"That's why when they want to pressure us to maintain their military base in our country, a foreign base that they don't pay anything for either, and they accuse us of being extremists because we don't want the base. If there's no problem having foreign military bases in a country, we set a simple condition, we would keep the North American Base in Manta, provided they let us put a military base in Miami. If there's no problem with foreign bases then we should be able to have one over there."
- President Rafael Correa, Ecuador
President Rafael Correa, Ecuador
Change is coming. There is a movement against imperialism, unchecked capitalism, and eliteist rule. A movement where human rights, freedom, and liberty for all - including the poor - are supported and considered in public policy and new democracy initiatives. A movement where nations are ruled by citizens motivated by passion and principles rather than money and rich elitists. But that change is not being led by the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or other western states. Instead, that change is happening in Latin America and Asia, where there are strong movements away from western engagement and fresh new approaches to government. Read more »
President Obama explains how Wall Street Reform will not only end bailouts and bring accountability for big banks, but also empower consumers, shareholders and community banks.
A recent New York Times/CBS poll provided a detailed look at the profile and attitudes of Tea Party supporters.
Boasting a fierce animosity toward Washington, and president Obama in particular, Tea Party anger is rooted in deep pessimism about the direction of the country and strong solipsistic views. These views include a belief that the policies of the Obama administration are disproportionately and improperly directed at helping the poor rather than the middle class or the rich - interestingly the same two socio-economic groups that comprise the majority of Tea Party supporters.
A majority of Tea Party supporters describe their personal financial situation as fairly good or very good. But 55 percent believe someone in their household will lose a job in the next year. They represent just 18 percent of Americans, and describe themselves as very conservative. Their top domestic priorities are the economy and jobs, like most Americans. Yet while a majority of Americans blame the Bush Administration or Wall Street for the current state of the economy, Tea Party supporters blame Congress.
So responsible journalists covering the Tea Party as a "movement" without clearly highlighting just how fringe and extreme they are going forward will represent malicious and misleading coverage at best. In a democratic society, dependent on mass media for news and information, it grossly distorts opinions to portray the interests of a faction in the same light as those of the general public. Read more »
It can now be said officially that FOX News uses a policy of deliberately misrepresenting facts to purport falsehoods to its audience on a range of topics. This places the number one news network in the interesting position of serving as the single most dangerous media entity, threatening the credibility of the entire broadcast journalism community.
Since the industry sees television news as a "business", and since televised news (and print news for that matter) are ratings and profit driven, then how can we, the people, trust anything we see or read when it may be delibereately distorted and falsified to get ratings and puport positions that benefit the purveyors? Another sordid reality is that the paid on-air personalities that deliver this misleading rhetoric do so with full awareness and complicity.
Check out how Jon Stewart masterfully debunks FOX's latest lies.
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There is much misinformation about the healthcare reform bill. For those inquiring minds, you may donload the bill and review it for yourself. After all, a mind is a terrible thing to waste, and reading is "fundamental." Whether you support the bills passage, or oppose it, by reviewing it you'll be much better informed.
Here is the BET edition of video covering President Obama's signing of the historic healthcare reform bill. This edition is shown here because it includes the full remarks of Vice President Joe Biden. Read more »