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Hillary Clinton has many legitimate faults as a candidate, but this kind of Crazy Eyes ☭linton picture is something fit for a Fox Noise also-ran website…maybe a Breitbart, Drudge or a World Noise Now; but not La Opinión, that’s for sure.

Hillary Clinton has many legitimate faults as a candidate, but this kind of Crazy Eyes ☭linton picture is something fit for a Fox Noise also-ran website…maybe a Breitbart, Drudge or a World Noise Now; but not La Opinión, that’s for sure.

Alec Baldwin is dropping out of public life, its all over the internet and I'm just not interested in reading all about it right now.

Tumblr, could you do me a favor and be a bookmark for all of this for a non-specific point of time in the future?

They sure did.  Critics pounced on Time's puff piece; interestingly, one of the more helpful pieces came from USA Today (2/19/14), under the headline “Everyone Giddy Over Mexico–Except Mexicans.” It turns out that while Time thinks Peña Nieto is saving Mexico, Mexicans give him very low marks; he has a 32 percent approval rating. And those “reforms” being touted by Time leave many Mexicans wondering if they’ll see any benefit; foreign oil companies might profit from oil drilling, but what will that do for Mexican citizens? And actual growth in 2013 was 1.3 percent–well short of the sunny 3.5 percent growth that was forecast.

One critic, Bill Conroy of NarcoNews (2/17/14), noted that a few weeks earlier Time had published a 14-page advertising spread touting Mexico’s turnaround, sponsored by the government and corporate interests. Conroy argues that Time's journalism and this advertorial bore some striking resemblances. The magazine disagreed, of course; but it's worth recalling that Time, Inc. has already declared that part of  the company’s new business strategy will include blurring the line between editorial and advertising (FAIR Blog, 1/2/14). As the New York Times reported (12/30/13),  ”The newsroom staffs at Time Inc.’s magazines will report to the business executives.”
After appearing on SNL in the 80’s, Jackson had largely faded from public view until she reshaped herself in recent years as a tea party activist and conservative bomb-thrower. Her proclamations that Obama is definitely a communist and possibly the Antichrist sparked something of a second career, leading to a stint as a columnist for conspiracy website WND, a web-TV series, occasional Fox News interviews, and regular appearances at conservative and tea party events. 

This week, Jackson ”filed to run as an independent candidate for a seat on a county commission outside Nashville, Tenn.”

During an interview promoting her book on Fox News last year, Jackson told Bill O’Reilly that while she had always been a Christian, she was apolitical until 2007 when she discovered an “underground conservative group of people” in Los Angeles that “educated” her about how a communist named Barack Obama was running for president. Miami New Times profile of Jackson from 2012 tracing her journey from SNL to the tea party explains that while she refuses to name the “secret organization” that helped awaken her political side, she “is clearly talking about Friends of Abe,” a group of conservative celebrities whose members reportedly include Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, Pat Boone, and Gary Sinise.

After this political awakening, Jackson took to political blogging, making headlines in 2008 for writing on her website that Obama “bears traits that resemble the anti-Christ” and asserting that it was important to “ask if Barack Hussein Obama could be a Muslim terrorist sympathizer or a Marxist mole.” Despite her extremism and nonsensical political views, she was nonetheless quickly absorbed into the conservative movement, appearing in an October 2008 National Republican Senatorial Committee ad attacking her former SNL colleague Al Franken

Jackson’s fledgling conservatism was apparently heavily influenced by Fox News and its fever swamp coverage of Obama’s first term. 

Someone else understands why it wasn't THAT big of a deal that MSNBC cut away to Jane Harmon to something having to do with Justin Bieber getting busted in Miami

What so bloody few have done was to consider the record of the subject who was dumped to cover the pop-tart being arraigned or getting out of jail or who cares what. Jane Harmon was a member of congress who plain old sucked on civil liberties and privacy.

The people up-in-arms about the cut away from Harmon can only do it in ignorance of Harmon’s record just as they didn’t know better to blame Phil Griffin for the departure of Keith Olbermann, Cenk Uygur or Martin Bashir. Anyone in the know would have seen the cut away as an improvement to Andrea Mitchell’s habit of flipping through her Golden Rolodex for an hour every weekday.

Morell is, of course, free to hold those opinions, though given his long tenure at the CIA, it’s not terribly surprising that he sees the world the way he does. What’s interesting, and disappointing, is that CBS thinks their network newscasts need to hear more regularly from someone who believes that the US government should keep a record of every phone call its citizens make and every email they send.

And they’re not the only ones making curious decisions. As Yousef Munayyer noted (Permission to Narrate, 1/4/14), CNN has just hired former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren as a Mideast contributor. Munayyer noted that CNN's coverage of Israel/Palestine had already been tilted in favor of Israeli guests. So why the need to add one more? Will CNN be hiring a contributor to provide analysis from a Palestinian perspective?

These are the kinds of hires that remind you that corporate media aren’t looking to expand the debate on important issues. They’re interested in keeping things as narrow as they already are.

Latinos and other people of color have long faced discrimination at the hands of mainstream media. What is exciting for us about the internet is that we are able to share our own stories fairly and accurately, to push back against discrimination, to organize our community for positive change, and even in many cases to earn a living. So this is vitally important for communities of color.

And it’s also vitally important for anyone who does not have broadband today. Nearly a million Americans, mostly black and brown people, have no broadband access at home. This is an opportunity to divide. It’s a digital divide that is creating further barriers for some of our most disenfranchised communities to get equal access to education, to job applications, to healthcare, to civic engagement opportunities, and to get informed and communicate with their family and friends.

And so it’s vitally important that the FCC go back to the drawing board, reclassify broadband providers as common carriers, and get the ball rolling to not only ensure equality and network neutrality on the internet, but also expand federal policies that help make broadband more affordable. It has an authority problem right now that is related to this case. And if it asserts Title II authority and treats broadband providers as common carriers, there are a variety of options that they can pursue to help make broadband more affordable so that our communities start getting more and more connected.

Latinos, the Latino community is one of the least connected communities. Just over 50 percent of Latinos in the U.S. have broadband internet access at home. That number drops to 38 percent for Spanish speakers. And so we really need to close the divide.

And one way to do it would be for the FCC to assert its authority over broadband and ensure that it’s actually affordable, because it’s not today. We have some of the most expensive and least of—and slowest (excuse me) internet of many of our allies in the international community. And so we need to change that.

Gonzalez is covering the transmission end of the pipe. What isn’t covered in this piece is that Latinos have little access to the reception of he pipe.

Black spot China RT @nxthompson Mapping freedom of the press: )— Kristie Lu Stout CNN (@klustout) December 16, 2013

You know what’s offensive, RT? You pretend not to be a right-hand engineered Pravda that is the tool of the Putin regime in defaming the USA for good cause while you don’t have the stones to allow anyone commenting on your stories to post legitimate links to legitimate content from anywhere else on the internet.

Absolutely, it is your site and U.S. law says you can do anything with it you choose; that includes being hypocritical and petty in the way you administer it.

But now NBC News plans to take its relationship with the Andersons a step further — into potentially questionable ethical territory.

The network confirmed Tuesday that it is in negotiations with the Andersons to produce “long-form” programming about Hannah Anderson’s abduction in August by a family friend, James Lee DiMaggio Jr. Sources at the network say the Andersons could receive more than $100,000 for their cooperation in the making of a documentary or some other nonfiction program. NBC won’t confirm the figure.

NBC News subsidiary’s deal with the Andersons raises old ethics questions - The Washington Post

My 2¢: if it ends up on Dateline, where no content of much significance is broadcasted, then it will be money well spent on content.