New Research Casts a Critical Eye on Media Consolidation
WASHINGTON -- Today, the Benton Foundation and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) released four independent academic studies on the impact of media consolidation in the United States. The new research focuses on how the concentration of media ownership affects media content, from local news reporting to radio music programming, and how minority groups have fared -- as both media outlet owners and as historically underserved audiences -- in an increasingly deregulated media environment.
DNC: More Contracting Abuses in Iraq; Staying the Course Costing Americans Billions
Washington, DC - According to a new government report, "overhead costs have consumed more than half the budget of some reconstruction projects in Iraq," meaning "that, in some cases, more money was being spent on housing and feeding employees, completing paperwork and providing security than on actual construction" in Iraq. The company with the highest proportion of its costs as overhead was "KBR Inc., the Halliburton subsidiary formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root," which has a number of oil-facility contracts in Iraq. Most disturbing, the costs for many of the Iraqi reconstruction projects "could be even higher than the estimates, the report said" because the Republican-controlled Congress has not properly tracked the billions allocated for Iraq. [New York Times, 10/25/06]
Subject: Rove knows
There you go again.
Beset by discouraging polls and division within ideological ranks, the White House is accelerating efforts to woo back disaffected conservatives and energize the Republican base in a reprise of a strategy that succeeded in the last two campaign cycles.
The GOP Leans on A Proven Strategy: White House Courts Conservative Base (Peter Baker, The Washington Post; bolding mine)
The "strategy" is known as "who needs the voters when you've got the votes?" But "if you're going to rig an election, make sure it's as polarized as possible so it damn well means something."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in an interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS News, said impeachment would be "off the table" if Democrats take over the House of Representatives in November, calling it a "waste of time." She couldn't be more wrong, and most Americans know it.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
How do you like what has happened to freedom and democracy, to America, since this "there is no truth, it's only what you can make them believe" bunch of corrupt crooks took charge??? The Repuglican Majority, including the president, his administration, the Congress, the Supreme Court, all those K-Street lobbyists, and "black-box" voting machines have reduced America to the land of spin, propaganda, disinformation, and downright lies! We the people are being "swift-boated" into oblivion for the sake of power and greed. The founding fathers are surely rolling in their graves!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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DNC: Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice; More troops means more targets for snipers in Iraq
Washington, DC - An article in today's USA Today reports that sniper attacks on U.S. solders in Baghdad have increased in recent months with 36 attacks in October up from the 23 attacks in September. Nearly 3,000 American troops have been killed so far in Iraq. Democrats reject President Bush's stay-the-course strategy and want a new direction in Iraq that takes the target off our troops backs and is both tough and smart.
Limbaugh Says Michael J. Fox Exaggerated Parkinson's Symptoms In Campaign Spot
by Tony Peyser
Yeah, Mike was "acting"
This was quite easy to see
He's just a big liar like
That faker Muhammad Ali.
Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
According to comments made in the past several days by Tony Snow, the US Commander in Iraq, Gen. Casey, US Ambassador to Iraq, Khalilizad, Scott McClellan, and George Bush himself, the Bush Regime has now set forth what they have previously referred to as a "cut and run" strategy for Iraq. That is they have proposed a timetable for American withdrawal and full Iraqi takeover of "security" within the next 18 months or so. Funny how "traitorous, unpatriotic, loser talk about dates certain and scheduled withdrawal" suddenly becomes Georgite policy, but what the hey. It does present the O'RHannibaugh Privatized Ministry of Propaganda with a spin design project of monstrous proportions, but they will figure out a way, I'm sure.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter, MediaChannel.org
Those Vietnam-Iraq parallels are back in the news. Not because the news media has drawn them, or explained why they might be relevant but because one columnist cited one similarity, and President Bush sort of agreed. ...The Voice of America, the government's own propaganda station which calls itself "A trusted source of news and information since 1942" covered the story this way: