Archives for August 2013

RKS 8-28-13: Twerk

Rob and April ponder the status of Robin Thicke’s marriage after the VMAs. The pair also discuss the exploitation of minority voting blocks. Listen Here.

Shill Report Episode 10: Avoiding the Media and Syria

Bill O’Reilly admits a mistake, the White House loves anonymous quotes, and IN Governor Pence loves anonymous quotes.

Ryan Asks Gary Johnson A Question

LINK: http://youtu.be/CMyR_XkRWeg (22:50 – 25:33)

BILL O’REILLY APOLOGIZES FOR INACCURATE INFORMATIOn

O’Reilly ended his show on Thursday night with an apology to his viewers for incorrectly stating that Republicans were not invited to speak at the 50th anniversary event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his “I Have A Dream” speech. He owned the mistake and encouraged his viewers to not assume facts, but to verify them.

LINK: http://youtu.be/VOlI5DNsglo

WHITE HOUSE LOVES ANONYMOUS QUOTES…SOMETIMES

What purpose do anonymous quotes serve and should people be skeptical of comments made by people unwilling to speak on the record?

From the HuffPo article:

“I leave it to you to decide whether or not you believe anonymous quotes that are included in AP stories, or an on-the-record statement from people who have looked at exactly the same information and reached a different conclusion,” Earnest said, citing, among others, public statements by President Obama saying that the Assad regime was definitively responsible for the attack.

Earnest’s repeated denials prompted CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett to note that the wire service was a “trusted news organization” and AP White House correspondent Julie Pace to note that “you guys talk to us anonymously all the time.”

LINK: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/319485-white-house-spokesman-comes-under-press-fire-for-criticizing-anonymous-sources

LINK: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/white-house-anonymous-quotes_n_3838590.html?utm_hp_ref=media

INDIANA GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE AVOIDS LOCAL MEDIA – MANIPULATES MESSAGE?

From Brian Howey: “Some friendly advice to the governor: As a congressman, you championed media access and shield issues. As a radio and TV talk show host, you thrived on access to lawmakers. As governor, your accessibility has been far below that of your predecessors. You probably should rethink that”

LINK: http://wearelibertarians.com/pence-vs-media-battle-brewing/

LINK: http://youtu.be/1UKF-9Dekfw (0:20 – 1:53)

Episode 10: Avoiding the Media and Syria

Listen Here.

Ryan Asks Gary Johnson A Question

LINK: http://youtu.be/CMyR_XkRWeg (22:50 – 25:33)

BILL O’REILLY APOLOGIZES FOR INACCURATE INFORMATIOn

O’Reilly ended his show on Thursday night with an apology to his viewers for incorrectly stating that Republicans were not invited to speak at the 50th anniversary event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his “I Have A Dream” speech. He owned the mistake and encouraged his viewers to not assume facts, but to verify them.

LINK: http://youtu.be/VOlI5DNsglo

WHITE HOUSE LOVES ANONYMOUS QUOTES…SOMETIMES

What purpose do anonymous quotes serve and should people be skeptical of comments made by people unwilling to speak on the record?

From the HuffPo article:

“I leave it to you to decide whether or not you believe anonymous quotes that are included in AP stories, or an on-the-record statement from people who have looked at exactly the same information and reached a different conclusion,” Earnest said, citing, among others, public statements by President Obama saying that the Assad regime was definitively responsible for the attack.

Earnest’s repeated denials prompted CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett to note that the wire service was a “trusted news organization” and AP White House correspondent Julie Pace to note that “you guys talk to us anonymously all the time.”

LINK: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/319485-white-house-spokesman-comes-under-press-fire-for-criticizing-anonymous-sources

LINK: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/white-house-anonymous-quotes_n_3838590.html?utm_hp_ref=media

INDIANA GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE AVOIDS LOCAL MEDIA – MANIPULATES MESSAGE?

From Brian Howey: “Some friendly advice to the governor: As a congressman, you championed media access and shield issues. As a radio and TV talk show host, you thrived on access to lawmakers. As governor, your accessibility has been far below that of your predecessors. You probably should rethink that”

LINK: http://wearelibertarians.com/pence-vs-media-battle-brewing/

LINK: http://youtu.be/1UKF-9Dekfw (0:20 – 1:53)

Episode 057: Syria

We open the show with the President’s comments on Saturday and an analysis by Chris Spangle. We then discuss every aspect of the Syrian conflict. What about a strike is in our national interest? Why had Obama betrayed his earlier principles? Are we seeing parallels between Europe 1914 and the Middle East today as the old order of governments fall away? This show is hosted by Chris Spangle, Creighton Harrington, Greg Lenz, and Gena Martinez.

My Interview with Martin Luther King III

I had the pleasure of interviewing Martin Luther King III, Dr. King’s son, about his father’s legacy in 2007 at an event in Indianapolis. Listen Here.

11-9-07 – Martin Luther King III

Listen Here.

Episode 056: Feminism and Empathy in Politics

Chris, Greg, Gena, and Lynn Swayze discuss a recent article that Lynn wrote defining feminism and we then discuss civility and standards in political analysis.

Article discussed. – Lynn’s Response.

Episode 8: Moist

Gena fills us in on her week with an extra $100 in her pocket. And she says moist. A lot. Listen Here.

Shill Report Episode 9: Al Jazeera, Rue Britannia

Ryan, Chris, and Joe discuss the launch of Al Jazeera America and the need for a 1st Amendment in Britain. [Read more…]

Episode 9: Al Jazeera, Rue Britannia

  • Ryan, Chris, and Joe discuss the launch of Al Jazeera America and the need for a 1st Amendment in Britain. Listen Here.

    AL JAZEERA LAUNCHES IN THE US

    The launch of Al Jazeera promises to be a test of what the American consumer really wants from cable news networks. Is the current trend of infotainment a winner, or will viewers tune in to 14 hours of hard news and documentaries?

    “Viewers will see a news channel unlike the others, as our programming proves Al Jazeera America will air fact-based, unbiased and in-depth news,” said the channel’s acting chief executive

    LINK: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/business/media/al-jazeera-america-promises-a-more-sober-look-at-the-news.html?smid=tw-share&pagewanted=all&_r=1&

    Q: The question is does this spin happy, reality TV saturated culture really want facts?

    Rocky start, AT&T Uverse dropped the channel, prompting a lawsuit from the network and cutting out 5 million potential viewers. Within the first 5 minutes, subtle jabs were taken at MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News for not providing the new in a way to Americans deserve

    LINK: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/al-jazeera-america-is-accurate-and-responsible–but-is-that-enough/2013/08/20/d54cbc92-09dc-11e3-b87c-476db8ac34cd_story.html

    Q: Bumps in the road that will smooth out, or is this truly a massive uphill battle? Is it smart to start a fight with the other networks right out of the gate?

    Glenn Beck had a warm welcome for the new network: “I do this because I believe in it.” He said to his followers, “Our voice has got to grow, because Al Jazeera–quite honestly the voice of the enemy.” Imagining his critics who might say “it’s only Soledad O’Brien,” Beck replied, “Oh really? Sell me another shill.”

    VIDEO: http://youtu.be/I698ror3448 (6:35 – 6:48)

    Q: Al Jazeera is owned the royal emir of the oil-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar. Is this an issue for American viewers?

    BRITAIN NEEDS THE 1ST AMENDMENT

    Guardian editors revealed that they were forced by the British government to destroy hard drives that held files leaked by Edward Snowden. Under threat of legal action, the Guardian took this step in order to continue reporting on NSA and global surveillance programs. Despite being told that other copies exist, the agents from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) required that the drives be obliterated.

    “You’ve had your fun. Now we want the stuff back,” Rusbridger quoted a senior British official that was unnamed.

    LINK: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/20/nsa-snowden-files-drives-destroyed-london

    Q: Do they know that copies exist? If so, was the purpose intimidation?

    The White House has said that it would not be “appropriate” for the US government to destroy leaked government secrets obtained by media organisations in the way ordered by the British government.

    “It’s very difficult to imagine a scenario in which that would be appropriate here,” said White House deputy spokesman Josh Earnest on Tuesday

    The White House did not criticize the British, nor would Earnest speak about the data and where it might be located or who is analyzing it.

    LINK: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/20/us-government-destroy-computers-white-house

    Following the hard drive incident, Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda was detained in Heathrow airport for 9 hours under a provision of the UK Terrorism Act of 2000. He was in route from German to his home in Brazil.

    Miranda had gone to Germany to pick up files from Greenwald’s investigative partner Laura Poitras and bring them back to their home in Brazil. Materials he was carrying, including a laptop and other drives, were confiscated from him, but he claimed not to know if they contained classified materials.

    Q: Jeffery Toobin compared Miranda to a “drug mule”. Fair or not? Does this imply that journalist having classified information is a “terrorist” act?

    British officials stole a line from the US play book to justify the detainment: The home secretary, Theresa May, said on Tuesday: “I think that it’s absolutely right that if the police believe that somebody is in possession of highly sensitive stolen information that could help terrorists, that could risk lives or lead to a potential loss of life, that the police are able to act, and that’s what the law enables them to do.”

    Q: Was the US involved in this detainment?

    David Miranda has been granted a limited injunction at the high court to stop the government and police “inspecting, copying or sharing” data seized from him during his detention at Heathrow airport – but examination by the police for national security purposes is allowed.

    LINK: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/22/david-miranda-court-victory-data-police

    Q: We keep talking about the criminalization of investigative journalism…Fair to say that we are now there?

    PRISON TIME FOR LINKING TO A URL?

    Interesting facts: There are about 65,000 journalists working for brands of one sort or another, according to a report in the Nieman Journalism Lab. And 5 million Americans now hold a security clearance.

    In other words, there are about 77 people keeping secrets about the government for every single person whose professional duties might include asking questions about that government.

    FROM THE ARTICLE:
    “This one, Barrett Brown, is a journalist, and his crime is copying a URL. Mr. Brown did not perform any hacking himself; he merely linked to a site that published emails hacked from a private security contractor, HBGary.”

    ““The heart of the case is linking to something,” Mr. Swift said when he took the case. “Classified, secret information held by the government is public property, and, if it’s leaked, the press has the right to publish it. The government now uses private subcontractors to store information, and the question is: Do the same protections apply to private information being compiled for the government?”

    Now the government is attempting to put a gag order on the case. Meanwhile, the mainstream media is quiet on the topic. Suppose they don’t want Big Brother’s eye on them?

    LINK: http://observer.com/2013/08/you-leak-you-lose-going-to-prison-for-acts-of-journalism/

    NEW GAME: TWEETS FROM TWITS! Jay Carney is out this week on so we introduce a new game for Spangle to suck at!

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