Archives for September 2013

Episode 10: Yer Mah Boy Blue

Gena and Chris catch up on the week with Chris at home and Gena in New Orleans. About halfway through, we meet Gena’s neighbor Blue. He tells us about living in New Orleans and his experience in Katrina. Listen here.

Episode 060: Cruz, Obamacare, Iran

Chris and Greg field phone calls for the first time with the help of Ryan Ripley and Creighton. We discuss the success or failure of the Cruz filibuster, the government shutdown, the reasons libertarians opposed Obamacare philosophically, and what’s up with Iran?

Shill Report Episode 14: Noam Chomsky, Coverage of Cruz and the Future of Journalism

Ryan, Joe and Chris interview Noam Chomsky on linguistics, propaganda, terrorism, American foreign policy, and his view on modern libertarianism. We then talk about the media’s slant on the government shutdown and the future of journalism. [Read more…]

Noam Chomsky, Coverage of Cruz and the Future of Journalism

Ryan, Joe and Chris interview Noam Chomsky on linguistics, propaganda, terrorism, American foreign policy, and his view on modern libertarianism. We then talk about the media’s slant on the government shutdown and the future of journalism. Listen here.

SENATE BLAMES THE MEDIA FOR NSA WOES
LINK:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/26/senators-nsa-media_n_3998229.html?utm_hp_ref=media

INTERVIEW: NOAM CHOMSKY

New Yorker Profile of Chomsky

On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare

MEDIA SLANT ON OBAMACARE/GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN

The media has decided to slant the Obamacare funding/government shutdown as the GOP holding out for their way or the highway. However, President Obama made it clear from the beginning that he would not negotiate on the shutdown or the debt ceiling. Why is the blame a one way street and why isn’t the President taking some of the blame for his obstructionist stance as well?

SHOULD EZRA KLEIN QUIT THE WASHINGTON POST?

Are journalists making a mistake by working for a large media outlet instead of building platforms of their own? Ben Domench says YES!  Facebook and Twitter have changed the game and allow journalist to have the opportunity to do better on their own.

FROM THE ARTICLE: “Domench wonders how important it even is for someone with a decent brand and a  solid Twitter following to be associated with a larger media outlet. What is more, he suspects some writers are leaving money on the table. “So much of [the news] is socially fed, that someone is dropping into the story pages directly, as opposed to the old ‘browsing a magazine’ that people used to have… ” And so the question is: “Can you monetize that? Can you turn that into something that you can build on?

Read more:http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/25/should-ezra-klein-quit-the-washington-post-ben-domenech-says-it-might-be-smart/#ixzz2g6BDarSi

LINK: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/25/should-ezra-klein-quit-the-washington-post-ben-domenech-says-it-might-be-smart/

SEYMOUR HERSH ON “PATHETIC” AMERICAN MEDIA

Seymour Hersh – Pulitzer Prize winner – has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.

LINK: http://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2013/sep/27/seymour-hersh-obama-nsa-american-media

JAY CARNEY SAYS WHAT!?!?

CLOSING

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RKS 9-24-13: Low (Cost) Fidelity

April considers a new career in low-cost tree removal while Rob ponders acting out the movie High Fidelity. Listen Here.

RKS – 9-18-13: The Admiral

April meets David Robinson and prepares to run a race. Rob is a good friend and appears interested. Listen Here.

Shill Report Episode 13: How to Make News, Op-Ed Pages

Ryan, Joe and Chris discuss how they made the Ron Paul interview go viral, do we care what celebrities think, and the duty of op-ed pages.
HOW THE NEWS IS MADE – WE ARE LIBERTARIANS STYLE
Let’s tell the story about what was going on behind the scenes when the WAL was able to take the interview with Ron Paul and turn it in to national news:
  • Joe Ruiz gets the talent
  • Timing is everything – previous day on MSNBC with Alex Wagner
  • The interview that almost didn’t happen
  • Spangle takes to Twitter
  • The news site belly flops when HuffPo and Blaze pick up the story
  • Lessons and insights
JOHN CUSACK OPED – ARE NSA REPORTERS PROTECTED BY THE 1ST AMENDMENT?
From the article:
“That begs the question: will the attorney general, as chief law enforcement officer of the country, now go on record that he will guarantee the safe return and safe passage of journalists who have exercised their rights under the first amendment?
Or would we accept the creation of a generation of exiled watchdogs, who are trying to hold their government accountable from afar?”
HOW PUTIN GOT PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
A New York Times reader called out the paper for publishing the recent op-ed by Vladimir Putin. In response, the Times decided to share the process of how op-ed pieces are vetted and ultimately approved for publishing. It gives some insights in to how the media works behind the scenes and also demonstrates the risks that come with publishing opinion pieces.
From the article:

“The Times editorial department was approached Wednesday by an American public relations firm that represents Mr. Putin, offering the piece. At the same time, Mr. Rosenthal said, Mr. Putin’s spokesman had called The Times’s Moscow bureau with the same purpose in mind.

Mr. Rosenthal agreed to review the article and quickly decided to publish it. It was posted on the Times Web site by Wednesday evening.

“I thought it was well-written, well-argued,” he said. “I don’t agree with many of the points in it, but that is irrelevant.”

“Syria is a huge story and Putin is a central figure in it,” giving the piece great news value, he said.”

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The Shill Report Episode 13: How to Make News, Op-Ed Pages

Ryan, Joe and Chris discuss how they made the Ron Paul interview go viral, do we care what celebrities think, and the duty of op-ed pages. Listen here.
HOW THE NEWS IS MADE – WE ARE LIBERTARIANS STYLE
Let’s tell the story about what was going on behind the scenes when the WAL was able to take the interview with Ron Paul and turn it in to national news:
  • Joe Ruiz gets the talent
  • Timing is everything – previous day on MSNBC with Alex Wagner
  • The interview that almost didn’t happen
  • Spangle takes to Twitter
  • The news site belly flops when HuffPo and Blaze pick up the story
  • Lessons and insights
JOHN CUSACK OPED – ARE NSA REPORTERS PROTECTED BY THE 1ST AMENDMENT?
From the article:
“That begs the question: will the attorney general, as chief law enforcement officer of the country, now go on record that he will guarantee the safe return and safe passage of journalists who have exercised their rights under the first amendment?
Or would we accept the creation of a generation of exiled watchdogs, who are trying to hold their government accountable from afar?”
HOW PUTIN GOT PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
A New York Times reader called out the paper for publishing the recent op-ed by Vladimir Putin. In response, the Times decided to share the process of how op-ed pieces are vetted and ultimately approved for publishing. It gives some insights in to how the media works behind the scenes and also demonstrates the risks that come with publishing opinion pieces.
From the article:

“The Times editorial department was approached Wednesday by an American public relations firm that represents Mr. Putin, offering the piece. At the same time, Mr. Rosenthal said, Mr. Putin’s spokesman had called The Times’s Moscow bureau with the same purpose in mind.

Mr. Rosenthal agreed to review the article and quickly decided to publish it. It was posted on the Times Web site by Wednesday evening.

“I thought it was well-written, well-argued,” he said. “I don’t agree with many of the points in it, but that is irrelevant.”

“Syria is a huge story and Putin is a central figure in it,” giving the piece great news value, he said.”

JAY CARNEY SAYS WHAT!?!?
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Shill Report Episode 12: Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey Tucker of  Laissez Faire Books joins us to discuss the digital revolution in publishing, the history of Mises.org, the future of knowledge, and the importance of internet freedom in an age of crumbling institutions.  [Read more…]

The Shill Report Episode 12: Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey Tucker of  Laissez Faire Books joins us to discuss the digital revolution in publishing, the history of Mises.org, the future of knowledge, and the importance of internet freedom in an age of crumbling institutions. Listen Here.

GUEST: JEFFREY TUCKER

Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an Acton University faculty member. He’s also the past editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and past editor of Mises.org.

BI-PARTISAN SENATE PANEL DEFINES ‘JOURNALIST’

FROM THE ARTICLE:  “As now amended, the legislation would include individuals who have been employed as journalists by media organizations for at least one year in a two-decade period or at least three months within the five-year window, along with student journalists and those with a substantial amount of work as a freelancer.

In addition, federal judges would be permitted to cover other individuals with the privilege when circumstances warrant.”

Republicans and Democrats have effectively come together to shred past SCOTUS rulings and the 1st Amendment. What are the implications here? Clearly this is an attack against new media (social media) and independent news sources — such as We Are Libertarian.  Is this a case of the state fearing the shift in the flow and power of information?

Patrick Lehey (D-VT):  “All of us — whether Republican, Democrat or independent — have an interest in enacting a balanced and meaningful media shield bill to ensure a free flow of information to the American people,” Leahy said. “This bill carefully balances the need to protect confidential source information with the need to protect law enforcement and national security interests, so that we can better protect the American people’s right to know.”

Surprising to hear a Democrat use this logic to deny individuals their 1st Amendment right and a Republican below advocate for the opposite of this restrict policy??

John Cornyn (R-TX) said the definition was limited to too narrow a group of people and should be afforded to anyone qualifying as part of the “free press” under the First Amendment.

LINK: http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/judiciary-committee-deal-defines-journalist/

GOVERNMENT IS FORCE ACCORDING TO YAHOO AND FACEBOOK

FROM THE ARTICLE:  “Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook struck back on Wednesday at critics who have charged tech companies with doing too little to fight off NSA surveillance. Mayer said executives faced jail if they revealed government secrets.”

During an interview with Tech Crunch, Mayer was asked why didn’t Yahoo release more information about the NSA activities. Her reaction clearly demonstrates the idea that government equals force: “Releasing classified information is treason and you are incarcerated.”

To further support the point, from the article: “Yahoo has previously unsuccessfully sued the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court, which provides the legal framework for NSA surveillance. In 2007 it asked to be allowed to publish details of requests it receives from the spy agency. “When you lose and you don’t comply, it’s treason,” said Mayer. “We think it make more sense to work within the system,” she said.

LINK:  http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/sep/11/yahoo-ceo-mayer-jail-nsa-surveillance

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