Sep
25
2014

Washington Post Slams Venezuela for Electing 'Former Bus Driver'

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It's no secret that the Washington Post editorial page was quite alarmed by Venezuela's shift to the left under former President Hugo Chavez. The Post–like the rest of elite US media (Extra!, 11/05)–was an unrelenting critic of Chavez's policies. Some things haven't changed. In a scathing editorial (9/20/14), the Post went after Chavez's successor Nicolas Maduro, calling him an "economically illiterate former bus driver" because he "rejected the advice of pragmatists" and will continue to pursue policies that are ruining what was "once Latin America’s richest country." During the Chavez years, the most important economic story was the rapid gains by […]

Sep
25
2014

Jeff Bezos Takes WaPo's Advice, Rips Off WaPo Workers

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Where could Jeff Bezos have gotten the idea that it was OK to take away large sums of money that you promised people for their retirement after years of service? Well, maybe he reads the paper he just bought.

Sep
23
2014

Civilization-Threatening Crises? Nope, Can't Think of Any

Stop being sad (Allie Brosh)

David Brooks thinks you're just dwelling on the negative in the news–and he's written a New York Times column, headlined "Snap Out of It," to set you straight.

Sep
17
2014

Corporate Media: Don't Worry, Be Fracking

Deepwater Horizon disaster (photo: US Coast Guard)

A new study shows that gas leaks from fracking wells are responsible for water contamination. But some media outlets were keen to send the message that fracking isn't causing these problems.

Sep
12
2014

Cutting Pensions and 'Responsible' Politics

Gina Raimondo

Anything that hurts labor unions, workers and moves Democrats to the right must be something to cheer about.

Sep
10
2014

And Now, a Word From Henry Kissinger…

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Henry Kissinger is making the rounds again–mostly reminding us that elite media love to fawn over Henry Kissinger.

Sep
10
2014

To NYT, 'Full Range of Views' on War Is Pretty Narrow

A foreign policy dinner had a 'full range of views'

What does a "full range of views" look like to the New York Times? Powerful people who worked for Republicans and Democrats.

Sep
09
2014

Fracking Away the Climate Crisis

Youngstown factory (photo: David Maxwell/NYT)

The New York Times and PBS NewsHour present very different looks at fracking. What's missing from both? Climate change.

Sep
08
2014

New NPR Boss: 'We're Going to Be Talking About Brands That Matter a Little Bit More'

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The new boss at NPR says you should expect to hear more corporate advertising– no wait, that's not it. You'll hear more about "brands that matter."

Sep
08
2014

FAIR TV, September 8, 2014: USA Today Poll Distortion, Chris Christie's 'Gaffe'

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Are corporate media banging the war drums in 2014 just like they did in 2003? USA Today promotes a poll that they say shows the public wants a more 'muscular' foreign policy. But is that really the message the public is sending? Plus the New York Times remembers a Chris Christie foreign policy 'gaffe'– saying something accurate about the occupation of the West Bank.

Sep
08
2014

Our New War Will Be Different Because…

Droney, the Friendly Drone (Tom Tomorrow)

The New York Times seems to suggest that the ongoing wars in Yemen and Pakistan are limited to attacks on "leaders." That is "a totally false statement," one analyst notes.

Sep
05
2014

How to Decode the New York Times

The Israeli government unequivocally declared that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three young Israelis. But Israeli legal documents do not support the Israeli government's accusations.

Sep
04
2014

David Gregory–and Other Famous Left-Wingers

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The New York Post refers to Meet the Press's "famously left-leaning former hosts including the ousted David Gregory." A quick overview of Gregory's record doesn't turn up much evidence of leaning to the left–but plenty to the contrary.