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expensive and glitzy, the fans love it. it's the climax of the football season. they are ready to seek it in -- to soak it all in again a reminder you can keep up to date with the news on the website, aljazeera.com. i'm gits, and you are br -- richard gizbert, and you are at the "listening post". these are some of the stories,
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iowa, the path to the white house, and what mainstream media didn't see coming. venezuela economy is suffering, there's a shortage of paper to print the new us and the government is to blame. vladimir putin and the russian media - it's personal and why can't a country run for office in another country. after countless hours of air him, acres of mus print, multiple pundit ris and polls, the u.s. election entered a new realm. people voted. votes were cast in iar, and delegates -- iowa, and delegates chosen. those seeking the nomination for the two main parties in the white house. it was a bad night for donald trump, convention am wisdom and the notion that media exposure amounts to what can be cashed in
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on at the ballot b. ben carson finished behind victor cruz. and bernie sanders, ended in a photo finish alongside hillary clinton, a favourite for the nomination. it's early, iowa is usually an indicate are of who cannot win than can't. this much we know - there's a cap between the candidate people cover and those people vote for. our starting point is the first stop on the road to the white house - iowa. [ ♪ ] politicians are advised to be gracious. win or loads. bernie sanders was still in a virtual tie with hillary clinton on caucus night when he was less than diplomatic, and only for a moment when talking about an election process that has
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revealed as much about main stream media as it has about the country they cover. >> the people of iowa have sent a profound message to the political establishment. to the economic establishment. and, by the way, to the media establishments. they made it clear that throughout the last couple of months that he felt as though the media was brushing him off, brushing off the movement around him, the campaign, and was paying attention to clinton are who everyone thought would be the presumptive nominee. >> there's a lot of king making or queen making. they preselect the people they think are violent. and they get short visit to everyone else. i was so shocked in the summer of 2013 when the "new york times" put a reporter full-time on hillary clinton. and there has been story after story on hillary clinton. the public editor of the "new
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york times" said that the times only assigned a reporter just a few weeks ago. given how high profile he has otherwise been in the past few months, that's astonishing. bernie sanders is someone that is excessive after media in the united states did not care about. >> the status quo is not acceptable. >> issues like child poverty youth, unemployment, never talked about anyone, finally changed. issues like transpacific partnership. they did not realise how much of a thirst there was among the public for a substance-based campaign against the system as it existed, political and media. that is something the media didn't know how to tackle. >> didn't know how to tackle. or didn't want to tackle. >> what they want to know is what the vision is. the issues bernie sanders raises, the systematic social changes that he advocates is not
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easily explained in the sound bytes that television news stories are built around. that makes his campaign a challenge to cover. but, when you do the math, the size of the crowds he attracted in 2015, the record number of donors sending his campaign money, and compare it with a small amount of coverage he is getting, it's difficult to conclude that some of the indifference to sanders doesn't come down to ideology. >> it was assumed that he couldn't possibly construct a decent infrastructure in the way that hillary clinton did. and he's also lasted in corporate-like fashion as crazy, lefty, trying to nationalize things or something like that. >> how can any socialist win an election in the united states. >> your own state can't carry it through, how will america do it. >> is it possible for someone to be called a socialist.
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it's a very sophisticated sense of what socialism might mean, even though in many cases it may explain they may approve of it. sanders is against the agenda that most of the country, such as comcast and media networks are forward. something else is going on with a socialist label, most people in the media are older folks na grew up during a scare or the cold war, and i don't think they understand that people understand 40, we did not grow up under any scare, we are not scared of communists or socialists who we may associate with ikea or the country of norway. not menacing images. if bernie sanders raises issues the u.s. media, for whatever reason have an aversion to, donald trump speaks a language the media understands and embraces. they are bringing drugs, crime. he's is a war hero.
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you have to see this. i don't know what i said. i don't remember. the evening news broadcast gornaled themselves on trump's stories on 2015, doing more reports on him than the democratic field combined. trump went into iowa, leading the polls on the republican side. and seemed confident enough in those polls that he chose to skip a debate on fox news. >> everyone on the stage is souped, fat and ugly -- stupid, fat and ugly, now the donald trump portion is out of the way... >> he is a candidate many court. and donald trump looked rejected when he finished second to ted cruz. >> fox news, an untouchable place gets attacked. whether trump's decision do skip the debate was a mistake or not, if you watch fox news after of the results, they were taking
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the fact that it was probably a mistake. >> after he skipped the debate on thursday, late breakers were not going to go his way. >> cruz's campaign in iowa, being more organized and trump paid a roll in how well he did. the other cop ponds to that have to do with mainstream media attending always to underappreciate the role of religion in american life. he was delivering the very overt religious messages which i think resonated with a lot of people in iowa. >> trump appeals to the ofishialityies. what they want to talk about is something outrageous, and let everyone talk about it. >> and trump is the media candidate, it's a big part of the media he got that excessive coverage. even if the candidacy is not as potent as the media pretended
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for the pundits that populated the air waves, having overestimated donald trump and overestimated bernie sanders, what could go wrong in new hampshire and the primary. that's the benefit of covering an election candidate. you are only as wrong as the last story. iowa, new hampshire and the corporate wisdom that came undone will be long forgotten. >> the wait journalists cover iowa and new hampshire, they can't help themselves, they know the two places have not been predicted. they are easy to cover, they play to the myth of the single american having political influence. they provide nice town ham meetings perfect for television, and so the same media who rolls their eyes over exaggerated significance given to the two places covers the two places like a blank in ways they never
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have before.
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other media stories on the radar, the british and swedish
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governments are rejecting a judgment by the united nations which concluded that the julian assange is arbitrarily detained and should be freed immediately. the working group found nap julian assange suffered a depravation of liberty given his confinement in the ecuadoran embassy. and blamed the prosecutor in sweden for a lack ever due diligence to allow the case to drag on for five years, refusing his option to be questioned in london or online. julian assange called it a vindication. british foreign secretary philip whom and said the u.n.'s findings is ridiculous, adding that julian assange is hiding. as written:
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there are clear red lines in russian journal. >> one is vladimir putin's private life and family. in a moscow magazine appears to pay the price. it is the new times and is critical of the kremlin sometimes. it was fined an undisclosed amount and warned by the state's media watchdog ostensibly over a story on ukraine. at that day it published a pies on the private life -- a piece on the private life and finances of vladimir putin's daughter. the times reported that she and her husband held corporate holdings of $1.3 billion. the magazine came under attack and crashed. the kremlin is suspected of using hackers to silence its critics. attacks against journalists in afghanistan seem to be spreading. last week we reported on the talt ban suicide bomber who
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killed 7 employees in kabul. since then, another was shot dead in the eastern province, a reporter for the local state-owned broadcaster. two days later men stormed the house of app freelance journal. >> he was beaten. afghan president ashraf ghani issued a decree to protect the workers, promising to find the attacks. >> there was a comment bit president abdul fatah al-sisi, briefly. islam was fan into custody for running a website without a licence. no one knows what the website was. we do know that the cartoonists' facebook page which secures government figures has more than 1.7 million followers. he was released without charge,
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and abdul fatah al-sisi surprised a news programme by phoning in and telling the host the pro-government of orbit tv that he is okay with criticism. abdul fatah al-sisi has done this thing before, telling news outlets like cnn that he supports freedom of the press and never explaining why his government threw so many journalists in gaol there are political changes in venezuela, for the first time since the president ushered in a socialist revolution 17 years ago. the right wing opposition is in control of the national assembly. that would be front-page news in caracas, except there's a shortage of paper on which to print it. a change was to give maduro effective control of news print, a monopoly that the opposition
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calls a form of media censorship. the media turned into a bottle ground. the bulk of outlets were owned by conservatives, and their hostility was plain for all to see. chavez made changes on the broadcast side, regulatory and related to ownership. madura continued the friend with print outlets. a thing that the new president cannot climate change is himself he lacks charisma and is not a media performer, and that is part of the story. the "the listening post" correspondent on the politics and the economics of the venezuelan news media paper. in venezuela, it's a commodity in high demand. supplies are running low, it's a story some newspapers are finding hard to cover, because they have run out of paper to
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print on. this week 86 newspapers announced that they are out of stock and would not be printing news. most venezuelan newspapers used to receive steady supplieses of news print from abroad. for a year the madura government centralized news reports to one building. >> translation: the paper shortages are caused by a lack of foreign currency, the results are that pages are rationed. at all papers. the press and tv and radio stations to a lesser extent find themselves at the center of the economic crisis that the country is mired in. >> it's a de facto monopoly of the paper. that means that they will punish those that take a different line. papers printed are state-backed papers, and they never
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experience paper shortages. >> we are going to launch an investigation into the publishing corporation. it's a political weapon to prevent independent media getting news print leading to governments being forced out of business. >> reporter: when maduro came to power, print media was his print moir. for his counterpart it was tv. the media landscape was dominated by right-wing media. to the extent when chavez was overthrown. two leaders said they couldn't have done it without rttv. when chavez returned to power. what ensued was a battle to redraw the venezuela media landscape. >> translation: president chavez was right.
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back then the majority of the media was in the hands of rich powerful groups withful editorial growl. this has changed -- with full editorial control >> translation: it was his intention to get rid of oligarchy, to strike a blow against him. we see the rise of a new oligarchy, which defending on the change of government will maintain a critical stan -- distance or align with the new one, their bottom line, like all newspapers around the world, is turning a profit. >> reporter: all sorts of things have taken place, the closure of r c.t.v., a key national broadcaster provoked so much outrage against chavez, that they took a different approach. they stopped closing media outlets and brought them out in 2013, this was sold to a
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businessman, rumoured to have close ties to the government. later that same year, one of the country's highest circulation dailies was brought out by british businessman. a year later, the country's 100-year-old broad sheet was sold to a company. all three outlets were critical of the government. >> this was a flag ship title for a top publisher. today, if you take the front page of the government newspaper there, and compare it to headlines they are the same. it's like they have the same editor-in-chief. >> in terms of government influence media, there's no censorship at work like some claimed. no newspaper, tv or radio station can say they were
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prevented from reporting on something by the government. >> there was an excellent team of journalists, among the best in the country, it was disband banded. they were not able to report properly. now front pages will not deal with economics, shortages, people cueing for food. these are the issues excluded. >> reporter: to the stories the government wants to include. turn the tv on. chavez used to go on state tv to host a show then he came up with a communication strategy political broadcast sanctioned to break into the broadcast. they did the same thing.
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>> never as savvy as his predecessor. matt euro considers the majority of the press, radio and tv to be hostile. he has good reason to believe that. >> that is the case for radio stations, showing in the output i think he's justified in thinking the majority of the media was involved. chavez had a way with the media. no one is buying the measures.
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the president could be addressing people via radio. they are queueing up for food. they are not listening to him. i think that because madura won by a narrow margin, he's been concerned. because he overestimates the influence the media have on society. they may play an important role. not to that extent. they present the media as a de facto member, despite having a huge platform at his disposal when venezuela's social its were voted into office. they went on the defencive. politics were made a spectacle. popularism popular.
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with exchanges in ownership, the government control of course, it's not what uses it to print. the paper it's printed on. the media balance shifted. for mad euro. they were among those left. faced with an emboldened opposition and an economy in crisis, he may not control the story of a faltering revolution for much longer.
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finally, the race for the white house is a story reported globally. in a country like canada it feels like local news. whether they like it or not. canadians have a huge stake in the outcome. a canadian comedian brian and
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his american colleague chris cannon came up with a novel idea. they think given the political circus under way south of the border and the implications for the neighbourhood, that canada should run for the white house and make their case in a video - full disclosure i am canadian and i approve of this message. see you next time at the "listening post". . >> hello america. it's us, canada. as your whitest neighbour, we realise you don't think about us very much. that's okay, sometimes being on your radar is not a good thing. your country is on fire and your leaders willowing sticks. right now parliament is debating whether guns can marry other guns, and what is this? did america lose a bet. we are once again declaring our candidacy for president of the united states of america. not me or prime minister centrefold, buts all of us, 34
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million of the politest people you will ever meet. how will we make america better. we'll open one free day care for every closed planned parenthood clinic and we'll help you solve your race problem as soon as re figure out why you still have a race problem. so you can vote for us or one of those guys that plan to build a wall to keep out scary neighbours. we'll let you in on a little secret - we're way ahead of you.
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tonight - bernie sanders surging in polls. ben cardon who supported the hillary clinton campaign if her pragmatism can overcome the ideaism of bernie sanders. the group behind planned parenthood facing prison time. will their indictment discourage other activists. and thoughts on press freedom after a smear campaign against one of america's finest reporters. i'm adam may, this is "third rail". the politics of fear has been a winning car on the rit.

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