May 06 2015

NYT Presents 2016 Race as GOP Candidates vs. Hillary Clinton

New York Times graphic on Democratic presidential candidates

Why treat the presidential contest as though there’s a race for the Republican spot, while Democrats only get to express their feelings about their one predetermined choice?

May 05 2015

Calling TPP Foes ‘Simplistic,’ USA Today Simply Gets the Numbers Wrong

USA Today: New Trade Deal Triggers Angry, Fact-Free Uproar

USA Today told readers that unions “who blame trade, and trade agreements, for the decline in manufacturing jobs” have a “simplistic view.” But it’s USA Today, not the unions, who are being simplistic here.

May 05 2015

Chuck Todd Responds: Looking at Whether Meet the Press Mentioned Sanders or Not Is ‘Arbitrary’

@MTP: Long Odds for Bernie

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd responded to a complaint about his failure to mention Sen. Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he was running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

May 04 2015

The Times, They Are No Longer A-Changing

Time: America, 1968/2015

in 1968, Time was unlikely to compare current events to things that happened 47 years earlier, in 1921–before most people alive then were born.

May 04 2015

For Meet the Press, Bernie Sanders Is He Who Must Not Be Named

Sen. Bernie Sanders (cc photo: Paul Morigi/Brookings)

The one major candidate who announced he was running last week–Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who declared on April 30 he was running for the Democratic nomination–was strikingly ignored on Meet the Press’s May 2 broadcast.

May 02 2015

Unverified ‘Threats,’ Uncritically Reported: A Tradition as Old as Protest

Baltimore riot police (photo: Andrew Burton / Getty Images)

There’s increasing evidence the Baltimore Police Department routinely uses the media to hype punitive threats in anticipation of crackdowns. Yet Buzzfeed uncritically republishes the assertions of a police department with a history of hyping threats.

May 01 2015

Marjorie Cohn on Drones, Beverly Bell on Honduran Environmental Resistance

Berta Caceres & COPINH members (photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

As some US media re-engage the drone debate, the discussion is over how and where drones should be used—not whether they should be. Plus: Honduran indigenous rights leader Berta Caceres and the group COPINH are fighting not just governments but some of the world’s most powerful corporations to protect their land and livelihood.

Apr 30 2015

NYT Warns Greece Away From Argentina’s Seven-Year Boom

2011 anti-austerity protests in Greece (cc photo: Kotsolis/Wikimedia)

The notion of short-term pain for long-term gain can be made to look appalling in a case where it was almost certainly necessary, whereas a similar choice is widely applauded in the United States in a case where it almost certainly was not.