Jul
16
2009

Swine Flu 'a Case Study in Reckless Journalism'

Writing that "the swine flu outbreak that wrecked Mexico's economy this spring, and that the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic last month, may become a case study in reckless journalism," Miami Herald Latin America correspondent Andres Oppenheimer (7/8/09) admits that he "had taken it for granted that the disease had started in Mexico" since "that's what most press reports said." But he "recently found myself scratching my head" over a "Pan American Health Organization press release that 'the new virus, which emerged in Mexico and the United States in April,' has spread to 74 countries." Follow-up questions put […]

May
02
2009

On Boston Hate-Jock's History of 'Incendiary Comments'

Reporting on how "Jay Severin, the fiery right-wing talkshow host on Boston's WTKK-FM radio station, was suspended yesterday," (5/1/09), the Boston Globe's David Abel lists just a few of the "fiery" jock's "incendiary comments": In one of his broadcasts this week, Severin said: "So now, in addition to venereal disease and the other leading exports of Mexico–women with mustaches and VD–now we have swine flu." Later, he described Mexicans as "the world's lowest of primitives." "When we are the magnet for primitives around the world–and it's not the primitives' fault by the way, I'm not blaming them for being primitives–I'm […]