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Veteran NBC Reporter Rips Pro-War Posture Of Corporate Media In Scathing Resignation Letter

By Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams

In a biting resignation letter published in full by CNN, longtime NBC News reporter, commentator, and military analyst William "Bill" Arkin blasted the corporate media network for embracing U.S. "national security leaders and generals" while "ignoring the empirical truth of what they have wrought: There is not one country in the Middle East that is safer today than it was 18 years ago. Indeed the world becomes ever more polarized and dangerous."

Reflecting on his past couple of decades working with the network - in addition to writing books and columns for major newspapers and serving as as military adviser to human rights and environmental groups - Arkin laments, "My expertise, though seeming to be all the more central to the challenges and dangers we face, also seems to be less valued at the moment. And I find myself completely out of [sync] with the network, being neither a day-to-day reporter nor interested in the Trump circus."

Noting in his 2,228-word memo that "the world and the state of journalism [are] in tandem crisis," Arkin delivers a scathing critique of how NBC has responded to the foreign policy of Donald Trump - whom he calls "an ignorant and incompetent impostor" - asserting that "in many ways NBC just began emulating the national security state itself - busy and profitable. No wars won but the ball is kept in play."

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Posted on January 8, 2019
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Veteran NBC Reporter Rips Pro-War Posture Of Corporate Media In Scathing Resignation Letter

By Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams
I'm ever so happy to return to writing and thinking without the officiousness of editorial tyrants or corporate standards.

Posted on January 8, 2019

After Netflix Pulls Episode At Saudi Request, Comic Hasan Minhaj Urges Donations For Suffering Yemen

By Julia Conley/Common Dreams
"Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube . . . Please donate."

Posted on January 2, 2019

'Community TV Network Taught Me My Voice Matters'

From Denise Zaccardi/CTVN
CTVN is a safe space from outside stress for us all. The adrenaline of completing a video is different from, "My family sucks." And we're learning critical thinking skills through the editing process.

Posted on December 28, 2018

This Chicago Prison Inspired A Popular TV Series

By Aerial Cities/The Smithsonian Channel
No spoiler: You'll have to watch the video.

Posted on December 19, 2018

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