“The police tried to kill me! the police assaulted me! stop police corruption!”
This man was up on Nelson´s Column in Trafalgar Square (at the heart of touristic London) letting people know about his story. Photo credit: ickbins
If a story is never told, does it even exist?
Last year on April 20th, 2008 New York Times investigative journalist David Barstow wrote an article (found here
) exposing the Bush administration’s tactics to use American media to sell the Iraq war.
The article went on to PROVE that the Pentagon, coordinated by Donald Rumsfeld provided TV and Radio Networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX) interviews with “military analysts”; the analysts were nothing more than retired government workers and former generals deemed as “military experts”. These analysts have appeared, or were quoted over 4.500 times on US cable networks in the last 8 years. The former generals basically served as the vessel for the Bush Administrations message, whatever it was that month. These interviews and quotes from the “military analysts” were used to promote the Iraq war, and talking points that were laid out by the Bush Administration.
Remember this is fact, not opinion.
One year after David Barstow’s article was originally published, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for his piece. More interesting than all of this though, is that NONE of the American media (NBC, ABC, CBS) choose to even MENTION this story. Looking back at that week, we can see the media had more important news to cover
, like Hannah Montana for example as ABC, CBS, and NBC all devoted time to Miley Cyrus, they never once mentioned this report.
Fast forward to today, one year later. Will the media give any attention to David Bartow’s story, including his recent Pulitzer Prize achievement for it? Not likely.
Neither the CBS Evening News nor ABC’s World News reported on the Pulitzer Prizes during their April 20 broadcasts.
On the April 20th, 2009 broadcast of the NBC Evening News with Brian Williams, in a report on the Pulitzer’s, Williams neglected to mention Barstow’s achievement as one of the five won by the New York Times. Below is a transcript of Monday’s NBC Nighly news report on the Pulitzer’s:
WILLIAMS: ” The Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and the arts were awarded today. The New York Times led the way with five, including awards for breaking news and international reporting.Las Vegas Sun won for the public service category for its reporting on construction-worker deaths in that city. Best commentary went to Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post, who, of course, was an on-air commentator for us on MSNBC all through the election season and continues to be. And the award for best biography went to Jon Meacham, the editor of Newsweek magazine, for his book American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.”
For more information on this story,
DO NOT turn to network news…
GO STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE:
and let them know you are disappointed in their decision to silence this story.
Shepard Fairey is turning heads again, not in the streets this time but in a formal gallery in Denver. Over the last 15 years Fairey, part-entrepreneur, part-artist, has successfully brought art back onto the streets with his controversial Obey:Giant campaign.
The effort to create any type of symbol or slogan that can be recognized on all sides of the globe is something that multinational companies spend billions of dollars investing in. How can one man undermine such a system? Power of the People
Shepard began on his own, but over the years his home-brew logo began popping up next to graffiti tags in Americas largest cities. A ghostly face giving off a glare that makes no man want part in the future, and a tag line simply reading: OBEY.
This image was to be photocopied and photocopied and photocopied and distributed and distributed and distributed until people started asking questions.
Today the artist behind the famous vectored face of Andre the Giant is still designing & creating. His most-recent claim-to-fame came from Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama when Fairey’s “HOPE” poster design was offered on Obama’s website as an official campaign poster.
Much like Obama, Shepard Fairey has always been an advocate of change. Proving that guerilla style advertising can be effective, that going in from the sides can work and that we still have strength in numbers. So this week while the politicians heads are growing bigger in Denver, Shepard and friends will be honoring important campaign issues through art. Spanning the same days as the Democratic convention, Manifest: Hope presented in part by MoveOn.org will showcase Shepard’s work on the national stage once again.. and thats exactly the type of change I can believe in.
Posted in Activism, Advertising, Art, Marketing, Politics
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“It’s better to live one day as a lion than a thousand years as a lamb”
ONE DAY AS A LION is
Zack de la Rocha (vocals/keys)
Jon Theodore (drums)
One Day as a Lion and ANTI- announced a release date for the long awaited self-titled EP from former rage against the machine front man Zack de la Rocha yesterday. This means if you are one of those people who still buy their music at the brick and mortar, indie shop not big box I hope… then tell them to order this so you can have it in your hands by July 22 (worldwide release date). This summer you can catch Zach de la Rocha at Lollapalooza (Grant Park, Chicago IL) playing on one of the last few dates with RATM in a few weeks, which I think is well worth skipping work for! Some things only come around once people, so live life unrestricted and you might end up happier.
ANTI records: now streaming one song from the 5-track EP, if you are anything like me you’ll love every second of it… besides the ‘being on myspace’ part. Click here to hear the hooplah.
Posted in Activism, Blog Updates, Entertainment, File Sharing, Politics
Tagged 5 track, anti, anti myspace, anti records, big box, billboard, brick and mortar, chicago, ep, experimental, george rodriguez, grant park, IL, illinois, indie, indy, jon thodore, july 22, lollapalooza, los angeles, music industry, myspace, one day as a lion, protest, rage, rage against the machine, ratm, record shop, self-titled, war, wild international, zach de la rocha
June 17th, 2008: Firefox Download Day
Today marks an epic event, although the Firefox 3 browser is still beta Mozilla is encouraging all users to head here to be part of this movement. Our goal is to reach over 1 million downloads in 1 day, and to take a piece of market share away from Microsoft’s IE7.
I’ve been loyal to Firefox for about 2 years now and I will never go back. Try something new today.
Posted in Activism, Web Technology
Tagged 1 million, 1 million downloads, add-on, add-ons, browser market share, browser security, campaign, download day, downloads, firefox, firefox 3, google, IE, IE7, internet, june 17 2008, linux, mac, market share, microsoft, microsoft IE, movement, mozilla, opera, safari, support, tabbed browsing