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Biden expected to name 2 FCC picks in race to avert Republican majority

President Joe Biden is expected to name acting Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the agency permanently, three people familiar with the decision said late Monday — giving her a key perch to shape Democrats’ broadband and net neutrality agenda.

Biden is also expected to nominate progressive net neutrality advocate Gigi Sohn, a former FCC official, to the open Democratic seat on the commission, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision is not yet public. The people said the White House has begun telling lawmakers about the imminent announcements.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/2 ... ons-517162
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Greg Palast is amazing

Background Briefing: Freedom to Vote Act It has improvements, it has detriments, and there's an awful lot that's missing. An awful lot.

The Freedom to Vote Act has been put together by a group of Democratic Senators and Joe Manchin, who is now trying to sell it to his Republican colleagues before a vote, which is supposed to take place as early as next week according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

In this edition of the Background Briefing, we discuss what is in the bill as well as what is not. Given that it is highly unlikely that Manchin will win over 10 Republican senators, or even one, we assess what the Plan B might be for the Democrats who will surely lose the 2022 and 2024 elections due to the massive and brazen nationwide Republican voter suppression campaign underway. That is, unless the Democrats get something passed, even if it does not make the electoral playing field completely level.

https://www.gregpalast.com/freedom-to-v ... -briefing/
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Greg is that.
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Left-wing Midwest media outlet launching with backing from Dem donor

A major Democratic donor is funding a new media outlet that launched Thursday, aimed at covering state and local races in the Midwest as the latest entrant into the growing partisan-media landscape.

The outfit combines Heartland Signal, a new digital news site that will focus on midterm coverage, and WCPT, an existing progressive talk radio station with a large footprint in Midwestern states. It’s all backed by Fred Eychaner, a Democratic donor based in Chicago, who has given approximately $100 million to Democratic causes over the last two decades, according to federal campaign finance records.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/1 ... nch-522919
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Pascrell, Menendez, & Booker applaud WJLP’s commitment to New Jersey news coverage

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9), along with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ), are applauding WJLP’s commitment to New Jersey news coverage.

“There may be no state whose population suffers more from a lack of local news coverage than New Jersey. That the presumptive new owner of WJLP has told us they are committed to providing local and state news coverage on that New Jersey-based channel is gratifying,” the members said in a joint statement in response to Weigel Broadcasting’s commitment.

https://hudsoncountyview.com/pascrell-m ... -coverage/
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ap215 wrote: Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:27 am Left-wing Midwest media outlet launching with backing from Dem donor

A major Democratic donor is funding a new media outlet that launched Thursday, aimed at covering state and local races in the Midwest as the latest entrant into the growing partisan-media landscape.

The outfit combines Heartland Signal, a new digital news site that will focus on midterm coverage, and WCPT, an existing progressive talk radio station with a large footprint in Midwestern states. It’s all backed by Fred Eychaner, a Democratic donor based in Chicago, who has given approximately $100 million to Democratic causes over the last two decades, according to federal campaign finance records.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/1 ... nch-522919
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Nothing shows bias more than claiming all major media and news outlets in this country are liberal or left wing biased.

On the other hand, even Faux will admit, the "fair and unbiased" moniker is a bit of a troll/joke.
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ProfX wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:11 am Nothing shows bias more than claiming all major media and news outlets in this country are liberal or left wing biased.

On the other hand, even Faux will admit, the "fair and unbiased" moniker is a bit of a troll/joke.
Or those who claim MSM is conservative.
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Bludogdem wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:54 am Or those who claim MSM is conservative.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

You can't even pretend not to be a right-wing apologist!
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Bludogdem wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:54 am Or those who claim MSM is conservative.
Never have argued that personally.

But this I would: most major multinational media corporations tend to have a corporate bias, because they are, well, corporations. Almost every (remaining) newspaper has a business section; very few have labor sections.

Secondly, they usually have boards of directors made up from people from a variety of corporate sectors, like banking or energy, and can reflect how they cover those industries.

Third, they can be very cautious in writing stories that could get them sued (like the tobacco industry) or cause them to lose advertisers.

Finally, while journalists are (on average) as about as liberal as Americans with the same level of education, editors and publishers who have the final say on what stories get run, are usually as conservative as people of their socio-economic background.

This leads some liberals I have known to say they won't listen to anything but, say, Democracy Now. I do peruse the alternative media, like DN or the Nation, but that doesn't mean I reject the so-called "mainstream," but I filter for bias. I wouldn't call it conservative. I would call it corporate.

BTW, I also like PBS and NPR but even their own ombudsmen have noted their need for corporate underwriting for programming has an effect, even if they refuse advertising.
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ProfX wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:03 pm Never have argued that personally.

But this I would: most major multinational media corporations tend to have a corporate bias, because they are, well, corporations. Almost every (remaining) newspaper has a business section; very few have labor sections.

Secondly, they usually have boards of directors made up from people from a variety of corporate sectors, like banking or energy, and can reflect how they cover those industries.

Third, they can be very cautious in writing stories that could get them sued (like the tobacco industry) or cause them to lose advertisers.

Finally, while journalists are (on average) as about as liberal as Americans with the same level of education, editors and publishers who have the final say on what stories get run, are usually as conservative as people of their socio-economic background.

This leads some liberals I have known to say they won't listen to anything but, say, Democracy Now. I do peruse the alternative media, like DN or the Nation, but that doesn't mean I reject the so-called "mainstream," but I filter for bias. I wouldn't call it conservative. I would call it corporate.

BTW, I also like PBS and NPR but even their own ombudsmen have noted their need for corporate underwriting for programming has an effect, even if they refuse advertising.
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I think my media critique is a bit more sophisticated than that. As I said.

Saying the media (as a whole) has a particular ideological bias - nah.

MSNBC leans liberal. DN further left. Faux News conservative. OANN far right. But those are edge cases. In looking at, say, NBC, ABC, or most major newspapers, I think the bias is not simply ideological. It's more complex.

I forgot to mention one other problem: when media are profit driven, this leads to a certain intrinsic preference for stories that grab eyeballs. Sensationalism. Shock. Celebrity scandals. "If it bleeds it leads". "Clickbait" they call it on the Internet. For certain, PBS tries to avoid that.

Could be because I actually have done some graduate work in media research and analysis, and we covered these subjects. Not because I golf with a lot of journalists. Although, at times, I have dabbled in doing some journalism.
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Disney names Susan Arnold as board chair, replacing Bob Iger

Susan Arnold is taking over as Disney’s chairman of the board, the company announced Wednesday.

She’ll succeed Bob Iger, who stepped down as Disney CEO early last year. Iger has served as chairman of the board since 2012 and is set to leave the position effective Dec. 31.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/01/disney- ... -iger.html
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I have a real degree in journalism. It was after I switched my major from history, and before I did my post-grad in movies. It came with a dandy diploma I could frame and hang on the wall, though I didn't do that, and some limited clout that sold a few freelance projects and got me quite a few bylines.

I think I understand the news business. The keyword here is "business." The news was considered public service in the early days of television, but that got wiped out by the corporations and their President Ray Gun many decades ago. In screaming-headline print, and now on AI algorithm ad-view-driven Internet, it was always a business. "If it bleeds, it leads," and "You guys take the pictures, I'll supply the war," are real sayings from real media network owners. Old, but real, and still operative.

Success in media is defined by how much income one can produce for stockholders and/or business owners. That's it. It doesn't matter whether the product, and it IS a product, has any social benefit, and in fact it generally works better to create a good bottom line when it doesn't. It's a vice. People indulge their fear and/or horniness and/or blood lust.

Transcripts of Congressional speeches don't sell. Reasons why you need to be scared or generally aroused sell. Papers want copy that grips readers. Internet sells popularity, or the illusion of same. TV stations want you glued to the screen because you think your city isn't safe. This last one tends to be a self fulfilling prophecy, making for more scared people with loaded guns at the ready, and more dangerous cities.

The first stage of understanding is to view news as a product. After that, it all falls together and you become media-savvy.
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An introduction to Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s new CEO

Twitter has a new CEO: Parag Agrawal, who’ll be taking over for Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, the longest-serving chief executive in the company’s 15-plus-year history.

Agrawal isn’t the most well-known of names either inside or outside of Twitter. He’s been with the company for over a decade, though, working his way up from an engineer to become its top executive (and a close friend of Dorsey’s). Agrawal first started at Twitter back in October 2011 with a focus on ad products, and he became the first recipient of the company’s “Distinguished Engineer” title. He was later appointed chief technology officer in October 2017, during which time he’s jumped in to address high-profile problems (like a large-scale password security issue) and take on some of the company’s bolder initiatives (like decentralization). But despite that long tenure, Agrawal, who is 37, hasn’t spent much time in the public eye — something that will immediately change with his new role.

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White House points finger at the press

The Biden White House, plagued by low approval ratings that have weakened the president’s clout and raised fears among Democrats over next year’s midterms, is blaming the media for some of its problems.

Administration officials are increasingly pointing the finger at the press, saying news organizations are unfairly covering the White House and contributing to Biden’s tenuous public standing nearly a year into his presidency.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administra ... -the-press
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Glennfs wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:36 am What CBS NBC ABC MSNBC CNN NPR and almost every major newspaper isn't enough
Almost every single MSM outlet, including most in your list, are owned by conservative corps and advertisers. One of the biggest lies ever told by conservatives is that the MSM is liberal. It’s not.
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ap215 wrote: Fri Dec 10, 2021 7:45 am White House points finger at the press

The Biden White House, plagued by low approval ratings that have weakened the president’s clout and raised fears among Democrats over next year’s midterms, is blaming the media for some of its problems.

Administration officials are increasingly pointing the finger at the press, saying news organizations are unfairly covering the White House and contributing to Biden’s tenuous public standing nearly a year into his presidency.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administra ... -the-press
Sounds like to “go to” play for any president whose approval is slipping. Blame the press.
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JoeMemphis wrote: Fri Dec 10, 2021 8:59 am Sounds like to “go to” play for any president whose approval is slipping. Blame the press.
It's what the GOP does 24-7.
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There's no logical reason for the MSM's constant attack on Joe Biden. Biden is doing very well and that should be reflected. But Trump spent the last 5 years corrupting the entire system and there's an ongoing coup in progress. Anyone paying attention would know this.
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Drak wrote: Fri Dec 10, 2021 9:58 am There's no logical reason for the MSM's constant attack on Joe Biden. Biden is doing very well and that should be reflected. But Trump spent the last 5 years corrupting the entire system and there's an ongoing coup in progress. Anyone paying attention would know this.
Since when has media coverage been logical? I think that’s Zowie’s point. It’s a business. And it caters to ratings.
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JoeMemphis wrote: Fri Dec 10, 2021 10:01 am Since when has media coverage been logical? I think that’s Zowie’s point. It’s a business. And it caters to ratings.
It's not just about ratings.
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JoeMemphis wrote: Fri Dec 10, 2021 10:01 am Since when has media coverage been logical? I think that’s Zowie’s point. It’s a business. And it caters to ratings.
And Fox News caters to Putin.
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Drak wrote: Fri Dec 10, 2021 10:03 am It's not just about ratings.
I dunno. I think the coverage eventually goes where the ratings go. But opinions may vary. Presidents always blame the media when they get bad press. When’s the last time a President said “ yep I deserved the bad press”. It doesn’t happen.
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JoeMemphis wrote: Fri Dec 10, 2021 10:09 am I dunno. I think the coverage eventually goes where the ratings go. But opinions may vary. Presidents always blame the media when they get bad press. When’s the last time a President said “ yep I deserved the bad press”. It doesn’t happen.
Certainly not Republicans. Democrats DO admit mistakes.
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