Where do you get your news? At this point in time the corporations that own the media—the newspapers, the TV and radio stations—much prefer the agenda of the Republicans. Even PBS and NPR can no longer be "trusted" to be fair and balanced. They are run by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Bush has appointed most of the board of directors for the CPB and they are partisan politicians, not caretakers of the media.

What do liberals have?

Air America

if you don't have a station near you, stream it on your computer. Follow the links to "listen live." OR stream it through iTunes under the "Talk/Spoken Word" heading.

Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, Mon.-Fri. 8-9 pm Eastern, repeating at ten pm Eastern. The best clips are usually posted on Crooks and Liars which you can view any time or even download onto your computer and/or video ipod.

Rachel Maddow headlines her own show on MSNBC following Keith Olberman at 9 pm ET. She is fabulous!

And there is always the
Daily Show and Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Sadly, they give us more factual information than does the main stream news these days.

I know that reading books is the manna from heaven for liberals and progressives. Below you will find a few books that I recommend.

If you are really interested in finding out more about the books, the authors, or just engaging in conversation with others who are reading the same kind of material, hop over to

http://www.firedoglake.com

on Sunday afternoons at 5 (Eastern) and now with additional times as well, log in for the Book Salon. Each book is discussed with the author live online and all of the discussions are archived going back to around mid-March of 2007.

In an exciting development Jane Hamsher and Markos Moulitzas have formed Vaster Books to promote progressive writers. The first work published by them was:

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Anatomy of Deceit, How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and out a Spy by Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel from The Next Hurrah. For those how have been watching this case unfold, Marcy has watched every step and misstep of this case since day one. I can't wait to get my copy as Irving (Scooter) Libby goes to trial.



Some books that you might want to read about progressive activism. These now are oldies but goodies. Updates from the vast left wing conspiracy will be posted soon.

my favorite online progressive bookstore:

Powells Books


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50 Simple Things You Can Do to Fight the Right
Earth Works Action

http://www.50simplethings.org

if you go to the link above, there is a tab that will give you sample chapters. Read them and then go buy the book. Gather your friends and neighbors and sit down and read through it page by page. Then make your own list of what you can do.


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Bill Scher who has the web site Liberal Oasis has lots to say about changing the political landscape and the work that lies ahead in his book, Wait! Don't Move to Canada!.

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Conservatives Without Conscience
by John Dean

Interview on Crooks and Liars: Keith Olbermann with John Dean here

Excellent post on this by Glenn Greenwald here

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Crashing the Gate, Netroots, Grassroots and People Powered Politics
by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga and Jerome Armstrong

http://www.dailykos.com



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How Would a Patriot Act?
by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.glengreenwald.blogspot.com



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Lapdogs, How the Press Rolled over for Bush
by Eric Boehlert




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FUBAR America's Right Wing Nightmare
by Sam Seder and Stephen Sherril

more to come . . . .


IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BLOGGING AND DON"T KNOW WHERE TO START,
check out the document in "Fun Files", Blogging 101. It gives a very basic overview of how they work..