The late March ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that NCAA players are legally allowed to form student athletic unions sent shockwaves through the college sports community. The ruling was celebrated by many liberals and progressives who want to see college athletes (who are unpaid) share more fairly in the money earned by higher ed sports. At a time when the NCAA is running record surpluses ($71 million in 2012), and sports-oriented “Big Ten” schools are raking in cash for sports events ($315 million total in 2012 alone), college athletes are asking: where’s my cut?
(A review of Paul Craig Roberts’ How America Was Lost: from 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State)
By Gary Corseri
“Americans need to understand that they have lost their country. The rest of the world needs to recognize that Washington is not merely the most complete police state since Stalinism, but also a threat to the entire world. The hubris and arrogance of Washington, combined with Washington’s huge supply of weapons of mass destruction, make Washington the greatest threat that has ever existed to all life on the planet. Washington is the enemy of all humanity.”—Paul Craig Roberts
Most coverage of Ukraine events by American media is scandalously biased against Russia, rating a solid F. But from time to time glimmers of professionalism get through, as is the case with reports by Holly Williams (CBS News), who consistently gets C+ or better (see below). In her current work, which we are at a loss to explain how the big wigs in the home office do not censor, she seems to strive to present a more impartial picture of the developments in Eastern Europe (See below). Williams, who previously produced for BBC and SkyNews, has reported from Africa, Egypt, Turkey and Beijing (she spent 12 years in China), among other venues. [This is her official resume.] Considering how much is at stake, we can only hope that Williams will not succumb to careerist pressures and choose to comply more “loyally” with the official line.
Prelim note by the editor:
So we are to believe the media are finally taking their mission seriously when it comes to climate change? But can cable specials that reach only a small segment of the audience do the job effectively while the political aspects, i.e., the stranglehold that the criminal oil industry has over the US government and other nations), are given scant attention? Still, we will not be complete spoilsports and pour cold water on these initiatives. Beggars can’t be choosers. We all know, however, in the aware community, that a great deal still needs to be done. And that the media, in particular television, which continue to take the oil industry money (as they took cigarette money until such advertising was banned), and squander much of their programming hours on toxic escapism, say little about how the government provides no real leadership on this issue. As usual, money comes first.—PG