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What To Do About The Propaganda Problem

It’s tough to find someone willing to get in the weeds on the propaganda issue.  Check out this necessarily long article by Julie Hotard, PhD, a psychologist and disinformation expert, social systems analyst, and writer.  To see more of her … Continue reading

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Pints, Politics And Media Narrative

In an effort to get outside my comfort zone I tried something new. I went to a media event called “Pints and Politics” at the Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in Swisher Thursday after my shift at the home, farm … Continue reading

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The Importance of American Freedom

by Ralph Scharnau Freedom is the central tenet of how we view ourselves individually and as a nation.  It is embedded in our history and language.  Simultaneously it has been contested in debates and dissents in Congress, in political books/essays/editorials, … Continue reading

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White House Correspondents’ Association Questions Trump Administration’s Use of “Gaggles”

“Gaggles.” Yes, the Trump White House wants to use “gaggles,” not-for-broadcast question & answer sessions, instead of on-camera briefings. Why wouldn’t they? Poynter.org The White House Correspondents’ Association has met with Trump administration officials to take issue with the current … Continue reading

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Democrats Need Media

If you listened to Stephanie Miller Thursday you couldn’t help but hear the message over and over and over: Democrats need media. After an election that saw the Republican candidate receive billions of dollars worth of free and very friendly … Continue reading

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Should I Contribute to IPR?

Last week I received a letter in the mail from Iowa Public Radio asking for a donation. It has caused me to do some deep reflection on what media means to me and my family. Which should be supported and … Continue reading

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Gov't Propaganda Okay in U.S.

From Foreign Policy Magazine: U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News To Americans “For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law (the Smith-Mundt Act) prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that … Continue reading

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Outside Groups Buy Romney Ads In Iowa While 99% Of Obama Ads Paid For By Campaign

We applaud the Cedar Rapids Gazette and The Des Moines Register for their reporting on this issue. thegazette.com/2012/09/23/outside-groups-feed-romneys-ads-in-iowa/ The onslaught of TV advertisements airing in Iowa for the presidential race has been fueled on the Republican side mostly by outside … Continue reading

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My Weakness Is My Strength

It just occurred to me that the Republican Party does such a great job at twisting the truth that they have carried themselves for years by turning what used to be horrible failures into their embodiments of strength. While doing … Continue reading

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If You Do The Math – Republicans Don’t Add Up.

Unless you have been living in a hole for the past 3 years, one thing should be pretty apparent – the Republican Party has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the wealthiest one tenth of one percent in this country. … Continue reading

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