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Under pressure from Wall Street, newspaper journalism is being
frog-marched out of the media marketplace. And once it's gone, how will
we know anything?

With professionals at the top forced out and replaced by GOP
fundraisers, the right-wing takeover of the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting is now plain to see. Though CPB's Inspector General has
exposed former chair Kenneth Tomlinson's ethical transgressions, what
else are they hiding?

It's one thing for our State Department to plant phony stories in the
media or jam broadcasts in Cuba. It's quite another for conservative
policy analyst Frank Gaffney bolster's George Bush's grudge against Al
Jazeera by arguing that it was "imperative that enemy media be taken
down."

Given the Administration's record of attacking Al Jazeera verbally and
militarily, is it conceivable that President Bush tried to convince
Tony Blair to bomb its international headquarters? Only publication of
an explosive memo will prove it.

Capitalizing on Bob Woodward's revelation that he was one of the first
to learn about Valerie Plame's CIA status, Scooter Libby's legal team
hopes that will get their client off the hook. That turkey won't fly.

Lack of candor is not surprising from Bush or Ahmad Chalabi, but why does the New York Times continue to struggle with the truth about Judith Miller? The Gray Lady might solve the problem by banning anonymous Administration sources in its news reports. If they're going to lie to us anyway, why not under their own names?

Until the Bush Administration is held accountable by Congress for
its propaganda, manipulation of the truth and assaults on journalism,
freedom of the press will exist in name only.

Power-friendly reporters like Judith Miller are easily manipulated
by selective leaks. But what we need now is more civil disobedience by
whistle-blowers exposing renditions, acts of torture and the flagrant
abuse of power.

Anthony Shadid's Night Draws Near is a moving
account of life in Iraq before and after the US occupation. Liberal
hawk George Packer's The Assasins' Gate delves into the history
behind humanitarian intervention.

On both sides of the Atlantic, liberal news magazines facing declining
circulation have started to play into the celebrity culture. But there
are gems that have the power to carry our culture through its Las
Vegas-ization.

Blogs

Freedom of the Press Foundation aims to help groups survive government tactics to isolate or suppress them or limit their funds.

December 18, 2012

Chaos around the Newtown massacre left plenty of room for media error.

December 17, 2012

This week: a haunting piece from Aleppo, a debate in the trans community and much more.

December 16, 2012

After a wave of criticism, The New York Times finally sent a reporter to the Manning trial… for a few hours.

December 10, 2012

Costas has ignited a firestorm after his comments on gun culture during halftime of Sunday Night Football. He tells us now why he won’t back down.

December 6, 2012

This weel: a profile of civil rights champion Bryan Stevenson, an analysis of the Libor scandal, and much more.

November 30, 2012

This week: the ongoing fight against Citizens United, Obama's trip to Southeast Asia, and much more. 

November 26, 2012

This week: a debate on debt forgiveness, Burma's Rohingya crisis, and the War on Drugs' latest victims.

November 16, 2012

This week: A corruption trial in Brazil, problematic prostitution initiatives in California, and more. 

November 9, 2012

This week: a move against unions in Michigan, the displacement of Brazil's indigenous and several underreported perspectives on Hurricane Sandy.

November 1, 2012