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Prometheus takes the show on the road

LPFM strategies across the South from Prometheus Radio

Exploring the power of participatory radio in the Deep South

Raleigh’s racist radio from No Warning Shots Fired

Baton Rough Progressive Network gets their radio license back

LPFM: Light at the end of the tunnel? from Reclaim the Media

LPFM bill poised for passage from Prometheus Radio

KYRS children’s program wins Chase Youth award

Building hope from outside in, reaching inmates through the airwaves

The spectrum buy back plan and radio from Inside Music Media

CRB approves settlement for royalty rates for ‘new subscription services’

Broadcasters enter into consent decrees for fines on public inspection files

The time to rethink your spot load is now from Ross on Radio

Political pundit David Pakman, age 25, has 65 affiliates for his radio show

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Today’s leaders are armed with powerful high-tech weaponry and the pervasive influence of government-friendly Hollywood executives and a highly partisan echo chamber. TV News needs to start doing better reporting on the effects of what has actually been done by politicians and other officials and stop spending so much time covering stories that perpetuate the info Americans keep getting wrong.

Ask around. While TV News continues to act, for example, as a Dick Cheney bullhorn, a mass of Americans are in the palm of his hand. Too many citizens are ravenous for an unnecessary war with Iran, defensive about waterboarding in secret prisons, callous toward the widespread killing of innocent civilians, and oblivious to endless global military occupations. As so many millions of impressions are made with selective storytelling and repeated with carefully constructed talking points, these subjects can hardly be brought up in public without preparation for tough conversations!

TV News rarely ever connects the dots. The outcome of their cursed desire for more and more exclusive access is harm inflicted on so many thousands of American youths by the US military, as well as Congress. The ex-CEO of Halliburton influenced the very same government contracts now creating minor, yet palpable public outrage whenever abuses and fraud are revealed. The apparent shortage of public disapproval for war profiteering is enabled by the willingness of TV News to omit the very real, very human stories of young Americans (and innocent civilians) destroyed by US occupations.

So get to work, TV News, reveal the rest of the story. Fabulous ratings await. Tell the stories of veterans fighting to overcome lost limbs. Explore the research on birth defects from chemical weapons. Shed light on the psychological damage of PTSD and the flow of veterans toward homelessness. Check out the differences between repressive regimes and their civilian populations. Americans deserve to know all that tax and national debt is being spent on.

Or else ever-evolving news organizations and public interest activists will eventually reach a large enough audience through other technologies besides TV to inform America about the ugly side of the war machine. The word is already out about complicit media institutions who have perpetrated a massive cover-up of their own involvement in domestic propaganda, disinformation on world affairs, even illegal wiretaps.

Too many patriotic, liberty-minded Americans have already begun to investigate. Once more reporters and activists empower an American public equipped with enough knowledge to use leadership and diplomacy instead of the bodies of so many thousand American youths, and foreign policy changes, a decreasing audience will still look to the knuckle-dragging TV News to hear the latest utterance of the mouthpiece.

The time to invest everything in investigation is now. The grip of TV News on the American psyche is already getting threatened by developments in social technology and the corporations who own and/or control TV News could be dramatically weakened by an administration determined to push through public interest technology policy in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission.

An informed populace will decide for itself what is best for democracy. The age of endless foreign wars and skyrocketing national debt will end. Hopefully as the empire crumbles, Americans will finally force the US government to become more democratic. We’ve sung of liberty but in order for freedom to ring truth must be amplified.

Otherwise, the cycle of powerful actors scheming up black ops, convinced their activities will not receive the illumination of public disclosure, will only continue. And the American public will keep making grave fundamental mistakes in assessing the rapid developments in global politics – a dangerous precedent for human life and liberty.
Gavin Dahl is a contributor to Raw Story, Boise Weekly, Common Frequency, Reclaim the Media, KRFC Radio & other independent media outlets & nonprofits.

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TECHNOLOGY

Why is the White House backing away from net neutrality?

FCC delays new national broadband plan for another month

‘TV Everywhere’ takes even more public interest advocacy heat

TASER’s new weapon: Mobile phone monitoring for parents

POLITICS

How the Teamsters beat Goldman Sachs, saved 30,000 jobs

Maddow: Giuliani’s ‘whole brand’ based on exploiting 9/11

Doing journalism in 2010 is an act of community organizing

Palin’s inaccuracies helped McCain lessen vote margin in ’08

CULTURE

Prop. 8: Fight over gay marriage going to trial in federal court

Army soldier imprisoned for lyrics of ‘Stop Loss’ hip hop song

Conan, Leno to fight in a pit, whoever wins ‘gets to leave NBC’

The age of privacy is over, says Facebook founder Zuckerberg

ECONOMY

Impact of Urban Wal-Mart study: 0 jobs brought to Chicago

For unemployed professionals, new job often means a pay cut

House committee wants Geithner to testify on AIG bailout $

Bill Moyers: Wall Street is riding a ‘surging ocean of greed’

ETC

Bono, your Palestinian Gandhis exist, in graves and prisons

Ecuador to grant radio frequencies to its indigenous nations

USDA has no problem with ammonia in our hamburger meat

Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law ‘fires a rocket’ at Roger Ailes

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Watch the documentary by Big Noise Films, This is What Democracy Looks Like:

10 years ago: Indymedia’s grassroots daily coverage from Reclaim the Media

Battle in Seattle: 10 years after the WTO from Counterpunch

Democracy Now: David Solnit, ‘The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle’

Bankers’ scheme to re-open worldwide finance casino by Greg Palast

Listen to Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men interviewed by Joaquin Uy

Watch Seattle’s Blue Scholars perform “50 Thousand Deep” live at Sasquatch:

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I get frustrated reading interesting news stories and then doing nothing with them. So partly to clean up my browsers full of tabs and mainly to try and encourage my friends (and strangers, too, I guess) to read more stories that matter I’m going to start blogging notes about the news I’m reading. These will be mostly just lists of stories with links for now. Let me know what you think, and please post stories you’re reading in the comment section.

We’re Screwed: The Yes Men Strike Again from Common Dreams

Why Is Obama Still Using Blackwater? by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports

Dem. Senators’ New Bill Could Eliminate Telecom Immunity from Raw Story

Campaign Finance 527 Rules Overturned from US PIRG

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Reclaim the Media published my report on the IWantMyRocky.com and Free Press event in Denver last week. It was cool.

Read all about it by clicking HERE.

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ListenUpNW

Executive Producer Yuko Kodama included a few questions from my extended Amy Goodman interview on the latest Listen Up NW show, distributed by Reclaim the Media.

Amy Goodman in Utah

Amy Goodman in Utah

Amy Goodman is a host and producer of the daily news program Democracy Now. You can download or listen to my full interview with her by clicking HERE.

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