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Common Cause on the outcomes of the Citizens United case

Supreme Court rips up campaign spending limits on corporations from NPR

Transnational corporate class empowered to buy Congress by Greg Palast

Critics: ‘Destructive’ decision ’empowers corruption’ from Raw Story

Dems plan to push bill to limit impact of decision from The Hill

‘A rejection of the common sense of the American people’ from Think Progress

The problem isn’t the law, its the court by Doug Kendall

The Supreme Court’s nonviolent corporate coup by Miles Mogulescu

Citizens United: What happens next by Rick Hasen

GOP overjoyed by unprecedented influence corps will now have in campaigns

Citizens’ movement emerges to overrule the court from Reclaim Democracy

Decision a stunning blow to democracy by Jon Bartholomew

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Denver mayor Hickenlooper vs. VT Sen. Sanders

War is peace & right is center: Newspeak skews political debate by David Sirota

TOP 4

Fri. news dump: ACLU wins release of names of Bagram detainees from FDL

Rep. Schakowsky prepares legislation to ban Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill

Sen. Dodd may drop consumer protection agency from Wall St Journal

Scientists cautiously optimistic as Doomsday clock reset from AFP

MEDIA

Read the best of the 13,000 net neutrality comments now on the public record

How the music industry is about to change from Inside Music Media

Jan. 31 deadline approaches for Internet radio stations from Broadcast Law Blog

Clear Channel debuts Google-like contextual radio ad platform from MediaPost

ETC

Reporter Dahr Jamail on Iraq War vet jailed for writing Stop Loss hip hop song

Beijing police cancel China’s 1st ever gay pageant from AFP

NY Post claims Lou Dobbs will not run for office from Think Progress

A letter to Rush Limbaugh by Roger Ebert

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Ansel Herz, US journalist on the ground in Haiti, interviewed by Wolf Blitzer

As aid efforts flounder, Haitians rely on each other by Ansel Herz

Exiled in S. Africa, former president Aristide wants to return from Democracy Now

IMF leverages crisis, offering loans with neoliberal conditions from The Nation

Naomi Klein: Stop disaster capitalists before they strike again

How Washington’s plot worsened the earthquake disaster by Max Blumenthal

Control & exploitation: Our role in Haiti’s plight from The Guardian UK

What you’re not hearing about Haiti but should be from Common Dreams

Bush is responsible for destroying Haitian democracy from Democracy Now

George W Bush joins relief effort, despite ordering coup! from Think Progress

UPS not shipping for free, American Airlines not flying for free from CNN

As wallets open for Haiti, credit card companies take a big cut from Huff Po

Truth about Wyclef Jean’s shady Yele Haiti Foundation from The Smoking Gun

NBA’s only Haitian player Sam Dalembert gives $100,000 from Democracy Now

Fox News has no idea how to cover the Haiti crisis by Eric Boehlert

Haiti ambassador shames ‘utterly stupid’ Pat Robertson from Raw Story

George Clooney and MTV Networks working on Haiti telethon for Jan. 22

Max Blumenthal on Dubya’s role in Haitian coup from Democracy Now (2004)

JG on The Haiti boomerang from Counterpunch (2004)

Noam Chomsky on The tragedy of Haiti from Truthout (1993)

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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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Today: Future of Music policy summit live blog day 3 of 3

Apple quits US Chamber of Commerce from Think Progress

Telecom astroturf leader gives self ethics award from DSL Reports

Sen. Franken: Remarks on net neutrality at Future of Music policy summit

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LISTEN RIGHT NOW to the first Digital Crossroads recorded in the downtown Boise studio at Boise Community Radio. The show is now 29 minutes, and available here and on Pacifica’s Audioport every Friday after airing at 11 AM in the mountain time zone.

Digital Crossroads is a radio program all about media literacy and media justice. Learn how technology politics affect free speech, journalism and your everyday life with headlines, clips and original interviews coming to you weekly, focusing on community media, grassroots activists, and government officials. Coverage including the February 2009 digital TV transition, media policies in Congress and at the FCC, privacy & surveillance, net neutrality, elections & voting, radio & recordings and international press freedom.

Today, a dramatic feature with two interviews and clip. In September I was in Austin, Texas and attended the major commercial radio lobby’s trade show, held in the Austin Convention Center, which was also sheltering more than 1200 Hurricane Ike evacuees from Galveston. Listen to audio from the keynote speaker and an evacuee. Then hear analysis from Jim Ellinger, international community radio consultant based in Austin. Remember, change starts with you.

ELECTIONS&VOTING_ McCain’s tax cut benefits corporate media

According to an analysis published October 4th on Think Progress Republican Presidential candidate John McCain’s economic plan includes large tax cuts for corporations. The Center for American Progress Action Fund suggests McCain would create the largest deficit in 25 years by doubling President Bush’s tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. Think Progress points out recent criticism by cable channel Fox News of liberal American media companies’ obvious and transparent agenda. However, McCain’s tax cuts could net General Electric/NBC $25 million, News Corp/Fox $80 million, Viacom/CBS $190 million, Time Warner/CNN $500 million, and Walt Disney/ABC $640 million. America’s five largest media corporations made worldwide profits of more than $36 billion in 2007.

ELECTIONS&VOTING_ Counting every vote in Florida in 2008

Kim Zetter wrote October 7th for Wired that the pivotal election battleground of Palm Beach County, Florida has twice flipped the winner in a local judicial race, revealing serious problems with the county’s infrastructure one month before the presidential election. Some vote tabulation machines were literally unable to produce the same results twice. The story has more twists than all the lousy movies by the director of The Sixth Sense combined. An August 26th primary election was close enough to force a recount. Then more than 3,400 ballots mysteriously disappeared and a different winner was declared. After a prolonged hunt, the county found them, also turning up more than 200 different ballots that officials never knew were missing. The original winner was victorious. However, optical-scan tabulation machines made by Sequoia Voting Systems rejected about 12,000 ballots and officials found legitimate votes that were marked clearly and correctly and should have been read by the machines. Other ballots were not marked correctly, but still indicated a clear choice by the voter. The winner was the same, but his margin of victory had gone down from 115 to 58 votes. Incredibly, officials then discovered 159 ballots from 54 precincts that had not been tabulated. The story goes on and on. Palm Beach County was using new optical-scan machines that it recently purchased from Sequoia for $5.5 million to replace paperless touchscreen machines the county purchased in 2002, which were bought to replace punch card machines involved in the 2000 election debacle. Pamela Smith of VerifiedVoting.Org told Wired it’s not enough to have paper ballots. Counties with optical scanners need robust testing and manual audits. Palm Beach Post reports the county has asked Sequoia to test all eight of its high-speed optical scanners before November 4th.

PRIVACY&SURVEILLANCE_ Skype: We didn’t know, and there are no security problems

Veteran reporter Marguerite Reardon wrote October 3rd on CNET that Skype’s president claims he was not aware Skype’s Chinese partner TOM-Skype was logging and storing users’ instant messages, when they were deemed offensive by the Chinese government. All ISPs in China are required to monitor communications, as Skype disclosed to users in 2006. A text filter blocks certain words in chat messages, including keywords related to Taiwanese independence, banned religious group Falon Gong and political opposition to the Chinese Communist Party. Researchers at University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab published a report saying TOM-Skype is logging and capturing millions of records including personal information and contact details for any text chat and voice calls to TOM-Skype users, including from Skype users. Still, Skype president Josh Silverman insists “Skype-to-Skype communications are, and always have been, completely secure and private.”

PRIVACY&SURVEILLANCE_ NSA has repeatedly abused wiretaps, listening to Americans calling Americans

Mike Masnick reported October 9th on TechDirt that leaks are coming out highlighting NSA spying on Americans in the wake of Congress granting retroactive immunity to the telecommunications companies for agreeing with the Bush administration’s illegal warrantless wiretapping. Under General Michael Hayden’s leadership the NSA created a domestic telephone call database, but Hayden stated conversations between Americans were not being intercepted. “We are narrowly focused and drilled on protecting the nation against al Qaeda and those organizations who are affiliated with it. It’s not for the heck of it.” In fact, according to ABC News, two separate “intercept operators” have come forward separately, saying they listened in on innocent calls between two Americans. Not only were calls between Americans listened to and recorded on a regular basis, highlights were sent around to other operators. One operator said that on a regular basis messages were forwarded because of “good phone sex” or “pillow talk”.


JOURNALISM&FREE SPEECH_ California passed anti-censorship journalism adviser bill

Alberto Morales of Student Press Law Center wrote September 29th about a new bill signed into law by Governator Ahhnold Schwarzenegger in California that protects high school and college teachers, in addition to all other school employees, from being retaliated against because of student speech. State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) introduced Senate Bill 1370, building on other protective student journalism measures in California’s Education Code. Yee said in a statement, “Allowing a school administration to censor in any way is contrary to the democratic process and the ability of a student newspaper to serve as the watchdog and bring sunshine to the actions of school administrators.” Senator Lee continued, “It is quite disheartening to hear, that after we specifically prohibited prior restraint by administrators, that some are engaging in this type of nefarious activity and even firing quality teachers because of content in the student newspaper.” Adam Keigwin, Yee’s communications director, said “I would hope there are some legislators out there in other states who are listening and cutting and pasting our law into a bill of their own.” California’s Governator signed 163 bills, while vetoing 226 others all in the last weekend of September, once the state budget was finally passed.

JOURNALISM&FREE SPEECH_ New Delhi journalist murdered

Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper Gulf Times reported October 4th that television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan was murdered. Described as honest and fearless by her former Kamla Nehru College journalism teacher Radhika Khanna, the young woman was found dead in her car around 3:30 in the morning after having returned home from work. The killing of the 25-year old woman, called by her former teacher a “sad reminder of the insecurity in our lives” has led to a ‘Justice for Soumya’ campaign organized by her colleagues at the Headlines Today news channel. A petition demanding justice was to be presented to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders, in addition to online social networking campaigns. At least 33 other journalists have been murdered in 2008, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Tune in next week to Digital Crossroads for Two Years Without Anna, Remembering the murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Feature on National Association of Broadcasters Radio Show keynote lobbying against FCC localism mandates, a glimpse inside the Hurricane Ike evacuation common area inside the Convention Center with my Ronald Taylor interview, and response from Jim Ellinger on the phone from Austin looking back.

[September 17th I rode a bicycle up to the Austin Convention Center ready to report on the National Association of Broadcasters convention. Inside I discovered more than 1000 people provided temporary shelter by the City of Austin. FEMA was not at the Convention Center, though City of Austin staff were doing an excellent job coordinating.

Listen in for: audio from the NAB keynote address of David Rehr, interview clip of evacuee Ronald Taylor, and my October 3rd phone interview with Jim Ellinger, a community radio veteran who works with AMARC and runs Austin Airwaves.

Full audio of my conversation with Michael Jackson & Ronald Taylor and the phone interview with Jim Ellinger is coming soon right here. (Update soon! -Gavin)


FCC&CONGRESS_ Digital Transition means white spaces could bridge digital divide

Media activist Joshua Breitbart is the Policy Director for People’s Production House in New York City. In a story he wrote called “Digital Gold up for Grabs” published Friday October 3rd in The Indypendent he says FCC certification of white space devices is the most significant step we could take toward closing the digital divide. The FCC auctioned most of the broadcast spectrum made available by the transition to digital television to Verizon and AT&T, but small white spaces in between active channels can be opened up for portable, low-power devices that could connect millions of new people to the Internet for less than what we now pay. The New York City Council Committee on Technology in Government held a hearing September 29th to consider a resolution urging the FCC to hold back from opening white space devices. Current license holders like TV broadcasters don’t want to share the airwaves, claiming potential interference problems outweigh public interest concerns. Still, public interest groups including Free Press, Common Cause, Wireless Harlem and Ethos Group advocated for expanded access to the Internet, criticizing the resolution. For more explanation of white spaces, visit: Speak and Listen

FCC&CONGRESS_ Defense Department’s propaganda program finally investigated by FCC

Editor and Publisher reported October 7th the Federal Communications Commission will investigate the Department of Defense propaganda program revealed in the New York Times in April of this year, to determine whether news networks or military analysts violated the Communications Act of 1934 and FCC rules. Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein issued a statement confirming the agency’s enforcement bureau sent letters to five TV networks and 19 former military officers. The DoD paid individuals referred to as “message force multipliers” instructed to deliver “administration themes and messages” to the public “in the form of their own opinions.” Analysts even conveyed specific talking points to the public when they suspected the information was exaggerated or false. Network officials argued it was the analysts’ responsibility to disclose any conflicts of interest. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Commerce Committee Chairman Congressman John Dingell wrote to the FCC to investigate whether the plan violated sponsorhip identification requirements. National Public Radio is the only news organization I know of to even address their internal vetting process. You can read my Op-Ed about the pentagon propaganda plan on Reclaim the Media HERE.


[Digital Crossroads is produced in the studios at Boise Community Radio. Music by Ooah, Gabriel Teodros, Ernest Gonzales and The Tasteful Nudes. Next week, Two Years Without Anna- Remembering slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. —Radioactive Gavin.]

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