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Rapid Fire – November 4, 2011

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TOP STORY: AIM Editor Roger Aronoff highlights new examples of media bias, both qualitative and quantitative, in the latest AIM Report. In this edition, Aronoff discusses groundbreaking methods for scoring media bias with Tim Groseclose and seeks applications to the Occupy Wall Street movement and Election 2012. “With one year to go before the presidential election, the media’s effort to get Barack Obama re-elected is in full swing. We see this in both overt and subtle ways.” Read the full report: http://bit.ly/uvyPbo [4].

NEW VIDEO: We’ve seen protesters of all kinds Occupying public places paid for by other’s taxes. Leading up to our next Occupy ______ exposé, we felt it important to start off your weekend with something that you can point and laugh at.

MEDIA WATCH: Want to know how to really upset MSNBC angry, er, anchor Chris Matthews? Don Irvine reports: “Chris Matthews lashed out at Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici when the columnist dared to ask the pugnacious host of Hardball whether or not he used a ghostwriter for his newest book on Jack Kennedy.” It’s pretty rare for an experienced broadcaster to use expletives on the record. http://bit.ly/u18EIL [5]

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ELECTION 2012: Following up with his energy/jobs proposal, Texas Governor Rick Perry began wading back in to the immigration debate: “Perry proposed the federal government should extend work visas allowing illegal immigrants to move freely between the U.S. and their home countries — but stressed that he opposes amnesty or a path to citizenship.” http://bit.ly/sRe8Hm [7]

WHAT WE’RE READING: AIM guest columnist Jim Kouri has new details about the next naval showdown for the Gaza Strip: “The Israeli military issued a statement Wednesday night that it is ready and waiting to interdict two ships currently sailing for the Gaza Strip, in order to thwart a radical group’s attempt to challenge Israel’s blockade against the coastal enclave.” The usual suspects, William Ayers and Jodie Evans, are behind it, yet again. http://bit.ly/scFOja [8]

SOCIAL SNOOPS: Last year the Library of Congress announced that it would catalog ALL tweets in existence. Big deal. But new reports highlight that they aren’t the only ones looking at what you or your family puts on the web: “In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day. At the agency’s Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the “vengeful librarians” also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms — anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly.” http://bit.ly/un9AjS [9]

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