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Soros-funded group urges media run by government (Free Press)
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Posted on 05/20/2010 8:12:42 AM PDT by opentalk

Marxist-led study has close ties to Obama White House officials

NEW YORK – A George Soros-funded, Marxist-founded organization calling itself Free Press has published a study advocating the development of a “world class” government-run media system in the U.S.

A newly released book, meanwhile, documents Free Press has close ties to top Obama administration officials.

“The need has never been greater for a world-class public media system in America,” begins a 48-page document, “New Public Media: A Plan for Action,” by the far-left Free Press organization.

“Commercial media’s economic tailspin has pushed public media to the center of the debate over the future of journalism and the media, presenting the greatest opportunity yet to reinvigorate and re-envision the modern U.S. public media system,” argued the Free Press document, which was reviewed by WND.

The Free Press study urges the creation of a trust fund – largely supported by new fees and taxes on advertising and the private media – to jump start the founding of a massive government-run public media system that will ultimately become self-sufficient.

“We believe local news reporting should become one of public media’s top priorities,” said Free Press Managing Director Craig Aaron, one of the paper’s co-authors.

“We should redeploy and redouble our resources to keep a watchful eye on the powerful and to reliably examine the vital issues that most Americans can’t follow closely on their own,” Aaron stated.

Free Press is a well-known advocate of government intervention in the Internet.

..A new book, “The Manchurian President,” documents the founder of the Free Press, Robert W. McChesney, is an avowed Marxist who has recommended capitalism be dismantled.


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KEYWORDS: americorps; casssunstein; communism; fairnessdoctrine; fascism; freepress; freespeech; internet; mainstreammedia; marxism; media; msm; obama; socialism; soros; taxdollars; vanjones
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1 posted on 05/20/2010 8:12:42 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
The Case for Public Media --study pdf free press
2 posted on 05/20/2010 8:15:25 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Soros and his ilk can go BACK to hell where they belong.


3 posted on 05/20/2010 8:15:34 AM PDT by unkus
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To: opentalk

newspeak bump...


4 posted on 05/20/2010 8:15:40 AM PDT by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: opentalk
"Free Press"

My aren't the Progressive Fascists c clever in how they choose the names for their groups. Simply pick the opposite of what they really want.

5 posted on 05/20/2010 8:16:03 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: MNJohnnie

That’s from 1984—Newspeak.


6 posted on 05/20/2010 8:17:00 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: MNJohnnie
Below is from table of contents of the study

PART ONE:
CRISIS AND OPPORTUNITY...........................................

PART TWO:
FUNDING A PUBLIC MEDIA TRUST ................................................

PART THREE: LEADERSHIP, DIVERSITY AND EXPANSION

PART FOUR: LEARNING FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

7 posted on 05/20/2010 8:21:05 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: jazminerose

Difference between us and Progressives. We read 1984 as a warning, Progressives read it as a training manual


8 posted on 05/20/2010 8:22:33 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: MNJohnnie

You’re right! I’d not seen the movie till this w/e—the original is hard to come by but dh found it on ebay.


9 posted on 05/20/2010 8:24:47 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: opentalk
"...government-run media system in the U.S."

How does that differ from what we have now?

10 posted on 05/20/2010 8:27:16 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: newfreep

Good point, sounds like GE


11 posted on 05/20/2010 8:34:15 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: newfreep
How does that differ from what we have now?

No FreeRepublic for starters.......
12 posted on 05/20/2010 8:34:27 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Give me a hand up, not a hand out)
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To: opentalk

So, installation of the U.S. version of Pravda???


13 posted on 05/20/2010 8:41:13 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: newfreep
The difference would be that there would only be one source for all news as opposed to a plethora of sources as we have currently. Thus, instead of some news sources reporting biased news with other sources correcting the bias, there would only be what the government wanted us to hear/read.
14 posted on 05/20/2010 8:44:23 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: SoldierDad

Also sounds like a move to keep liberal media in business as they lose ratings and money.


15 posted on 05/20/2010 8:46:51 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Air America eventually went bankrupt - Sore@ss is trying to prevent the same from happening to the Lame Stream media perhaps?


17 posted on 05/20/2010 8:49:47 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: SoldierDad

I guess I should have added a “/s” to my posting....


18 posted on 05/20/2010 8:50:07 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: opentalk

Free Press was launched in late 2002 by media scholar Robert W. McChesney, journalist John Nichols and Josh Silver, our executive director. Today, Free Press is the largest media reform organization in the United States, with nearly half-a-million activists and members and a full-time staff of more than 30 based in our offices in Washington, D.C., and Florence, Mass.

Staff:

President and CEO Josh Silver co-founded Free Press with Robert W. McChesney in 2002.

Chief Operating Officer Kimberly Longey

Managing Director Craig Aaron leads all Free Press program, advocacy, and public education work

Associate Development Director Carrie Cuthbert served for over eight years as founding co-director of the Women’s Rights Network

Media Coordinator Jenn Ettinger was a media and communications specialist at Campaign for America’s Future and worked as an assistant account executive at Rubenstein Communications.

Campaign Director Timothy Karr served as executive director of MediaChannel.org and vice president of Globalvision New Media and the Globalvision News Network. He has also worked extensively as an editor, reporter and photojournalist for the Associated Press, Time Inc., New York Times and Australia Consolidated Press.

Communications Director Liz Rose served as a public affairs officer at the Labor Department under Secretary Robert Reich. Liz worked on Capitol Hill, first as the press secretary for Rep. Thomas J. Downey (D-N.Y.) and then for Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV (D-W.Va.).

Policy Director Ben Scott worked as a legislative fellow handling telecommunications policy for Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Editor Holiday Shapiro worked in broadcasting at CBS News

Policy Counsel Aparna Sridhar clerked for the Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Government Relations Manager Joe Torres worked as deputy director of communications and media policy at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Research Director S. Derek Turner was a research fellow on our staff and authored articles in publications such as Business Week and Salon.com.

Media Coordinator Moira Vahey was deputy press secretary for the Democratic Leadership Council. Prior to that, she was a press intern in the office of Sen. Barack Obama and a staff member for the Obama for America presidential campaign

New Public Media: A Plan for Action

http://www.freepress.net/files/New_Public_Media.doc.pdf

http://www.freepress.net/node/122


19 posted on 05/20/2010 9:08:54 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: opentalk
from link in article

Free Press is calling for a $50 billion “Public Media Trust Fund” to underwrite the creation of new jobs for journalists and the use of the existing federal AmeriCorps program “to include journalistic activities as part of its mission” in the form of “journalism positions” and “journalism projects.” AmeriCorps is a federally-funded national and community service agency.

The group is also urging a direct federal bailout of liberal media institutions, declaring that “The Department of Labor could design a program aimed at keeping reporters employed at existing news organizations or at new outlets.”

20 posted on 05/20/2010 9:42:11 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Remember that Soros admited in his book to identifying Jews in his town in Hungary for teh Nazis. He’s a Nazi sympathizer. He has never believed in freedom — not then, not now.


21 posted on 05/20/2010 10:30:38 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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He is 80 years old, hard to understand the obsession of pushing this.

- Kagan, Sunstein and Obama have all attacked free speech in favor of regulation. They have an agenda and stacking the courts seems to be part of it.

22 posted on 05/20/2010 10:40:14 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: MNJohnnie
We read 1984 as a warning, Progressives read it as a training manual...

Good one, MNJohnnie.

23 posted on 05/20/2010 12:17:01 PM PDT by GOPJ (Americans..speak of capitalism's glories(rather)than of socialism's greatness. Elena Kagan (thesis))
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