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Friday, April 5, 2013

  • At National Conference for Media Reform, Activists Hope to Stop Murdoch, Koch-Backed Consolidation

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    We broadcast from the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver, where some 2,000 people are expected to gather to look at how media, technology and democracy intersect. One of the major topics this year is media consolidation. As newspapers struggle to survive, billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have expressed interest in buying Tribune Company, which includes the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is also weighing a bid for the Los Angeles Times in a market where he already owns two television stations. We’re joined by Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, the main organizer of the National Conference for Media Reform. [includes rush transcript]

  • Digital Disconnect: Robert McChesney on "How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy"

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    Longtime media-reform advocate Robert McChesney looks at how the future of American politics could be largely determined by who controls the Internet in his newest book. "'Digital Disconnect' talks about the difference between the mythology of the Internet, the hope of the Internet, that it would empower people and make democracy triumphant, versus the reality, which is that large corporate monopolies and the government, working together, are taking away the promise of the Internet to suit their interests," says McChesney, the co-founder of Free Press and the National Conference for Media Reform. His book begins with a simple claim: "The ways capitalism works and does not work determine the role the Internet might play in society." [includes rush transcript]

  • Colorado Independent: Suspect in Killing of Prisons Chief Tormented by Years of Solitary Confinement

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    A new potential motive has emerged in last month’s killing of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements: According to The Colorado Independent, the slain suspect Evan Spencer Ebel may have committed murder less out of loyalty to white supremacists, as has been suspected, but rather out of mental anguish produced by years spent in solitary confinement deprived of regular human contact. We’re joined by Colorado Independent Editor Susan Greene. A longtime reporter for The Denver Post, Greene discusses the investigation, as well why she has left the corporate media to preserve and revitalize the Independent as a vital source of political and investigative journalism in Colorado. [includes rush transcript]

  • "Shadows of Liberty": New Film Explores How Corporate Control of Media Erodes Press Freedoms

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    The new documentary "Shadows of Liberty" had its U.S. premiere last night at the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver. Using individual cases of journalists whose attempts to tell their stories have been muzzled by corporations and the government, the film shows how a corporate-controlled media can silence the truth about issues ranging from war to labor practices. In one instance, CBS refused to re-air an investigation by the prize-winning journalist Roberta Baskin on Nike’s use of sweatshop labor in Vietnam. [includes rush transcript]

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