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Losing the Internet as we know it by Megan Tady  CLICK HERE TO FILE NOW!

TOP STORIES

Tell PBS: Don’t abandon hard-hitting journalism from FAIR

White Power USA: The rise of right-wing militias from Democracy Now!

64 new food rules for better health by Michael Pollan

Cops can arrest you for filming them & Police fight cellphone recordings

POLITICS

Obama received $20m from healthcare industry during 2008 campaign

Senator Russ Feingold wary of approaching campaign finance ruling

Lobbyists aided Alaska senator in writing EPA limits bill from McClatchy

Why ACTA negotiations are secret from Slashdot

ECONOMY

Wall Street will be back for more by Chris Hedges

Unemployment: The 2010 time bomb by John Nichols

LISTEN- Matt Taibbi and RFK Jr. on Obama’s sellout to Wall Street

There’s plenty of good news, will the US ever hear it? by David Swanson

THE MEDIA

The fundamental unreliability of America’s media by Glenn Greenwald

Study: Watching TV shortens your life span from LA Times

Your guide to cutting the cord to cable TV from MediaShift

Fox News finally signs up Sarah Palin as commentator from Indecision Forever

AT&T consultant conjures evidence Obama is soft on net neutrality by Tim Karr

Google stops hosting AP News from TechDirt

Radio royalty fight heats up in DC from Forbes

Arbitron CEO resigns after questionable testimony to Congress

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Leaked UN report: Copenhagen cuts would lead to 3C temperature rise

Chilcot Iraq Inquiry: The establishment goes to work from Media Lens

Army specialist jailed for stop-loss hip hop song from Courage to Resist

Add 56,000 new contractors to 30,000 new troops for Afghanistan

NEWS ABOUT THE MEDIA

LPFM passes the House by Candace Clement; Hannah Sassaman reflects

Shield law, anonymity, defining journalism from FindLaw

New ratings system for radio changes the game from NY Times

AT&T tells FCC it loves the idea, not the rules of net neutrality from Wired

Morgan Stanley: Mobile Internet market will be twice desktop size by 2012

FAIR to PBS: Don’t abandon hard-hitting journalism

VIEWPOINTS

Op-ed: Copenhagen & the empire’s new clothes by Amy Goodman

Op-ed: White House as helpless victim on heath care by Glenn Greenwald

Op-ed: The Courage to say no by Naomi Klein

Op-ed: Ruined Senate health bill unsupportable by Keith Olbermann

Op-ed: ‘Party of No’ blocks debate on Sanders’ real reform by John Nichols

ETC

Bush officials emailed bogus rumor blaming Gore for Bin Laden escape

Armey lashes out at Maddow after canceled National Press Club speech

Maddow strikes back at Dick Armey’s nonsensical attack

Police shoot US student’s laptop upon entry to Israel from Haaretz

Ed Schultz to Obama: ‘Your base thinks you’re nothing but a sellout’

Lawmakers push new Buy American bill

Chris Matthews trashes netroots from Think Progress

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ES&S buys Diebold, controls 80% of US electronic voting machines

AT&T donated over $400K to anti-net neutrality senators

Microsoft: White spaces spectrum worth $100 billion over 5 years

Videos: Collected coverage of G20 police response

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Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds Goes on the Record from American Conservative

Redacted: Washington Post Makes Deal with Pentagon from CJR

5 Facts Corporate Media Won’t Tell You About Cannabis by Paul Armentano

New York Times Slams Single-Payer from Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

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In an unusual live Wednesday morning broadcast, I finally produced the 2nd episode of Digital Crossroads of the year. I’ve been reading and highlighting and writing about Gaza. This show is about thinking critically before you trust what you read in the news.

Funeral at UN school struck by Israel

Funeral at UN school struck by Israel

Below you can click to listen to the 30-minute show as it aired on Boise Community Radio and Radio Free Moscow. If you make it all the way through the show, please check out the additional 10 minutes I did live this morning on RadioBoise.org covering Obama’s support from the “defense lobby” as well as reports inside Gaza. Hear from Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian human rights activist, and from Sameh Habeb, a Palestinian photographer. More links and photos after the jump.

To download or stream the show, click here- Gaza: Wake Up America (mp3)

Check out an additional 10 minutes here- DC 2009 B-Side (mp3)

In a story published Jan. 9th by Alternet from New America Media, Shane Bauer covers “What You’d Know About Israel if you Watched Al Jazeera TV.”

He writes, the 350 reporters who descended on Israel when the conflict began are stuck at the border between Israel and Gaza. Instead of giving their viewers up-close pictorial evidence of what is occurring in Gaza, television networks have been restricted to showing their viewers plumes of smoke as they rise in the distance.

“There is nowhere safe in Gaza,” an enraged John Ging, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza told Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros in front of the Al Shifa hospital Thursday. Those words came after the Israeli Defense Forces bombed a UN school that was being used as a refuge. Later in the day, a second UN school was struck by the Israelis, killing at least 40. Ging insisted, “Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized and they have the right to be because there is no safe haven… This violence needs to stop now. Neither side can wait for the other to stop first.”

Meanwhile the world’s only live coverage of the tragedy is kept away from American eyes. While Al Jazeera English competes with CNN and BBC as one of the largest networks in the world, no major American cable provider has been willing to carry the channel since it launched in 2006. But Al Jazeera is finding its way around the problem. Today, Americans can download Livestation, a free program that wil let viewers watch Al Jazeera English and other international networks.

Here’s a timeline looking back at news you likely haven’t seen if you have depended on US network TV and corporate newspapers over the past 2 weeks…

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The second day, Friday, I was up pretty early helping out with Free Speech TV. I ran sound in their amazing and fancy satellite truck. The opening speakers represented a solid mix of viewpoints, with Yolanda Hippensteele, Josh Silver and Robert McChesney (all of Free Press) introducing Adriene Maree Brown from Ruckus Society (who was on Democracy Now! on Friday LISTEN HERE), Lawrence Lessig of Change Congress and Rep. Keith Ellison from here in Minnesota.

In the Free Speech TV lunch room, I had the opportunity to speak with Denis Moynihan and his mom. Last month, he was featured on DN! announcing he was leaving the organization to run FSTV. I spoke with him on mic, and will feature the interview on Digital Crossroads June 13th. I didn’t ask Amy Goodman to do an interview, but she is really excited about Boise Community Radio.

After lunch I kicked it with Erin Gentry at the panel on hip hop community organizing. I hope to play audio from this event on the show, featuring Julie C from 206Zulu and Reclaim the Media, Rosa Clemente from R.E.A.C.HipHop, Shamako Noble (past guest on Crossroads) of Hip Hop Congress, JR Fleming of Coalition to Protect Housing, and Toki Wright of Yo! the Movement from here in Minneapolis.

The next panel I saw was organized by the Future of Music Coalition, looking at new music services and the music industry bottom line. It was hosted by Ann Chaitovitz, the chief at Future of Music, and featured Peter Gordon of Thirsty Ear Records. They both said they would do interviews on an upcoming show. I’m curious to follow up with Peter because he said Sound Exchange, the royalty collection agency, is not as bad as I think.

Bryan Calhoun, who does A&R and new media development for Kanye West and Ludacris talked about widgets and other tools for artist promotion. Plus, Stic.Man of DeadPrez was a surprise guest on the panel and said he was there to learn too, describing his goal as “seeing how to pimp the system even more harder.” He talked about “putting the power in your hands, and no middle man.”

The consensus on the panel is that America needs to preserve network neutrality, because e-commerce shouldn’t be controlled like the physical market. Speaking from the audience, Future of Music’s Michael Bracy said Time Warner’s proposed pay-as-you-use plan could be okay, but the key is protecting the “nondiscriminatory nature” of the web in terms of content.

At this point I went to the packed 24th floor of the Hyatt for a Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting and Institute for Public Accuracy party with free beer. Nobody seemed to have a problem drinking Coors-produced brew as long as somebody else was paying. I talked to Alexandra Peterson from Media Education Foundation and Sam Husseini from Institute for Public Accuracy.

There was an awesome party at a place called The News Room, thrown by Media & Democracy Coalition and others. The free drinks flowed and I met a lot of cool people including Nan Rubin, who is kind of a queen of grassroots radio organizing and Stan Lyles from SEIU United Health Workers West.

After catching some grub at Pancho Villa on Eat Street, I caught up with blogger and video activist Josh Wolf. He talked to me off the record about his thoughts on shield laws and his run for mayor in San Francisco. I’m hoping to interview him this weekend or very soon.

So many business cards to follow up on. Thanks Free Press! This is great!

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