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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Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 10:22am
The Kabuki Play On Capitol Hill Comes Right Before The Deal
Oh, the gnashing of the teeth, Oh, the flamboyant tactics. Oh, all the breaking news excitement on cable news as the debt ceiling countdown saga went down to the wire with an intense political confrontation of a kind we haven’t seen before … Or maybe we had---in the TARP debate and so-called Obamacare vote, to cite but two moments of high political drama. Once again, all the key players knew the outcome but wanted to keep us guessing because it served everyone’s interests.
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Friday, July 22, 2011 - 9:14am
Kamikaze Debt Ceiling Boondoggle
During World War 2, the Japanese deployed units of pilots who turned their planes into bombs, and sacrificed themselves in the name of their emperor in a holy war against US ships. They would aim for the deck of aircraft carriers and do as much damage as they could, sacrificing their equipment and their lives. Guerilla armies refined the tactic and made it less pricey. Much lower cost suicide belts with explosives are now used by individuals to terrorize their enemies without having to sacrifice weapons systems.
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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 8:46am
In Spain's Tahrir Square: A Revolution Struggles to Be Born
MADRID, Spain -- Spain is justly proud of the Paella, a distinctive dish that mixes diverse vegetables or seafood into a tasty fusion of delectability. They have now created a political version in the form of Tahrir Square type encampment in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol where a diverse mix of activists---old, young, male-female, disabled, immigrant, activists from Western Sahara, have created a beachhead for what many say is the closest this country has come to a popular and distinctive revolutionary movement since the 1930’s.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 8:35am
Too Big to Jail
This week the financial crisis finally went prime time in the form of a big budget HBO docudrama called “Too Big To Fail.”
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Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 11:52am
Polarize This: Political Game Playing Promotes Partisanship Through Polarization
Grrrrrrrr. You can almost hear the growling in the background as the masters of attack politics go into action, virtually every hour on the hour, on the Fox News Channel. The issues they focus on are carefully selected by top executives and then broken down into highly politicized message points. Their dominant emotion is annoyance as expressed in sarcasm and scowling; contempt is the underlying attitude. The other side is usually not just wrong but plain stupid, almost unbelievable in its softheaded naiveté, and distance from reality.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 8:16am
Why Wall Street Is Winning
Two years ago as financial reform was put on the U.S. Congressional agenda, a skeptical Senator, Dick Durbin of Illinois, spoke of the power of the banks over the country’s legislative process. “They run the place,” he said matter of factly. The comment was then treated as a sidebar in the few newspapers that carried it, perhaps because it hinted at how interests, not ideology, dictate what happens on Capital Hill.
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Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 11:04am
U.S. Government Survives Shutdown Threat But Last Minute Deal Only Postpones More Serious Economic Warfare
The Capitol Hill battlefield is still for the moment as the Easter holidays approach and the combatants get a break from the heated polemics and overnight bargaining sessions. In a last minute deal, milked by both sides for maximum drama and political advantage, the government will not shut down—at least not now—even as its budget has taken a major wack. Each side can posture to supporters as a victor. The President, who managed the process from the shadows, posed for photos in the White House after his great compromise of 2011 was announced.
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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 9:08am
The Martin Luther King Legacy and the Global Economic Crisis: Can One Influence the Other?
Before he went over that mountain top in that week in an April like this one back in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. said he had already seen the other side, as he spent his last days on earth fighting for the garbage men of Memphis while speaking out about the twin evils of war and poverty.
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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 9:40am
Shutdown: The Political War In Washington
Forget Libya; the real bombing is underway elsewhere. Pay less attention to Pakistan; the drone attacks there pale in comparison. The real US war is about to erupt in Washington pitting those who believe government has a necessary role to play and those determined to weaken it. The former understand that, without regulations, without rules, without programs for those in need, we could have a system collapse -- perhaps even an uprising -- that will make Wisconsin look like a real tea party.
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Friday, March 25, 2011 - 11:23am
Our Theaters of the Absurd
It's been a long time since I sat in a college literature class and learned about the theater of the absurd, the work of great writers like Beckett, Ionesco, Genet and Camus. Their writing was their way of reacting to a world that seemed out of control and out of its mind.
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