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TOP STORY: As the media celebrates the one month anniversary of Occupy [Insert street corner here], AIM’s Cliff Kincaid has detailed just how the “mainstream” liberal press has handled the movement: “The message of the protests in New York City and Washington, D.C. is that if you want property, private or public, take it…A confrontation over the Wall Street protests will undoubtedly mean higher ratings for the media, who will cry crocodile tears for the ‘people’ resisting the police. But the real people who are law-abiding and watch this spectacle unfold will say that it’s about time that justice was done.”

MEDIA WATCH: The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism yesterday released its latest report on media fairness claiming that Republicans are getting an easier ride than President Obama. Apparently they’ve missed the ‘Herman Cain is an Uncle Tom’ narrative. Don Irvine contends: “If Pew was really looking for an accurate study of how the media have covered the presidential candidates then they should have used a more focused group of the top newspapers based on circulation, news sites based on web visitors and the broadcast and cable networks, which combined are far more representative of the mainstream media than the extremely broad definition they used.”

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ELECTION 2012: Texas Congressman Ron Paul is hoping to make a splash in tonight’s GOP Primary Debate with a bold policy proposal on federal spending: “Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul is calling for $1 trillion in cuts to the federal budget and says he would eliminate five Cabinet departments as soon as he takes office.” Now let’s see if the moderators actually call on him during the debate.

CAIN GANG: Also something to watch for tonight is whether Godfather Herman Cain can win tonight’s debate by…not losing. As we’ve seen so far, debates are bad for polling: “Herman Cain has risen fast. Now the question is: Will he fall? As Republican presidential hopefuls were preparing for a debate here Tuesday night, Cain has been facing more and more intense scrutiny as his poll numbers have jumped upward.”

WHAT WE’RE READING: When you turn on the TV, is it starting to look like the late 1960s? Don’t be fooled says Herbert London: “This cri de coeur, this outpouring of emotion about greed and exploitation, is a rant against transgressive behavior. What these demonstrators invariably say is that Wall Street financiers are greedy. Too bad these occupiers of Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan never read Adam Smith who argued that greed in the aggregate can have a healthy effect on the economy.” One thing is for sure, paper and camping manufacturers are pretty happy with this.

HOW TO OCCUPY: Want to learn how to organize an annoying movement that sucks up media attention? Reuters says that tools such as Twitter can help get the job done: “The Occupy movement, decentralized and leaderless, has mobilized thousands of people around the world almost exclusively via the Internet. To a large degree through Twitter, and also with platforms like Facebook and Meetup, crowds have connected and gathered.” But if street camping isn’t your thing, you could always go the capitalist route and invest in these companies.

MODERN WARFARE: With troops deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Central Africa, you have to wonder how the Pentagon keeps up from a tactical standpoint. Well wonder all you want, because you probably won’t know what’s going on until after the job is done: “[Sh]adowy, secretive warriors are increasingly central to how America and its allies fight…The Bin Laden takedown is simply the tip of an iceberg of fast-growing, largely hidden action by the United States and its allies.”

PLUG OF THE DAY: When charged about education, the GOP presidential candidates may press for more power at the state and local levels, but Accuracy in Academia reminds us that bad financial decision making can exist outside of Washington: “America’s school boards want more money from American taxpayers but they don’t want to be told what to do with it.”

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