Thursday, August 03, 2017

Common Dreams:
"With Fox News suffering several major setbacks in the past year, Sinclair Broadcasting is making moves to become the new giant of right-wing media. Many are now calling Sinclair 'Trump TV.' ...

The Sinclair Broadcasting group has close ties to the Trump administration and is forcing local stations to air pro-Trump news segments. Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai rolled back a key Obama administration regulation that had prevented Sinclair from further expansion. The green light from the Trump administration allowed Sinclair to purchase 42 more local stations from the Tribune Media company, extending its reach to 72 percent of American households. ...

[Pro Trump stories] are called 'must-runs,' and they are sent every day to all the local stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting — video reports that are centrally produced by the company. Station managers around the country must work them into the broadcast over a period of 24 or 48 hours."

-- >Propaganda TV requiring local stations to play far right analysis. Why doesn't the NYT bother covering this media takeover?

The Intercept:
"The lead author of the controversial Israel Anti-Boycott Act, Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, is open to amending the legislation to address concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union, he told The Intercept Monday evening.

The ACLU warned last week that the measure, which targets the BDS movement, was unconstitutional and would have a chilling effect on free speech. In the wake of that warning, and a subsequent article by The Intercept, co-sponsors of the bill have begun to re-examine their support for it. ...

Co-sponsors of the bill have faced pressure at home to explain support for a bill with such language in it. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., is reviewing the bill in the light of the ACLU’s concerns, as are Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut."

-- >The entire drama of US senators having to rethink their bill outlawing boycotts of Israel has escaped notice at the NYT. The influence of the Israel Lobby and its attack on First Amendment rights has has not made it into print.

Common Dreams:
"Reproductive rights advocates are condemning the Democratic Party's decision to offer campaign funds to 2018 House of Representatives candidates who oppose abortion rights.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) confirmed the party's position to The Hill on Monday. He emphasized that the party needs to recruit 'a broad coalition' to pick up 24 seats, which would allow Democrats to regain a majority in the House.

'As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America,' said Rep. Luján, chairman of the party's House campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)."

-- >Here comes the abortion sellout by the Democratic Party. Why not? The party has sold out every other progressive cause. Readers of the NYT, however, will remain blissfully unaware, since it didn't print this story. Our newspaper of record likes the corporatized Democratic Party just fine.

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