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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Edward Snowden, The Pope Top List Of Biggest Stories

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. (The Guardian/AP)

A panel of newsmen on Here & Now agree that Snowden and the data he released about the NSA’s intelligence gathering is the biggest story of 2013. (The Guardian/AP)

We end the year with an ice storm. But 2013 was also a year that saw a super typhoon in the Philippines, tornadoes in Oklahoma, and wildfires across the western United States.

To wrap up on the big stories of the year, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson is joined by On Point’s Tom Ashbrook and Univision and Fusion’s Jorge Ramos.

Both Ashbrook and Ramos agree that Edward Snowden was the top story this year.

Tom Ashbrook and Jorge Ramos’ 2013 Newsmakers

  • Edward Snowden: ”The revelations of Edward Snowden have changed the way we understand intelligence gathering and intelligence operations in this country, and they have changed the way the world thinks about the United States.” — Tom Ashbrook
  • The Pope: “This Pope is changing the conversation within in the Catholic Church but inevitably even beyond it as well.”– Tom Ashbrook
  • Immigration Reform: “The problem with President Barack Obama is that even though he is for immigration reform — and that’s great — he has deported almost 2 million immigrants since he’s been in power.” — Jorge Ramos
  • The Dysfunctional Congress: “It has to do with the triumph of the politics of confrontation. I think both parties realize that if you insist on the extremes, that it pays off: they can get re-elected, there are no political consequences for not moving.” — Jorge Ramos

2013′s Most Overlooked Stories

  • International cooperation over Iran’s nuclear program: “President Barack Obama has been proposing foriegn policy, that diplomacy is better than war…from his point of view, diplomacy is working.” — Jorge Ramos
  • On going turmoil in Iraq: “In this last year, it has spiraled almost silently in the American press into turmoil … We’re seeing suicide attacks and dozens killed per day.” — Tom Ashbrook
  • Syria: “We’ve had coverage, but hardly news coverage at a scale equivalent to the human tragedy there.” – Tom Ashbrook

Stories That Have Changed The Way You See The World

  • Uruguay and its experience legalizing marijuana: “If you have a country, the United States, in which a president, a former president and millions of Americans are using drugs, and thousands and thousands of Latin Americans — people in Mexico, in Colombia, in Central America — are dying because of the War on Drugs, something has to be done. And therefore Uruguay is willing to do that.” — Jorge Ramos
Jeremy Hobson & Tom Ashbrook take a selfie. (Jeremy Hobson)

Jeremy Hobson & Tom Ashbrook take a selfie. (Jeremy Hobson)

  • China’s Nationalism: “China has been rising as an economic power for years, but in the last few months, you’ve seen a change here, a more nationalist surge in policy, in outlook, in what they are doing.” — Tom Ashbrook
  • The Selfie: “Just a few months ago, you would go to someone and say, ‘Do you want me to take a picture of you?’ And they’d say, ‘Yes, sure.’ Nowadays no one wants that. They’ll say, ‘No, thanks so much. I’ll just take a selfie.’ That’s new. That’s completely new.” — Jorge Ramos

 

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  • Roger Kuhlman

    NPR is so biased in covering Immigration policy in favor of Amnesty for Illegal Aliens. It’s a scandal. Maybe the reason why comprehensive immigration reform has not passed in Congress in 2013 is because despite the Wealthy and Soical and Political Elites being strongly in favor of it, average American citizens know it is bad policy and hurts their economic interests. Why doesn’t NPR report that Obama’s immigration plan would add another 30 million foreign workers to the American workforce over the next decade. “Immigration reform” also rewards millions of illegal immigrants for breaking numerous US laws such Social Security Fraud, Identity Theft, Income Tax Evasion, and purchase and use of fraudulent documentation. Immigrants coming to our country should respect and obey our laws but these people did not and do not. I never hear on NPR all the lawbreaking illegal immigrants do. WHY NOT?

    • nettiewash

      I just heard that the immigrants are going home because there are better paying jobs there!

      • Roger Kuhlman

        That would be terrible for liberal Democrats since they would then have no way to gain total political power and increase Income Inequality to the skies. Liberal Democrats are so dishonest and hypocritical when it comes to immigration policy. Democrats should be known as the party of corruption.

  • Cacimo

    STOP THE LIES. Illegal immigrants are not being “persecuted”. The problem is all the sanctuary cities that refuse to deport, encouraging this type of behavior. We are paying millions of people not to work – time to cut off illegal immigration and get Americans off welfare and into the jobs illegals are doing.

    • nettiewash

      TIME TO CUT CORPORATE WELFARE YOU MUST BE ONE OF THOSE CORPORATE BILLIONAIRES LIKE BOEING OR EXXON OR MEGA FARMS THAT ALWAYS GET THEIR WELFARE.

  • eggsnhm

    Edward Snowden is an American hero; the government’s over-reach is despicable, and we need more Snowdens to bring this to light.

    • nettiewash

      no he isn’t we have had covert groups from the beginning of time you must be some sort of degenerate!

  • nettiewash

    Shureb Well I listened CAREFULLY TO SNOWDEN’S ARROGANT “PRESIDENTIAL” ADDRESS ON CHRISTMAS AND IT WAS DEVOID OF ANY SUBSTANCE. SO FULL OF SHIITE THERE IS NOT A SHOVEL BIG ENOUGH. HE IS A POSER WHO IS CAPITALIZING ON RICH WHITE AMERICANS WHO AS USUAL HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT BUT THEIR OWN CORRUPTION AND ARE PARANOID. THE HACK MEDIA EXPLOIT THIS DISTRACTION FROM THE REALITY THAT THEY HAVE NO ANSWERS TO THE REAL PROBLEMS FACING HUMANITY! THE AVERAGE CITIZEN DOES NOT HAVE TIME FOR THIS BULL HYPE BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO BUSY WORKING THEIR 2 LESS THEN LIVING WAGE JOBS. THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT CARE ABOUT THIS ARE THE UNEDUCATED COMPUTER GEEKS WHO NEVER READ A CLASSIC NOVEL OR A HISTORY BOOK! THESE UNEDUCATED IN CLASSICAL LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION ARE CLUELESS ABOUT WORLD HISTORY. NOTICE THEY WERE NOT OUTRAGED AT THE INVASION OF IRAQ! OR THE LAPSE IN CATCHING THESE 911 TERRORISTS? THEY PROBABLY NEVER EVEN WATCH FRONTLINE THAT SHOWED THE TOTAL FAILURE OR INCOMPETENCE TO CATCHE THE 911 BOMBERS DESPITE ALL THE CIA, NSA, AND FBI WARNINGS PILING UP ON CONDOLEEZA’S DESK WHILE SHE WAS PLAYING HER PIANO!
    WHAT NOW PASSES FOR TRUE EDUCATION IS SPECIALIZATION IN NARROW, RIDGID COMPUTERIZATION WHICH IS DANGEROUS WITHOUT A SENSE OF HISTORY AND THE TRUTH THAT ALL COUNTRIES, ALL NATIONS IN THE INDUSTRIAL WORLD HAVE FOR MY LIFE TIME AND LONGER SPIED. THIS IS NOT NEWS THIS IS A NEOPHYTE WHO AS THE YOUNG THAT RUSHED TO JOIN THE ARMY THOUGHT WAR WAS SOME SORT OF STERILE VIDEO GAME AND HAD A RUDE AWAKENING WHEN THEY GOT THEIR BODY PARTS BLOWN AWAY! WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A ARROGANT, IGNORANT THAT NEEDS TO SERVE TIME SO HE CAN REALLY BE AWAY FROM ALL DISTRACTIONS AND CATCH UP ON THE HISTORY OF WAR. HEROES NELSON MANDELA, GANDHI, KING JR. ROSA PARKS SUFFERED THIS KID WAS A BRAT JUST LISTEN IF YOU HAVE THE ADULT MATURITY TO LISTEN TO THE MEANINGLESS, CLUELESS LACK OF NOTHING IN HIS STATEMENT. I THINK IF HE TRIED TO PULL WHAT HE DID HERE IN RUSSIAN HE WOULD BE SENTENCED TO LIFE IN THE GULAG IN SIBERIA! I FIND IT JUSTICE THAT HE IS HOMELESS AND STUCK IN RUSSIA WITH PUTIN. JUSTICE IS SERVED AND ALL THESE PHONY POLITICIANS FRO SOUTH AMERICA TO GERMANY ARE HYPOCRITES. I AM A TRUE DEMOCRAT NOT A PHONY PROGRESSIVE OF THE ELITE TYPE.

    • BHA_in_Vermont

      Do you suppose you could use lower case letters so the text is more easily read?

      • nettiewash

        do you suppose you could not bother me with your pettiness and don’t read it! YOU ARE ANNOYING~!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BHA_in_Vermont

    Snowden should be given a deal: Choose life in prison or stripped and laid out for the vultures in the desert.

    Whistle blowers do not steal secrets – business or government.
    Whistle blowers do not release secrets wholesale to the press, especially if they are likely to be highly volatile.

    Whistle blowers note ILLEGAL activity and report it to outside authorities, after determining that there is no likelihood the activity can be stopped “in house”.

    If Snowden thought there was over reach in the NSA phone record acquisition or use, he should have gone with that at a generic level to authorities. If not within the NSA, then perhaps his Congress(wo)man or Senators. If he thought there should be a conversation related to the breadth of the activity, it could have been done without releasing specifics. Snowden broke his oath to keep confidential information confidential and is a drama queen basking in the attention.

  • Dylan Murray

    In regards to your request for comments about the US easing criminal charges against Mr. Snowden. While I think it is good that these issues were raised to the attention of the national community, I argue that, despite some good intentions, Mr. Snowden is primarily motivated by personal gain rather than the public good. I reference you to his recent open letter to Brasil asking for amnesty. He makes good points in the letter but the second half reeks of intent to appeal to the fears of citizens in the wake of the Presidential phone tapping fiasco. If Mr. Snowden has ~200,000 documents, why have so few been released? Why not release them all and have a real discussion about what is really going on? Releasing documents every month equates to perpetuating Mr. Snowden’s news coverage.

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