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, November 13, 2011 - 10:16am
What Will The Next Phase of Occupy Wall Street Take Us?
A week ago, I produced a TV documentary on inside the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York. It was already somewhat obsolete by the time it aired. The Park, once a buzzing center of debate and open-air meetings has gone residential in the sense that virtually every square inch of what was a half-acre political terrarium is now dominated by tents, an effort to insure more protection from the elements and some better level of personal security. As private spaces proliferated, public space shrunk.
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Monday, November 7, 2011 - 7:25am
Occupy Cross-Roads: What Will Happen If OWS Loses Its Park?
The tarps are flapping and the tents are not bringing much warmth. The harsh winds of Winter are lashing the encampment at Zucotti Park, or as many would prefer. “Liberty Plaza,” the symbol of a wannabe revolution against the status quote and powercrats of the American oligarchy.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 2:37pm
The Question OWS Hears Most: 'What’s Your Agenda?'
One of the most frequently repeated, recycled and dismissive questions about Occupy Wall Street is its supposed lack of an “agenda.” The “what do you people want” question has featured in media interviews almost to the exclusion of all others.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:37am
As the GOP Blames Obama for Wall Street “Mobs" the Occupy Movement Spreads Nationwide and Is No Friend of the President
Who is behind the Wall Street protests? The Republican minority leader, Eric Cantor, has searched up and down in his usual rigorous manner and found the culprit.
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Monday, October 3, 2011 - 4:25pm
Occupy Wall Street Has Been Battling the Cops; Now the Free Marketeers Take Their Shot
By its actions, Occupy Wall Street is puncturing myths like these: l. The Myth that direct action against the center of financial power can’t be sustained.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 11:10am
Unions Promise Support As #OccupyWallStreet Enters Third Week
There had been rumor on Friday that the band Radiohead would be dropping by the #OccupyWallStreet encampment.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 10:29am
Obama Readies Tepid Jobs Plan While The Right Settles in for Economic Apocalypse
NEW YORK, Labor Day Weekend 2011 - The magic wand is being readied in the White House as the President and his minions finally unwrap the mother of all jobs plans that will be revealed to the rest of us in a speech next Thursday before the cameras and Congress with the gravitas-packed aura of a State of the Union Address. Attention, collapsing economy: you finally have the big man’s attention. Nearly 70 organizations are pressing the President to take strong action.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 9:19am
Oh, The Pain of The Believer: Barack’s Betrayals Offer Lessons We Can’t Deny
Journalists are not supposed to have political opinions, and yet we all do. Our “biases” are usually disguised, not blatant or overtly partisan, and can be divined in what stories we cover and how we cover them, Even ‘just the facts, ma'am,’ journos for big Media have to decide which facts to include and which to ignore. Our outlooks are always shaped by our worldviews, values and experience, not to mention the outlets we work for. Which brings me to the challenge of seeking truth and recognizing it when you see it.
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Monday, August 22, 2011 - 9:47am
'Monetizing' Electoral Politics: TV Networks Are Out to Sell, Not Tell
Already the projections are in—not for who is going to win the election in 2012---but for how much it is likely to cost. Public Radio International concludes: “Campaign spending in the 2012 US election could reach $6 or 7 billion dollars as outside groups pay for electoral influence.”
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Friday, August 5, 2011 - 8:54am
As the Dog Days of Summer Approach, Politicians Rest Before Returning to the Fray. The Political War Will Continue
Now that the debt drama is over for the moment, we can all safely retreat in what was once called the “Dog Days Of Summer” and chill out if the volatile weather allows us to. We can think back to that old song, “Summer time and the living is easy” even as we all know that for millions “the living” is anything but.
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