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MediaChannel founder and executive editor Danny Schechter is also a founder and Vice President/Executive Producer of Globalvision, Inc., an award-winning media company formed in l987. Mr. Schechter has been a broadcast and print journalist and is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on media issues. Mr. Schechter was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University and his work has been honored with, among other recognitions, Emmy awards, the IRIS award, the George Polk Award, the Major Armstrong Award, and honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Mr. Schechter was the news director and principal newscaster for WBCN-FM, an on-air reporter for WGBH, and a news program producer and investigative reporter at CNN and ABC. Mr. Schechter's print journalism has included serving as the London editor for Ramparts magazine; his articles have appeared in Newsday, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Detroit Free Press, Village Voice, Media Studies Journal, and Z Magazine, among others. Mr. Schechter is the author of "The More You Watch, The Less You Know" (Seven Stories Press) and "News Dissector: Passions, Pieces, and Polemics" (Electron Press). He spent 8 years producing investigative stories for ABC 20/20 another leading TV Magazine show.

Entries by Danny Schechter

Body Counts Rise As Chaos Deepens: Is There a Way Out?

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 3:22 PM

New York, New York -- As a journalist, I became something of a body count expert. It started with the Vietnam War, where I soon learned to distrust the exaggerated counts of enemy dead made by our self-styled "intelligence" agencies.

That didn't mean that people, alas, weren't dying in...

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The Quick Slide From Hope to Despair

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:13 PM

On the Sunday, the world came together to demand climate justice with massive marches of solidarity and positivity.

On the Monday, the UN prepared for its global climate summit with more than 100 Heads of State, some there as ornaments, others as advocates for changes in environmental conditions that threaten...

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Back In Iraq: We Only Want To Save You

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 11:48 AM

New York, New York: Welcome back to Iraq--complete with our ever present WMD's --- Weapons of Mass deception,

Suddenly, the country we never wanted to have to think about again is back in the news and on our military agenda. So, after a few denials that troops would not, never,...

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The Iron Dome Inside the Heads of Israel's Leaders

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 11:29 AM

When you go to a dictionary to look up dome, you find lots of references to hemispherical structures or forms. You also find that it is slang word for the head.

And so, it may not be much of a stretch to look at the "Iron Dome" counter-missile system...

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Suicidal Bombers Over Gaza and a World Coming Apart

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 3:39 PM

For years, the term "suicide bombers" has been synonymous with terrorist attacks, especially in Israel. The idea of a martyr willing to give his life for a cause while taking out an "enemy" became a feature of modern conflict especially with resistance movements confronting modern armies.

Oddly enough, the phrase,...

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Is the Media Selling or Telling: How Perception Management Works in Israel's War on Gaza

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:58 AM

There is an art of war and there is an art to selling war -- to one's own people, and the world at large.

Israel is a master at both arts. When we speak of the "only democracy" in the Middle East, it is often forgotten, perhaps deliberately, that...

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The World Cup Spilleth Over: As the Soccer Games End, Political Ones Begin

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:41 PM

The World Cup has spilleth over. With the FIFA spectacle about to pack up its goodies -- most of their lucre has already been wired out of Brazil -- it's time for hype for the next global spectacle, as the "host" country now tries to cope with its financial losses,...

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The Call to 'Restore' for This and Every July 4: Frederick Douglass Echoes Through the Ages

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 11:59 AM

The wheel of the calendar has turned again, and July 4th is upon us once again, a day for the consumption of 155 million pounds of hot dogs, and fireworks -- 75 percent of the pyrotechnics industry's revenues ignite in an average 1,400 displays on the federal holiday marking the...

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What the Media Misses: 'The Barbarians Are at the Gates'

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 2:46 PM

So writes Patrick Cockburn, the veteran Middle East correspondent for the Independent in London. A fierce critic of the US-British War on Iraq, he is now urging the US and Iran to collaborate in stopping the ISIS or ISIL forces that are sweeping through Iraq, a country he loves more...

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Canada's Media Exports of the Future -- Vice and Real News -- Compete for Our Attention

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:12 AM

New York, New York: Oh Canada.

Thank you for your media minds and many alternative outlets. Thank you for Marshall Mcluhan for teaching us how to think about media in new ways. And, for the dedication of your critics and activists and models of independent production to the left of...

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Far Above Cayuga's Waters: Cornell Debates Race on Reunion Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 10:02 AM

How can you be in the past and present at the same time?

Go to your college reunion.

I did, this past weekend, up on the forever beautiful and very green Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York. About 350 members of a class of...

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Sunshine on a Cloudy Day: A Screed for Spring

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 6:12 PM

Mary Wells, where are you?

I need that Motown chanteuse again to bolster my spirits in this month of the missing American Spring of 2014. I am still barely singing along to her "My Guy":

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it's cold outside
I've got...

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'REVIEW: Oh George Orwell, We Need You More Than Ever, Ever

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 10:39 AM

Review: Glenn Greenwald, No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, The NSA and The U.S. Surveillance State, Metropolitan Books, 2014

By Danny Schechter

"Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."...

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Can We Stop America's Surveillance State?

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 12:18 PM

With the publication of Glenn Greenwald's new book on Edward Snowden and the NSA, the state surveillance issue is back in full force -- as if it ever went away.

Purloined formerly top-secret NSA documents are now there for the downloading, even as the calls for truth and privacy buttressed...

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When South Africa Called, We Answered

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 12:32 PM

This is probably the worst time to write and release a book about my involvement in the long struggle to free South Africa. It's a bad time because even as the country celebrates its 20th anniversary as a democracy with elections slated for next week there has never been more...

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That "Iron Law" of Oligarchy Is Back to Haunt Us

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 11:03 AM

The word Oligarchy has finally come home.

For years, it was a term only used in connection with those big, bad and sleazy mafioso-type businessmen in Russia.

Russia had Oligarchs; we didn't. That became a big difference between the official narrative of what separated our land of the free...

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Major Media Does Not Rally Behind Pulitzers for Snowden Stories

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 3:51 PM

First, the good news: The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was not only the best covered of its awards this year, but it recognized a series of disclosures that made many media outlets nervous, if not adversarial -- the publication of NSA secrets leaked by Edward Snowden.

They recognized the...

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'Marching on Pistorious': Athlete and Democracy On Trial in South Africa

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 7:45 PM

With Nelson Mandela's death, news from South Africa seemed to have died along with the world's most famous ex-political prisoner turned president. It was as if the people there don't deserve to be covered unless there is a larger than life celebrity or scandal to focus on.

Happily for the...

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Beyond McCutcheon: Deeper Questions Demand Raising

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:12 PM

Everyone's taking about the Supreme Court's perfectly predictable "Citizens United 2" McCutcheon decision. It's what we are not talking about that worries me.

Ironically, the far right that many on the left see as the only beneficiary of a decision that treats money and free speech as if they are...

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Stressed: What Are They Trying To Tell Us?

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 3:14 PM

New York, New York: Ok, I have to admit it, I feel as my faith in economic justice is being tested with these stress tests. Truth is, I am becoming more stressed than ever.

The reason: Despite all the "regulations" in the Dodd Frank Financial "reform" and the Volcker Rule...

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