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Thanks for another addition to my blog where I cover Jeff Zucker’s horrible programming decisions.

Me commenting on Alex Jones Conspiracy Theory On Immigration Makes Its Way To CNN | Blog | Media Matters for America

Jeff Zucker is still the 3rd biggest asshat in American television

Someone didn’t make the turn on to H Street.

Someone didn’t make the turn on to H Street.

U.K. nuclear employees ordered to stay home amid increased radiation levels

The Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site, in Cumbria, north-west England, told all non-essential employees not to come to work after the elevated levels were picked up by a monitor at the north end of the site.

"Levels of radioactivity detected are above naturally occurring radiation but well below that which would call for any actions to be taken by the workforce on or off the site," said a statement posted on Sellafield’s website.

"The site is at normal status and employees and operational plants are continuing to operate as investigations continue. All our facilities have positively confirmed there are no abnormal conditions and are operating normally."

The plant is on the coast of the Irish Sea about 300 miles northwest of London and employs more than 10,000 staff. Despite the decreased workforce, it said the facility was still operating a full capacity.

Britain’s nuclear decommissioning authority told Reuters that it was unclear where the radiation is coming from.

A spokesman for the U.K.’s Department of Energy and Climate Change said it was in constant contact with Sellafield, and that there was no reason to believe the situation was more serious than the operator had claimed, Reuters reported.

Sellafield processes spent fuel and no longer produces power from nuclear. It is undergoing a decommissioning and dismantling program, run by a consortium of British company Amec, French group Areva, and U.S. firm URS. 

Reuters contributed to this report.

This is some I didn’t hear on the BBC World Service for the half-hour I was listening to it over night Pacific time.

The hits just keep coming from Rob Ford, literally!

South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela, remains “quite ill” and unable to speak because of tubes that are keeping his lungs clear of fluid, though he is relaxed, his former wife told a South African newspaper.

“He remains very sensitive to any germs, so he has to be kept literally sterile. The bedroom there (in his suburban Johannesburg home) is like an ICU ward,” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told the Sunday Independent. “He is 95 years old and it is difficult for him, because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear the (fluid from his) lungs, and prevent an infection recurring.” Because of those tubes, she said, he communicates through his face.

60 Minutes Benghazi Report Takes A Huge Credibility Hit

But according to the Post, “Jones,” whose real name was confirmed as Dylan Davies, revealed none of those details in the incident report to his security contractor employer that he wrote following the attack. Instead, he wrote that he never got near the compound that night and learned of Stevens’ death from a colleague. From the Post:

In Davies’s 21 / 2-page incident report to Blue Mountain, the Britain-based contractor hired by the State Department to handle perimeter security at the compound, he wrote that he spent most of that night at his Benghazi beach-side villa. Although he attempted to get to the compound, he wrote in the report, “we could not get anywhere near .  . . as roadblocks had been set up.”

He learned of Stevens’s death, Davies wrote, when a Libyan colleague who had been at the hospital came to the villa to show him a cellphone picture of the ambassador’s blackened corpse. Davies wrote that he visited the still-smoking compound the next day to view and photograph the destruction.

The Post reports that Davies’ co-author told them that he was unaware of the incident report ”but suggested that Davies might have dissembled in it because his superiors, whom he contacted by telephone once he was informed that the attack was underway, told him to stay away from the compound.” A CBS spokesman told the paper, “We stand firmly by the story we broadcast last Sunday.”

The 60 Minutes report, which also attempted to revive the long-answered “lingering question” about why no U.S. military forces from outside Libya came to the aid of Americans in the compound, was widely praised by conservative media and received 47 minutes of coverage on Fox News the day after it aired. In response to the CBS segment, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he would block the confirmations of all administration nominees until Benghazi witnesses testify to Congress. 

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.

On leaving the Guardian | Glenn Greenwald

…I really urge everyone to take note of, and stand against, what I and others have written about for years, but which is becoming increasingly more threatening: namely, a sustained and unprecedented
attack on press freedoms
and the news gathering process in the US. That same menacing climate is now manifest in the UK as well, as evidenced by the truly stunning warnings issued this week by British Prime Minister David Cameron:

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday his government was likely to act to stop newspapers publishing what he called damaging leaks from former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden unless they began to behave more responsibly.

"If they (newspapers) don’t demonstrate some social responsibility it will be very difficult for government to stand back and not to act," Cameron told parliament, saying Britain’s Guardian newspaper had "gone on" to print damaging material after initially agreeing to destroy other sensitive data.

There are extremist though influential factions in both countries which want to criminalize not only whistleblowing but the act of journalism itself (pdf). I’m not leaving because of those threats – if anything, they make me want to stay and continue to publish here – but I do believe it’s urgent that everyone who believes in basic press freedoms unite against this.

Allowing journalism to be criminalized is in nobody’s interest other than the states which are trying to achieve that. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in an 1804 letter to John Tyler:

Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.

I hope everyone who believes in basic press freedoms will defend those journalistic outlets when they are under attack – all of them – regardless of how much one likes or does not like them.

Finally: thanks, most of all, to my readers and commenters who participate in so many ways in the journalism I do. I’ve always said that my favorite aspect of online political writing is how interactive and collaborative it is with one’s readers: that has always been, and always will be, crucial in so many ways to what I do.

The epicenter is 6.2 miles below seal level and approximately 200 miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear Power Plant

The epicenter is 6.2 miles below seal level and approximately 200 miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear Power Plant

I assume they are worried about losing access to their sources, particularly on the GOP side since in my opinion they do far more dissembling along with cynical manipulation of language as their core modus operandi. Just another form of extortion the GOP practices. If one examines the Republican Party, almost every of activity they are involved in is an extortion racket. They, or those wielding power on their behalf are currently extorting the American people and the President with the debt ceiling threat, and they are extorting their own members into voting for damaging the country or otherwise be eviscerated in primaries with the weapon of money wielded from their enforcers. Their party has become a criminal enterprise. Politics should not be be cover for what are otherwise criminal acts in our society.