, 2014 - 6:30am
Where Is the American Spring?
Where are you, Temptations, when I need you most? I needed that Motown spirit again to bolster me in this month of the missing American Spring of 2014. I am still barely singing along to their hit "My Girl:" I've got sunshine on a cloudy day When it's cold outside I've got the month of May The...
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Just as the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 did not end the Vietnam War, the leaks from a world of questionable "intelligence" has only made our Spymasters more determined. (Public domain) Views
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 8:30am
Can We Stop America’s Surveillance State?
With the publication of Glenn Greenwald’s new book on Edward Snowden and the NSA, the state surveillance issue is back in full force as if it ever went a way. Purloined formerly top-secret NSA documents are now there for the downloading, even as the calls for truth and privacy buttressed by...
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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 6:45am
That “Iron Law” Of Oligarchy Is Back To Haunt Us
The word Oligarchy has finally come home. For years, it was a term only used in connection with those big bad and sleazy Mafioso-type businessmen in Russia. Russia had Oligarchs; we didn’t. That became a big difference between the official narrative of what separated our land of the free and the...
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Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:45am
Beyond McCutcheon: Deeper Questions Demand Answers
Everyone’s taking about the Supreme Court’s perfectly predictable “Citizens United 2” McCutcheon decision. It’s what we are NOT talking about that worries me. Ironically, the far right that many on the left see as the only beneficiary of a decision that treats money and free speech as if they are...
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