Feb
27
2009

Fox Leads Immigration 'Race to the Bottom'

Immigrant rights advocate and independent journalist Roberto Lovato is worried (Huffington Post, 2/26/09) that Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Department Detective Aaron Douglas "deals with the world's media more than most" when flacking for Joe Arpaio–"America's Toughest Sheriff"–"Though he is a local official, his is often the first voice heard by many of the foreign correspondents covering immigration in the United States": The proliferation of stories in international media and in global forums about the Guantánamo-like problems in the country's immigrant detention system–death, abuse and neglect at the hands of detention facility guards; prolonged and indefinite detention of immigrants (including children […]

Feb
17
2009

On the Affinity of For-Profit News for 'Colorful Lies'

Regular Huffington Post media critic Marty Kaplan finds something especially "discomfiting" (Jewish Journal, 2/16/09) about recent stimulus bill coverage and "what it says about the role that the media have carved out for themselves in American public life": If the job of the press were to help the public understand what's really important, and to distinguish propaganda from facts, then Republican attempts to sink the bill by defining it as liberal pork would have gone nowhere. The endangered mouse that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was allegedly earmarking billions to protect; the Las Vegas supertrain that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) […]