Was The (Soon-To-Be Canceled) Ed Show The Only News Show That Gave Significant Coverage Of The TPP Trade Deal?

If Not For The Ed Show, Cable Outlets Mostly Ignored TPP

Recently, Politico, MediaITE, and other sources made it public that MSNBC’s The Ed Show would be canceled and the Ed Schultz time slot would be filled by “moderate” Chuck Todd.

In February, mediamatters.org conducted an interesting study on what news shows cover the TPP trade agreement, and what shows don’t.

Mediamatters.org had done a transcript search of the major news networks (CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC) as well as for the nightly news shows on the three major broadcast networks (CBS Evening News, ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC’s Nightly News) as well as PBS NewsHour.

The search involved shows from August 1, 2013, through January 31, 2015.

Mediamatters.org wrote that of the three news networks, “only The Ed Show Devoted Significant Coverage To The TPP. During the same 18-month period, CNN and Fox News each mentioned the TPP during two broadcasts. MSNBC’s The Ed Show discussed the trade agreement on 71 broadcasts…”

Also, PBS mentioned the TPP eight times, and the three major nightly news shows (on CBS, ABC, and NBC) made no mention of the TPP whatsoever on their nightly news broadcasts during that time period.

(Updated report)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/07/bernie-sanders-disappointed-in-ed-schultz-cancellation-211128.html

http://www.alternet.org/media/msnbc-cans-only-cable-tv-host-who-extensively-covered-tpp

http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2015/07/comcast-killed-the-ed-show-for-talking-about-tpp/

http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/02/04/study-tv-news-shows-largely-ignore-historic-tra/202403

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer And His Family’s Interesting History


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Wolf Blitzer is an anchor on CNN.

According to Wikipedia and IMDb, Wolf Isaac Blitzer was born in Augsburg, Germany, and was the son of Cesia Blitzer (maiden name: Zylberfuden), and David Blitzer. His parents were Jewish refugees from Oświęcim, Poland, and Holocaust survivors.

Blitzer was raised in Buffalo, New York and graduated from Kenmore West Senior High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University at Buffalo in 1970. While there, he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

In 1972, he received a Master of Arts in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. While at Johns Hopkins, Blitzer studied abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he learned Hebrew.

After college, Blitzer worked in Tel Aviv for Reuters news agency, and in Washington D.C. for the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post.  He has worked at CNN since 1990.

Blitzer’s grandfather was from the town of Auschwitz (Oświęcim), which was a Polish area annexed by Germany in World War II.  His Jewish grandparents died at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

In the video, Blitzer travels to different places to learn about his family’s history.

(Updated report)

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0088566/bio

Near-Majority Says That Citizens United Decision Was Harmful

Almost half of people surveyed in a recent Monmouth University poll (48 percent) said that the looser campaign finance rules since the Citizens United decision have worsened the presidential election process.

Citizens United was a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 that stated that political spending is a form of “free speech” protected under the First Amendment.

According to the decision, the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections. While corporations or unions may not give money directly to campaigns, they may seek to persuade the voting public through other means, including advertisements.

Besides the 48 percent who feel that the looser rules have worsened the political process, just 10 percent of Americans feel that the looser rules have improved the presidential election process, according to the Monmouth survey.  29 percent said the changes over the last half-decade have not had much effect.

“The public is starting to worry that the Wild West nature of campaign finance is damaging the way we choose presidential candidates,” said Patrick Murray, the director of Monmouth University Polling Institute, writes Politico.

42 percent of Americans said that looser finance rules make it more likely that an unqualified candidate can stay in office longer, while just 14 percent it would be less likely.  33 percent said that campaign finance rules would not have any effect.

28 percent of the poll respondents said that the current funding situation makes it more likely that a qualified candidate with lower name recognition would be able to capture voters’ attention and stay in the race.  27 percent said that the campaign finance rules make it less likely that a lesser-known candidate would able to withstand a cash onslaught.  34 percent said that the new funding environment has no impact on a qualified candidate.

Asked their opinion on the best way to finance presidential campaigns, just 17 percent said the funds solely should come from public financing through the government, while 33 percent said it should come from private donations alone. A plurality of 44 percent said there should be a combination of the two.

Another important Supreme Court decision was McCutcheon v. FEC, which loosened restrictions on private citizens donating to candidates.  The Supreme Court ruled on it in 2014.

The survey was conducted by telephone from July 9-12, polling 1,001 adults across the country. The poll features a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

(Updated report)

http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/citizens-united-v-federal-election-commission/

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/poll-campaign-finance-laws-2016-election-120461.html#ixzz3h6M6lqkc

Phoenix Decapitation

Officers were called to a terrible scene in Central Phoenix recently, writes Fox10 Phoenix. Investigators said they found a woman’s body decapitated and two dogs killed inside an apartment. On Sunday, police identified the victim as 49-year-old Trina Heisch.

According to Reuters, the scene was discovered Saturday morning after a neighbor decided to check on the welfare of a married couple he knew had mental health issues.

When the husband opened the door to the couple’s home he was naked, a portion of his left forearm was cut off, and his right eye was missing.  

The neighbor called police who entered the home and found the headless body of Trina Heisch, 49, in a bedroom closet along with two dogs. The animals had also been decapitated. Large amounts of blood was spread across floors, cabinets and walls of the apartment, police said.

The suspect has not been named, but police said he was believed to be Heisch’s husband. He was taken to an area hospital where he underwent surgery. Police said he admitted to killing “three of his family members” and will be charged in Heisch’s murder when released from the hospital.

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/story/29633362/2015/07/25/kind-neighbor-finds-gruesome-scene-after-man-kills-woman-two-dogs

Four Grenade Attacks In Less Than A Week In Swedish City

Yesterday, the city of Malmö in southern Sweden was hit by its fourth hand grenade attack in under a week.  It was just 48 hours after the last explosion there rocked residents.

Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city, according to the Swedish publication The Local.se.

The hand grenade detonated in a car parking lot in the Malmö district of Värnhem.

The incident, which caused damage to dozens of cars but no injuries, was different from previous blasts, according to police.

“Many of the other grenade attacks seemed to be aimed at government buildings,” a police spokesman told the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet.

“But in the area around this detonation site there are private residences, business premises and government agencies. Therefore, the goal of the blast is unclear at present,” the spokesman concluded.

Police found part of a hand grenade at the site and bomb technicians have been on site to investigate further. The hand grenade seems to have exploded in a van, according to Swedish news agency, TT.

The police are checking the ownership of the damaged cars to see if any of the owners have links to the criminal world.

In related news, police are warning residents in Malmö that there could be unexploded grenades from these or other attacks.

(Updated report)

http://www.thelocal.se/20150726/malm-shaken-by-another-hand-grenade-attack

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=6219244

Were The Two Men Who Escaped Prison In New York Two Nice, Good-Hearted Individuals?


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No – or at least not according to ABC News.  Richard Matt murdered his former boss, and David Sweat killed a sheriff’s deputy before they met at Clinton Correctional Facility.  According to the video, Richard Matt also beat his wife.  This was reportedly NOT “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down (No Surprise After Supreme Court Ruling)

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The state of Michigan may have lost $2 million in legal fees when it went up against same-sex marriage, according to the Detroit News.  The state had a same-sex marriage ban.

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse had a long-running federal lawsuit against the ban, which was recently settled.  The case had dragged on for three years, according to Raw Story.

“This case was both rare and difficult because plaintiffs’ counsel were defending members of an historically unpopular minority,” attorneys Carole Stanyar and Dana Nessel wrote in the federal court ruling.

“Although public opinion has shifted considerably in the years that this case has been pending, when filed, a decided majority of the Michigan population were opposed to marriage by same-sex couples,” they wrote.

The price tag fees include payment for six lawyers, seven law clerks, multiple paralegals and experts from Boston, New York, San Francisco and Lansing, the Detroit News reports. The ruling comes almost exactly one month after the Supreme Court’s historic same-sex marriage decision legalized the unions in all 50 states.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2015/07/25/gay-marriage-lawyers-want-state-pay-legal-fees/30677065/

Would Trump Wholeheartedly Support Freedom Of The Press?


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According to the San Jose Mercury News, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has denied press credentials to the reporters of The Des Moines Register.  The Register newspaper had earlier published an editorial calling on the billionaire businessman to end his campaign.

The Register says its reporters were denied credentials to a Trump campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Saturday. The newspaper says Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told its reporters they were being excluded because of the editorial.

In 2005, the Republican Congress almost gutted support for public broadcasting (NPR, PBS).   Would Trump try to do the same if he were President?  Would he try to “shut down” liberal media sources or other media outlets that offended him or were critical of his policies?

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/time-to-unplug-the-cpb/

In the editorial, published Tuesday, the newspaper called Trump a “feckless blowhard” who is “unfit to hold office.”

(Updated article)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/24/politics/donald-trump-iowa-des-moines-register/index.html

http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_28537574/trump-called-feckless-blowhard-bans-newspaper-from-campaign

Sanders ‘Disappointed’ That Ed Show Will Be Canceled


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Recently, MSNBC decided to cancel Ed Schultz’s “The Ed Show.” He will reportedly be replaced with a more “moderate” anchor – Meet The Press’ Chuck Todd. Schultz is known for giving more liberal politicians a platform to speak.

Schultz has talked with left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders “many times” on his show, writes MediaITE.

How does Sanders feel about MSNBC getting rid of The Ed Show?

Politico reports that Senator Sanders said Thursday that he is “disappointed” in Comcast’s decision to remove Ed Schultz from its lineup.

This seemed to confirm earlier reports that Schultz’s “Ed Show” was one of several MSNBC programs to be canceled.

“We live in a time when much of the corporate media regards politics as a baseball game or a soap opera,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said in a statement. “Ed Schultz has treated the American people with respect by focusing on the most important issues impacting their lives,” Sanders said, according to Politico.

Sanders continued: “He has talked about income and wealth inequality, high unemployment, low wages, our disastrous trade policies and racism in America.

“I am very disappointed that Comcast chose to remove Ed Schultz from its lineup. We need more people who talk about the real issues facing our country, not fewer,” Sanders continued. “At a time when a handful of large, multinational corporations own our major media outlets, I hope they will allow voices to be heard from those who dissent from the corporate agenda.”

Above, Schultz speaks with Sanders soon after he declared he would be running for President.

http://www.mediaite.com/online/bernie-sanders-very-disappointed-that-msnbc-cancelled-ed-schultzs-show/

http://www.politico.com//blogs/media/2015/07/chuck-todd-to-return-to-a-changing-msnbc-211107.html

What is One America News Network?


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What is One America News Network?

Wikipedia:

“One America News Network (abbreviated as OAN, commonly referred to as One America News) is an American cable news television channel that is owned by the Herring Networks, Inc. The network is headquartered in San Diego, California, and operates a news bureau in Washington, D.C. Originally envisioned as a conservative news network, OAN’s stated focus is delivering a credible source of national and international news 24/7. OAN also features political analysis programming and political talk shows, along with network special documentary-style reports; its news coverage attempts to maintain objectivity while its political shows illustrate a stronger conservative lean.

“The channel was launched on July 4, 2013.”

Recently, an anchor on One America News gave a lengthy editorial on the Middle East and ISIS.  TYT Network discusses it.

http://www.inquisitr.com/2269540/tomi-lahren-conservative-anchor-becomes-overnight-sensation-after-viral-obama-rant/