If it concerns the media these days that it hard to get true
With this administration spinning the news
and outright lying.
It is hard to believe anyone. This website is dedicate to clearing up the bull-crap-journalism
and supporting honest and fair reporting. This page will contain updates in regards to the free press and issues
that affect the Media and the Press which in turn affect us all. be sure to read the article 1/2 way down that came from
the freepress.net website with some really good issues to throw out on the table. Let’s Get
A compilation of video footage that is explained by the title
On the subject of big corporate media's ongoing manipulation of our time
and attention... A quick thought on the ongoing spectacle which is Sarah Palin. Ever wonder WHY she is given so much press?
Frankly, as much as I sometimes enjoy the ridicule of Ms. Palin - it is an engineered waste of our time
At a time when we should be focusing our disgust and rage, for example, at Republicans in the
Senate, or for that matter at the failure of senior Democratic leadership in the Senate, MILLIONS of citizens daily are wasting
their precious time giving any thought at all to this woman.
The big corporate owners of mainstream media KNOW that
they can DIFFUSE our attention and our rage by giving us an EASY TARGET. And sure enough, most well-meaning progressives and
liberal Democrats succumb to this diversion. We feel superior after pointing out her ignorance, and assume that "those stupid
Republicans haven't got a chance..." Meanwhile, the Republicans are keeping their real candidates under wrap. They are kept
from public scrutiny in the background, scheming. And there are some monstrous people at work. See, http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/01/29/republican-leaders-forming-new-political-group/?mod=wsj_share_reddit
Big corporate media employs an army of marketers with our mass psychology
in mind. If Americans would spend a tenth as much time and effort writing and calling their elected officials - demanding
progressive change - as we do listening to ANYTHING this woman has to say, we could help to bring about some real change.
the New Journolist, Smaller Than the Old Journolist
Jul 21 2010, 10:38 AM ET
Blogosphere, please join me in celebrating
the birth of Cabalist, the wittily-named successor to Ezra Klein's infamous Journolist, the listserv of liberal bloggers,
pundits and academics that inadvertently brought down (very temporarily) the ex-Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel, and which is now the subject of an
endless and embarrassing (for certain former Journolist participants) investigation by The Daily Caller, which has discovered e-mail chains suggesting that certain Journolist members
were secretly devising partisan campaigns to advance Democratic Party interests. (Message to normal Goldblog readers: This
post will consist mainly of inside-journalism double-meta-navel-gazing; we will return to our regular programming shortly.
You may stop reading now.)
Shortly after the Weigel scandal, Klein, the Washington Post's left-wing policy blogger,
shut down Journolist, which was meant to be off-the-record, though why anyone thought a listserv with 400 members, many of
whom were professional scribblers, would stay off the record is beyond me. But the idea behind Journolist -- a forum in which
like-minded opinion-makers could share information and ideas (much of the content of Journolist that I have seen consisted
of eye-glazing wonkery) but also, on occasion, plot campaigns against Journolist's ideological foes -- would not die. Hence,
the birth of the heretofore secret Cabalist, which unlike Journolist, has only 173 members, rather than 400, but which in
other ways resembles Journolist (such as in the propensity of Cabalist members to leak ostensibly private information to non-Cabalist
members, including to yours truly). The 173 members are mainly veterans of Journolist, and don't ask me what happened to the
other 227; perhaps they were purged after being judged splitters in secret on-line show trials.
I don't have any overwhelming moral, theological
or political objections to the existence of either list, although my colleague Andrew Sullivan has a point when he wrote that some of what happened on Journolist smacked of secret plotting: "This collusion
is corruption. It is no less corrupt than the comically propagandistic Fox News and the lock-step orthodoxy on the partisan
right in journalism - but it is nonetheless corrupt. Having a private journalistic list-serv to debate, bring issues to general
attention, notice new facts seems pretty innocuous to me. But this was an attempt to corral press coverage and skew it to
a particular outcome."
The members of Cabalist, whose conveners are Jon Cohn of The New Republic (a great guy, by
the way, but a bit too right-wing for me on matters of health-care reform), Michelle Goldberg (my favorite writer in all Creation), and Steven Teles (don't know him), spent much of yesterday debating whether
to respond collectively or individually to the Daily Caller series, or to ignore it. This prompted one participant -- I don't
know who this was (thought I'm finding out) -- to note, with unusual self-awareness for this group, that "it's pretty ironic
that people seem to have made a collective decision not to write about this story because of the way that doing so might influence
the media narrative." In other words, members of Journolist 2.0 were debating whether to collectively respond to a Daily Caller
story alleging -- inaccurately, in their minds -- that members of Journolist 1.0 (the same people, of course) made collective
decisions about what to write.
Okay, is that meta enough for you? In any case, I spoke with Jon Cohn this morning
from his secret underground headquarters and I asked him if the members of Cabalist understood that their private listserv
was not, in fact, private (although, unaccountably, Cabalist has managed to stay secret for several weeks, until this historic
Goldblog moment you are now experiencing). "Personally," Jon said, "I am of the view that things are going to get out from
time to time. I wouldn't do it, but clearly stuff gets out." He also attempted to refute Andrew's reasonable assertion that
this whole exercise is fishy. "There will always be the danger in opinion journalism that people will close themselves
off to other views and find reinforcement, but I don't think this list exascerbates this problem," he said. "People who are
likely to live in a closed world will continue to do so, but you can still be on the list and go out of your way to listen
to other people."
To answer the question I'm sure you're not asking at this point, no, I wasn't invited to join the
first list, and I wasn't invited to join the second list. This might be because according to the Intertubes I am the founder
of both revisionist Zionism and neo-conservatism. But like Andrew, I tend to believe that group-think can lead people in dangerous
directions, and so I try to avoid groups like this in any case. But, in the spirit of magnanimity, let me just say, welcome
to the sunlight, Cabalist. And Mazel Tov.
Cloud computing has great benefits
for businesses but legal uncertainties threaten to hamper adoption, said a group of lawyers speaking during a seminar in Seattle
"We will have to create a robust legal
system and we will have to do it sooner rather than later and before we have the cloud computing equivalent of an offshore
oil rig blowout," said Barry J. Reingold, a partner at Perkins Coie in Washington, D.C.
Lawyers speaking at the Law Seminars International
event on Monday offered advice about the types of research companies should do before signing up for cloud services to make
sure they can protect themselves from potential legal fallout.
One of the most
important issues facing companies that wish to store or process data in the cloud is determining which legal systems have
jurisdiction over the data. "It's a can of worms," said Andy James, a lawyer with Osborne Clarke.
A company using a cloud service could have
users all over the world and those users' information could be shifted to facilities around the globe. "So there are four
possible legal locations for the information at any moment," James said. Laws applicable to the location of the company's
headquarters, the location of the servers, the location of the consumer and the location of the communications equipment transmitting
the information between the user and the provider could all potentially apply.
Unfortunately, he said, different jurisdictions
have made different choices on which of those locations to base their cloud rules on.
In the U.S.,
businesses must be aware of federal and state laws. On the federal level, legislation like the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act defines how businesses handle certain kinds of data
like information related to health and children.
In addition, 45 states have laws covering
how companies must secure customer data. "Although many state statutes are similar, there are enough outliers that you need
to think about them," said Reingold. For instance, some states define personally identifiable information as including a mother's
maiden name, biometrics and birth dates while others only include more basic information like name, Social Security number
and driver's licence number. Others call out specific technologies that companies must use to secure data.
A new Massachusetts law that went into
effect earlier this year covers any company that owns or licenses personal information about a Massachusetts resident. "Is
there a cloud provider out there who doesn't essentially do that," Reingold wondered. "I guarantee virtually all of our clients
have to think about that."
But things can
get even more complicated when data is stored in various international locations.
"The reason we can have this service that
is inexpensive is because [cloud providers] can put their servers anywhere and can shift loads based on things like where
the cost of energy is lower," said Francoise Gilbert, a lawyer with IT Law Group.
But that movement of data around the world
can create a challenging legal environment for companies using cloud services.
She splits the world into three categories.
Countries within the European Union follow a privacy regime that applies to any kind of personal data. The U.S. and a few
others, including Chile and South Africa, write laws based on the type of data, such as health or financial records. The final
group has no protection laws for personal data.
Some companies may initially think it's
a good strategy to find a provider with data centers in countries that have no data protection laws. "Don't shout victory,"
Gilbert advised. "The problem is that often these countries tend to have regimes where the government has more rights than
maybe we're used to."
India, a hotbed for outsourced services,
is a good example. The country recently changed its technology act, and observers had hoped that it would add language to
protect data but instead it gave the government more rights, Gilbert said. "It gives the government the right to come in and
ask for information on your servers without a warrant," she said.
Europe and a few countries that have adopted
a similar model including Tunisia, Morocco and Uruguay have clear laws covering what kinds of personal data companies can
store and whether they can move that data in and out of the country. Those rules tend to cover a wider set of data than companies
in the U.S. might expect, Gilbert said.
"Every time I have a new client they say,
'It's OK, we don't handle personal information,' and I say, 'Oh yeah?'" she said. In the U.S., companies that don't handle
financial or health information or have any business with children often think they're in the clear. "The rest of the world
tends to think of anything you have attached to your person as private. So the fact that someone has travel plans is personal,
the names of your spouse and children is personal information," she said.
"In every type
of business you are going to be collecting personal information, so don't think privacy is not for you," she said.
Beyond personal information, some countries
like those in the EU make considerations for what they call sensitive data, which may include a person's religious affiliation,
membership in a trade union or sexual preference. In the U.S., companies may collect some of that information to look for
diversity in their workforce. But if they use a cloud provider with data centers in Europe, European law prohibits them from
storing that kind of data. "If you have a payroll system in a country that has a concept of sensitive information, you have
a problem," she said.
of the speakers at the seminar expressed hope that governments around the world might do a better job of making it easier
for businesses to use cloud computing services. But for now, they haven't done a great job. "The legal system has been far,
far outpaced by technology," said Reingold.
Watch videos created by youth from the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)!
BAVC actively supports a new generation of diverse mediamakers through their programs for youth. They offer workshops,
comprehensive training, and client-based production in digital video, web, and audio. BAVC programs emphasize creative and
socially relavant storytelling, high production quality, innovative distribution, and real-world applications of digital media
skills. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
st-century version of this challenge: How to ensure both quality journalism and the networks needed to distribute
it. Opinions vary on the solution to this question, from placing all bets on private markets to pushing major public investments
in both commercial and noncommercial journalism.
Regardless of which approaches are best, we face these challenges amid a daunting reality:
There is no longer enough private capital — in the form of advertising, subscriptions, philanthropy and other sources
— to support the depth and breadth of quality local, national and international news reporting that our communities
need to participate in a 21
While we might imagine
a future 20 years hence in which some new business model emerges to make up for what we’re losing right now, the interim
period may be marked by a potentially severe crisis inmeeting the public’s information needs.
In sum, the need has never been greater for a world-class public media system in America.
It was another bruising day for Comcast and NBC on Capitol Hill. The House Judiciary Committee seemed to be taking a page
from Sen. Al Franken – asking tough questions, calling CEOs Roberts and Zucker out on their meager talking points, and
articulating serious concerns about Comcast’s proposed takeover of NBC-Universal.
As noted in the headlines above, the issue of jobs and diversity were lightning rods at this hearing, and some of the questioning
left Roberts and Zucker stammering.
One highlight included Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) running down the list of board members for each company and noting
the extraordinarily low number of women and people of color in the companies’ leadership. Neither company has any Latinos
on its board, even though NBC owns one of the nation’s largest Spanish-language TV networks, Telemundo. “A board
can tell us a lot about an organization,” Rep Waters said in response to the CEOs’ claims of prioritizing diversity.
Another highlight came when Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D- Ill.) reminded NBC’s Zucker about the labor promises NBC made
and then broke when it acquired Telemundo. Earlier in the hearing, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), also frustrated about
the companies’ past labor practices, made both Roberts and Zucker publicly commit to schedule a meeting in the near
future with Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America.
For full coverage of the event, read the articles above or watch the nearly eight-hour hearing archived on C-Span.
The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade
Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama’s administration refused to disclose due to “national security”
concerns, has leaked. It’s bad. It says:
ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be
impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of
material uploaded every second isn’t infringing will exceed any hope of profitability.
That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. This means that your entire
family could be denied to the internet — and hence to civic participation, health information, education, communications,
and their means of earning a living — if one member is accused of copyright infringement, without access to a trial
* That the whole world must adopt US-style “notice-and-takedown”
rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused — again, without evidence or trial — of infringing
copyright. This has proved a disaster in the US and other countries, where it provides an easy means of censoring material,
just by accusing it of infringing copyright.
* Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even
if doing so for a lawful purpose (e.g., to make a work available to disabled people; for archival preservation; because you
own the copyrighted work that is locked up with DRM)
Linking to a CBSNews.com story about a Justice Department subpoena of a news website's
visitor lists, the Fox Nation featured the false headline, "Holder subpoenas Web site Visitor Lists," and other conservative
media outlets and figures, including the Drudge Report, advanced similar claims that Attorney General Eric Holder was responsible
for the subpoenas. However, Holder was not attorney general at the time the subpoena was issued by a Bush-appointed U.S. attorney;
moreover, the story to which the Fox Nation and Drudge Report linked reported that a "Justice Department official" said that
"the attorney general's office never saw" the subpoena, which was withdrawn in February.
Fox Nation, Drudge implicate Holder in subpoena of website's visitor lists
Fox Nation headline: "Holder Subpoenas Web site Visitor Lists." On November 10, linking to a CBSNews.com
report about a Justice Department subpoena of "visitor lists" for news website Indymedia.us, the Fox Nation featured the headline,
"Holder subpoenas Web site Visitor Lists."
Drudge Report suggested Holder involved in issuing subpoena. On November 10, the Drudge Report linked to the CBSNews.com report below a picture of Holder:
Other right-wing media baselessly suggest wrongdoing by Obama White House, Holder
Napolitano, Sekulow baselessly suggest White House involved in issuing subpoena. On the November 10 edition
of Fox News' Glenn Beck, while noting that, in guest host Andrew Napolitano's words, "[a]ccording to the Justice
Department officials, the subpoena ... was not authorized by the attorney general," Napolitano and guest Jay Sekulow, chief
counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, baselessly suggested that the White House was involved in issuing the
SEKULOW: What the U.S. attorney was doing was intimidating this independent news site, which is generally left of center.
But I think the White House has to be very careful, judge. They have gone after Fox News. They've gone -- you know, they had
this fishy email issue back in the summer.
SEKULOW: They are playing very dangerously with media and with the new media -- very, very dangerous.
NAPOLITANO: Why are they after this Indymedia site if it's a left-wing site? And why did they tell Indymedia when they
served the subpoena, "Don't tell anybody that we served you with a subpoena?"
SEKULOW: Well, they told them not to. They told them they didn't want it disclosed because they ultimately are withdrawing
the subpoena here. And, judge, that's the irony of this.
IBD asks, "If Holder didn't see [the subpoena], why didn't he?" In a November 11 editorial, Investor's Business Daily noted that the Justice Department claimed Holder didn't see the subpoena and then asked,
"If Holder didn't see it, why didn't he?" From the IBD editorial:
Moreover, the Justice Department claims Attorney General Eric Holder didn't see the subpoena -- even though it's normal
procedure for the top Justice official to approve any subpoena issued to the media. If Holder didn't see it, why didn't he?
And if he did, did he think it was OK to bully a news organization like this?
But Holder was not attorney general at the time subpoena was issued
Justice Dept. issued subpoena before Holder was sworn in on February 3. The Justice Department issued
the subpoena of Indymedia's visitor records on January 23. Holder was confirmed by the Senate on February 2 and sworn in as attorney general on February 3.
Acting attorney general at time subpoena was issued was a Bush appointee.Mark Filip, who was acting attorney general at the time the Justice Department issued the subpoena, was nominated by President Bush
to be a U.S. District Court judge in 2004; Bush subsequently nominated him to be deputy attorney general in 2008. Filip served as acting attorney general from January 20 until Holder's confirmation.
Attorney who issued subpoena was a Bush appointee
U.S. attorney who issued subpoena was a Bush Justice Department appointee. U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison,
who issued the subpoena for Indymedia's visitor records, was appointed acting U.S. attorney in 2007 and subsequently appointed as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in 2008. CBSNews.com
reported that Morrison said in a February 25 letter that the subpoena had been withdrawn.
CBSNews.com update: Justice Dept. official said attorney general's office "never saw" subpoena
CBSNews.com story updated to note Justice Dept. official's claim that Attorney General's Office "never saw" subpoena.
In a November 10 update to the CBSNews.com story to which the Fox Nation and the Drudge Report linked, correspondent Declan
Update 1:59pm E.T.: A Justice Department official familiar with this subpoena just told me that the attorney
general's office never saw it and that it had not been submitted to the department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. for
review. If that's correct, it suggests that U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison and Assistant U.S. Attorney Doris Pryor did not follow
department regulations requiring the "express authorization of the attorney general" for media subpoenas -- and it means that neither Attorney General
Eric Holder nor Acting Attorney General Mark Filip were involved. I wouldn't be surprised to see an internal investigation
by the Office of Professional Responsibility; my source would not confirm or deny that.
Direct action gets the goods. Join the Yes-Men in their anti-authoritarian crusade.
Yes Man Sprung, Police Misconduct; Direct-Action Campaign Launch @ theyesmen.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2009
YES MEN HONCHO SPRUNG FROM CLINK
Across America" direct-action campaign launched NYPD abuse of authority big factor in arrest
Andy Bichlbaum, co-founder
of activist group the Yes Men, emerged after 26 hours in New York City's central lockup with all charges against him dismissed.
"The judge just laughed," said Bichlbaum. "The police had a less well-developed sense of humor - and, it turned out,
much less regard for the law. But all in all, I'm ecstatic that they arrested me."
At 10am Tuesday, Bichlbaum was
arrested and charged with trespassing, after he and 21 "Survivaballs"  gathered on New York City's East River and announced
they were to going to "take the UN by storm" from the water, since all the land approaches were sealed. Once at the UN, they
would supposedly use the Survivaballs to blockade the negotiations and refuse to let world leaders leave the room until they'd
agreed on sweeping cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has demanded.
The event was
a "scenic and mediagenic way to call attention to what our leaders need to do in the run-up to Copenhagen," said Bichlbaum.
 It was also the official inauguration of the Yes Men's "Balls Across America" series of civil disobedience actions, inspired
by the call for direct action on climate change by website http://BeyondTalk.net.
Minutes after the balls began wading into the water, law enforcement swooped in on the protesters
by land, sea, and air. In order not to harm their attackers, the balls admitted defeat and waddled out of the water and off
the beach. Seven participants were given tickets for trespassing, and one - ringleader Bichlbaum - was whisked away to "the
Tombs," New York's central processing facility at 100 Centre Street, due to an unpaid ticket for bicycle riding through Washington
Bichlbaum's arrest led to hilarious prime-time coverage on CNN.
"Sleeping on concrete was
a challenge, but I met a lot of interesting people, and my arrest meant major prime-time news coverage we wouldn't have otherwise
had," said Bichlbaum. "That's the whole point of civil disobedience. Thanks to my momentary discomfort, our symbol of the
stupidity of not taking action on climate change was seen by tens of millions of people. It all worked out great, and I remain
grateful to the NYPD for having accidentally made our event successful beyond our wildest dreams."
gratitude, one thing stuck out for his attorney, Wylie Stecklow: in filing his report, the arresting officer had lied through
"The officer said he'd seen Bichlbaum jump over the fence, which was obviously impossible, since the police
arrived after the Survivaballs had all entered the beach," said Stecklow, who defended Bichlbaum at his arraignment yesterday
morning. "And the officer said there were prominent signs posted to the effect that entering was forbidden - also untrue."
"Perhaps the NYPD thought that if an officer did not swear that he saw Andy climb a fence, AND that there were
signs providing notice that this area was off-limits, a judge might have dismissed the case," said Stecklow.
to Stecklow, officers swearing to facts they couldn't possibly know is an all-too-common occurrence. "Often, during mass arrests,
we see a Supervising Officer assigning junior officers to write up the paperwork. But these junior officers end up becoming
the 'arresting officer,' requiring them to swear to facts that are not within their knowledge. This leads to constitutional
violations and wrongful arrests, and undermines the confidence that citizens should have in the criminal justice system,"
The NYPD has, in recent years, been found guilty of making numerous unconstitutional arrests in cases
of political protest, and then falsifying their statements to fit the arrests. There have in particular been several well-known
cases involving the tackling and arrest of bicyclists, with false excuses then written into police reports. 
case doesn't matter in itself," said Bichlbaum. In fact, I'm really happy it turned out as it did. But I hope we can help
expose the systemic and nefarious culture of lying within the NYPD, that has had the effect of criminalizing protest in New
"The police have to be told very clearly that they can't lie and expect to get away with it," Bichlbaum
added. "The stakes are far too high."
"We need to strengthen oversight of the police by those who empower them in
the first place - you and I, the citizens of New York City," said Stecklow. "Right now, at a bare minimum, that means giving
teeth to the formerly well-intentioned, now powerless body of the Civilian Complaint Review Board."
even when we have video proving police statements to be false, no one seems interested in investigating," added Stecklow.
"That's got to change."
After reading the arresting officer's complaint against him, Bichlbaum decided to file a complaint
with the CCRB in order to hold this officer accountable for his false statements."It's not much, but at least this guy will
have to explain his story under oath. And then next time, maybe he'll think twice before filing a false statement to make
the crime stick."
The Yes Men hope their next actions won't depend on police misconduct to make them a success. "With
'Balls Across America,' our goal is to get arrested fair and square, all across this fair land of ours," said Yes Men co-founder
Mike Bonanno. "It's a great way to get attention for a crucial issue."
 The Survivaball ( http://survivaball.com) made its first appearance in 2006, when "Halliburton representatives" attended a conference on catastrophic
climate change and demonstrated the functionality of the large inflatable suits which keep corporate managers safe from global
warming ( http://survivaball.com) made its first appearance in 2006, when "Halliburton representatives" attended a conference on catastrophic
climate change and demonstrated the functionality of the large inflatable suits which keep corporate managers safe from global
warming ( link to theyesmen.org), which opens theatrically in New York October 7, before opening nationally October 23.
In conjunction with the paraflows 09 – Festival for Digital Art and Cultures in Vienna, the Peer-2-Peer theorist Michel Bauwens, (a longtime friend, supporter and colleague of SmartMobs) will be sharing 3 years of research surrounding the theme of openness.
According to Bauwens he will be presenting and discussing what he sees are 6 processes representing the cycle of reproduction
and growth of openness in our societies. The aspects Bauwens will be revealing are:
I. Aspects of Openness; II. Enablers of Openness; III. Infrastructures of Openness; IV. Open Practices; V.
Open Domains of Practice; VI. Open Products!
You can access an “open” copy of Bauwens visualization of these open aspects here:
Are you wondering where to buy, sell, or look at zines in Portland? We put together a little zine to help you find out
where to go. We have this zine in paper form in libraries, and we like to give it to people when we go places, but if you
want you can download it in .pdf format right now (it prints out as one double-sided 8.5 x 11" sheet, which you can fold, staple, and cut to make a handy zine) — or
if you just want the info, read on:
"What is a zine? (Pronounced like magazine without the maga) a zine is an independently created publication. The contents
are anything you want them to be like: personal experiences and stories, political ideologies, music related writing, gardening
tips, travel stories, comics, photography, or anything you like. Zines can be put together by one person or a group of people
and they are usually photocopied."
PDX Zines is a tool to find places to read, look at, buy or sell zines in Portland, Oregon. We put it together because
it seemed like the list wasn't all in one place already, and because librarians believe in sharing.
~ Emily-Jane Dawson, Cathy Camper, Christopher Cuttone & Jennifer May Multnomah County Library zine
Multnomah County Library Zine Collection
~ at selected libraries ~
Zines may be checked out, and you can search for them in the library catalog.
1038 S.E. 39th Ave.
801 S.W. 10th Ave.
Zines are in the Periodicals Room, on the 2nd floor.
1525 S.W. Sunset Blvd.
7905 S.E. Holgate Blvd.
4040 N.E. Tillamook St.
805 S.E. 122nd Ave.
North Portland Library
512 N. Killingsworth St.
2300 N.W. Thurman St.
7860 S.E. 13th Ave.
Independent Zine Libraries, Distros, and Stores
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After the collapse of the "manager" and "business" models of "irrational exuberance,"
free could be a new business model reviving public spirit and joy in the digital commons.
Craig Anderson is an editor at Wired News and makes available his audio book as
a new business model. The time of the melting of the dollar and the collapse of the private economy or profit worship is also
the time of free. The great unraveling provokes the great refusal (cf. Paul Krugman).
Tech is Too Cheap to Meter:
It's Time to Manage for Abundance, not Scarcity
FREE: THE FUTURE OF A RADICAL PRICE Download the audio book (285 MB zip)
In April 2009, a full-blown customer revolt forced Time Warner Cable to temporary halt its metered billing program — a tiered-pricing system that charges customers based on how much bandwidth they consume.
(Like cell phone plans, but more unworkable and annoying because it’s impossible to gauge how much bandwidth is being
used at any one time).
As customer ire grew, TWC spokespeople unconvincingly argued that the program was meant to keep heavy users from devouring too much bandwidth and slowing down Internet traffic for everyone
else. Not surprisingly, no one bought TWC's claims that their primary concern was the wellbeing of customers, as opposed to,
say, creating a new revenue stream and curbing online consumption of their cable offerings.
Not to be swayed by consumer wants and needs though, Time Warner pledged to reintroduce the program at an undisclosed later
date, following a sinisterly-termed “customer education process." So, it’s only a matter of time before there's an explosion of fake consumer rights groups and other fun astrosurf
that try to convince you it’s in your interest to pay more for Internet. (Look forward to ads featuring distressed old
people wondering why they can’t read emails from their grandkids. “You! It’s because of you and all that
online porn you watch!” their eyes will accuse.)
It looks like TWC is already laying the legal groundwork for their propaganda campaign. Some sharp-eyed TWC customers noticed
a recent change to their terms of service, as Stacey Higginbotham reports on Gigaom:
Time Warner Cable has modified the language of its consumer subscriber agreement that is directed at legitimizing the cable company’s ability to throttle and measure
a consumer’s bandwidth. The new additions to the agreement also sanction tiered pricing. After Time Warner Cable’s
failed attempt to expand tiered billing trials, which created different pricing
plans for consumers based on the amount of data they downloaded, the company promised it would shelve the plans while it educated
consumers. It looks like that education campaign may come now that the legal bases are theoretically covered. Here’s
the new language:
6. Special Provisions Regarding HSD Service
(ii) I agree that TWC or ISP may change the Maximum Throughput Rate of any tier by amending
my acceptance of any new Maximum Throughput Rate. If the level or tier of HSD Service to which I subscribe has a specified
limit on the amount of bytes that I can use in a given billing cycle, I also agree that TWC may use technical means, including
but not limited to suspending or reducing the speed of my HSD Service, to ensure compliance with these limits, and that TWC
or ISP may move me to a higher tier of HSD Service (which may result in higher monthly charges)
or impose other charges and fees if my use exceeds these limits.
(iii) I agree that TWC may use Network Management Tools as it determines appropriate and/or that it may use technical means,
including but not limited to suspending or reducing the Throughput Rate of my HSD Service, to ensure compliance with its Terms
of Use and to ensure that its service operates efficiently. I further agree that TWC and ISP have
the right to monitor my bandwidth usage patterns to facilitate the provision of the HSD Service and to ensure
take such steps as each may determine appropriate in the event my usage of the HSD Service does not comply with the Terms
of Use. I acknowledge that HSD Service does not include other services managed by TWC and delivered
over TWC’s shared infrastructure, including Video Service and Digital Phone Service.
The language means that a subscriber can’t sign up for a contract plan hoping to avoid tiered pricing by getting
in before a new tiered plan is implemented. It also specifically threatens throttling of a person’s service for violating
America Media is the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. Over
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Robert McChesney - The Life and Death Struggle for Journalism and Self-Government
Media critic and historian, Robert McChesney, talks
about the essential role of journalism for meaningful democracy, and puts forward a radical proposal to address the challenges
faced my news media in the current economic crisis, and into the future
“i” is a meditation on the relationship between
media and power as it is manifested by the worlds largest all volunteer network of media activists — Indymedia. The
feature-length documentary follows the first year of a small collective in Buenos Aires as it struggles amidst assassinations,
a collapsing economy, and a whirlwind of political upheaval......
i's non-linear structure mimics the network ideology it documents. The viewer encounters a series
of interlocking events, parallel storylines, and related imagery that coalesce around a small group of individuals within
Indymedia Argentina — who are themselves linked internally and externally to the forces that surround them.
film progresses through a series of "hyperlinked" excerpts from different media renderings of the upheaval, offering an exploration
of the events themselves as well as the story-telling capabilities found in the embedded structure of information on the web.
This structure serves to illuminate the concepts of collective communication, horizontal organization and networked social
action. The result is a fractal-like portrait, disclosing a repetition of form and phenomenon regardless of the scale at which
it is examined. "i" uses the micro-scale of the individual collective to mirror and frame the macro-scale of the surrounding
social movements, theoretical philosophies, organizations, and events.
In editing this film, Lyon and Ingoglia pored
through hours of footage from several continents, looking for the resonant moments where these specific connections and intersections
unfurled. This delicate process took four years and much meditation — as they sought to portray what at first glance
might be a largely invisible phenomenon. What has emerged is not only a document of a particularly notable moment in history,
but a profound testimony of the experience of unfolding network consciousness.
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The Photographer’s Right is a downloadable guide that
is loosely based on the Bust Card and the Know Your Rights pamphlet
that used to be available on the ACLU website. It may be downloaded and printed out using Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may make
copies and carry them your wallet, pocket, or camera bag to give you quick access to your rights and obligations concerning
confrontations over photography. You may distribute the guide to others, provided that such distribution is not done for commercial
gain and credit is given to the author.
A panel discussion of the Media and Law Enforcement at the 2008 Republican National
Convention in St. Paul: What Went Wrong, What Went Right? Sponsored by Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists, the
Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, the Minnesota Journalism Center and the School of Journalism & Mass
Communication at the University of Minnesota.
On Friday, we delivered your letter to St. Paul authorities,
telling them that we won't stand for the intimidation and harassment of journalists.
With many of the arrested journalists at our side we delivered
more than 60,000 letters (collected in less than 48 hours) demanding that St. Paul authorities
drop charges against all journalists arrested during last week’s Republican National Convention.
The charges have not been dropped yet, but we are going
to keep the pressure on until they are. If you have not already, please send this email to your friends and ask them to help join our call.
In the meantime, here are videos of the event filmed by
the citizen journalists at TheUptake.org:
"From the pre-convention raids to the ongoing harassment
and arrests of journalists, these have been dark days for press freedom in the United States," said Nancy Doyle Brown of the
Twin Cities Media Alliance, before she helped to deliver the Free Press letters.
"Tragically, there are stories that the world needed to
hear this week that will never be told," Brown said. "They won't be told because reporters working on them were sitting in
the back of squad cars, were stripped of their cameras, or were face down on the pavement with their hands cuffed behind their
Many journalists still face charges. Free Press will not
rest until these charges are dropped. You can help by sending more letters to St. Paul:
You'd think by now candidates would have figured out that you prevent having "Macaca Moments" by not showing your true
colors in front of video cameras, but some of them are slow learners, I guess. In Washington, Republican gubernatorial candidate
Dino Rossi tried to avoid having the opposition record him by having his goons rough up a cameraman--which was all captured on video. Oops.
Apparently, a "press conference" in Dino Rossi's world is not a public event. He's a mini-Bush in the making, his race
fueled by bitterness and sour grapes from his narrow loss in 2004. It's encouraging that the Seattle Times (one of
the least confrontational, most milque-toast major dailies in the nation when it comes to covering politics) actually covered
this story. Hopefully they'll make a habit of it. Dino Rossi has skated far too long on his nice guy, harmless image.
The majority decided against imposing a fine against Comcast, but required the cable provider to: disclose
the details of its current network management practices; submit a compliance plan about how it will stop its current policy
by year's end; and to disclose to the FCC and the public the details of network management practices Comcast intends to use
in place of its current practices.
If Comcast fails to comply with the action, it will be subject to interim injunctive relief and additional
enforcement action, according to the order. The FCC will review Comcast's behavior on an ongoing basis.
"In short, [Comcast was] not simply blocking their network; they had arbitrarily picked an application
and blocked their subscribers' access to it," FCC chairman Kevin Martin said during a Friday meeting at the commission.
Specifically, the commission found that Comcast: blocked customers who were using very little bandwidth
simply because they were using a disfavored application; ignored customers using an extraordinary amount of bandwidth even
during periods of peak network congestion as long as they weren't using a disfavored application; delayed and blocked customers
using a disfavored application even when there was no network congestion; and extended this practice to regions much larger
than where it claimed congestion occurred.
The order will make clear that "the FCC is not having a one-night stand with Net neutrality but an affair
of the heart and commitment for life," said Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps, who voted in favor of the action. "We recognize
that protecting Internet openness is like protecting the Internet's immune system."
Sena Fitzmaurice, senior director of corporate communications and government affairs at Comcast, said the company was "gratified" that the FCC decided against a fine, but "disappointed"
by the enforcement action.
"We believe that our network management choices were reasonable, wholly consistent with industry practices and that we did not block access to Web sites or online applications, including peer-to-peer services," Fitzmaurice
Comcast again questioned whether the FCC has the authority to act on this issue.
"We are considering all our legal options and are disappointed that the commission rejected our attempts
to settle this issue without further delays," she concluded.
Comcast's network management policies can under fire last year after tests conducted by the Associated
Press and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) concluded that Comcast was blocking access to certain file-sharing applications
like BitTorrent. Comcast admitted to delaying traffic during peak times, but has continually denied ever blocking any applications.
The FCC took up the issues after Washington-based interest group Free Press filed a complaint.
Free Press said Friday that the FCC ruling was a "major victory."
"Today's order makes it clear that there is nothing reasonable about restricting access to online content
or technologies," Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, said in a statement.
Marvin Ammori, Free Press' general counsel, said he would not be surprised if Comcast sued the FCC over
the ruling, but was confident that any court would uphold the FCC order.
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Even though 70 percent of the population in South America live under
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had responded to my question about the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit demanding that the Department of Justice turn
over correspondence between its former chief privacy officer and Google's current chief privacy officer, who are one and the
same attorney, Jane Horvath.
Some background before we get to that reply.
(Update: And that reply is followed by
yet another this afternoon, which has Google suggesting, in so many words, that there is nothing for the DoJ to turn
over to EFF in this case. You can read it in full below.)
Essentially, through a Freedom Of Information Act request, the EFF wants to know the substance of any interaction the then-DoJ's Horvath had with Google
during -- and subsequent to -- a highly charged 2006 dispute over the DoJ's arm-twisting to get Google to turn over a mountain of search records.
That request was later ratcheted down to smaller pile of search records and Google caved, unwisely. (Note: Google disputes
that "caved, unwisely" characterization, noting that they acted under court order, and also that no "search queries" were turned over, rather 5,000 URLs.) The fact that Horvath not long thereafter became Google's Horvath is what set eyebrows arching.
Six months after being asked for the public
records, the DoJ has given the EFF nothing other than an initial acknowledgement of having received the request.
Here's what Google told me in a statement
yesterday: "Google did not work with Jane Horvath on this issue when she was at DoJ."
One way to interpret that statement is
that the DoJ hasn't complied with the EFF's request because there's nothing to turn over.
Not so fast, said EFF attorney David Sobel,
in response to my question yesterday seeking interpretation of the Google reply. He said the Google reply was a lawyerly
answer to the wrong question.
"We never referenced the (2006 DoJ vs.
Google) subpoena issue in our FOIA request or lawsuit, and that's not what we're asking for," said Sobel. "We merely mentioned
it in our PR because Horvath made some interesting comments about it (and the vast amount of info Google collects) in an interview during her first
few months at DOJ."
Here's what the EFF lawsuit says was requested of the DoJ on Aug. 16, 2007: "All correspondence, electronic mail or other communications between Jane C. Horvath, the Department's Chief Privacy
and Civil Liberties Officer, and employees, representatives and/or agents of Google, Inc. … created from February 2006
to the present."
I'm no lawyer, but that would appear to
make Google's reply to me yesterday non-responsive, although that could conceivably be a byproduct of yesterday's press coverage
that focused so intently on the 2006 DoJ/Google dispute.
I'll try Google again today.
(Update: That try produced the following
statement from Google:)
"We have no issue with EFF's
request to the government for this information or filing a lawsuit as a followup to that request. We also would have been
and are still happy to talk to EFF about this, but EFF has not asked us any questions or explained what they have concerns
Regarding the DoJ lawsuit
in the EFF press release, the reference is incorrect - the judge's ruling was explicit in completely rejecting DoJ's demand
for search queries. Also, we sought the views of EFF on this particular case before and during the case, so EFF should be
very familiar with the facts of the case and the judge's ruling, which is of course publicly available.
Regarding Jane Horvath, she did no work with Google or on cases involving
Google while at DoJ. Once she contacted Google about a job, she formally recused herself from any Google matters, although
there were none."
Now, Horvath deserves credit for her deft
career switch -- what's not to like about leaving evil to join "do no evil" -- but it would appear that the DoJ isn't done
accounting for her involvement with her current employer during the time her job was to protect the privacy rights of the
Battling big media to be heard in the debates. Breaking the silence on Democracy Now! Fighting for
ballot access in Texas with a little help from music legend Willie Nelson. NBC who profits big, off of nuclear power dont
want Dennis speaking in their city or in the Debates.
All that and an interview with Academy Award-nominee James Cromwell in this week's Kucinich Campaign
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Local Media Reports CNN Will Be Replaced by Al Jazeera International
By SIMON MCGREGOR-WOOD
JERUSALEM, Nov. 5, 2007 —
Israel's largest cable TV service has taken CNN off its programming list.
The cable provider HOT took CNN away from its Israeli viewers Oct. 31 as a result of a disagreement over costs.
In its place it has provided Fox News as a temporary replacement. (sic)
Yossi Lubaton, HOT's vice president of marketing, said: "It's an economic issue. Most of the internationally famous news
channels Sky, BBC and Fox for all of them the cost is significantly lower than CNN."
That claim is disputed by Hagit Mendes, CNN's spokeswoman in Israel.
"HOT presented us with an ultimatum on Oct. 30 demanding a 30 percent reduction in the cost of showing CNN, which was totally
unacceptable. We do not respond to ultimatums," she said to ABC News on Sunday.
Mendes confirmed that there are currently no negotiations to restore CNN, but added, "we're hoping that changes."
HOT is engaged in a significant cost-cutting exercise, attempting to reduce running costs by 30 percent.
Local media reports suggest HOT is preparing to replace CNN with Al Jazeera International, the English
language partner of the Qatar-based Arabic network.
In the past the global news provider has attracted criticism in Israel for perceived imbalance in its news coverage of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But both sides in the current dispute deny the decision to drop CNN has anything to do with
CNN's editorial content.
"Israeli viewers value our product as the leading international news channel," Mendes said.
For now, CNN hopes that pressure from disgruntled HOT subscribers will force HOT into taking a more flexible approach in
any resumed negotiations.
December 11, 2007, 8:44 pm (posted)
As Ask Erases Little, Google and Others Keep Writing About You
With Ask.com introducing the AskEraser — a switch that will stop the site from collecting information about a user — it’s worth checking in on
the real state of play with the accumulation of data online.
As usual, the reality is very far from the public perception. Ask is far down on the list of sites that anyone who cares
about privacy would be concerned about. It is hardly pervasive, so it doesn’t collect much data at all. And Ask doesn’t
even run its own advertising system (it uses Google) so it doesn’t have much reason to collect data.
Of course, Ask is simply trying to gain marketing points by differentiating itself from Google, which to some embodies
the erosion of privacy in the Internet world.
Google indeed collects a lot of data. It sees the bulk of the searches on the Internet and an increasing amount of other
activity. And it obsessively files away most every scrap of data it receives. (Google will say that much of this data doesn’t
include the personal identity of the user it is tracking. In fact, it actually has enough pieces of information to identify
a lot of users if it really wanted to.)
Google, however, has been very reluctant to use all this data in its advertising business. One reason is that it has other
information that solves its main problem: picking the right ads to show on each page. It uses what people are searching for
on its search site and the content of other pages on which ads appear (including, of course, the content of messages displayed
But as Google gets bigger it is tiptoeing into using more data for targeting. It tries to determine the location of users
in order to show ads of local businesses. It also gets some personal information about users from partner sites on which it
displays ads — like MySpace — to help it choose ads.
And Google has now started dipping its little toe into the pool that Madison Avenue calls behavioral targeting. That approach is based on the idea that the best way to pick an ad to show you now is to look
at your online activity from a few hours or days ago. The classic example is showing car dealer ads to someone who searched
for minivans yesterday.
Google is testing this concept by exploiting a feature of the way Internet browsers work, according to a Google spokesman.
When a browser asks a site for a given page (such as the search results for a specific term) it sends it the address of the
last page the user saw.
Google is using this information to take into account what you just searched for and your previous search when it displays
ads. The Google spokesman said the cookies that Google places on users’ hard drives to identify repeat visitors do not
come into play here.
Here’s how you can see this in action. Search for “lawyers” on Google. You will see law firm ads, some
perhaps near where you are. Then search for “malpractice.” Now search for “lawyers” again. This time
the ads will be for lawyers who specialize in malpractice.
So far this is largely harmless. It’s hard to imagine any violation that comes from Google having access to what
you did 30 seconds before. What’s interesting is what comes next. As Google moves to place advertising on sites like
MySpace, which have no natural advertisers, there is ever more pressure for it to use other sources of information to raise
the prices at which it can sell those ads. Google is too quantitative — and it has too many engineers hanging around
— not to be trying to calculate the extra money it would earn by using behavioral data for ad targeting. It also knows
that it is a company in a fishbowl and anything it does that smacks of privacy invasion will cause a storm of comment and
Most significantly, Google would be foolish to do anything that highlighted the way it could use its data until it receives
final approval to buy DoubleClick.
One other thought here: Google is a lightning rod for debate about privacy because it is extending so quickly into so many
areas. But there are so many other companies that are far nosier about what you do online and are unafraid to exploit that
information. (I wrote about this last year, and activity in targeting has gotten more intense since then.)
From the start, Yahoo has seen itself as a company that uses data about users for the benefit of advertisers. And Yahoo
already uses what you search for to pick which ads to show you on other parts of its site.
What’s more, there are advertising networks most people have never heard of (including Tacoda and Advertising.com,
both owned by AOL, and BlueLithium, recently bought by Yahoo) that are in the business of collecting data about Internet users
for advertising. Even creepier, Internet service providers are starting to monitor everything their users do to funnel ads to them.
All this is not to say that there is anything wrong with what Ask is doing. Some people may well want to search on a site
that says it won’t remember anything about what they do. But the issues of what data is collected and how it is used
is are far more relevant for Google, Yahoo, and a bunch of firms that are hidden from view.
Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to
obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including sidewalks.
New rules being considered by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would require any group of two
or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and insurance.
The same requirements would apply to any group of five or more people who plan to use a tripod in a public location for
more than 10 minutes, including the time it takes to set up the equipment.
Julianne Cho, assistant commissioner of the film office, said the rules were not intended to apply to families on vacation
or amateur filmmakers or photographers.
Nevertheless, the New York Civil Liberties Union says the proposed rules, as strictly interpreted, could have that effect. The group also warns that the rules set the stage
for selective and perhaps discriminatory enforcement by police.
“These rules will apply to a huge range of casual photography and filming, including tourists taking snapshots and
people making short videos for YouTube,” said Christopher Dunn, the group’s associate legal director.
Mr. Dunn suggested that the city deliberately kept the language vague, and that as a result police would have broad discretion
in enforcing the rules. In a letter sent to the film office this week, Mr. Dunn said the proposed rules would potentially
apply to tourists in places like Times Square, Rockefeller Center or ground zero, “where people routinely congregate
for more than half an hour and photograph or film.”
The rule could also apply to people waiting in line to enter the Empire State Building or other tourist attractions.
The rules define a “single site” as any area within 100 feet of where filming begins. Under the rules, the
two or more people would not actually have to be filming, but could simply be holding an ordinary camera and talking to each
The rules are intended to set standards for professional filmmakers and photographers, said Ms. Cho, assistant commissioner
of the film office, but the language of the draft makes no such distinction.
“While the permitting scheme does not distinguish between commercial and other types of filming, we anticipate that
these rules will have minimal, if any, impact on tourists and recreational photographers, including those that use tripods,”
Ms. Cho said in an e-mail response to questions.
Mr. Dunn said that the civil liberties union asked repeatedly for such a distinction in negotiations on the rules but that
city officials refused, ostensibly to avoid creating loopholes that could be exploited by professional filmmakers and photographers.
City officials would not confirm that yesterday. But Mark W. Muschenheim, a lawyer with the city’s law department,
which helped draft the rules, said, “There are few instances, if any, where the casual tourist would be affected.”
The film office held a public hearing on the proposed rules yesterday, but no one attended. The only written comments the
department received were from the civil liberties group, Ms. Cho said.
Ms. Cho said the office expected to publish a final version of the rules at the end of July. They would go into effect
a month later.
The permits would be free and applications could be obtained online, Ms. Cho said. The draft rules say the office could
take up to 30 days to issue a permit, but Ms. Cho said she expected that most would be issued within 24 hours.
Mr. Dunn says that in addition to the rules being overreaching, they would also create enforcement problems.
“Your everyday person out there with a camcorder is never going to know about the rules,” Mr. Dunn said. “It
completely opens the door to discriminatory enforcement of the permit requirements, and that is of enormous concern to us
because the people who are going to get pointed out are the people who have dark skin or who are shooting in certain locations.”
The rules were promulgated as a result of just such a case, Mr. Dunn said.
In May 2005, Rakesh Sharma, an Indian documentary filmmaker, was using a hand-held video camera in Midtown Manhattan when
he was detained for several hours and questioned by police.
During his detention, Mr. Sharma was told he was required to have a permit to film on city property. According to a lawsuit,
Mr. Sharma sought information about how permits were granted and who was required to have one but found there were no written
guidelines. Nonetheless, the film office told him he was required to have a permit, but when he applied, the office refused
to grant him one and would not give him a written explanation of its refusal.
As part of a settlement reached in April, the film office agreed to establish written rules for issuing permits. Mr. Sharma
could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Mr. Dunn said most of the new rules were reasonable. Notably, someone using a hand-held video camera, as Mr. Sharma was
doing, would no longer have to get a permit.
FEB 23 2007
In Defense of a Free Press
Journalist Sarah Olson talks about her defiance in the face of a subpoena by the Army, the rights of U.S. journalists
and what the wider context is of the Army’s court martial of First Lt. Ehren Watada
Sarah Olson, a journalist based in the San Francisco Bay area, has became a hero for Americans concerned about the erosion
of press freedoms in the Bush era. On May 30, 2006, Olson interviewed Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, the first commissioned
officer to publicly refuse deployment to Iraq, for the Web site truthout.org and Pacifica Radio. For that refusal, on Feb.
5, the Army hauled him before a military court in Fort Lewis, Washington, for a court-martial. The Army charged him with one
count of “missing movement,” for refusing to deploy to Iraq, and four counts of conduct unbecoming an officer
and a gentleman—two of which stem from statements he made to individual journalists regarding his opposition to the
To help make their case, in December, the U.S. military subpoenaed Olson to testify in Watada’s military trial, where
if convicted he could face a year in jail for each of the two charges related to speaking with Olson and, on a separate occasion,
Greg Kakesako of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
The subpoena required Olson to appear in court on behalf of the prosecution to verify Watada’s statements, even though
audio files were available on the Internet. If she refused to comply, she risked a felony charge and six months in jail.
So, Olson started a campaign to challenge the subpoena. On Jan. 29, bowing to public pressure, the Army dropped the subpoena
against Olson just prior to the start of the trial. The defense and the prosecution had reached a deal: Watada would verify
the statements attributed to him and in response the prosecution would drop the two charges resulting from statements he made
to journalists. Watada’s court-martial resulted in a mistrial on Feb. 7, when the military judge nullified the Stipulation
of Facts accepted by the prosecution and the defense. A new trial will begin on March 19.
For upholding the First Amendment right to freedom of the press, Olson will receive the James Madison Award from the Society
of Professional Journalists on March 13. The award is named after Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the
creative force behind the First Amendment.
In These Times recently spoke with Olson about her case, its significance and the challenges currently facing defenders
of the First Amendment.
A number of journalists have recently been subpoenaed to reveal their confidential sources and/or
hand over unpublished material. How was your situation different?
It was a military court that subpoenaed me, rather than a civilian court. The military is the only place that I know of
where people in the United States can be charged with making personal political statements. For me, that’s the biggest
Why didn’t you just verify what Lt. Watada said and get it over with?
It’s a journalist’s job to report the news, not to participate in the government’s prosecution of personal
political speech. These kinds of subpoenas erode the barrier between press and government. When speech itself is a crime,
journalists are turned into an investigative tool of the government. It also scares journalists away from covering stories
that may not be popular with the current administration.
How would you compare your situation to that of former New York Times correspondent Judith
Judy Miller’s case is about revealing confidential sources and who leaked classified information about something.
Everything Lt. Watada said is on the record. So it’s not the typical framework people think of when they think of journalists
being subpoenaed. This case is about preserving the right of ordinary Americans, particularly men and women in the armed services,
to speak to the press without fear of retribution or censure. A number of people have suggested that the Army may be using
his court-martial to send a message to the rest of the military that public opposition to the war isn’t going to be
A lot of people are really down on Judy Miller. I can understand that because she may have done more than any other single
person in the United States to help create the war in Iraq. Her consistently bad reporting and unwillingness to verify the
accuracy of the things she was saying is one of the reasons that we’re in the war today. America’s threshold for
bringing journalists into court has been significantly lowered in part because of Judy Miller.
Josh Wolf, another Bay Area-based media worker, is in jail for refusing to hand over his unpublished
material. Do you think your victory is relevant to his case?
I certainly hope to raise awareness about his case. Josh was working as an independent videographer—he sold his footage
of a San Francisco protest against the G8 Summit in 2005 to the local news—and the local/federal law enforcement agencies
wanted his unpublished outtakes. That’s totally protected under the California state shield law. [The shield law protects
a journalist from being held in contempt of court for refusing to disclose unpublished information that was gathered for news
purposes, whether the source is confidential or not.] The prosecutor got around that by convening a federal grand jury, saying
that a cop car allegedly set on fire during the protest was purchased in part by federal dollars.
On Feb. 6 2007, Josh broke the record for
the longest number of days that a journalist in the United States has been incarcerated for not handing over his unpublished
material to a federal grand jury. It’s possible that Josh will continue to sit in prison after having broken no law
whatsoever, which is an infuriating and gross injustice.
A. Generally speaking you can't upload any video you don't own. This means
that if you didn't create the video (and everything else in it!) you can't upload it to blip.tv or any other site.
There are exceptions to this rule, though. If you have clear permission from the original creator of the video
you're more than welcome to upload the video to blip.tv. This kind of permission can be given through phone or e-mail or more
formally with a Creative Commons license. If you're uploading content that's already licensed under a Creative Commons license please make sure
to give the original author credit and to select the same Creative Commons license when you upload it.
Media Reform January 2007 Conference
- many downloads available from the NCMR conference -
But now, the phone companies are lobbying Washington to kill off what's left of "common carrier" policy. They wish to
operate their Internet services as fully "private" networks. Phone and cable companies claim that the government shouldn't
play a role in broadband regulation: Instead of the free and open network that offers equal access to all, they want to reduce
the Internet to a series of business decisions between consumers and providers.
This article is a WAKE UP call
to the very fact that the Internet and access to it may be changing and you better bring your wallet.
A host of recent developments have made it clear that the Bush White House is doing battle against
the journalistic standards and practices that underpin of our democracy. With its unprecedented campaign to undermine and
stifle independent journalism, Bush & Co. have demonstrated brazen contempt for the Constitution and considerable fear
of an informed public.
Free Press has launched a campaign to chronicle and combat Bush’s war on the press. Today,
we published a new report showing the scope and intensity of the administration’s assault on press freedoms. The growing list of
attacks on the press is truly astonishing:
Infiltrating Public Broadcasting White House loyalists inside
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have launched a crusade to remake PBS, NPR and other public media into official mouthpieces.
Kenneth Tomlinson’s tenure at the CPB was characterized by targeting journalists like Bill Moyers who dared to air dissenting
voices or prepare investigative reports on the administration.
Tomlinson's goal was clearly to fire a shot across the bow of all public stations so managers would
shy away from the sort of investigative journalism that might expose Bush administration malfeasance. Tomlinson resigned in
disgrace but left behind a cast of cronies to carry out his partisan crusade. And we still don’t know the extent to
which Karl Rove and others at the White House orchestrated his efforts.
Manufacturing Fake News Under Bush administration directives,
at least 20 federal agencies have produced and distributed scores of "video news releases" out of a $254 million slush fund
set up to manufacture taxpayer-funded propaganda. These bogus and deceptive stories have been broadcast on TV stations nationwide
without any acknowledgment that they were prepared by the government rather than local journalists.
The segments — which trumpeted administration “successes,” promoted its controversial
line on issues like overhauling Medicare, and featured Americans "thanking" Bush — have been repeatedly labeled "covert
propaganda" by investigators at the Government Accountability Office.
Bribing Journalists The administration has paid pundits to
sing its praises. Earlier this year, TV commentator Armstrong Williams pocketed $240,000 in taxpayer money to laud Bush’s
education policies. Three other journalists have since been discovered on the government dole; and Williams admits that he
has "no doubt" that other paid Bush shills are still on the loose.
The administration has even exported these tactics. According to the Los Angeles Times,
the U.S. military is now secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops.
Lying about the Iraq War The White House saw the battle for
domestic popular opinion as one of the main fronts in the war in Iraq. With the help of a compliant media, truth became the
first casualty in their campaign to whip up support. But rather than admit to their lies and misinformation, the administration
continues to attack those reporting the truth.
As Frank Rich recently wrote in the New York Times, the administration’s "web of half-truths
and falsehoods used to sell the war did not happen by accident; it was woven by design and then foisted on the public by a
P.R. operation built expressly for that purpose in the White House."
Eliminating Dissent in the Mainstream Media Bush has all but
avoided traditional press conferences, closing down a prime venue for holding the executive accountable. On those rare occasions
when he deigned to meet reporters, presidential aides turned the press conferences into parodies by seating a friendly right-wing
“journalist,” former male escort Jeff Gannon, amid the reporters and then steering questions to him when tough
They have effectively silenced serious questioners, like veteran journalist Helen Thomas, by refusing
to have the president or his aides call on reporters who challenge them. And they have established a hierarchy for journalists
seeking interviews with administration officials, which favors networks that give the White House favorable coverage.
Gutting the Freedom of Information Act The administration
has scrapped enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act and has made it harder for reporters to do their jobs by refusing
to cooperate with even the most basic requests for comment and data from government agencies. This is part of a broader clampdown
on access to information that has made it virtually impossible for journalists to cover vast areas of government activity.
Consolidating Media Control The administration continues to
make common cause with the most powerful broadcast corporations in an effort to rewrite ownership laws in a manner that favors
monopoly control of information. The Federal Communications Commission will announce plans to rewrite the ownership rules
soon – it could happen as early as February – with aims of unleashing a new wave of media consolidation. The administration’s
desired rules changes would strike a mortal blow to local reporting and further squeeze journalists.
In a famous 1945 opinion, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black said that "the First Amendment rests
on the assumption that the widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential
to the welfare of the public, that a free press is a condition of a free society." In other words, a free press is the sine
qua non of the entire American Constitution and republican experiment.
We started Free Press because our democracy demands a diverse and independent media. The Bush administration’s
attack on the foundations of self-government requires a response of similar caliber. I hope you’ll join me in the year
ahead as Free Press works to hold the administration accountable for all its attacks on journalism and see that such abuses
will not be repeated in the future.
Please take a moment to visit our online campaign to defend democracy from the White House assault on the media.
P.S. Know more people who would like to keep updated on this and other media reform issues? Urge
them to join our e-activist list. The more people you enlist in the movement for media reform, the better our chances of success.
"Fuck The Corporate Media" analyzes the tactics, both subtle and blatant,
employed by the corporate media to control your mind. This video covers just one day in the lies of the corporate media. See
for yourself how they sell us out in this startling comparison between what really happened on August 21st, 2003 in Portland,
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WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (PG) - I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former top aide to Vice President Dick
Cheney who was indicted in the CIA leak case, has a new job, focusing on Asia and anti-terrorism
at a conservative think tank.
Libby, who has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements, will serve as senior adviser to the
"Scooter Libby brings decades of experience to Hudson
Institute that will strengthen our robust research efforts," the think tank's chairman, Walter Stern, said
in a statement.
Libby, who stepped down as Cheney's chief of staff after he was indicted, is a veteran of Washington policy circles, after
working at the State Department, on Capitol Hill and in the Department of Defense, as well as the White House.
He signalled through his combative legal team at his first appearance in court in November that he would fight hard to
clear his name, and he is next due in court on February 3.
Libby is the only official so far indicted in the probe by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into claims that senior
administration officials outed CIA operative Valerie Plame in revenge for criticisms of the White House push for war with
Iraq by her husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson.