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 31, 2010 - 1:36pm
The Business of American Politics and Politics as a Business
We live in a country in economic distress. Millions are out of work and cutbacks in public services are pervasive at the city and state levels. The ‘great recession’ is deep and could go deeper. Most families are tightening their belts and in some cases at the breaking point because their benefits have run out and money is so hard for many to find.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 9:30am
It's Election Season, Time To Talk About Nothing Important
As the November election approaches, the White House seems to be ending its Rip Van Winkle-like slumber and has begun crawling out of the bubble of its own making. Many fear it’s a bit late.
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Monday, September 20, 2010 - 10:26am
Elizabeth Warren In Office - But Not In Power
"This sounds so bleak when I say it, but we need some delusions to keep us going." -- Woody Allen in the New York Times "The former chairman of Lazard in London who is now chairman of Barclays, once said that the only two things that would survive a nuclear war were cockroaches and Lazard. On the evidence of the past few years, he underestimated the tenacity of the rest of the investment banking industry" -- William Wright, Editor, Financial News, London
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Friday, September 10, 2010 - 9:48am
Engineers of Empire
The Secretary of State was shuttling between Washington where peace in the Middle East remains elusive to New York to where the poobahs and her protégés at the Council on Foreign Relations welcomed her as the second coming. She has now has enunciated her own “doctrine” in the footsteps of thosei n our ‘inDOCTRINE-ated’ history of intervention over the centuries. (Remember James’s Monroe’s earlier imperial doctrine claiming Latin America as ours?)
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Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 12:34pm
A Lament for Labor Day
When your life and your work is as entwined as mine has been-fusing the personal and the political over all these years, it may be stretching things to consider yourself unemployed but that's what I am as Labor Day approaches. Most of the media focuses on the big companies that have slashed their work forces (even as they hoard cash.) But small companies are also suffering, cutting back, and closing. They don't get the subsidies or bailouts or the attention. Companies like ours!
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Friday, August 13, 2010 - 9:03am
Countdown to Collapse: The Recovery is Not Recovering
Financial journalist Charles Gasparino whose career trajectory took him from Newsweek to CNBC to Fox News was on with Bill O' Reilly doing what the host of the factless Factor likes to do the most: promote Fox News. In the course of their self-promotional banter, Gasparino let sip an unverifiable story about a meeting of top CEOs speculating about whether President Obama really is a secret Socialist.
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Monday, August 9, 2010 - 11:01am
As the Obama Economic Team Bails, the System Fails to Generate Jobs. Are the Causes, Um, 'Structural'?
In Washington, the Obama economic team has sprung a leak. First, Budget Director Peter Orszag, the calculating numbers savant, bailed. And now, "distinguished" economist Christina Romer, the only woman in that inner circle boys club has quit too. (Would you want to be around Larry Summers all day long?)
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Friday, July 23, 2010 - 2:39pm
The Eleven Pens Of Barack Obama: Signing Financial Reform Is Signing Up For A New Struggle To Make It Real
With eleven pens for souvenirs, President Obama signed the financial reform bill in a rare celebratory moment. Significantly, the ceremony did not take place in the Oval Office but up the block at the Ronald Reagan building perhaps to signal recalcitrant Republicans that this is a cause they should sign on to. It wasn’t clear if he was aware that he was signing up for the a new volatile phase of struggle to rein in out of control financial power.
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Monday, July 19, 2010 - 8:51am
Inside the 'Class War'
An unusual word crept into the lexicon of the New York Times op-ed page, the arbiter of approved thought in the age of economic collapse. The new conservative columnist, Ross Douthat, dusted off a key phrase associated with Marxism, "class war."
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 12:26pm
Trapped: Is It Too Little, Too Late for Real Financial Reform?
Progress is, as we have seen, "stalled" in Haiti six months after an earthquake that struck with the impact of a nuclear bomb. A country, we are told, that is trapped in its past actually may exemplify a more frightening future - a world whose institutions, agencies, governments and corporations are sinking in a swamp of their own making, unable and perhaps unwilling to repair catastrophic crises that are morphing into each other,
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