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WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section.

1//The Independent, UK
BBC STAFF EXPECT NEWS OUTPUT TO BEAR BRUNT OF COSTCUTTING

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By Danny Schechter

The FOX has come back to guard the henhouse. But if history is any guide, the hens and the chickens will not be too welcoming.

The arrival of the Fox Business News channel is to its backers comparable to the cavalry coming over the hill to save the business world, if not the capitalist system, from detractors if not from itself. Whereas Jesus sought to drive the moneychangers from the Temple, Fox's Roger Ailes has his sights on those subversive "liberals" who have wormed their way into posing as friends of the business world on CNBC. He has vowed to blow them away.

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Congressional Progressive Caucus

Washington, DC - As public opposition to President Bush’s failed Iraq policy continues to mount, a growing bipartisan group of 89 House Members now have co-signed a letter to President Bush to inform him that they will only support appropriating additional funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during FY08 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq before the end of President Bush’s term in office.

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by Norman Solomon

The Blackwater scandal has gotten plenty of media coverage, and it deserves a lot more. Taxpayer subsidies for private mercenaries are antithetical to democracy, and Blackwater's actions in Iraq have often been murderous. But the scandal is unfolding in a U.S. media context that routinely turns criticisms of the war into demands for a better war.

Many politicians are aiding this alchemy. Rhetoric from a House committee early this month audibly yearned for a better war at a highly publicized hearing that featured Erik Prince, the odious CEO of Blackwater USA.

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by Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes

Tuesday, 16 October 2007 05:26

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by Mikey Weinstein

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by Michael Winship

Tom Friedman has been wrong before about the major issues of our time. He supported "globalization" and apparently still does, even though this is finally being revealed to be not at all about "free trade" (e.g., U.S. sugar), as some observers have known for quite some time. Rather it is about the free export of capital to places where it can make a lot more profit for its owners than it could in the U.S. Tom Friedman originally supported the War on Iraq, even though he wasn't sure about WMD.

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