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Matt Taibbi: Responding to “On the Media” on Free Speech: FIRE’s “So to Speak” Podcast

Last month, On the Media, a popular radio program from New York City’s WNYC, aired an episode that questioned free speech values and challenged so-called “free speech absolutism.”
On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by Matt Taibbi, Nadine Strossen, and Amna Khalid, who provide direct responses to many of the free speech critiques made in On the Media’s program

DN! Peace Activist Kathy Kelly on Reparations for Afghanistan and What the U.S. Owes After Decades of War

“I think we would have to look to the U.N. and groups that have a reputation for being able to truly assist people in Afghanistan, and then reparations through dismantling the war system.”

What are the Prospects For Peace: an Interview with Noam Chomsky

“According to the Constitution, Article I, Congress has the sole right to declare war. But that provision has long been dispatched to the ashcan, along with other inconvenient provisions of the document that we are taught to revere.”

Meet the Censored: Hitler, by Matt Taibbi

“Asking computer programs to sort out the subtleties of different types of speech — differences between commentary and advocacy, criticism and incitement, reporting and participation — has proven a disaster.”

Facebook’s disinformation problem is harder than it looks, by Matthew Ingram

“finding the right line between disinformation control, public-health awareness, and outright censorship is not an easy task.”

“Don’t you know there’s a war on?” by Patrick Lawrence

“The sooner we recognize these and many similar events as disparate dimensions of a concerted war waged against us, the better we will understand the air we breathe and the water we drink.”

The military-industrial-media complex renders the American populus ill-informed in matters regarding war

“How real is all this influence? Does the military-industrial-media complex (MIMC) actually affect the information we receive and our perception of war?”

DN! “Julian Is Suffering”: Family of Assange and Chris Hedges in NYC on Assange

“The situation there is really dire, and Julian is suffering inside that prison.”

Matt Taibi: Why “Securing Democracy” Will Be Taught in Journalism Schools

“It is impossible to anticipate all the threats that you will face when confronting powerful governments.”

The Issue Ignored by the Media: How the Military Affects our Climate & Democracy

How the military sector impacts the environment, but also how the military sector itself prepares for a changed climate and also why climate movements do not focus on the role of the military in their activism.

Is Russia truly our enemy? by Bruce Gagnon

“Capitalism’s need to control and consume resources is what drives most of these current war mongering activities.”

Glenn Greenwald: Big Tech, Journalists Attack Powerless, Cuomo’s Special COVID Privileges

“The repressive objective of the Democratic-controlled Congress is to transfer the power to police and censor political discourse from these tech giants to themselves.”

Zuckerberg and tech CEOs challenged over misinformation: ‘You do it because you make money’ – as it happened

Disinformation nation: social media’s role in promoting extremism and misinformation.

Chris Hedges: The Empire is Not Done with Julian Assange

“WikiLeaks and you personally are facing a battle that is both legal and political,” Weinglass told Assange. “As we learned in the Pentagon Papers case, the U.S. government doesn’t like the truth coming out….”

Democracy Dies in Obfuscation, by Dorthee Benz

“The failure to name—and, worse, to try to obscure through misleading comparisons—what is plainly a threat to US democracy is a dereliction of journalistic duty.”

Supreme Court Crushes Media Diversity in Ruling on Lawsuit Accusing Comcast of Racial Discrimination

“What this story is about is, it’s basically — it’s about a series of black entertainment moguls who started media networks or television shows.”

Extinction Rebellion: Worldwide, the First Day

“We only get one planet and so we’re here to try and defend it.”

Popular Resistance: the UN, Syria, Venezuela, Assange and Russia, NATO, Cuba, and more

Pertinent articles from the Popular Resistance Daily Digest

Henry Giroux on His Latest Book — The Terror of the Unforeseen — and How Neoliberal Capitalism Sets the Stage for Fascism

Money drives politics. We all know that now. But the other side of this is that it’s not just an economic system, it’s also an ideological system. [Neoliberalism] operates off the assumption that the market can solve all problems — not simply in the economy, but in all of social life — so it becomes a template and a model for all social relations.

The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Go Wrong? by Matt Taibbi

The most enormous issue posed by the modern media landscape is the industry’s incredible concentration, which allows a handful of private platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Google – to dominate media distribution.