Poll: Record number of Americans distrust mass media
Mainstream media moguls in the U.S. might want to put away their White House talking points for a moment and listen up. The American people do not trust you in record numbers.
If You Think Glenn Greenwald Should Interview Pres. Obama, Sign This Petition
Americans deserve answers about the National Security Agency’s spying practices. I urge readers to sign an official WeThePeople White House petition for President Obama to sit down with the journalist who helped unmask the NSA’s controversial programs: Glenn Greenwald. If the president is serious about his commitment to transparency and open dialogue, he should do a one-on-one interview with one of his most respected critics for a candid discussion. The American people deserve nothing less than a conversation about surveillance that we know will be informed, pointed and civil. “Giving law enforcement the tools that they need to investigate suspicious activities is one thing,” said then-Senator Obama in 2005. “But doing it without any real oversight seriously jeopardizes the rights of all Americans, and the ideals America stands for.” The press is one of the United States’ most cherished institutions of government accountability. If you agree, ask your friends and followers ...
Even After Hacks And Bombings, Privacy Advocates Have Big Week In Congress
In light of the AP’s high-profile Twitter hacking and a vicious domestic bombing, Americans have not let fear derail privacy legislation. Just this week, the Senate advanced an anti-email snooping law and the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is reportedly on its way to the grave. It appears that the burden of proof has shifted to proponents of government surveillance, and they’ve been conspicuously silent about how spying will keep Americans safe. Two Bills CISPA, which gives immunity to Internet companies for sharing sensitive data with law enforcement, will reportedly not be taken up for a vote in the Senate. “We’re not taking [CISPA] up,” a representative from the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation told US News, “Staff and senators are divvying up the issues and the key provisions everyone agrees would need to be handled if we’re going to strengthen cybersecurity. They’ll be drafting separate bills.” After ...
US Government Announces National Day of Civic Hacking
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday in a post at the White House website, the U.S. government announced that June 1-2 would be the National Day of Civic Hacking. 'Civic Hacking Day is an opportunity for software developers, technologists, and entrepreneurs to unleash their can-do American spirit by collaboratively harnessing publicly-released data and code to create innovative solutions for problems that affect Americans.' It will be a joint project with Random Hacks of Kindness, Code for America. Activities are being planned in many cities across the country, and you can also sign up to host your own event. It's nice to see the government use the word 'hacking' in a positive way, since most uses of the term these days involve malicious activity."
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Al Jazeera Gets a US Voice
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that Al Jazeera plans to start an English-language channel available in more than 40 million U.S. homes, with newscasts emanating from both New York and Doha, Qatar. They announced a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore seven years ago. But the challenge will be persuading Americans to watch the award winning network with 71 bureaus around the world — an extremely tough proposition given the crowded television marketplace and the stereotypes about the channel that persist to this day. 'There are still people who will not watch it, who will say that it's a "terrorist network,"' says Philip Seib. 'Al Jazeera has to override that by providing quality news.' With a handful of exceptions, American cable and satellite distributors have mostly refused to carry Al Jazeera English since its inception in 2006. While the television sets of White House officials and lawmakers were tuned to the channel during ...
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It’s Incumbency, Stupid: Romney’s Fail Was Fate
President Obama won the election for the same reason George W. Bush was re-elected: Americans overwhelmingly favor the incumbent. Sitting members of the House of Representatives have been re-elected over 85 percent of the time since 1964. For 2012, almost identical numbers of women, Latinos, and young people voted for Obama this year as they did four years ago. While many in the media have blamed the epic Election Day crash of Romney’s volunteer digital ecosystem, “Project Orca,” for his electoral demise (among many other blunders), nothing can compete with the power of a sitting president to command media attention, appear presidential in last-minute crises, and reach voters who supported him four years before. Since winning the Republican nomination, Romney was in a constant scramble to be on par with Obama’s media dominance. The battle between Romney and Obama for online attention is illustrative of the larger media battle. For instance, with a few easy social media tricks ...