Jun 03 2015

Poor People Can’t Afford Homes–so NYT Calls for Making Them More Expensive

Monopoly houses (cc photo: woodleywonderworks)

It is bizarre to note that low-income people spend a disproportionate share of their money on housing and then complain about low house prices.

Jun 02 2015

NYT Reports Large Crowds for Sanders in Iowa–but Isn’t He ‘Unelectable’?

Bernie Sanders in Iowa (photo: Ryan Hendrikson/NYT)

The New York Times reports that “some of Mr. Sanders’ policy prescriptions — including far higher taxes on the wealthy and deep military spending cuts — may eventually persuade Democrats that he is unelectable in a general election.”

Jun 01 2015

At CBS, CIA + GOP = ‘All Segments of American Life’

John Brennan on Face the Nation

The idea that the establishment’s favorite right-wing presidential candidate and the head of the CIA qualify as “interesting people from all segments of American life” can only make sense in the insular world of Beltway journalism.

May 29 2015

Bartlett Naylor on Bank Crimes, Coleen Rowley on Whistleblowers

Bank crime scene. Photo: WashingtonsBlog

Are media dangerously indifferent to questions of criminal banks? Plus: whistleblowers on the front line of the conflict between powerful institutions’ desire to keep secrets and democracy’s requirement that people be well-informed.

May 28 2015

Look, a Deficit!: How NPR Distracts You From Issues That Will Actually Affect Your Life

$100 bills (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Billionaire Pete Peterson is spending lots of money to get people to worry about the debt and deficits, and National Public Radio is doing its part to try to promote Peterson’s cause.

May 27 2015

NYT Scrapes the Bottom to Argue ‘Democrats Pulled Too Far Left’

Stretch donkey. NYT graphic: Matt Chase

“Have Democrats Pulled Too Far Left?” asks a New York Times op-ed. This question is always answered affirmatively by corporate media, but the column still manages to surprise with its degree of intellectual dishonesty.

May 27 2015

A Bill AP Calls a ‘Compromise’ Could Put AP’s Sources Away for 10 Years

Richard Burr

“Current and former US officials” spoke without authorization to AP about the PATRIOT Act’s Section 215–thereby committing the very crime that this “compromise” bill would punish with a 10-year prison sentence.

May 26 2015

NYT: ‘Too Generous’ Family Policies Cause Discrimination Against Women

New York Times graphic on family leave (Anna Parini)

“It turns out that generous maternity leave and flexible rules on part-time work can make it harder for women to be promoted — or even hired at all.” That’s one way to put it, and the New York Times article puts it that way repeatedly.