Media Mashup: June 23, 2015

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Google has been downloading audio listeners onto computers that run Chrome and transmitting the audio data back to Google. Simply put, this means that Google could listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome, without the consent from any individual.

The intrusive action is the latest in a series of obnoxious behaviors by the giant outfit that once vowed to do no evil. For details, see


The New York Times post fictitious information about the South Carolina shooter based on a spoof website created by a 16-year-old Briton.

Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist Frances Robles wrote the article, which appeared on Saturday. According to the website NewsDiffs, which archives old versions of New York Times stories, the information was taken down from without any explanation. For details, see


Rural media, tired of big-city slickers taking over political coverage in early rural primaries and caucuses, have started to demand that the parties and candidates address issues such as agriculture.

Led by the Nashville-based RFD-TV, the goal is to force candidates to discuss rural concerns rather than focus on questions posed by the national media. For details, see

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