Nov 24 2015

A Day in the Quality of Life at the Manhattan Institute

The Manhattan Institute's panel on "Quality of Life" (photo: Manhattan Institute)

Last week I rolled up to 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan for a “Quality of Life Panel” hosted by the Manhattan Institute, one of the city’s most influential conservative think thanks.

Nov 24 2015

Once Again, Media Terrorize the Public for the Terrorists

Fox News guest predicts imminent ISIS attack

In the wake of the Paris attacks 10 days ago, much of the media have needlessly stoked fears and acted, entirely predictably, as the PR wing for terrorists.

Nov 23 2015

‘You Cannot Build a Strong Economy on a Falling Wage Floor’

CounterSpin interview with Holly Sklar on minimum wage economics

Holly Sklar (image:

“You need people to have enough wages to be able to buy what they need. And if you are going to have a growing middle class, you need people to be able to buy more than just the bare necessities.”

Nov 22 2015

Abuse Charges Against a Former Cop Are Disturbing–as Is the Lack of Media Interest

Daniel Holtzclaw

Daniel Holtzclaw evidently selected his victims because he believed no one would care about them. Media shouldn’t prove him right.

Nov 20 2015

David Brooks’ ‘$120,000 Vacation’ Is No Joke

Bosphorus cruise (photo: Thibault Montamat)

Is New York Times columnist David Brooks seriously regaling readers with talk of his “spectacularly expensive hopscotch” on a “self-contained luxury caravan”?

Nov 20 2015

‘You No Longer Have Your Constitutional Right to Civil Jury Trial’

CounterSpin interview with Joanne Doroshow on forced arbitration

Joanne Doroshow (image: Fox News)

“Even though there should be a right to go to court to remedy discrimination, to remedy fraud and abuse, the Court said: We don’t care; if a company wants to force you to arbitrate, that’s OK.”

Nov 20 2015

Jim Naureckas on ISIS Attacks, Janet Redman on Climate Conference Activism

ISIS fighters

The Paris attacks by the group known as ISIS have dominated news outlets, but if the goal really is to prevent the recurrence of such violence, then reporting that eliminates political context can’t be the way forward.

Nov 19 2015

ISIS Killed More Americans in Beirut Than in Paris–but Only Their Hometown Papers Noticed

Leila Taleb, Hussein Mostapha and their son Haider

It’s tempting to argue that it’s natural for the US news media to have more concern for Paris because those attacks hit closer to home–except for one thing: More Americans were killed in last week’s Beirut bombings than in Paris — yet only a handful of US papers even bothered to mention them.