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HS Thomas
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NEWS TRANS translates newspaers in several languages to other languages.
A dicey business but it's a start.
"Little Green Footballs - Since 9/11 Charles Johnson's weblog has evolved to the best warblog on the net and also to a veritable anti-idiotarian community, which for example revealed that an article in Asia Times was a hoax in less than 90 minutes."
WATCH Year in 2002
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HS Thomas
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Another angle on the freedom of the press:
War - The ultimate reality show

"A Peeping Tom doesn't care about the personal life of the person he's watching from the wings; he just wants to see some action."
""The constraints the media operate under once a war starts are quite understandable," says Joshua Meyrowitz, a media professor at the University of New Hampshire. "To me, the real failure. . .is in the lack of context and history, and lack of attention to the pattern of lies we've been told in the long march to war." "


Simonton and Thomas McPhail, a professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and author of the book Global Communication: Theories, Stakeholders, and Trends, both contend that in order for television news to regain a semi-objective hold, to get past mere surface images, it must stop suckling from commercial TV coffers.
"News organizations need to be independent from commercial TV," says Simonton. "Ads and the corporations they represent want happy shoppers. . .People are distracted from what they need with so called "entertainment.' And commercial entertainment is forced to go "real' and "bizarre' to attempt to distract the bewildered herd that is. . .addicted beyond hope to "entertainment' TV."
McPhail, who ranks the BBC as providing the best war coverage and Fox News as providing the worst, says that if we forget the "entertainment goal and go with the documentary format, viewers will follow -- but not the (Fox) set; they're unique and don't want to think too much."

Ratings of the press decide who gets the front seats at news conferences. "As McPhail says, "The US press has been less than critical -- they treasure those front row seats at press conferences in Qatar and Washington. Ask a tough question and you'll find yourself, and your network, in the back row with the French press corps.""
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[ October 28, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
 
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