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  • Amys_column_default_640x360_2014
    A microphone and a radio transmitter in the hands of a community organizer imparts power, which some liken to the life-changing impact when humans first tamed fire.
    Jul 11, 2013 | Columns & Articles
  • Barrett_brown2
    Journalist Barrett Brown spent his 300th day behind bars this week on a range of charges filed after he used information obtained by the hacker group Anonymous to report on the operations of private intelligence firms. Brown faces 17 charges ranging from threatening an FBI agent to credit card fraud for posting a link online to a document that contained stolen credit card data. But according to his supporters, Brown is being unfairly targeted...
    Jul 11, 2013 | Story
  • Cnn-tv
    CNN is coming under criticism after it falsely reported authorities had arrested a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, whom it had earlier described as a "dark-skinned male." Both claims turned out to be wrong. Earlier in the week the New York Post claimed a Saudi man was in custody for the blasts, only to later see authorities later say the man was a victim of the marathon attack. We discuss the corporate media’s coverage of the...
    Apr 18, 2013 | Story
  • Free Speech TV and Free Press will be livestreaming various conference sessions throughout the weekend starting on April 5 at Noon MT.

    The livestream will include the opening and closing plenaries, the keynote, and selected panel discussions, including:

    All times MDT

    Friday, April 5

    10–11:30 a.m.
    More Diversity, Less Consolidation: How to Change the Media

    1:30–3 p.m. MT
    From Billionaires to Big Media: Democracy Up for Grabs

    3:30–5:30 p.m.
    Opening...

    Apr 05, 2013 | Special Broadcast
  • Mcchesney2
    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...
    Apr 05, 2013 | Story
  • Evan_ebel
    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...
    Apr 05, 2013 | Story
  • Nike_reporters
    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...
    Apr 05, 2013 | Story
  • Rhonda_lee
    Rhonda Lee, an African-American TV meteorologist, was fired by Louisiana’s KTBS last month after responding to a viewer’s criticism of her short, natural hairstyle on Facebook. Lee had written: "I am the 'black lady' to which you are referring. I’m sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer. ... I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair ... I’m...
    Dec 20, 2012 | Story
  • Central_park_five
    An explosive new documentary looks at a case once referred to as "the crime of the century": the Central Park Five. Many people have heard about the case, but far too few know that innocent men were imprisoned as a result. The film tells the story of how five black and Latino teenagers were arrested in 1989 for beating and raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. Media coverage at the time portrayed the teens as...
    Nov 28, 2012 | Story
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    Michael Copps served two terms with the Federal Communications Commission. Now the staunch supporter of an open internet and opponent of media consolidation has retired. In a wide-ranging discussion, he examines the FCC’s key accomplishments and failures of the past decade. Copps argues broadband is "the most opportunity-creating technology perhaps in the history of humankind," and laments that the United States still lacks a...
    Jan 12, 2012 | Story