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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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 9:24am
Beyond Fukishima: A World in Denial About Nuclear Risks
What will it take for our world to recognize the dangers that nuclear scientists and even Albert Einstein were warning about at the “dawn” of the nuclear age?
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Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 9:08am
It Is 'March Madness' Time in the USA Where the Irrational Is Peddled as Rational Provoking Intense Polarization and Paralysis
The term "class war" has been extricated from the archives of another era, while divisions over the future of the economy have become a battleground in which the adversaries yell at each other, but rarely engage in any discourse with each other in a shared language. The worse things get, the harder it is for people to agree on what to do. This is a month known in the USA for the “March madness” college basketball finals, but the madness seems now to be oozing from sports arenas to political capitols.
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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 12:26pm
Can the Egyptian People Sustain Their Momentum to Continue to Push for Deeper Change?
“ The Revolution Came and The Revolution Went; Unrest Turned Back Into Discontent ” --Marat Sade It is now the long morning after, as protesters returned to Tahrir Square to clean it up and savor their victory. There were even some initial scuffles with the military that may be overanxious to assert control and show that it is in charge.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 9:20am
Hu's on First: It's US/China Summit Time
On the eve of the Chinese President's visit to the United States, and the intense speculation about his intentions -- and ours -- I found myself in a dark room at the Anthology Film Archive in the East Village watching a spectacular documentary by Chinese filmmaker Zhao Liang called Petition. It's about the tens of thousands of people with grievances who seek redress in China at offices ostensibly set up to resolve their problems.
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Friday, January 14, 2011 - 8:39am
Is Fascism Lurking?
Fascism is one of those words that sounds like it belongs in the past, conjuring up, as it does, marching jack boots in the streets, charismatic demagogues like Italy's Mussolini or Spain's Franco and armed crackdowns on dissent and freedom of expression. It is a term we are used to reading in histories about World War II--not in news stories from present day America.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 10:08am
Media Hit Job of the Year: Punishing Helen Thomas For Criticizing Israel
In 1960, I co-founded a student magazine at Cornell University called Dialogue. I was a wannabe journalist, fixated on emulating the courageous media personalities of the times from Edward R. Murrow to a distinctive figure I came to admire at Presidential press conferences, a wire service reporter named Helen Thomas. In recent years, my faith in the power of dialogue in politics has been severely teste—as, no doubt has hers—in an age where diatribes and calculated demonization chills debate and exchanges of opposing views.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 12:32pm
Battle Over Austerity Measures Has Moved from the Suites to the Streets
William Shakespeare put a key question this way; "To Be Or Not To Be?" Today's economists and policy makers pose a different choice: to spend or not to spend. Governments throughout the west are in a panic as debt mounts and economies contract. Their solution is cut, cut, cut, in the name of a doctrine called austerity. They are slashing budgets, trimming public payrolls and arguing fatalistically in the spirit of Margaret Thatcher's philosophy, "There Is No alternative." (TINA.)
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Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 10:52am
A Time to Gift, or a Time to Grift? It’$ Christmas Bonus Time for the Swells on Wall Street
Go, Wall Street, Go! Never mind the rise in unemployment and foreclosures. Never mind the folks waiting to know if they will get the benefits they need before they are cut off. Never mind the growing gap between rich and poor, and the continuing spread of poverty. (Did you know that inequality in the US is at the highest level of any industrialized country?) Does any of this matter? The idea of equality as a social goal is apparently passé. Christmas has a special meaning on Wall Street:
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Friday, December 3, 2010 - 12:06pm
Good Holiday Reads in a Dark and Depressing Time
Back in 2007, just as the markets began their meltdown, I started writing a book I called Plunder to investigate the then emerging economic calamity. I had a well-known agent representing me, and, at that time, had published ten books. My agent warned me that I was ahead of the curve but agreed that the subject couldn't be timelier.
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Friday, November 19, 2010 - 8:28am
How Low Can We Go if We Shop Till We Drop?
Funny how, back in 1929, we had a black Thursday and then a Black Friday as the market crashed, plunging the country into a depression. Now we have every retailer in every mall in America on their knees praying for a prosperous black Friday the day after Thanksgiving. If you read this argument before, it’s because I have been making it since 2007, year in and year out. That’s on account of the reality that our economy is driven more by consumption than production, and most consuming takes place during the holidays.
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