Mar
05
2014

Putin's 'Delusions' and Double Standards

John Kerry on CBS

Media are suggesting that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's defense of his actions in Ukraine suggests he is delusional. But what do they call it when US leaders appear unable to remember US invasions of other countries?

Mar
05
2014

A Protest in the Capital and a Media Blackout

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What happens when hundreds of Keystone activists get arrested in front of the White House? Not much, judging by the lack of media interest.

Mar
04
2014

The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind

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The complex anti-government protest movements in both Venezuela and Ukraine were boiled down by US corporate media to send a clear message to their domestic audience: These are the good guys.

Mar
04
2014

Leaving Beltway Journalism, Revealing Its Shortcomings

Robert Kaiser (cc photo: Aspen Institute)

Leaving the Washington Post, Robert Kaiser revealed his frustration that the "rules" of elite journalism do not allow one to call out lying politicians. He also demonstrated another key Beltway tendency: pretending that both sides are equally guilty of similar offenses.

Mar
03
2014

Russia, Ukraine and 'US Prestige'

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Pundits worry about US 'prestige' and the weakness of Barack Obama.

Mar
03
2014

WaPo on Paul Ryan's Poverty Plan: News Article or Press Release?

Paul Ryan apparently has some big, bold ideas about how to fight poverty–mostly what the government is doing is all wrong. But why does the Washington Post fail to cite any critics of Ryan, and spend so much time quoting him and other Republicans?

Feb
28
2014

Time's Minimum Wage Math: Triple = 'Just as Many'

Demonstrators for raising the minimum wage (cc photo: Joe Lustri)

The new issue of Time magazine (3/10/14) takes a look at the debate over raising the minimum wage, in a piece by Eliza Gray. But the very first paragraph just doesn't make much sense:  If you want to make some new friends and just as many enemies, here's a helpful shortcut: take a position on raising the federal minimum wage. The question of how much workers at the bottom should be paid is fast becoming one of the most divisive issues in Washington. Liberals say a wage hike is the most immediate and fair tool we have to address growing […]

Feb
27
2014

NYT Corrects Venezuela TV Falsehood

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Activists call on the New York Times to correct a faulty report on Venezuela– and they do.

Feb
25
2014

The Question of US 'Democracy Promotion' in the Newspaper of Record

Noam Chomsky (cc photo: Agencia Brasil)

Today's New York Times has a piece about whether the Obama administration is as committed to a policy of "democracy promotion" as the Bush administration had been. To anyone familiar with US history of inhibiting and undermining democracies, the whole concept must seem rather absurd.

Feb
24
2014

Heritage Foundation: Where Have All the Scholars Gone?

Robert Rector (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

Is the Heritage Foundation really drifting away from its scholarly roots–or has it always been more of a corporate-funded right-wing lobby?

Feb
24
2014

Pundits Bemoan Failure to Cut Social Security

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Media comments after the Obama administration backed off attempts to cut Social Security benefits exhibited a curious notion about where the "middle" is and what "majority support" means.

Feb
21
2014

FAIR TV: Climate Change False Balance, MSNBC Cheers Its Boss, Apology-Free O'Reilly

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David Gregory seemed to say that the science on climate change was settled. So why did he have a debate about whether climate change is happening? Plus MSNBC's Morning Joe cheers on its corporate parent, while Bill O'Reilly gives us one more example of why Fox News is so special.

Feb
21
2014

Time Puffs Mexico's President

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Time cheers Mexico's president for 'saving' the country. But why is it that most Mexicans don't seem to care for his brand of market 'reforms'?