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FUNNY VIDEO ABOUT POLITICAL ATTACK ADS ...
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In this funny video about political attack ads, Mark Fiore shows how the generic language of the ads works, skewering the cretins on both sides who use such democracy-defacing tactics.

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CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 23.SEP.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good On The Media

The Decline of Beat Reporting — You'd think that beat reporting has been fundamental to journalism since the birth of the business. But beats didn't really take off until a little over a century ago. Print-news analyst James McGrath Morris explains. ~~ Two-thirds of daily papers do not assign even one reporter to cover their state's legislature. The numbers are even worse for local TV stations. Amy Mitchell of the Pew Research Center talks about the decline of State House reporters.
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GP comment:  We often forget that as bad as corruption is at the federal level, it's probably worse at the state level. And now fewer and fewer reporters are doing ANY reporting on statehouse issues, let alone doing solid investigative journalism.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Sep.2014

CATEGORY:  MEDIA — 06.SEP.2014

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! On The Media

Marking of Paid Content Weakens Further — Native advertising, or ads that resemble editorial and news content, is now embraced by the vast majority of online publications. Originally, such content was clearly marked as advertising or as having been provided by a sponsor. But the commitment to marking appears to be fading fast. Bob talks with David J. Franklyn about the ethical implications.
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GP comment:  The "news" these days is largely just talking heads repeating unvetted, unchallenged corp-gov press releases. Paid content is actually less of a problem than that—though it is a problem.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Sep.2014, Original story Title: Even Blurrier Lines

CATEGORY:  INTERNET — 06.SEP.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

The Internet Slowdown — Parker Higgins of the Electronic Freedom Foundation talks about the status of efforts to keep everyone's internet speed the same, the potential for telecomm reclassification as a tool in FCC policy, and a new online initiative.
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GP comment:  We should preserve net neutrality as long as possible. But given that freedom of the press itself has already largely been lost to corp-gov interests, I suspect that net neutrality will eventually fall and the multi-lane toll system will happen. Moneyed interests are VERY persistent.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Sep.2014

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