May
21
2014

David Brooks: Democracy Is a Drag; Put Guys Like Me in Charge

Pundit David Brooks thinks the way to fix American democracy is by having less democracy. Let elites dictate policy and have pundits cheer them on!

Apr
04
2014

McCutcheon and the Good Old Bipartisan Days

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Veteran CBS anchor Bob Schieffer slams the influence of big money in politics. But when he says he wants more bipartisanship, what does he really mean?

Feb
28
2014

FAIR TV: Pundits Want Social Security Cuts, Troop Cut Panic, Arizona Bill Discriminates–'Some Say'

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Pundits were mad about the news that Barack Obama was backing away from "chained CPI" Social Security cuts. An announcement about troop cuts caused some reporters to panic. And Arizona's discriminatory SB 1062 is given the "some say" media treatment.

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.

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
15
2013

Is 60 Minutes Informing the Public–or Producing Informants?

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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
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.

Jul
29
2013

New York Times: What's in the 'Center'?

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"Some Democrats Look to Push Party Away From Center," read the headline at the New York Times. But the "center" doesn't actually mean what one might think it means–especially in the context of the political views of the American public.

May
08
2013

Between Two Economists Lies the American Center

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The "center" doesn't usually indicate where most of the public is, but rather where elites have determined an appropriate middle between opposing arguments.

May
03
2013

The ACLU Is Like the NRA Because It Is

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Decrying "the ability of well-funded extremist groups to thwart the will of the overwhelming majority," Time's Joe Klein cites defenders of Social Security–who, of course, are trying to thwart the will of an overwhelming minority.

Apr
19
2013

FAIR TV: Boston Bombing, Defining Terrorism, Social Security 'Bravery'

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Covering the media's rush to misjudgment on the Boston Marathon attack, which acts of terrorism are called "terrorism," and PBS's "debate" over Social Security–in which both sides call Obama "brave" for trying to cut benefits.

Apr
15
2013

Cutting Social Security on PBS–From Left to Right

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On the PBS NewsHour (4/12/13), the left/right debating duo of Mark Shields and David Brooks took up the issue of Social Security and "chained CPI"–and found that they didn't have a lot to debate on the virtues of Barack Obama's benefits-cutting plan.

Apr
12
2013

Jeff Cohen on Media Missing the Costs of Militarism

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"Today there's an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block…. That problem is U.S. militarism and perpetual war."