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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Friday, January 9, 2009 - 9:57am
Inaugurate This: Waiting for Barack Obama
The inauguration of a new President is drawing close and the excitement in our media is palpable. All the outlets are planning big coverage and newspapers are doing special sections, with full color pictures and endless memorabilia. In the midst of this midwinter depression/recession--whatever it is--many Americans want to celebrate the end of the Bush era and the coming of a President they believe they can believe in. You would think that Barack Obama might tone down the festivities, given the hard times, but the millions on their way to Washington next week don't want to hear that.
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Friday, January 2, 2009 - 9:19am
As The New Year Begins, The Old Year Refuses To Die
The New Year may be here but last year's problems and crimes have stuck to our shoes and we can't seem to scrape them off. This was the least festive New Years in memory, and for good reason. In Gaza, an Israeli invasion posing as an act of self-defense escalates with targeted assassinations and an expected ground invasion. American political leaders are for the most part silent, unwilling, perhaps even afraid to encourage the UN's call for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 11:15am
TARP This: Paulson's Bailout Plan Riddled With Deception
Talk about crazy making. How do we believe anything Hank Paulson says? First, he needed $700 Billion, and fast, to buy up troubled assets or the skies would fall and we would be pressed to impose martial law. He found an appropriate acronym, TARP, to manage the money with a skeletal staff of 28 headed up by one of his former protégés at Goldman Sachs. So Far, So Good,
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Friday, December 19, 2008 - 10:10am
License to Steal: $50 Billion Con Rocks Wall Street
Every era has its bad guy, its high profile criminal who flames into public view through media circuses and tabloid headlines. In the 1930's, there was Al Capone brought down by the taxman. In the 40's, Willie Sutton was a big bad guy who once said he robbed banks because "that's where the money is." In the 1950's the Mafia seized our attention while here in New York, we had George Metetsky, the mad bomber.
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Friday, September 26, 2008 - 11:57am
Are We On The Verge of The Deluge?
New York - The Hank and Ben Show was doing so well in the ratings. They crafted a plan -- ok, only 3 pages but still a prodigious effort in an era when so few can agree on the need for heat on a freezing day. But now the great unraveling has begun. Remember Karl Marx's lesson on the dialectic: thesis leads to anithesis resulting in synthesis. Maybe.
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Monday, March 29, 2004 - 3:00pm
Clarke and the Media Failures of 9-11
NEW YORK -- Please raise your hand if the name Richard Clarke rang a bell for you three weeks ago? How many of us knew who he was or what he did? And who among us can cite examples of TV stories or commentators discussing in any detail his contention that the War on Iraq undermined the war on...
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Thursday, November 6, 2003 - 4:00pm
On Wisconsin: Mainstreaming the Media Movement
The University of Wisconsin has had a long history as a center of dissident culture and alternative perspectives. In the 50's it was an oasis of free thought in a state that sent Joe McCarthy to the Senate. In the 60's new left intellectuals published "Studies on the Left" and mounted some of the...
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Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 4:30pm
How Media Has Changed Since the Day that 'Changed Everything'
This is a time for remembrance and reflection. It is also a time for media people to assess the role we have played since two planes smashed into the Twin Towers two years ago this week -- smashing with them some of the illusions that drove the media system in the era historians may yet call "B-9-...
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Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 4:15pm
Marching on Washington and Moving in the Movement
I can still remember the morning. We had spent the week circulating flyers and trying to anticipate what would happen. No one had ever even attempted a March on the scale of this one. It had been a hot summer of protest. The civil rights struggle was in full throttle. In August 1963, I was a full...
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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 - 4:15pm
What Do Americans Know? Not Very Much
Millions of Americans accept what they are told and think they understand what they see. And what they are told and what they see is most often news as a manipulated commodity. But the facts that really count rarely reach a significant number of the public's ears or eyes. Also, most reporters know...
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