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Do you find yourself still wondering how America could have moved so swiftly from where we appeared to be heading in the Fall of 2008 to where we are today? Haven't found answers from the mainstream media?
Real News' CEO and Senior Editor Paul Jay offers a succinct and plausible theory:
Not familiar with Real News? I won't try to explain it. Click the link for an example of the organization's offering, "About Us" for an explanation of what it's up to, and "Board of Directors" for an introduction to some of the personalities.
While I'm at it, if you, too, enjoy getting a variety of perspectives on what's going on, and are not yet familiar with it, check out "Democracy Now!" with Amy Goodman, right on your laptop screen -- one of the best daily hours of television news available anywhere. Here's the automatically updated most recent show:
Check out Democracy Now!'s main Web page to give you a sense of what it provides by way of stories, transcripts, and links each day, and its "About" page, and other links in the left hand column for more background on this remarkable service. As it reports, "Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web."
For one of the best running commentaries about the commercial media, give a listen online to the weekly radio program, "On the Media."
And, not incidentally, each of these operations gains its independence from the fact that it does not accept corporate or government money. Each is heavily financially dependent on contributions from viewers and listeners. So if you're in a holiday giving mood, this would be a good time to send each of them a contribution either online or by check.
Just a thought.
* Why do I put this blog ID at the top of the entry, when you know full well what blog you're reading? Because there are a number of Internet sites that, for whatever reason, simply take the blog entries of others and reproduce them as their own without crediting the source. I don't mind the flattering attention, but would appreciate acknowledgment as the source -- even if I have to embed it myself.
-- Nicholas Johnson