Feb 11 2016

‘This “Independent” Academic Is Promoting Public Policy Issues for a Private Corporation’

CounterSpin interview with Carey Gillam on food expert conflicts of interest

Carey Gillam

“What you see through these emails is that it was all very coordinated and very crafted by Monsanto and Monsanto PR operatives.”

Feb 11 2016

Sanders a Bourgeois Deviationist, Washington Post Declares

Bernie Sanders in Reuters video accompanying Dana Milbank's column

The day before the New Hampshire primary, the Washington Post ran a column headlined “Bernie Sanders Is No Revolutionary”—written by Dana Milbank, that noted expert on revolutionary movements.

Feb 10 2016

‘Cases Are Sometimes Stuck in Limbo for a Very Long Time’

CounterSpin interview with Talia Buford on environmental racism and the EPA

Talia Buford

“Stories like Flint or other stories out of the Office of Civil Rights can be a jumping off point for us to just start asking more about our communities and asking more about the world that we live in, and looking for the data to back those questions up.”

Feb 10 2016

Missing the Days When Candidates Pretended We Had No Big Problems

Barack Obama (photo: Doug Mills/NYT)

The things David Brooks sees in Barack Obama that he misses in Bernie Sanders are interesting—because they’re revealing of the criteria establishment media use to place politicians either inside or out of the club.

Feb 5 2016

UN Group Calls for Slavery Reparations, but Few in Media Are Listening

The Atlantic: The Case for Reparations

When a UN human rights group released a report saying African-Americans face “systemic racial discrimination” and deserve “reparatory justice,” that was not so newsworthy.

Feb 5 2016

Talia Buford on EPA and Environmental Racism, Carey Gillam on Food Coverage Conflicts

Houston (photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

The government has a responsibility to address the disproportionate infliction of environmental harms on communities of color, from the spraying of toxic pesticides to the siting of polluting factories. But do they do it, and if not, why not?

Feb 4 2016

Washington Post’s Food Columnist Goes to Bat for Monsanto–Again

Washington Post depicts an organic soup bar (Photo: Brennan Linsley/AP)

Washington Post food columnist Tamar Haspel offered an investigation (“the surprising truth”) about the food movement—without speaking to anyone in the food movement—concluding that there isn’t much of a food movement after all.

Feb 4 2016

New Yorker Shooting Blindly at Bernie Sanders

New Yorker illustration of a piece on Bernie Sanders (photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

It seems the view of many in the media is that Sanders is a fringe candidate, so it’s not necessary to treat his positions with the same respect awarded the views of a Hillary Clinton or a Marco Rubio.