Aug
24
2009

Thanking Murdoch's Journal for More of Rove's Lies

OpEd News has published an open letter from attorney Dana Jill Simpson (8/20/09) to "Mr. Murdoch and all the editors at the Wall Street Journal," in which she expresses her wish to "thank you from the very bottom of my heart for running Karl Rove's delusional article, 'Closing In on Rove,' on August 20, 2009": The reason I want to thank you is that Mr. Rove has clearly lied about me in this article. You have captured and printed it without even checking to see if it is so or not. The lie he has told is and I quote, […]

Jul
07
2009

The 'Endemic Practices' of 'Revenue-Hungry News Orgs'

Furthering the story of "Washington Post executives–reeling…over a flier promoting a 'salon' for lobbyists to mingle with prominent newsmakers," Politico reporters Michael Calderone and Andy Barr (7/4/09) think the suits at the Post might reasonably ask "Why us?": The fact is the Post's clumsy effort to make money on its brand name and market its access to the powerful was a belated effort to follow in the steps of at least two other prominent news organizations: The Wall Street Journal and the Economist magazine. The Journal, for instance, is charging a $7,500 for its two-day CEO Council in November, an […]

May
20
2009

California Health Reform, Minus Single-Payer

The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib wrote a piece today (5/20/09–subscription required) that offers California as a model for understanding the difficulties in overhauling the healthcare system: California's experience, in fact, represented a kind of trial run for the healthcare overhaul the president and Congress are about to attempt on the national level, offering useful lessons as well as warning signs about the potholes ahead. Well, yes and no. Seib writes that the "California example showed the importance of securing at least some bipartisan support, the need to reassure those who have insurance as well as those who don't, and […]

May
12
2009

WSJ Lauds Oprah for Conspicuous Consumption

When Oprah Winfrey addressed Duke's 2009 graduating class at a May 10 commencement, she talked about the pleasures of being wealthy: "It's great to have nice homes!… It's great to have a private jet. Anyone that tells you that having your own private jet isnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t great is lying to you." "But," said Oprah, "you haven't completed the circle of success until you help someone else move to a higher ground and get to a better place." Wall Street Journal Wealth Report blogger Robert Frank wasn't so interested in helping others part, but he really liked the part about how great […]

Apr
20
2009

WSJ Distorts Tax Rate for the Rich

Reading Wall Street Journal reporter Gary Fields' "point that a family making slightly over $250,000 doesnâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢t necessarily feel all that 'rich' when it comes to facing a tax hike from Barack Obama," Matthew Yglesias (Think Progress, 4/17/09) dubs his story "The Not-So-Compelling Plight of the Somewhat Rich" and notes that "what the story doesn't do is put this issue in the appropriate context of what an increase in the marginal rate really implies": If you raise taxes on "people making over $250,000," that means an increase only in the 250,001st dollar and onward. It's not, in other words, as if […]

Jan
27
2009

AP vs. Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments

An Associated Press headline about the "Issue of Terrorists' Rights to Test Obama's Pledge" to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility spurs Salon critic Glenn Greenwald (1/26/09, ad-viewing required) to put a basic journalistic tenet as simply as possible: "The fact that the U.S. Government accuses someone of X does not mean that they are actually guilty of X": It's a good thing that there was no Associated Press around (let alone Wall Street Journals and John Yoos) during debates over the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments. AP would have run articles describing the proposed guarantees of Due Process […]