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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.

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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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Major Media "Rallies" In New York To Urge Press Freedom From Government Spies and Protection for Sources

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:42 AM

The term "spring offensive" may be out of favor in the media, but more than 50 organizations endorsed a forum this past Friday with some of the media's best known editorial heavyweights, to discuss the most serious crisis journalistic freedom has faced in decades -- a deepening collision over leaks...

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When the Government Compounds Crimes Rather Than Fights Them: Mortgage Fraud

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 5:10 PM

We were all victims of the financial crisis that began in 2007 (not 2008), but some of us suffered more than others. And, hundreds of millions of us are still living with the painful aftermath as its consequences began to be felt worldwide.

The first order of business in...

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Mess With Glenn Greenwald at Your Own Risk

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Clearly, there's an officially sanctioned, if not supported, backlash under way to cast doubt on the those who are disseminating the information that Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers are exposing to the global public.

What better way to respond to the evidence of government overreach and criminality in the...

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Skiing Downhill: Olympics of Distraction

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 1:18 PM

Los Angeles: Olympics live for Heroes and Sheroes -- the "amateur" athlete winners that TV sportscasters swoon over, and companies later reward with lucrative endorsement contracts that, in turn, push them in the celebrity elite, often with enough staying power to move effortlessly from competition to commentary.

This year, in...

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Debating Poverty at the United Nations: Does the Media Hate The Poor?

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 10:19 PM

One is always proud to be invited to speak at the United Nations, one of the few global institutions that is still taken seriously, and that can generate international resolutions and shape programs free of total domination by the big powers.

When you are an outsider like I am,...

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The Olympics Are Here to Stay -- And to Pay

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 12:32 PM

The Winter Olympics are off and running, and the media focus is about the threat of terrorism, Putin's motives in holding it, and why a backward town in the old Soviet Union that has been a center of human rights abuse for years is somehow -- surprise, surprise -- not...

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Pete Seeger, Media Critic

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Pete Seeger, my American idol, was a great singer, songsmith, troubadour and progressive voice. His death was celebrated with tributes in leading newspapers the world over.

What's less well known is that Seeger originally wanted to be a newspaperman, but thanks to his unique skills, deep talent and incredible artistry,...

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State of the Union Or State Of Obama?

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 1:30 PM

New York, New York: The political classes in our country seem to relish moments of high ritual and symbolic occasions with TV news routinely bringing these events to a country more engaged with awards shows and sporting contests.

The State of the Union, the annual presidential projection of power enjoys...

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I Have Been to the Mountain Top

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 6:39 PM

New York, New York: Mountaintops offer dynamic vistas and symbolize not only physical heights but inspiring points of prominence.

On the night before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King told a packed church in Memphis where he was crusading on behalf of the city's garbage workers, that he had been...

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Will the Mandela Movie Even Win an Oscar Nomination?

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 1:43 PM

New York, New York: The whole world recognized and paid tribute to South African icon Nelson Mandela when he died at age 95. Ninety-one Heads of State attended his funeral. The U.N. General Assembly organized a special tribute.

His legacy is secure in official circles, and in the hearts...

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Happy News Year: 'The News Dissector' Looks Beyond The Top Stories of the Year to Examine the News System

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 2:49 PM

At year end, the news agenda fills up with stories on top stories, a chance for networks to repackage footage or highlight favorite newsmakers. These stories rarely look at the news system that picks them while excluding others.

There are two news systems in America -- the official parody of...

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The World Unites Behind Mandela: An Unreported United Message From the UN

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Millions of South Africans mourned the death of Nelson Mandela as you would expect, but the rest of world also joined in an unprecedented display of the same international solidarity that for years helped South Africa isolate its enemies and overthrow apartheid.

Mandela was not the first Third World revolutionary...

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Will Mandela's Burial Also Bury His Memory?

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 10:44 PM

As the body of Nelson Mandela heads for its "final rest" in the rural community where he was born, reverential exhilaration is turning into emotionally draining reflection tinged with criticism and self-criticism.

Mandela has moved from a person into a historical figure as in "now he belongs to the ages."

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The New Dominatrixes of Empire

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 7:40 AM

New York, New York: First we had Spymaster James Clapper dismissing concerns about NSA spying abuses denounced worldwide with a reference to the movie Casablanca. (His critics most recently were seconded by Secretary of State John Kerry who fears a tad of overkill, at least, now that some of this...

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So What Was the Shutdown All About, Really?

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 6:02 AM

Deal Done But War Goes On: No Winners, Only Losers
Behind the Shutdown was a politics of right-wing movement building to raise money and visibility by raising hell. Obamacare had nothing to do with it.

So what was it all about? The Senate deal ending the shutdown and deferring...

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Commemorating Financial Panic (but Not Occupy)

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 2:10 PM

NEW YORK -- Media outlets love anniversaries. They become the makers and news-pegs for one-day stories that become pretexts for episodic coverage of key issues that substitute for ongoing critical reporting,

It's a form of nostalgic 'how are we doing coverage ' that aims to depoliticize the past or...

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