The Rise of Establishment Reporting: How a Crisis in Journalism Led to the “Cult of Balance” By John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney

10 November 2013 — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

I.F. Stone

Journalism awards are named after I.F. Stone today, but major newspapers shunned him in his prime

A crisis in journalism lasted from the 1890s until the 1920s. Party-driven journalism had disintegrated, the increasingly lucrative and powerful newspaper magnates ruled their independent empires and exercised considerable political power, and the pursuit of profit sometimes led to an incredible, even appalling, journalism. Mounting public anger and dissatisfaction with the journalism of this era produced what became the first great existential crisis for journalism.

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Truth hurts: 25 Palestinian social media activists detained for ‘incitement’ By Annie Robbins

10 November 2013 — Mondoweiss

Last Thursday Israel rounded up 25 Palestinian activists because of their social media postings on Facebook, and it didn’t warrant a blurp in the mainstream press. The activists were  hauled off after their homes were raided in East Jerusalem, due to their Facebook postings.

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Feds Accused of Harassing “Boston Bomber” Friends, and Friends of Friends By Dave Lindorff, Russ Baker and Milicent Cranor

29 October 2013 — Who What Why

handsIn the six months since the Boston Marathon bombing, the FBI has by all appearances been relentlessly intimidating, punishing, deporting and, in one case, shooting to death, persons connected, sometimes only tangentially, with the alleged bombers.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 9 November 2013: Government to confirm destruction of Bedouin village; Jewish town to be built on site

9 November 2013 — VTJP


Ma’an News

Dozens injured after settlers attack Palestinian villagers near Nablus
11/9/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers and soldiers attacked Palestinian villagers south of Nablus on Saturday afternoon, leading to dozens of Palestinian casualties from excessive tear gas. Clashes broke out in the village of Burin after settlers attacked Palestinian locals in the village’s eastern neighborhood, said Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank. Israeli forces….

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