Friday, March 15, 2013

The Biggest Stories You Didn't Hear Last Election

Spin Masters
We all know the mainstream media is hopelessly liberal.

But in the 2012 presidential election, media bias took a new and dangerous direction. No longer content with merely slanting their coverage, so-called journalists actively covered-up the news, burying stories of vital importance to the American voter. David Freddoso exposes the abuse in shocking detail in Spin Masters: How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama.

Freddoso does more than just document media bias in Spin Masters: he exposes the stories the mainstream refused to share. As Byron York puts it, Spin Masters "serves as an alternate-universe assignment desk for the stories unbiased reporters might have written." Spin Masters is packed with Freddoso's investigative journalism, brimming with examples of the media's willful abdication of their responsibility to be objective or even to respect simple facts.

"If you had a scintilla of respect left for the mainstream media, David Freddoso's excellent new book Spin Masters will shred it," author and columnist David Harsanyi raves.

Not only did the media openly cheerlead for Obama; they circled like a pack of bullies around his opponent, showing more intellectual curiosity in a dumb story about his dog than scandals such as the murder of a US ambassador in Benghazi. Spin Masters tells the straight story about Romney's merits and demonstrates just how far out of their way the media was willing to go to tarnish his image, sometimes flirting with the boundary between muddled truth and outright fiction.

Spin Masters is the absolute must-read book to usher in Barack Obama's second term as president: read it now, and prepare to fight for the truth in the next four years.
The death of Google Reader reveals a problem of the modern Internet that many of us likely have in the back of our heads but are afraid to let surface: We are all participants in a user driven Internet, but we are still just the users, nothing more. No matter how much work we put in to optimize our online presences, our tools and our experiences, we are still at the mercy of big companies controlling the platforms we operate on. When they don’t like what’s happening, even if we do, they can make whatever call they want. And Wednesday night, Google made theirs.
Google Reader Shutdown a Sobering Reminder That ‘Our’ Technology Isn’t Ours - Forbes

Tuesday, March 12, 2013