Oct 06 2015

‘Massive’ Media Hype for TPP

TPP countries with and without current trade agreements with the US. Source: International Monetary Fund

It is amazing how the elite media can be dragged along by their noses into accepting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can have a big impact on trade and growth.

Oct 06 2015

NYT Continues to Obscure Responsibility in US’s Bombing of Hospital


Will any high-ranking official in the United States face repercussions over the hospital slaughter? It seems unlikely, given how the New York Times and other US outlets have diffused responsibility for the atrocity.

Oct 05 2015

Media Are Blamed as US Bombing of Afghan Hospital Is Covered Up


Ambiguous, misleading and even downright dishonest language abounds throughout the coverage of the US bombing of an Afghan hospital.

Oct 03 2015

‘These Are the Crimes That Really Matter’

CounterSpin interview with Brandon Garrett on corporate criminals

Brandon Garrett

“The companies may pay the fines, but the shareholders really pay that, and the people who actually committed the crimes at these big banks or corporations, they’re not the ones who are paying the fines. In fact, often, they get raises, or they keep their jobs.”

Oct 02 2015

Media Coverage Is ‘a Sort of Advertisement to Mass Murder’


Some social scientists have long been saying that events like mass shootings are contagious, and that the contagion is spread through the media.

Oct 02 2015

Rebecca Vallas on Welfare Shaming, David Baron on Air Polluters

Air pollution (cc photo: Craig Nagy)

The growing number of people, many with jobs, relying on some form of aid isn’t enough to shake the notion that economic need is something you can shame people out of. And media recite the protests of polluting industries without interrogating them.

Oct 01 2015

‘We Could Have All These Drugs Available at Generic Prices’

CounterSpin interview with Dean Baker about why medicine costs so much

Dean Baker (cc photo: Keith Ivey)

“We don’t think it makes sense to have the fire department come down to your house when it’s on fire and your family is inside, then negotiate how much you should pay them. And that’s in effect what we’ve done with drugs.”

Oct 01 2015

Washington Post Won’t Let Journalistic Integrity Stand in the Way of Scaring You Away From Sanders

Bernie Sanders' haircut compared

The Washington Post’s difficulties in separating its news and opinion pages showed up again in a piece by David Fahrenthold that warned the public against Sen. Bernie Sanders’ agenda in his presidential campaign.