Mar
14
2014

Once Again: Progressive Budget's Media Blackout

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What if lawmakers put forward a federal budget plan to tax big financial institutions, enact a healthcare public option and increase spending to put millions of Americans to work on badly needed infrastructure projects? They did. You just didn't read or hear much about it.

Mar
12
2014

Is Putin Delusional–or Is NYT a 'Megaphone for Propaganda'?

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Tracing back the story about Vladimir Putin being out of touch reality, one journalist sees it as a prime example of how media outlets can "become a megaphone for propaganda."

Mar
11
2014

What if NYT Factchecked Netanyahu's Claims?

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If the New York Times pointed out that Israel was making debunkable claims about Iranian weapons programs, it might make readers less inclined to accept Israel's unverifiable claims about Iranian weapons shipments.

Mar
07
2014

New Keystone Poll Reveals Media Failure

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The public strongly supports building the Keystone pipeline–and they wrongly think it will create a lot of jobs. Aren't media to blame for failing to set that straight?

Mar
07
2014

Hey America: We're Rich Again!*

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When a USA Today headline declares, "We're $9,800,000,000,000 Richer," who exactly does the "we" in the headline refer to?

Mar
05
2014

Putin's 'Delusions' and Double Standards

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Media are suggesting that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's defense of his actions in Ukraine suggests he is delusional. But what do they call it when US leaders appear unable to remember US invasions of other countries?

Mar
05
2014

A Protest in the Capital and a Media Blackout

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What happens when hundreds of Keystone activists get arrested in front of the White House? Not much, judging by the lack of media interest.

Mar
04
2014

The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind

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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.

Mar
04
2014

Leaving Beltway Journalism, Revealing Its Shortcomings

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Leaving the Washington Post, Robert Kaiser revealed his frustration that the "rules" of elite journalism do not allow one to call out lying politicians. He also demonstrated another key Beltway tendency: pretending that both sides are equally guilty of similar offenses.

Mar
03
2014

Russia, Ukraine and 'US Prestige'

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Pundits worry about US 'prestige' and the weakness of Barack Obama.

Mar
03
2014

WaPo on Paul Ryan's Poverty Plan: News Article or Press Release?

Paul Ryan apparently has some big, bold ideas about how to fight poverty–mostly what the government is doing is all wrong. But why does the Washington Post fail to cite any critics of Ryan, and spend so much time quoting him and other Republicans?

Feb
27
2014

NYT Corrects Venezuela TV Falsehood

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Activists call on the New York Times to correct a faulty report on Venezuela– and they do.

Feb
25
2014

The Question of US 'Democracy Promotion' in the Newspaper of Record

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Today's New York Times has a piece about whether the Obama administration is as committed to a policy of "democracy promotion" as the Bush administration had been. To anyone familiar with US history of inhibiting and undermining democracies, the whole concept must seem rather absurd.