Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

The 9/11 deniers

From the Salon blurb: The success of the documentary Loose Change spotlights the thousands of online sleuths who believe the U.S. government was behind the terror attacks — to get gold, justify war, or serve Satan. Update: Brett Lamb has a post that breaks out the part about the dueling conspiracy theorists! :) An excerpt: […]

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Swedish journalist held by Syria for 'insulting state'

From the BBC: Reports in the Swedish media identified the journalist as Palestinian-born Rachid Alhajeh, 61. They say he is being questioned over a 10-year-old interview with an asylum-seeking Syrian on Swedish TV. A spokeswoman for Sweden's foreign ministry told AFP news agency it had not yet been informed of the nature of the charges […]

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Egyptian journalists jailed for 'defaming' president

From the BBC: Al-Dustour chief editor Ibrahim Issa and reporter Sahar Zaki were found guilty of insulting and harming the president and the Egyptian people. In April the paper reported on a legal case against the president accusing him of misusing public money during the privatisation of state-owned companies. The man who filed the lawsuit, […]

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Nigerian journos charged with sedition after story about president's plane

Two Nigerian journalists face jail sentences of up to two years if they are convicted of “sedition” over writing and talking about the new plane of the country's president. An excerpt from the BBC story: The Daily Independent's Rotimi Durojaiye was charged after one of his articles questioned the cost and age of President Olusegun […]

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The Beeb's new Editors' Blog

The Beeb has come up with a new way to consume the time of their senior editors as the British public broadcasters strives to become “the most open and accountable news organisation in the world.” An excerpt: Blogs can be many things – trouble-making, independent, cool, nerdy, peppered with annoying links – even full of kittens […]

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'New Media Luring Money Away From Networks'

A disquieting trend for traditional U.S. broadcasters: Advance ad sales are down for the second year in a row, and that dastardly new media is to blame. An excerpt from the NYT: ADVANCE advertising sales for the fall television season will probably be down for a second year in a row, reflecting the growing impact of […]

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Dubya, underlings blast press for revealing bank spying progam

Dubya, Dick “Duck!” Cheney and Treasury Secretary John Snow all came out with guns blazing on Monday against the decision by some U.S. newspapers, most notably the NYT, to report on a secret program to monitor financial transactions in the name of fighting terrorism. An excerpt from the NYT story: “Congress was briefed,” Mr. Bush said. […]

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'Is Bush Administration's Bank Spy Program One Part of a Resurgent Total Information Awareness?'

Given the furor over spying on financial transaction information (see above and this), Democracy Now! asks some disquieting questions about whether the Total Information Awareness program ever went away. An excerpt: AMY GOODMAN: The secret monitoring program was enacted shortly after the 9/11 attacks and what government officials say is a crucial weapon in tracking the […]

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'Former Bush Spokesman Urges Newspapers to Run Pro-War Stories by Former Vets With GOP Ties'

From the Democracy Now! blurb: The Buffalo News has revealed that a former spokesman for President Bush has been encouraging U.S. newspapers to run news stories from Iraq written by two combat veterans who are now embedded reporters in Iraq. The veterans are from a pro-war group called Vets for Freedom that has ties to […]

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