Jul
28
2014

Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel (photo: Times of Israel)

Journalism about the current violence is bound to focus on the death and destruction in Gaza. But there remains ample space to ask whether the war was launched to punish Hamas for something it had nothing to do with.

Jul
21
2014

Times Are Good–for Investment Bankers, Anyway

Coal Exports and Imports

If you're part of the majority that's still hurting after six years of "recovery," thinking that the US is on the wrong track isn't pessimism–it's realism.

Jul
02
2014

Highly Placed Media Racists

Nicholas Wade

Nicholas Wade was a leading New York Times science writer for three decades. He left the paper weeks after the May publication of his book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, a book many reviewers say is a full-throated defense of "scientific racism."

Jun
24
2014

Time on Iraq War: What Did We Do to Deserve This?

time-end-of-iraq

Many corporate news accounts treat the chaos in Iraq as proof that the good intentions of a US superpower cannot overcome tribal grievances. Michael Crowley's cover story for Time, "The End of Iraq," might be the quintessential example.

Jun
23
2014

Journalism Without Information

TIME-mccarthy

Time magazine tries to tell you three things you should know about an important and powerful politician. What they tell readers is something else.

Jun
13
2014

Plagiarism: Why It Matters

Chris Hedges

One reaction I've seen to the accusations of plagiarism against Chris Hedges is, basically: Who cares? It's true there are greater journalistic crimes than plagiarism. When a reporter fabricates stories, or passes along government lies as truth, people can get killed. Plagiarism has never started a war, as far as I can tell. But that doesn't mean that it's not a serious matter, at least for the journalistic community. It's a matter of workplace theft. Imagine that you wait tables in a restaurant, and one of your co-workers turns out to have a habit of picking up other people's tips […]

Jun
10
2014

Joe Klein on the Itchy Grievances of Minority Groups

Color TV ad (cc photo: Ted Major)

Time columnist Joe Klein wants Democrats like Hillary Clinton to keep their distance from "minority groups who are itchy to file grievances" over things like poverty.

Apr
29
2014

Buzzfeed Feeds Paul Ryan's Buzz

Buzzfeed illustration of Paul Ryan.

Paul Ryan says he wants to fight poverty, and he can convince reporters that he means it. But what about his actual record?

Apr
22
2014

Obama's 'Manhood Problem'–and Media's Humanity Problem

David Brooks says the Middle East thinks Obama has a "manhood" problem.

Apr
14
2014

Jon Meacham, Bush Family Publicist

George H.W. Bush (cc photo: FreeLancer CDBrown)

Time's Jon Meacham is, once again, telling readers to think differently about the Bush family.

Apr
08
2014

Mary Jo White, Tough on Torture Victims

Mary Jo White

Time thinks Mary Jo White will be a good SEC chair because…she approves of torturing Guantanamo prisoners?

Mar
25
2014

Pundits Never Have to Say They're Sorry–but They Can Demand Others Apologize for Being Right

RichLowry

National Review editor Rich Lowry slams Putin's invasion based on "lies and force of arms." You see, he's against that kind of thing–except when it was the invasion of Iraq.

Mar
04
2014

The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind

Good protesters.

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.