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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Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 12:46pm
US Election Concern: What Is There To Vote For?
As Americans prepare to go to the polls, the airwaves are littered with paid advertising of the crassest and most manipulative kind. Political issues packaged by ad agencies are flooding the arena of politics with nasty negative ads. So far, the two parties and their backers have spent a half billion dollars on political advertising with much of the placements still to come in the next few weeks. CBS reports the “spend” will top a billion dollars -- just on ads.
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Monday, June 4, 2012 - 12:49pm
Beyond Citizens United: Politics Is an Industry, Not Just a Campaign
In theory, American elections traditionally get going after Labor Day, but, as we can see by the daily overkill media "coverage," polls and constant reporting about who has raised what -- to the degree that anyone really knows in the age of Super PACs -- that the political horses for the 2012 are off and running.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:23am
On Saving the 'Soul' of Occupy
Perhaps my problem is that I live in too many worlds at the same time, while many political eras live in me. That may be why I responded so negatively to a recent polemic wrapped up in a poetic communique from AdBusters , the culture jammers in Canada, who do so much good work (and often so creatively) battling the consumption virus promoted by big corporations many of us have grown to despise.
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Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 10:28am
Obama Turns Super-Hawk
Back in the last Century, when Bill Clinton was running for re-election in the "permanent campaign" he, with the advice of the smarmy Dick Morris chose to co-opt Republican positions to pre-empt their using them against him.It was called "triangulation" but also disguised a clear strategic shift to the right that has now surfaced in the Obama campaign. It appears that Team Obama does not take the concerns or values of its liberal support base seriously. They think they can be mesmerized by selective symbolic stands and they have nowhere else to go.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:58am
OWS Spring Offensive Need Not Repeat Fall Tactics
For years, in the last century, when I was in School and learning about the early days of journalism, we were taught that author Horace Greeley who founded the New York Herald Tribune, was famous for saying, “Go West Young Man And Grow Up With The Country.”
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 8:11am
Sweet Home Chicago: G8 Summit Moved but Protests Will Continue
Who called who first? Did the Obama alumni Association in Chicago---David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, and Bill Daley---get nervous and call the White House, or was it Barack himself, having disposed/co-opted one threat by the name of Netanyahu who recognized he had a more serious problem on the horizon.
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Friday, March 2, 2012 - 8:47am
Olympia Snowe and Andrew Breitbart: Is It The End of An Era?
There was an eerie synchronicity between the pending resignation of veteran Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican who had more than she could take of hyper-partisan “conservative” correct-lineism in Congress and the death of Andrew Breitbart, the right-wing provocateur who did his very best to create the dynamic that Snowe was rejecting. She would never use the language of her Party-mate Rick Santorum who confessed that some policies he disagreed with made him want to throw up.
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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 3:07pm
“We Are Drowning” On A Road To Nowhere: New War on the Horizon
“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke.” - Frederick Douglass, 1852
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 8:28am
Special Ops Now Defines the Pentagon's Expanding Wars
William H McRaven is an admiral in Obama’s Navy. He was a member of Seal Team 3 and oversaw the killing of Osama Bin Laden. He’s the consummate Special Ops warrior and wants more special ops forces, more drones and, most significantly, more “autonomy” (read, power). He wants “his” troops in more places. He is now lobbying to expand his “freedom” by building a bigger personal arsenal of undercover operatives under his command.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 8:12am
Is The Past The Future? The News Dissector Reports From and on Iran
The TV series House of Lies is about business but it could as easily be about government and foreign policy. In a recent episode, one of the management consultants pitches a company about the need to launch a new product. She recounts the story of the Polaroid Company known as the Apple of its day, widely admired for the cool design of its instant cameras.
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