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Selling War as Peace

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Atrios dissects the latest Bush ad and revists the Bush PR Campaign to sell the Congressional Resolution as a vote for Peace.

On September 19th, during the fourth week of the PR campaign to sell the war, Bush said:

If you want to keep the peace, you've got to have the authorization to use force. But it's -- this will be -- this is a chance for Congress to indicate support. It's a chance for Congress to say, we support the administration's ability to keep the peace.

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TV News Driving News Agenda

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Romenesko links to a speech by Watergate co-reporter Carl Bernstein at Auburn University who said:

"The agenda of television is driving the agenda of news"

"Television, both local and national, is ceasing to serve the public"

The Echo Chamber Project is headed towards the same conclusion.

Bernstein also said that there is an "astonishing amount of untruth from the White House" and "We're not doing enough to report on t

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Website Updates

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I have uploaded a few new items over the last couple of days.
* A post-production plan that outlines the different development phases and how I currently envision the collaborative process will work through the completion of the film.
* A complete timeline outlining what the mainstream television news and progressive news outlets were covering during the 30-week PR campaign to sell the war in Iraq.
* Finally, a compilation of summaries of the 30 weeks of pre-war ABC, CBS, and NBC newscasts gathered from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive.

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Open-Source Investigative Journalism

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Josh Marshall on investigative journalism:

"They take hundreds of hours to put together. It's very hard for them ever to pay in commercial terms. And blogs will almost never fill that role."

A closed-door method of investigative reporting takes a long time, but it could go a lot quicker if the on-the-record interviews were open-sourced and input was taken from the online community.

The Echo Chamber Project is an experiment to attempting to implement an open-sourced model of investigative reporting.

The Media Democratization Model below combines the principles of the scientific method and open-source development and applies it to journalism.

The following ten steps illustrate how this combination would work and how our corporately-controlled mainstream media could more actively incorporate input and feedback from members of society...

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Echo Chamber Project Blog

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This blog will help coordinate and direct activities related to the open-source investigative documentary, The Echo Chamber Project.

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Overview of the PR Campaign to Sell the War in Iraq

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The Bush Administration began to sell the war in Iraq to the American public on August 26th, 2002 and continued their highly-coordinated public relations campaign for 30 weeks until March 19, 2003.

The following sections outline the distinct phases of this Public Relations campaign to sell the war.

CASTING IRAQ AS A THREAT
LINKING PREEMPTION WITH IRAQ
PREEMPTION DROPPED, BUT NO ONE NOTICES
LEADING UP TO SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1441
MISINTERPRETATION OF 1441
PERMISSION SLIP VS. GLOBAL TEST
WAR ALREADY AUTHORIZED TWELVE YEARS AGO?
FAILING TO CHALLENGE THE LEGALITY OF THE IRAQ WAR
COUNTDOWN TO WAR AND NO LOOKING BACK
COUNTDOWN TO WAR IN THEIR OWN WORDS

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About The Echo Chamber

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Kent Bye is the 'benevolent dictator' of EchoChamberProject.com, an open-source investigative journalism project.
This project focuses on how the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts uncritically echoed the Bush Administration's Public Relations Campaign to sell the War in Iraq.

From August 26th, 2002 to March 19th, 2003, the editorial staff of these news organizations limited skeptical viewpoints and helped create a collective consciousness that war with Iraq was inevitable.
The conclusions from this collaborative research project will be incorporated and disseminated to a larger audience with The Echo Chamber documentary project.

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Film Structure

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The film will be structured into four major sections: "Countdown to War," "The Editorial Process," "Echoing White House Claims," and finally "The Pitfalls of Television Journalism."

COUNTDOWN TO WAR
The first section will vividly show how the television news media treated war as inevitable event by early November. CBS had already labeled their Iraq segments "Showdown with Saddam," NBC named them "Countdown: Iraq" and ABC chose the more cautionary ""Road to War?"
The UN weapons inspection process was only viewed as a potential tripwire for war, and reporters became impatient as to when the war was finally going to begin.

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Echo Chamber Synopsis

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The Echo Chamber will be a 90-minute documentary film that takes a critical look at how the ABC, CBS, and NBC nightly newscasts covered the Bush Administration’s public relations campaign to sell the war in Iraq.

Working with the five months of media footage leading up to the war, this project will detail how the media adopted the government’s "Countdown to War" approach to diplomacy as well as how they failed to give proportional coverage to skeptical viewpoints.

The television news media’s content should be analyzed and understood because it exerts a significant influence on our democratic process. According to Neilsen Media Research, the three major network news programs reach over 30 million Americans every night, and 43.6% of adults report broadcast television as their primary news source.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

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This article is about the link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues. The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

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