Apr
28
2015

‘All Weather Is Part of Actual Climate’

Twitter exchange on extreme weather and climate change

An issue in coverage of climate change and extreme weather, illustrated by a New York Times story (represented here by a Boston Globe reprint, because the issue was fixed in the original Times story).

Apr
27
2015

NYT Lets Economic Pundit Disappear TPP’s Economist Critics

Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz (cc photos: Prolineserver, Raimond Spekking)

You would never know, reading Greg Mankiw’s piece, that many economists in fact oppose TPP and fast track. Or that economists can and do reject the characterization of TPP and the like as “free trade” bills.

Apr
24
2015

Karen Hansen-Kuhn on TPP, James Henry on HSBC

Seattle TPP Protest (cc photo: Alex Garland)

More useful than corporate media’s “battling soundbites” approach to covering TPP would be journalism that got outside the Beltway and talked to people about what the fallout from these corporate-centered international agreements really looks like.

Apr
23
2015

The Washington Post Should Tell You When Its Columnists Are Paid to Disinform You

Ed Rogers

It’s not clear how Washington Post readers benefit from regular exposure to a lobbyist promoting his clients’ interests, but at the very least they should be informed that there is a connection between the views Ed Rogers is espousing and the checks he is cashing.

Apr
22
2015

If It Speeds, It Leads: Daredevil’s Media Criticism Is Tough to Swallow

Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich

The most improbable part of the Daredevil superhero series is the New York City tabloid editor who objects to a story about a gang war because people don’t like to read crime stories.

Apr
21
2015

Hillary Clinton–Bolshevik?

Chelsea, Bill and Hillary Clinton at the 1997 inauguration (photo: White House)

The basis for referring to Clinton as a “Bolshevik” is her healthcare reform plan–a plan that was specifically designed to maintain the role of private insurance companies in the healthcare system.

Apr
20
2015

Why Don’t Americans Want to ‘Soak the Rich’? It’s a Trick Question

Monopoly: Pay Poor Tax of $15

The New York Times has a post by Neil Irwin headlined “Why Americans Don’t Want to Soak the Rich.” But looking at polling over time on taxing the wealthy, what’s striking is how consistently popular it is.

Apr
20
2015

The Washington Post’s Longstanding Contempt for People Who Work for a Living

As critics note, TPP has less to do with trade than it does  with strengthening protections for corporations like copyrights and patents.

The Washington Post has established itself over many decades as a major mouthpiece of elite opinion. Its editorial pages argue strongly for the interests of the wealthy, with scarcely concealed contempt for people who have to work for a living.