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Pete Seeger Testimony Before HUAC - the House Unamerican Activities Committee - on August 18, 1955

Atlanta: Snow, Ice, Sand Send South's Flagship City Reeling (AP)

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BP Deepwater Supervisors Must Face Manslaughter Rep!

Terror Suspect Challenges NSA Surveillance Program

This is very serious:
Egypt to Put 20 Al-Jazeera Journalists on Trial

When 100,000 people sign a petition for you to be deported (from the US - petitioning the White House), don't you rethink your behavior? Apparently Justin Bieber doesn't: he just got arrested in Canada for assaulting a limo driver.
Justin Bieber Charged with Assault

US deep South snow storm maroons motorists

Movement Seen in Talks Over Syria, Despite Gap

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Fact Checking The Talking Heads? Why Fox News Is Nervous

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Time marches on. First we had Fox News. No checking of statements or facts. Just say whatever works for the Right wing and it will be accepted as gospel.

Then comes along PolitiFact. It's a fact checking group who's mission is to take apart widely circulated stories and do some fact checking on them. The stories are rated on their veracity. That started to keep some of the more outrageous claims to a limit -- or at least allowed for a tamping down of the total fabrications. But even the results of the PolitiFact findings were often called into question -- just ask Rachel Maddow.

Now, born November 1st, just a few days ago is PunditFact, a site dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.

According to the source itself, PolitiFact.com:

PunditFact is a partnership of PolitiFact and the Poynter Institute, the journalism school that owns the Tampa Bay Times.

The new site will have a dedicated staff of journalists who will research claims by media figures and rate them using PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter. The fact-checks will be published on PunditFact.com and will often be featured on the main PolitiFact site.

This could be interesting.

Soon those nattering nabobs of negativism, the jabbering ninnies of the networks will be encouraged to do more than just read the stories handed to them. They might have to actually start listening the the balderdash that comes out of their echo chambers. These pundits will be held to veracity levels that heretofore escaped them -- just like the hot air most expel with each eye-rolled sigh and statement they made courtesy of their teleprompters.

Will it matter? Will it change anything? Probably not, but it will be fodder for more criticism and conjecture.

How truthful is O'Reilly? Chris Wallace? Joe Scarborough and Sean Hannity? Well, if PolitiFact is any guideline as to the accuracy of facts and verisimilitude of PunditFact itself, Rachel Maddow will most likely nail it as she had done in the past. They ought to be sued for their own lack of fact checking.

While it remains to be seen who the most trusted name in news will be, the act of rating talking heads promises to be a fun one. Now if we can just hook up these people to get a large, non-lethal jolt of electricity every time they lie, we'd have a lot more fun with this. If we turn up the juice, we might even have ourselves a Hunger Games of News -- and around election time, won't that be fun?

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Video- Al Jazeera America Calls Out O'Reilly, Sharpton in First 5 Minutes on the Air

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Wheeeeeee!!

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Video- Fox's Doocy Asks: Is Al Jazeera America "A Trojan Horse For Terror?"

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Man, what is with these asshats? Do they get a commission on how many old folks they scare to death? Via MM.

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Video- Fox News: Al Jazeera INFILTRATING America!!

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Via TP by way of TPM.

I checked into the story about the Nightline reporter, Dave Marash. Here is what he said about "bias"

Marash garnered considerable attention when he joined Al Jazeera English in January 2006 as the network's Washington, D.C. anchor,[1] thus becoming the de facto American face of the new English-language station. Two years later, in March 2008, he stepped down from his position. Marash explained, "To put it bluntly, the channel that's on now — while excellent, and I plan to be a lifetime viewer — is not the channel that I signed up to do."[2] Specifically, he cited the loss of editorial control and his inability to vouch for content that the network was broadcasting, as reasons for his departure.[3]

On February 14, 2011 however, Dave Marash defended Al Jazeera English on the O'Reilly Factor on Fox News against claims by Bill O'Reilly that Al Jazeera was anti-American.[4]

Added- From contributor @amarquis32 in the comments:

Idiots. I wonder how Megyn Kelly and company would react if they actually learned that Al Jazeera is already available in DC over the air (no cable required) and on every cable provider...

Can't find link for "every cable provider", but nonetheless, I'd say Al Jazeera had already "infiltrated".

Ah, here we go.

From Andy Marquis: WNVC is a collection of over the air, international networks. Along with being available over the air, it's on every cable provider in DC.

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Cartoon of the Day- Al Jazeera

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Via.

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VIDEO- Donald Rumsfeld to Al Jazeera: "This is worthless. This is not an interview."

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My, my, Rummy's just a tad thin-skinned for such a, you know, obnoxious, hard-ass jerk.

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Al Jazeera's Abderrahim Foukara asks the former US defense secretary whether he made adequate preparations to avoid the thousands of lives lost in Iraq.

Part of Donald Rumsfeld's first interview with Al Jazeera after disparaging comments he made in 2004. He claimed then that the network's coverage from Iraq was "vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable".

The full interview can be seen on Al Jazeera Arabic on Tuesday 4th October at 1405 GMT and twice more thereafter.

H/t: Taegan

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