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i did give you due to. sell you taste. located just under forty miles from the nation's capital the historic african-american community of carver road in haymarket virginia sits at the center of a fight you may have never ever hear about in the mainstream news media because it involves the internet sales giant amazon and the newly crowned richest man in the world jeff bezos you see amazon through one of its going to lackey corporations is trying to muscle power lines through the historic community to power and amazon data center expansion in the area now one would think that any story involving
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amazon a historic minority community fighting for fighting for their neighborhoods that includes properties acquired under eight hundred sixty six law that allowed freed slaves to own land would make for great anger to your average journalist but sadly apart from a few local papers and alternative news sites this story has been largely ignored but why would this be well journalist adam johnson of fairness and accuracy in reporting is spawning a very interesting pattern of coverage concerning mr bay's those amazon and tech reporting in general by a least three of the biggest newspapers in the united states the new york times the wall street journal and the washington post johnson writes a review of one hundred ninety articles from the new york times wall street journal and bezos own washington post over the past year paints a picture of almost uniformly uncritical. times boosterism coverage in fact the last time there was any kind of investigative journalism found in any of
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the big three was a new york times critique of amazon's labor practices almost two years ago in august of two thousand and fifteen so in a world where freedom of the press has preached a lot more than its practice just how much free rein does the mainstream press give to the world's super rich and powerful let's find out and start watching the hawks . at the bottom. you know that i got. it so. well for the watch of the heart say i'm tired robot and i'm to have a lot. of those so let me ask you do you think that the media goes soft
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on the super wealthy or super powerful yeah because the super wealthy and the super powerful own media that's not a metaphor they literally own the media that critiques them in the area of fairness and accuracy in reporting review of those hundred ninety are under ninety articles actually pretty interesting over the past year revealed that none of the articles were investigative exposé is only six point six percent the negative fifty four percent were straight reporting or neutral in town and forty percent more positive and even press like press release like in town well so you're looking at. nobody's criticizing and why would they when he is their boss especially the wash post but what's even more interesting is that is the the wash post coverage actually kind of fell right in between of the other two well you know in terms of actual like positive coverage and things like that. you know the praise for amazon
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because of the bottom middle and ninety five percent of post article coverage kind of range from that like neutral forty three percent to a positive following about forty eight percent told words like ninety ninety three percent of the new york times coverage of amazon was and ninety four percent of wall street journal's coverage ranged from like straight news to kind of the press release style you're talking about fifty seven percent of the new york times its coverage thirty one percent of the wall street journal's cover. which could be characterized as somewhat to extremely. as you kind of can see there even a post going to fill in between and that's really fascinating me and the other thing that's really fascinating about all this is. when you when you look at it it seems like they're quick to criticize the super rich or the super powerful when it comes to their political leaders and usually you see articles about the koch brothers about soros and they're getting all the time where you very rarely you know their objections into politics and where they make those inroads you very
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rarely actually see their business practices criticized it's like we we go after the politics of someone but if their business practices are probably just as vicious as their politics we still leave the business practices generally a low. and it sort of ignores reality when they do that because they'll take any issue and tack reporting the tech industry in general really likes to pretend like oh silicon valley is so no it's incredibly. cool. it is not it's not as a silicon valley is this the first place with men and women equal and we're running around it's all good for that oh it's no different than fifth avenue it's no different than wall street it's no different from going to five really owes you a bunch of people who made money off of using people and figuring out how to socially engineer people but it's something that tech reporting kind of always does fairness and accuracy in reporting out of johnson pointed out that a lot of the problem today law is in the journalism surrounding tech companies in
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general and what he said was tech company x. reveals it's doing why or will do that is by the by the beads definition newsworthy and the press releases written and some added commentary from friendly talking heads and marketing analysts because it's attack the political or labor implications come in a distant second to the shiny object quality of the beat so it seems that media only cares about the political leanings not the business. this is the problem is that i don't think your tech writers actually know anything about business or attack and get out there is this whole idea that you know it's all about ethics and games journalism becomes the issue and the fowle issues of an entire and of course we all use amazon so we're all horrible people for asking them to do a better job at taking care of their employees are not doing things like that right at amazon itself was the for the reason the label was you know maybe if it's
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a great company it just doesn't need to have any critical looks at it it's like yeah but they're always should be a critical word you know not something that you know because they're good well how would you know they're good unless you take a closer look at it i've heard exactly i mean amazon is the fourth most valuable company in the world jeff. bezos doesn't own the amazon he's a very large shareholder over you're right it started the fun with it you know but it is a publicly traded company makes it even more the public's business it's a for the most valuable company in the world with forty three percent and growing share of all u.s. online commerce that's monstrous and because those person interesting no two that people often forget too is that you know bales purchased the washington post in two thousand and thirteen for around two hundred fifty million that same year he purchased the post amazon has landed a six hundred million dollars deal with the cia. to develop a coordinated computing cloud for all seventeen defense intelligence agency intelligence agencies in that community you know it's it's incredible how many
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fingers the as it applies to yes i would hope that there would be some you know reporting looking at him saying what's going on. we get free shipping so why bother . right if you're right that is the kind of thing if you have all of the humanity that's worth for a ship back for shipping. this sunday russian president vladimir putin formally announced that the u.s. would be required to cut its diplomatic staff in the country to four hundred fifty five. same that russia is allowed to have within the united states of course the facts are relevant the whole thing was painted by outlets like c.n.n. politics as quote moscow's most aggressive move against washington since the final years of the cold war the b.b.c. had done a reality check on the us imposed sanctions against russia stating that germany is said to be pushing for a use saying france against russia to be stepped up according to diplomatic sources quoted in brussels he had just days later writers reports that german minister of
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economic affairs and energy. is urging you countries to retaliate against the u.s. for the sanctions stating quote we consider this as being against international law plain and simple why because it means the united states is dictating who country is can buy gas from yeah russia provides about one third of europe's gas prices lower than competitors which is why many countries have been doing business with them for decades and while many like to call gazprom to have it of lowering prices to be competitive as evil and manipulative most of us would simply call it smart business so if congress who has been pushing through deregulation and tax incentives for fracking throughout the obama administration is now pulling countries under the trumpet ministration into limiting their access to affordable energy sources who's really using policy as a weapon but they're well encouraged because it's like seriously complaining about another country using policy as well. as were yours that's ridiculous and
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moves were because we throw sanctions everywhere anyone who disagrees with us over anything sanction yeah you're both sides of this don't hurt the people you want to her oh of course the people who have to live the working class people before you know it hurts everybody below the person that you don't really watch it in cuba or exactly watch it everywhere sanctions also are supposed to be part of diplomacy it's part of diplomacy the idea is that you do this to get. people sit at the table and if all we're going to keep doing is running around going nowhere that we're not talking because you don't know big words that must be why this administration doesn't talk to anybody because they're too confused by a multi-use a lot of words and hyphenated references but i want to point out this one thing which is while the sanctions which will most likely be signed by the president despite everyone's liking and they're ready to rest and badinage which he will do is that specifically it addresses energy railways metals and mining sectors
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those are the places that are the most affected by these sanctions surprise surprise and yet the president had said this during a press and press or in warsaw earlier this month let's take a look let me be very clear about one crucial point the united states will never use energy to course your nations and we cannot allow others to do so you don't want to have a monopoly or a monopolistic situation. i got i i give the ford c.e.o. am i am i crazy let's not answer that part but am i crazy to think that we exactly what we're doing now that he's going to sign off and he's going to push all this gas and he has got him in power robertson have been saying all we're giving all the you know we're going to be the next big exporter is this not policy using policy as a weapon courses or balls as a weapon and what will want to do it what it does to of what you see very clearly in the media today it's like we're going to we're going to we're going to tell you every bad thing that's going on and why we need these sanctions all those patriotic mumbo jumbo but really it's all about business of money you know we want them you
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to start buying from us we want to come players in that market or enlarge our portion of the market to begin with or a private companies and all about so you drum up the sanctions you say oh look at all you will they are throw some sanctions on that really have nothing to do with what you're saying for now and this is this is not just for russia this is you see this happen all over globe with the right. you know look forbes noted last month that. exports are crucial to the domestic and global security. lowering russia's influence around the world clearly explain why this partisan support oh that's why or and the fact that oil and gas industries have had the democrats and the republicans. buy the things i can't say on how i started and they're bragging kid. in the back behind it who are for the truth and also i think it's really important to point out that that's what the kremlin looks like over there just after case
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you're wondering what an actual what the actual crime like that would be if the one of the of the one there it's not the one the you know i thought i'd better see them like all these other one though they always just in case you're confused as if you've never seen what that is. sure. so we have to ask that you know we have to ask why our state department this is the other question i want to just sort of throw it out there to people and maybe get in touch with us on their facebook and twitter pages but i have to ask why the u.s. state department was employing over a thousand russian foreign nationals to take care of all of their you know to be support staff within their building i mean that is very rare and it i mean they have rules the state department has rules that if you're a state department employee you can even have russian nationals in your house there are rules about these things and yet we had over a thousand we were outnumbered our diplomats were outnumbered by russian nationals working in our embassies and. that's pretty ridiculous and of injecting an example
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amounts they're saying that russian citizens cannot work within their which i have to wonder why that doesn't seem like a very smart move on the state department's point and that point it's been going on for over a decade so this is well and also when you look at most of those two it seems like you know when trouble like this seven hundred fifty five or whatever you know when you when you look at it too it's like when you look at like the russian embassy here in the u.s. they only employ russians in that embers and you don't hire like americans. come on where you are so simple when we were going to do that you know since there are so scary so everyone who works in the state department and in moscow do they have to explain whether or not they've spoken to a russian that's was so bizarre about it really when you laid it out and look i mean when you when you know how we used people over time in our intelligence communities people over time we get it's not i mean if someone were to suddenly come up with proof and say like oh a bunch of these people that were working there were russian were also like you know double agents for both sides sides are or are not how we were using them
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because they really things and rather when they were going to peel a rise out of that tree i wouldn't be surprised if we discovered that of anybody believe there are they were the only ones manipulating anybody in that situation are these. arms are going to break don't forget to let us know what you think about topics with cover to facebook and twitter so your poll shows that r.t. dot com coming up on stones and stuff but the debate executive director of metro atlanta task force for the homeless discussed the war that's currently being waged in atlanta and across the united states to. all the world's a stage and all the news companies merely players but what kind of parties aren t. american players are to america offer much more american personal. in
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many ways to use the landscape just like if you really use a new suit actors bad actors and in the end you could never you're on. so much parking all the world's a stage all the world's a stage all the world's a stage we are definitely a player. i'm john harshman and i'll give you what the mainstream media can't so big picture will go deeper investigate and debate all so you can get the big picture. thank you. ever since society began to industrialise around big cities concentrated poverty and homelessness have been tragically reliable by products of urban life for a variety of reasons nearly two million people across the u.s.
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live without a permanent roof over their heads and a bed to sleep it but a swarms of the bees and hipsters move to downtown areas and look for pricey condos to call home places such as the famous peach wood pine shelter in downtown atlanta georgia have bright red bull's eyes painted on them by developers and politicians stone sat down recently with a neat baby executive director of metro atlanta task force for the homeless to learn more about the history of this particular battle. after the olympics we got the building and that's when this serious serious campaign to demonize and to get us out of the building that we had gotten then to design and build a state of the art facility housing permanent housing jobs street retail wonderful facility and. because homeless people are not supposed to be home peachtree street because they are ninety percent african-american males in our facility we have
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undergone the battle of the century at think two centuries now almost. for twenty years so this is the culmination of their efforts the power structure of the elites in atlanta to displace all the homeless people who are visible on peachtree street and do that by means of getting hold of that property which they have done. so no start of my talking about this because in two thousand and fifteen the mayor outright said that he wanted to shut down and that was his intention he vowed to shut down the shelter which again i mean i think for a lot of people would they would they have an outcry and say well how can you shut down a service that's facilitating people who are always so what is the logic in the justification of this effort well it's not to cities doing this city has been carrying the water for the development and the powerful downtown business community all along so the city is not actually doing the dirty deed and the mayor we believe the mayor's
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threat was was just that a threat that if we didn't if our lawyers didn't hurry up and cave in and agree to a settlement and the board of directors then he could do that we've researched that had legal opinions that would say it would have taken him years to get that done if he could have done it then because there was no outcry from the community that we needed a police station or fire station or i think the latest thing was a hell of a pad for. security so i don't think that was we think that was a cover threat to push all of the folks on our side of the issue into caving in in san in the settlement agreement which they eventually did do. but ultimately so then how does this work in terms of the legal basis for sherry in the homeless shelter what is that what is the law that's forcing this disclosure. well the the
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law doesn't force the closure the lawyers on the defendant side and the defendants in the lawsuit which has been going for seven years now since there was foreclosure on the building which was illegal we had lawyers who brought the case pro bono to challenge the foreclosure in court and to charge the city and the downtown business community in the in the organization central atlanta progress and one businessman who's a developer who was sort of their stock in horse to do the deal and what happened was we litigated that issue in motion hearings and all sorts of hearings to the point of appealing to the georgia supreme court who reiterated all of our charges everything from rico to tortious interference to bribery i mean you have to read that forty page order and realize we had everything we needed to go to court and we need the residents
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a lot of people who supported us. not so much our remaining board of directors and then the lawyers were not so excited about it began in about a year ago and we don't know what kind of pressure might have been exerted to give get them to to cave and sell out the way they did it led to the board of directors have in three members left because people were absolutely horrified that we would ever put the buildings so to speak on the table in any kind of negotiation because that's the only building that's legally own to do what we did and we had the architectural pay plans for the renovation everything. so it was a big sell out and not the fault of the people who sold out so much is the fault of the power structure namely emory university in emory healthcare who really been been behind this whole scheme to first of all and we have it in documents
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to to stop all of our funding which they did to go after board members and make sure they knew that if they wanted to do business in atlanta they need not continue this effort to go to court because they all knew what documents we had and they are absolutely startling they would curl your hair if you don't have any i guess they would grow some but. the documents are incredible enough that we got a forty page order from the georgia supreme court affirming our right to go to court and renaming all the charges was incredible and that was about two years ago so we were going forward with a court date win lose or draw to me we stood a better chance of holding on to the building to go to court and to lay it all out there and at least to have justice prevail in in showing how the power structure in atlanta does business. but i have been to this the shelter it's obviously
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a massive building and so the idea is you're saying that even though they're obviously other other groups that are doing work with the homeless in atlanta the real design against against this particular shelter was to get access to basically make sure make sure that the building could be bought and ultimately utilized for other purposes development purposes and gentrification perhaps yes definitely for that but. the base of all of that empathy was we don't want those men read african-american men who are homeless on peachtree street and we you know i've been on the board of the national coalition for the homeless for twenty eight years and we've always done criminalization reports cities that we rank meanest who have passed ordinances that all they do is criminalize the normal behavior of people who are homeless or poor and atlanta always right was in the top
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five top one or three i think for the last couple of years is that the report was done and we've watched and monitored all of those ordinances be passed so that we had a vagrant free zone proposed in the late eighty's a safe guard zone which excluded homeless people and poor people from that area in the city now with a settlement there's a task force for him and so the task force for the homeless cannot relocate within that zone and there are other preclusion and that i hope a stone racism classism gender bias the whole thing so we know all that and now that there's been this settlement to this so out as say to avoid going to court i'm not sure all of those documents will see the public light in as complete a way as i would wish. and he will be how many
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resumes almost people would you say that the shelter houses and takes him facilitates are going to be your basis on an average about fifteen thousand different homeless people on an average night we we do the averages all the time because we do an intake on everybody and provide deep support services in case work and whatever they need. on a daily basis an average of five of that five hundred seventy five people including women and children in fact two nights ago there were sixty seven women and children flipping on that on the floor because there's nowhere else on the go. right precisely so obviously the question then becomes well when this center gets shut down the shelters being shut down next month the question then becomes how do these homeless find somewhere else to stay temporary housing shelters communities places where they are feel safe and able to at least find a bed and perhaps
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a meal for the night where else can they go. well if there were places now they would be being sent or referred they are bar staff and by the way the proud i'm proudest of the fact that the people who come into peace to be served often stay to serve and get trained to be volunteer case workers and run programs and that's the most exciting part of what we've done it is a sense of community that that we've what be born in that facility around all sorts of things we have an organic roof garden an art studio which we've seen and a gallery and we have all sorts of programs that people get involved in. when they're there but as soon as they can found a place and we can help them do that which we did we sort of package people and say this is what you need to get to the next step so if you need to be screening or health care or identification all those things that people lose when they're
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homeless we do that and then we we work with them to get to the next step that they cheese the problem now is no place that will be in atlanta operating to do what we did to the tune of a thousand people a night which was our legal capacity and in really terrible weather we exceeded that and and most of the legal people understood that that's what we did but we saved we with faith and lives as well as helping people get really rooted it so there will be a place like that and the city and united way and all those folks our promise in the public don't worry we will take care of everybody everybody get a place to go we know that is not true. and that is our show for today remember everyone in this world we are not told we love the love so i tell you all love you i am i rolled into a sometimes have a ball and keep watching those hawks have a great day. for
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decades the american middle class has been railroaded by washington politics. big money corporate interests that's thrown down a lot of voices that's how it is in the news culture in this country now that's where i come in. i'm ed schultz on r t america i'll make sure you don't get railroaded you'll get the straight talk in the straight news. questionable.
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