DisinfoCast 38: Abby Martin, Breaking the Set

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Breaking the Set‘s Abby Martin joins the show to discuss her work as a political activist and journalist. Are the two mutually exclusive? Abby and Matt discuss this and related topics on this episode of the DisinfoCast.

14 Comments on "DisinfoCast 38: Abby Martin, Breaking the Set"

  1. emperorreagan | Dec 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm |

    RT is making editorial choices in who it hires to comment. If they hire someone like Max Keiser or Abby Martin with a known bias, they are selecting for a particular bias exactly like Fox News, MSNBC, or any other media outlet whether they exert explicit top-down control or not. She may be just telling the truth from her perspective, but presenting her perspective is part of a broader editorial narrative on the part of RT.

    Awareness of the different motives driving the presentation of a show doesn’t discount her voice or the voice of anyone else on RT or any other network, but it’s important to remain aware of the fact that there are many competing interests that determine which stories are reported and how they’re presented in every single media outlet.

    • Fox not-News hires talking shit-Heads who will say anything they are paid to say. I believe you are talking about the writers skulking in the background at Fox not-News and definitely not the pretty but stupid talking shit-Heads.
      If Russia spends enough on advertising with Fox not-News, then Fox not-News talking shit-Heats will spout what ever propaganda Putin wants to hear, its all about the money with mass media.

  2. I guess I’m one of the types that challenges my own thinking more than I reinforce my own biases.

    I read all kinds of stuff from intelligent people with different points of view, Neo-cons, Marxists, anarchists, Progressivist Democrats, Libertarians.

    I’ve read some Political Philosphers pretty exhaustively Like John Zerzan and Leo Strauss. I often play the devil’s advocate and argue with people I agree for the most part. Its often disconcerting when they don’t rise to the occasion and make a good showing for their point of view.

    If a person thinks their point of view is the only one a reasonable person would have -They are clueless, IMO.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Dec 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm |

    18:30 the generation gap, older generation dies off we will be taking back the media

    I was a teenager in the 60’s & I was sure the old farts that ran things
    would eventually giveaway to the young Turks who knew things
    but as I got older
    I realized that the old farts were the old guard
    and that things weren’t gonna change because of age
    if anything can change this, it will be the internet
    which has completely disrupted the old means of control

    • InfvoCuernos | Dec 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

      When you think about the fact that the last three presidents have admitted to smoking marijuana, and yet ardently refuse to have any dialog about legalization, that should tell you how the power corrupts. What’s the old saying about not trusting anyone over 30?

      • Yes THAT gets to the crux of their corruption *roll eyes*.

        I’m strongly against this weird notion, that legalizing an additional noxious hedonic, is a “good thing”.

  4. I’m new to disinfo. That was a much longer, chirpier and more competent interview, than I expected.

    Though a little too much profanity from Martin.

    The Obama segment was excellent.

    I’m unsurprised by her coyness about the attractiveness question; but found her answer to be dishonest.

    She behaves as if unconscious of her vainglory, and only dimly aware of being astonishing comely (esp. in this slightly nerdy context); then treats us as if we’re lowbrow for leering – amid such grave issues.

    Ultimately enlightening. Thanks for making it.

  5. Too much cursing from Abby’s part, she started to sound like a Portuguese sailor. I agree with her position on media and the importance the Internet is having as a vector for information outside corporate outlets, but there’s no need to be grungy about it. Lay back, we’re in good company!

    There’s one thing she didn’t mention, though; just as the Internet has become a medium of free expression, it has also turned into a platform for any idiot with wi-fi or land line to voice his stupid opinion. This is worrisome, because it shows the public’s true colors, and no amount of “free press” is going to change that. People won’t suddenly become nice just because a repressive system or the rat race is obliterated. Unfortunately, every day I grow more convinced that there’s no such thing as a smart mass in Nature. Reminds me of George Carlin’s idea for a political slogan “The public sucks. Fuck hope”

    One last thing; she’s a gorgeous woman (I just saw her video on youtube) and we guys will always be guys; she should have known that presenting herself in such provocative manners, as during the opening sequence of “BtS”, was going to attract some undesirable elements. I’m with her cause, but this is the way things are. In a sense, I feel like it takes away from the seriousness of her message and resorts to the same practices of corporate media and marketing; show some sexy flesh to get people’s attention.

    But overall, great podcast, love the work you guys are doing. Keep it up!

  6. Que Rollo | Dec 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm |

    Tide is turning, the internet is telling people all sides and letting folks decide for themselves. I agree usually with 95% of what she says and the only advice I would give her is to stop cursing so much. She looks like a class act and I believe that the cursing hurts her classy aggresive image. The image she portrays on Breaking the Set is much better than the one I heard on the Joe Rogan Podcast. I am wowed by a Hot intelligent woman unafraid to say things not approved by the mainstream sheeple and their sold out mainstream media masters. SHES HOT HOT HOT!!!!! ………….and i mean that physically,intellectually, and philosophically.

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