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As for news and information in video or radio form, mainstream and alternative stations are listed in alphabetical order below. As well as on their home sites, many new and old clips can be found by going to YouTube and searching the station, for example, ABC NEWS, AIR AMERICA NEWS, AL JAZEERA NEWS, BBC, CBS NEWS, CNN NEWS, DEMOCRACY NOW, MOSAIC NEWS, etc. Searches such as these will produce fascinating results, and you can watch not only recent clips you may have missed, but also historic and momentous announcements from the annals of news from the 20th century and the past six years. Here is a compendium of news broadcasts and information that can be found easily on the Internet. Click on each one for its home site, or save this page for future reference. I encourage you to check out any that seem obscure; they may become favorites.
I have only one other video clip for you at the end of this article, and it is entitled "One Week in the Life of NBC News with Tom Brokaw." It may be a little out of date, going back to 2002, but it is as appropriate as ever. It is a spoof, but with a serious intent. What, you may ask yourself, is the mainstream news perpetrating on the American people? Is it news, or is it fearmongering? It's not like there isn't plenty to be distressed about. One might think they like to keep viewers scared, while maddeningly diverting our attention with a steady feeding of altered and sanitized versions of the real reality, at the same time encouraging viewers to live vicariously through movie stars, go shopping, and hate each other. What is that thing about keeping one's head while all about are losing theirs? Is news presentation "fair," and is it "balanced"? I'm not so sure, but it is for each of you make up your own mind as we are marched steadily forward and onward through the fog.
As the sweltering and hellacious Dog Days of August continue to put lives in jeopardy, let us proceed accordingly as we get the facts, listen to our hearts, and try to keep our heads. What most of us can do about world events, except be aware, I do not know.
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