I’m shocked that he didn’t even try to sneak in any Obama or Democrat bashing.
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Could this rise of local news by the people be detrimental? What are the side effects of “hyperlocal” news? We’ve already seen the damage that Twitter and Reddit ‘journalists’ can do, but large news networks aren’t immune to such blunders either.
By Dave Harte, Birmingham City University
As an example of mass participatory journalism, where the voices of ordinary citizens are heard as much as public officials or PR professionals, the UK’s hyperlocal news network is second to none.
Regional newspapers continue to struggle and local TV often falters, sometimes before it’s even begun but this emerging breed of news production seems to be thriving.
Some are set up as news sites while others are blogs originally started to address a particular local issue, like a threat to close a local leisure centre or to cover a specific planning concern. They then grow to cover different topics and become the go-to site for people to find out about what is happening in their area.… Read the rest
How Dinesh D’Souza became Fox News’s conservative poster boy is still something of a mystery to me, but regardless the Republican Right is championing D’Souza more than ever as his fantastic summer leads into the Fall, when he may go to prison. Profile in the New York Times:
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Nobody wants the summer to end, but especially not Dinesh D’Souza.
In June, he published, “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” which spent a week as the No. 1 book on Amazon, and is currently No. 2 on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list.
In July, he released a companion film, which has grossed more than $12 million, already roughly the same as the total of such well-known documentaries as “Hoop Dreams” and “Roger & Me,” counting inflation.
But in September, he will stand before a judge in a Manhattan courtroom and face a possible prison term after pleading guilty earlier this year to a violation of campaign-finance laws.
Here in America, there’s whole political ideologies consisting of crackpots and media pundits whose bread and butter is wingnuttery.
Oh, I do so love this. It’s precisely the right thing to do, sorely needed and sorely overdue. In this specific case, back in 2012 the BBC was criticized for news shows inviting on people with fringe views, especially when the science being discussed was solidly understood.
Obviously, the topic most abused in this way was the reality of global warming. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying any attention at all.
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But more broadly, most TV news shows do this, especially when they are done with a talk show format.
A rant from Russell Brand about the extreme positions espoused by the good ole boys ‘n gals at Fox News Channel:
NPR reporter David Folkenflik’s new book Murdoch’s World accuses Fox News’ PR department of using scores of fake commenter accounts to challenge negative – even neutral – articles in the blogosphere on Fox News. Employees were even expected to challenge other negative comments on the same posts, a tactic shared with unhinged stalkers, trolls and basement dwellers the world over.
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On the blogs, the fight was particularly fierce. Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account. Another used an AOL dial-up connection, even in the age of widespread broadband access, on the rationale it would be harder to pinpoint its origins.
You know their “fair and balanced” cred is busted when even conservative Mouth of Sauron Rush Limbaugh thinks it’s time to give Fox News a rest.
Republican shock jock Rush Limbaugh advanced a view on Monday that very few in the conservative media would dare to enunciate: he told a caller to stop watching Fox News, particularly the network’s panel discussions, which he said are “designed to get you ticked off.”
“You know, you need to stop watching these people, because they’re not going to change, Tony,” Limbaugh said, talking down a caller who seemed convinced that Obama is preparing to launch a “Stalinist” attack on America with windmills and solar panels. “I really care. You’ve got to stop watching these people.”
via Media Channel
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American pundits spend a good deal of their time pondering partisan intensity, and how it has sharply increased over the years. At some point in such discussions, it is traditional to note that the sorting of America into ever-more flinty conservatives and ever-more liberal progressives has coincided with the rise of cable television and the internet. The problem, it is asserted, is that too many Americans consume their news from inside an echo chamber that reflects their existing prejudices. Oh, for the time when the nation settled down around the TV to watch the network news from Walter Cronkite and his peers, who delivered a broadly centrist diet of news from home and abroad in a tone of take-your-medicine seriousness.
Some of that hand-wringing is to the point. Attend Republican or Democratic campaign rallies, and you certainly hear the same talking points from many activists there, and many of those soundbites and factoids come from cable, talk radio and the same handful of partisan blogs.
Recently there have been a couple stories on Disinfo about Alex Jones. The comments got a little lively, and someone mentioned that we were talking too much about Mr. Jones. I myself, in the comments, mentioned how Alex Jones and Glen Beck seem to work both sides of an issue till they fan the flames into something they can use for profits and popularity.
Then this morning I stumbled across this video and thought a little equal time for the FOXies might be interesting. First it would show that we are not trying to pick on any one person. Second it just might illustrate the point that I made and show how we are actually dealing with two sides of the same coin, so to speak.
So I am posting this and posing the question: Are we being handled?
Let’s call it an unofficial poll of the Disinfonauts.
Are either side of these two right wing crews (FOX/Infowars) to be trusted?… Read the rest