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it's the peace in the region is frozen once again as israeli land grabs and harsh rhetoric by bibi netanyahu continue this week also mark the anniversary of the passing of palestinian leader yasser arafat who died in two thousand and four evidence now suggests that the former statesman was deliberately poisoned that's right swiss experts recently concluded that arafat's exuma remains contain traces of polonium a radioactive substance two hundred fifty thousand times more toxic than cyanide so needless to say this is a somber anniversary indeed and while here in america we only hear one side of this conflict in order to learn from history and change our future we must acknowledge these dark truths. of the please please they are very hard to take that are the. one that had to act with the terror threat there are those.
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that believe. that. as more people turn to the internet for their primary source of news independent and citizen journalism has begun to flourish and corporate media is suffering as a result just last week c.n.n. announced and bear is being radians for a media conglomerate of its size its quickly ratings hit near record lows averaging just three hundred eighty five thousand viewers and it's really no surprise. all
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the network has been covering over the past six weeks is about damn obamacare website and it's not just constant coverage of the same inane topic of three telling us in the corporate airwaves it's also an issue of mis trust in fact in a gallup poll from june only twenty three percent of americans express confidence in corporate news stations and abysmal failure so with corporate media going the way of the dinosaurs independent journalism has left to fill its void earlier i talked to one of these journalists and swann who left his job at a local fox station to start his own independent media outlet i started by asking him what the transition from corporate media to total independence has been like for him. but it's been an interesting transition because clearly you know we work to break down this left right paradigm you know you and i talk about this all the time but in media today we have these issues of everything be perceived from my either from the left or from the right and one of the things that i've come to believe and i actually believe this before i started on my own is that most people
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don't go to media to actually be formed they go there to have the belief system they already hold validate it for them is one of the difficult things about you know new media and about trying to really seek the truth is that people come to you was to mean you have a point of view when they want you to give them that point of view that they already hold and the alligator when you don't you can be difficult at times so that part of it's been kind of interesting but for the most part very excited about what we've been working on and just trying to develop this idea that there's so much out there that maybe it just isn't talking about absolutely and we're doing a great job filling that void ban your latest campaign is called just said advocates of jury nullification awareness and participation why should this issue be front and center well because look there are so many people especially after the last presidential election who walked away saying my bill didn't count for anything you know they voted in the primaries and they said no but me and my primary vote didn't count the r. and c. of course with their rule change and and all the issues that they had in the primaries people felt deflator. after that after the general election people felt
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deflated and said you know they just don't trust the system but here's the thing the most important vote that americans have is really as a juror you have a vote in granger e. jury trials and you have votes in the as a trial jury and the reality is this where you have the most power as an individual in this country is as a member of the jury you're one of twelve minutes here's the thing jurors have the ability under law to not only judge the facts of the case they also have the authority to judge the law itself so when people feel like there are all these bad laws and there are people going to prison for victimless crimes and they just feel like the whole country is a mess the one place you actually have the ability to nullify bad laws is by going out and getting on a jury and in so many of us that you will actually run away from jury duty when we hear that there is a you we get that summons to say come and fulfill your civil duty as a juror we run away from it in fact we should be running to it and saying this is
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a place where my voice can be heard and i can actually have a state it really impacts on what it's like you also just sat down with congressman ron paul for an interview and i want to play our audience a quick clip. i think elections are distractions you know ninety percent of the american people know absolutely that the difference between our last two presidential can republicans then has it made all the difference in the world. is one more people are coming the clearer it doesn't make any difference you like one party they talk differently than the other but policies never change and i think what the internet offers us is trying to get the truth out and that's i think that's one of the most common comments made by young people when i talk to him about why i ask him why they're interested they said we are telling us the truth i think they see through this ron paul straightforwardness is what attracted me to him to i mean talk about how there is no difference between the two. parties ben
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when ron paul ran for president two thousand and eight i were people calling for desk i said to be is running mate why do you think there are more people than willing to compromise on some things are to build that bipartisan coalition to resource civil liberties and war. i think what we're finding more and more is that people are recognizing exactly what dr paul said there which is that there really is no difference at the very top between these two parties the left right paradigm tells us that they're kind of locked into this big battle of good and evil against each other but in reality both people i think are waking up to say that's just not true that there are so much alike and exactly what he said they may take different positions but the policies never change government continues to grow and the individual civil liberties and constitutional liberties continue to be taken away from them and people see this now and i think what we're seeing right now is an awakening of people in that arena to say you know what it's not going to change just by by changing the person at the top and that's why i be i'm such a big advocate nicolle around the country talking about these issues
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a big advocate of people working on a local level change your city councils change your county commissions you know pass ordinances within your own particular city get rid of your sheriff you have if you have an unconstitutional sheriff that is the most powerful elected position in any county and the answer directly to the people if you have a sheriff who doesn't stand up for constitutional or civil rights get him out of there another bipartisan issues nine eleven since he started truth and media you've tackled this which is a lot of journalists simply don't band why do you choose to cover such a controversial topic and what backlash or did you receive any backlash from broaching the topic well you know there's going to be a backlash. nine eleven is a tough issue to talk about probably the toughest single issue in this country because people have so many creek conceived views and feelings about it and it's such an emotional issue for people we decided to cover it because you know as we were launching this campaign people asked. you know we said we were going to cover
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issues other media wouldn't and people asked will you cover nine eleven and my response was always if there is something newsworthy i will cover nine eleven just for the sake of coverage but if there's something newsworthy yes and i believe that this latest september eleventh anniversary there were certain things that were newsworthy a group called rethink nine eleven launched a global campaign they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars place in the wards around the world including in new york city in times square asking people to rethink nine eleven they've had some very legitimate questions about building seven and the way that it came down they have two thousand two thousand professional architects and engineers who now say the way building seven came down could not have happened the way that nist the national institute of standards and technology says that it came down and they have also been able through a for your request that was granted in two thousand and twelve they've been it would have proved the architects and engineers have been able to prove that the nist claims were based upon untruthful statements about the structure of the
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building now in my opinion all of those things and i think you would agree are newsworthy items enough selves and so we decided to cover the issue the backlash yeah but the funny thing is most of the backlash we got from it was not from the typical places i thought we'd see it most of it was actually from libertarians it's amazing how simply bringing up questions people why to close the circle for them more than you know answer all these questions you're like i don't know i'm just bringing up things that don't make sense to me but i'm glad you're keeping on that issue of course as it's continue to be used as the crux for the empire foreign policy domestic policy i think it's still relevant and newsworthy to talk about a let's talk about another thing that's on the cover media's radar every day of course for the wrong reasons obamacare what are your criticisms of the program. well that my biggest criticism is this that there has to be equality in the system and the rule of law if you have a system that's built upon a rule of law you can't keep creating exemptions and creating exceptions for people you know we can argue about whether or not obamacare. should be the law of the land
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there are a lot of questions in regards to even the fact that this bill originated in the senate not in the house then the supreme court ruled it was a tax bill in fact there's a lawsuit moving forward now in that particular arena because a number of congressmen who were supporting that saying wait a minute this thing should never become law it was a tax because it didn't originate in the house but all that aside the bigger issue for me is this that with obamacare you have all these exemptions that have taken place in unions who have said we're not to put our support behind it any more we did a story about this have been one dot com and now all of a sudden they're starting to find ways to get exemptions and exceptions to certain unions or website and i can't help but ask you as a web site cover stories about union corruption social welfare programs and food stamps as if they are entitlements do you think this is just a drop in the bucket that when it comes to the insane corporate welfare subsidies and the fact that half of taxpayer dollars are going to fund current and past wars . right listen it is you know from my side as well i'm a huge i have
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a huge issue with what i believe is a growing fascist state in america i think that we have these incredible issues with huge amounts of money going to corporate welfare you know the issues of wars and the fact that we have this massive war machine around the world that the u.s. taxpayer is being basically forced at gunpoint through our taxation system to pay for wars around the world to pay to kill kids in yemen and kill kids in somalia and innocent people all over the world and so is it a drop in the bucket maybe and we could argue that i think that attacking social programs is kind of perpetuating that false left right paradigm and i think that we can really unite on what you just said which is we can point out what we can all agree on which is that this is not working and try to open up dialogue to find out what will work and push for that keep up the pressure bans on investigative journalist everyone check it out through the media bends one dot com amazing audio on thanks abbi. coming up i'll speak with one woman who is single handedly taking on the f.c.c. and the public media. exactly
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what happened there i don't know but i won't get killed. piers later is when i got arrested. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results. people to confess to police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were off taking they could get what they wanted they could say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. please write the scene. first street.
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l b a hopeless romantic one of my favorite movies has always been sleepless in seattle but sadly recent events have led me to believe that it might be time for a name change i'm thinking big bend on seattle is a recently residents began to notice odd looking boxes with vertical antennas attached to tell the poles around the city shortly after y. find networks named after intersections started being picked up by mobile devices when seattle's the stranger identified the mystery boxes as a massive communications network for sale law enforcement people really started paying attention so it was discovered that they systems were built by a rube a network's a california based contractor whose clients include both the. u.s. defense department and saudi arabian telecommunications companies the mesh network
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is part of a two point seven million dollars project paid for the by the department of homeland security but according to officers leading it it's not going to be used for surveillance however even though the claim is that it's not used for spine they can't tell us what it is being used for but before you think this bizarre big brother box is coming to your city here's the good news public outrage is actually derailed the program at least for the time being seen mounting pressure from concerned residents about what these boxes are and what the hell they're doing to finally force cities servants to consider being in the loop according to the stranger for now the boxes will be disabled into the city can adopt a policy for their oversight thanks guys so although local and state law enforcement often act like they are above the law whether it be unaccountable murder or the installation of surveillance boxes across a big city turns out they still work for us so remember what we want is transparency and accountability we've got to get out there and demand it ourselves
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. six years ago a seemingly innocent contest held by a sacramento radio station turned deadly a twenty eight year old woman named jennifer strange died of water intoxication after the radio station encouraged contestants and drink as much water as possible without going to the bathroom disturbingly the station was well aware of the risks involved with consuming massive amounts of water the participants had signed their lives away by participating in those absolving the station of any risk now the family of strange was awarded sixteen point five million dollars in a wrongful death lawsuit but what about the station itself one woman is fighting to revoke its broadcasting license through current ization media action center see the f.c.c. is not doing its job corralling and those who abuse the public airwaves this is
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only one of her many battles against the f.c.c. and corporate media conglomerates so here to discuss this case and how people can take back the public airwaves i'm joined now by sue wilson thanks so much for coming on through things abbie so let's talk about this case a few weeks ago you just filed a petition to deny the water contest radio stations document an f.c.c. broadcast license why. when we turn on the radio or t.v. i think that we all want to be able to trust that those broadcasters are serving our interest well media action center has identified a couple of different instances across the united states where these stations are clearly violating the public trust and if we don't start taking away these licenses broadcasters are going going to continue taking these risks. violating political standards they're just going to run us over if we don't stand up and take back what is ours and you believe that corporate has evolved into a propaganda arm for the right wing talk of this evolution why you believe this to be the case well let's take
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a look at the case that we have pending right now out of. milwaukee wisconsin we identified to fifty thousand watt radio stations so large that they basically are covering the entire state of wisconsin all right there we found that a clear channel station and a journal communications station are giving millions of dollars of free promotion to the republican candidates from scott walker to paul ryan but they're not letting a single democrat on the air at all and again it goes back to violating the public trust and their legal responsibility to serve the public interest all the public interests not just the republican interest how do you respond to the argument we hear incessantly and it's not the right wing media it's actually the liberal media has taken over and that's what i need to be combating on sirius potus you are right take a look at the radio landscape in this country we're better than ninety percent of all talk radio shows in this country are quote conservative parentheses right wing
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less than ten percent are liberal and in fact just today premier networks said that randy rhoads is going to be taken off of the air no no no this is a meeting that they've created it is not true and it is time that we start standing up for all of our rights to have our access to the microphones our first amendment rights are being violated abbi we all deserve to get our views over the publicly owned airwaves i couldn't agree more why you know why i talk radio why is this the primary culprit here talk radio really is the easy thing for people to get as they're driving in their cars is their commuting across the country it is the thing that has really i think driven our entire culture and if we look back at one nine hundred ninety six which is when the whole talk radio landscape changed and fast forward to today i think what we're going to see is that the entire culture has changed now we're not even able to sit at our kitchen counters anymore. and have
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a discussion rather we're having a shouting match and one side is absolutely convinced that they have the facts because they've been lied to over and over and over again for years oh just the same some stats earlier to my friend and it's extraordinary the lack of knowledge that some americans have compared other had i mean half of this country still believes that iraq was tied to nine eleven and it's just astounding and so really it's a tragedy. what's your main concern with the federal communications commission and why don't you think the agency is protecting these public airwaves that we so dearly need to take back oh if there's any degree of frustration with the public trust it really emanates from the f.c.c. the f.c.c. is supposed to be the law enforcement agency here but when i filed the milwaukee wisconsin petitions to deny in a formal complaints about this whole ridiculous issue that by the way in wisconsin they're bragging that they are winning elections because of talk radio i filed this
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complaint with the f.c.c. and what is the f.c.c. do they say all we never got a complaint from sue wilson and media action center well i'm a little brighter than that ok i do have proof that they received it and i've been meeting with the f.c.c. this week here in washington d.c. to say what up we expect you to be paying attention to these legal petitions to deny here's my question how can you monitor media content without infringing on first amendment rights because these people who are owning these stations in parroting their views on a station will say hey that's an infringement on my first amendment rights if you're saying i can't do this well if we look i'm going to go to milwaukee again we're not trying to say that three hundred sixty five days a year we need to bring back the fairness doctrine which dealt with we're going to have controversy the issues covered on both sides are right rather we went through a very very narrow rule at the f.c.c. it is called the example doctrine and no i'm not making it up ok. doctrine says
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that if you're going to have supporters of one candidate it on the air you have to allow supporters of the other candidate on the air now granted the attorneys for journal communications are arguing that we are interfering in their first amendment rights i am arguing that no it is the opposite if you are going to be. a broadcaster that is serving the entire community if you're not allowing the candidates on the air if you're not allowing the supporters of those candidates on the air you are violating their first amendment rights i mean in effect they are violating the first amendment rights of more than half of the entire community and lots of us are violating the foundation of a democracy where we don't even have this information readily available we have no active participation in this as them at all and it's really a travesty of course you know the state of third party candidates not even being allowed to give up platform as well sue let's talk about solutions here i mean what
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do you propose we do because i look at the f.c.c. and i just can't help but think there's another arm of this corporatocracy that we're battling right now the term i keep hearing is regulatory capture that the f.c.c. has been captured by the very entities it is supposed to be regulating now i'm going to pin some hope and i'm on the new f.c.c. chair tom wheeler and he has just come in he is talking about broadcasting i am hopeful that maybe he will realize that the public trust really does need to be served is that any direct radical action that people can take that maybe goes around the answer oh yes and i read that frequently you know the thing is all broadcasting is local broadcasters are licensed to serve each local community like for instance i come from the sacramento area i was the one who by all the attention to deny the license on the jennifer strange case ok but beyond that we have group
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in sacramento the sacramento media group we call knock on radio station. stores we go on television stations stores we tell them this is what we expect from you we give them our wish list we published reports and what they do over time we've been able to move t.v. stations into giving five minutes of daily election coverage during election season and beyond that we did actually called occupy clear channel so sorry we have to wrap up we're at a time so everyone needs to check out your film and your website media action center get involved everyone take action thank you so much for coming on thank you . chris. let's see you so long to go. despite the incredible influence wielded by the u.s. government the american people remain one of the most uninformed electorates in the industrialized world case in point check out some of these shocking stats that alternate compiled in two thousand and ten nearly one fifth of americans believe
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obama is a muslim twenty five percent don't believe in evolution and a shocking how of americans believe that saddam hussein was directly involved in nine eleven this phenomenon is due in large part to the fact that almost everything you see and hear in the mainstream is controlled by only six giant corporate conglomerates viacom time warner disney news corp c.b.s. and general electric these massive corporations have boards of directors who sit on the boards of other enormous and histories like food telecom energy and weapons so in the world of corporate media there is only one rule and one rule only sell sell sell sell fears sell worry sell propaganda like it's going out of style it's not about providing news folks about keeping those profits increasing year after year but luckily americans are beginning to wake up to the fear mongering and superficial fluff that an overwhelming majority of them no longer trust the corporate media at all for fair reporting which brings me to the first ever march
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against the mainstream media happening. this saturday nov sixteenth at two pm on this day activists from all over the world from the u.s. to australia are organizing outside the studios of major media headquarters to protest can find out about your local of santa and i am an dot info or on facebook at march against main stream media or on twitter at hash tag and i am as. well this is not about begging the corporate media establishment to listen to the people and provide real news because they won't they won't and this is about calling attention to the issue so that people know not to watch it not to trust it and most importantly to plug it this movement is about pushing alternative voices that can be trusted that have no corporate and because without an open and honest media there cannot be an informed citizenry to control this country's fate so let's get
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out there let's get active and let's put the media back where it belongs in the hands of the people. and that's it for show you guys thanks so much for watching join me again tomorrow when i break the set all over again until then have a great night. sort of on june sixteenth one thousand forty one we had a graduation party at school and the war broke out. with us the shops were always full of good will. in other words in september
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leningrad was plucked. one day mom went and saw that all the shelves were empty. in november they bombed the die of steel warehouses which is that it was the main storage place for all the food in the city people are eating the earth because it had small traces of sugar in it i tried to eat it as well but i couldn't. the third night it was incredibly heavy bombing. it was a direct hit on that very shelter and everyone was buried underneath. all of them with dead. dramas that can't be ignored to the. stories others refuse
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