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Friday, March 24, 2000

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  • CNN and the Military

    The line between the mainstream media and the military has again been blurred. Alexander Cockburn tells the story in yesterday’s San Jose Mercury News:

    "A handful of military personnel from the 4th Psychological Operations Group (i.e. PSYOPs) based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina have until recently been working in CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta. An enterprising Dutch journalist named Abe De Vries came up with this important story in mid-February, and he remains properly astounded that no mainstream news medium in the United States has evinced any interest in the story." [includes rush transcript]

  • Changing the Face of Hollywood: Black Filmmaker Sues Hollywood Over Racial Discrimination

    Well, the Academy Awards are approaching, and the Oscars that were stolen were recently found in a trashcan. It seems that if you are a person of color in the film industry that’s the only way you are going to get an Oscar. Since 1940, when Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for her role in Gone with the Wind, only five other African Americans have won the award. And an African American has not won for best supporting actor since 1963, when Sidney Poitier received an Oscar for "Lilies of the Field." [includes rush transcript]