Mike Lofgren, Moyers & Company: Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to “endanger our liberties or democratic process.” But have you heard of the “Deep State”?
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: According to documents, a criminal intelligence analyst on the Army payroll infiltrated the anti-war activists in Olympia to gather intelligence, which he shared with police departments, the FBI and a fusion center in Washington. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the Army and law enforcement agencies can be sued for damages.
Leslie Thatcher, Truthout: Richard Wolff talks about “The Shape of a Post-Capitalist Future,” his entry in the new anthology Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, and his conviction that making the transition from capitalism to socialism requires a deliberate critique of capitalist workplace organization.
Michael Pirsch, Truthout: People in the Western world are being fed lie upon lie, omission upon omission – including from alternative and left media – about the demonstrations in Thailand. The reasons for the protests are being inaccurately reduced to defending the “Bangkok elite” from poor northeastern farmers.
Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer, The Center for Public Integrity: Oil money is so thoroughly ingrained in the Texas culture and economy that there is little interest in or sympathy for those who have become collateral damage in the drive for riches. This in-depth report looks at the effects of drilling in Eagle Ford Shale.
Steve Breyman, Truthout: The New York Times columnist David Brooks is a pseudo-intellectual, soft right, victim-blaming reality dodger. His latest target? The American “precariat.” Let’s cut through Brooks’ truth avoidance about the death for many Americans of the American Dream.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The mainstream media is failing us when it comes to covering the story of the century – made climate change. And there’s no better example of this failure than the decline of climate coverage at Reuters since that news organization hired Paul Ingrassia as deputy editor-in-chief.
By Staff, Center for Media Democracy: The Center for Media and Democracy released a new short film, Keystone PipeLIES Exposed, and major investigative report debunking key claims of proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline as the State Department solicits comments from the public on its controversial environmental impact assessment.
Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: A recent Congressional Budget Office report claims that up to half a million jobs could be lost because of a minimum-wage increase, but its claims are based on weak analysis and ignores the potential gains for workers’ standard of living.