Jan
17
2014

NYT: The Center Is Right in France

Are "economic experts" really gratified by French President Francois Hollande's economic policy ideas? The New York Times cites one, but it's not hard to find other economists who offer a very different take.

Jan
16
2014

Zakaria's Fantastic Economic Advice

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CNN's Fareed Zakaria– with an assist from the Wall Street Journal–divided Latin American economies into winners and losers. But does it all add up?

Dec
06
2013

USA Today a Go-To Paper for Right-Wing Press Releases

Douglas Holtz-Eakin

When a paper runs a puff piece actually headlined "When It Comes to Testimony, He's a Go-To Guy," that's way better than a full-page ad. That's the favor that USA Today extended to right-wing economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

Dec
02
2013

Washington Post: The Problem With Populism

Sen. Bernie Sanders (cc photo: Don Shall)

The Washington Post sees "political risks" for the Democratic Party in a revived left agenda–which is hard to figure, since all of the "left" issues it identifies are all broadly popular.

Nov
20
2013

Paul Ryan, Poverty Fighter?

Paul Ryan (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

Let's say you're best known for coming up with a federal budget blueprint that slashed tax rates for the wealthy and proposed big cuts to anti-poverty safety net programs, but now you want to be known as a guy who really cares about fighting poverty. Lucky for you, the Washington Post is here to help.

Nov
04
2013

Social Security Death Fraud EXPOSED!

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After reporting that "the government has trouble determining exactly which Americans are deceased," the Washington Post notes, almost as an afterthought, that the "vast majority" of deaths are recorded without incident.

Oct
25
2013

CNN Host Sticks Up for the Biggest Bank

Erin Burnett (cc photo: mroach)

Before she was a reporter, CNN host Erin Burnett worked on Wall Street. Evidently she still sees things from that perspective.  On October 21, Burnett took time on her show OutFront to criticize the Justice Department's reported $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase. The bank is apparently ready to settle over a variety of claims relating to mortgage securities and the 2008 economic collapse.  To Burnett, this is the government punishing success–and making the bank pay for things it didn't even do:  This is all related to mortgage-backed securities and bad mortgages. It's a hell of a lot of money, […]

Oct
21
2013

TV Host Tired of 'Partisan Games,' Keeps Playing Them Anyway

Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer isn't just a guy with an opinion about what's not being discussed on TV. He hosts a TV show every week.

Oct
17
2013

The Media's 'New American Center' Is Well to the Left of the Media

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Media don't tend to define The Center as "Things Most People Support," because letting people know that most Americans support raising taxes on the wealthy, cutting military spending or providing single-payer healthcare would make the elite political debate seem like it's well to the right of the public.

Oct
16
2013

'Searing Memories of Defaults'–and Selective Memory at the New York Times

Argentina real GDP

It's true that Mexico's default on its debts in 1982 was followed by years of hard times. But Argentine and Russian memories of default are far less "searing"

Oct
15
2013

Occupy and Inequality: Zakaria Listens to CEOs

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CNN host Fareed Zakaria dedicated a portion of his October 13 CNN show to a discussion of income inequality and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. The guests? Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein and two other CEOs.

Oct
15
2013

Is 60 Minutes Informing the Public–or Producing Informants?

Lesley Stahl (cc photo: British Columbia)

60 Minutes was so excited to hear that its report made their audience eager to inform on their neighbors and family members, it sounded like the viewer's mailbag at the end of an East German TV news show.

Oct
11
2013

To NPR, TPP Is a Poker Game With a Pot Full of Jobs

Poker game (cc photo: Viri G)

Far from a free pot of good jobs, critics of the TPP have repeatedly argued that the deal involves restricting powers of domestic governments on things like food safety and environmental standards, while incentivizing the offshoring of jobs.