Oct
09
2013

Apologizing for Inequality Is a Growth Industry

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USA Today's op-ed from a Manhattan Institute fellow makes is a dubious claim. But it doesn't back up at all the sweeping assertion made in the headline.

Oct
07
2013

What Did 60 Minutes Get Wrong About Disability?

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CBS should have tried to settle whether there's any actual evidence that widespread cheating of the disability program is going on. CBS was either uninterested in that, or decided that its stacked panel of talking heads provided the answer they wanted to hear.

Oct
04
2013

FAIR TV: Shutdown Blame Game, CBS Misleads on Climate, and Brian Williams on Iran–Then and Now

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This week on FAIR TV: Media should take a side on who's causing the government shutdown. CBS Evening News wonders what happened to global warming. And Brian Williams can't believe the stunning shift from Iran on nuclear weapons–so who was this Brian Williams guy who was was reporting on the "new line" from Iran years ago? Take a look:  

Oct
03
2013

Shutdown: Media SHOULD Play the Blame Game

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Media like to dismiss the partisan "blame game," but in cases like this placing blame is something that journalism ought to do.

Sep
26
2013

O'Reilly Takes on the Tax Man

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The federal government is taking more of our money; it's actually taking less than average. So why does Bill O'Reilly think otherwise? It might be due to the fact that people like him are paying a little more this year.

Sep
18
2013

Should Poor People Eat? Let's Hear From Both Sides!

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OK, so maybe this headline is slightly unfair, but it seemed like a good way to capture the essence of a USA Today story (9/18/13) about the fight over food stamps. As you may already know, House Republicans are looking to cut some $40 billion from the SNAP program, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next 10 years.   It's not unusual for politicians to disagree; one would hope that journalism might intervene on the side of the facts. But here's how USA Today's Paul Singer presented the issue:  The cost of the federal food stamp program has exploded […]

Sep
16
2013

Who's Getting the Tax Breaks? You Are, Says USA Today

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The front page of USA Today touts an article intended to send what it supposed to be a counter-intuitive message: The big corporations aren't the ones gaming the system–it's YOU.

Sep
10
2013

ABC: War Might Mess Up Your 401K!

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Looking at the Dow Jones Industrial Average to explain anything is almost never a good idea.

Sep
10
2013

NYT's Bruni: Don't Blame Bloomberg for Inequality–He Didn't Mean It

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As an op-ed columnist, Frank Bruni was a heck of a restaurant critic. That was demonstrated once again by his farewell (New York Times, 9/10/13) to outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who Bruni thinks is getting a bum rap from the Democrats who are vying in the primaries today for a chance to succeed him.  Bruni particularly objects to frontrunner Bill de Blasio's resonant tale of two New Yorks, the wealthy one that Bloomberg is accused of coddling and the less wealthy one that he supposedly showed the back of his hand…. It's a narrative of either-or, of […]

Aug
28
2013

Washington Post: Big Government…Isn't That Big

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The Washington Post wanted to show that big government was still big–but they wound up showing readers mostly the opposite.

Aug
15
2013

NYT Sees Shift in Global Economy–by Using a Lot of Imagination

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You begin to see why Nathaniel Popper doesn't include numbers–because they completely contradict his thesis of a dramatic shift in global growth patterns.

Aug
13
2013

Student Loan Rates Drop–or Maybe They Rise?

The new student loan law lowers rates–and then, almost certainly, raises them in the near future. But hey–at least it's bipartisan.

Aug
02
2013

Not Enough Debate in Morning Joe's Walmart Wage Debate

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An MSNBC debate on Walmart and the minimum wage need at least one thing: More debate.