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Reflections in the Snow From the Nation’s Capital

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – TACOMA PARK, Md. — Camped out in the media van surrounded by a foot of snow, there’s finally time and space in the schedule to reflect a little on the events of the past week and look ahead for a few minutes at the future. The plan…

Washington Federal Court Strikes Blow Against Internet Neutrality

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By Glynn Wilson – A three-judge panel of federal judges all appointed to the court before there was an open Internet or a Web Press has struck down a complicated set of rules set forth by the Federal Communications Commission to preserve competition on the Web in what critics call a major blow to what’s…

The Tragedy of Rising Expectations

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Judging by what happens on Facebook and reality television, it has become obvious, at least in the United States, that the tragedy of rising expectations has reached a new climax. People who are naturally nobody have become the somebodies, and those who are somebody by virtue of…

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Hold’s Town Hall Meeting in Birmingham

Watch some video excerpts- By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — While Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker was speaking to Republicans in Montgomery Friday night, pro-labor and progressive radio talk show host Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” held a town hall meeting in the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center with labor leaders and Democratic…

Creating a Culture of Unionism in the South is Essential for Democracy

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By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis – The South Lawn – One of the difficulties of organizing in the South is that the struggles here frequently occur under a veil of invisibility due to the lack of pro-worker media down here. Barring major fights like the United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) fifteen-year long trench…

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz to Broadcast Live from Birmingham August 23

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MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz will hold a radio town hall meeting at the Sheraton in downtown Birmingham on Friday, August 23, starting at 7 p.m. This radio town hall, which will be broadcast on Sirius/XM radio on Progress 127, is open to the public on a first come first serve basis. Doors open…

Robert Jensen: On the Necessity of an Alternative, Independent Web Press

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MWC News presented a live Google hangout with journalism Professor Robert Jensen at the University of Texas at Austin College of Communication. (Watch the video above). He joined the faculty in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. in media law and ethics in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. He…

Hey Matt Taibbi: All Journalism is Not ‘Advocacy’

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Hey, let me say at the outset before people start bashing me on Facebook that I like Matt Taibbi. He’s a fine writer for Rolling Stone magazine and produces some of the most insightful journalism in America today, at least on business and economic matters. He got…

How You Can Help Us Build the Alternative, Independent Web Press Today

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I’m Glynn Wilson, the publisher of the Locust Fork News-Journal. I’d like to thank you all for your continued support over the years as I’ve continued to bring you the news that the “other guys” mostly ignore. I’m constantly dismayed at the way our news media avoids certain stories that MATTER, stories that might upset…

The American Public’s Confidence in Newspapers Continues to Decline

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Television News Does Not Fare Much BetterANALYSIS – By Glynn Wilson – The American public’s confidence in newspapers as an institution to report accurate information and serve as “the press” under the U.S. Constitution to write about public affairs in a way that serves their interests continues its historical decline, according to the latest Gallup…

Investigating Anti-Government, Anti-Tax Groups is the Job of the IRS

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Where’s the Scandal in That? The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Sitting here on the porch listening to the coverage of the so-called IRS “scandal” on National Public Radio, also reading the latest Associated Press story on the subject, I keep thinking: “Where’s the scandal?” Since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United…

Effort Gains Momentum to Stop Koch Brothers’ Takeover of LA Times

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Don’t sell out to the Koch brothers, Don’t let the brothers in the door. We don’t want them taking over, That is what we’re marching for! That was the message, as sung by acclaimed musician Ry Cooder, carried by hundreds of Los Angeles residents who marched and rallied Tuesday to urge Oaktree Capital Management not…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: But There Will Be Video

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“…I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know … that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. – Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968,…