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.

Apr
17
2015

Are Soldiers Happy? Unhappy? Compared to What?

US soldiers in Afghanistan (photo: Liu Jin, AFP/Getty Images)

It’s the unanswered question “compared to what?” that makes USA Today’s lead story, “Soldiers Hate Their Jobs,” a prime example of pseudo-news.

Apr
17
2015

Abdi Ismail Samatar on Al Shabab, Katherine Gallagher on Abu Ghraib Lawsuit

US guards at Abu Ghraib abusing a prisoner.

After horrific attacks in Kenya and Somalia by the Somalia-based Al Shabab, what needs to happen in Somalia and elsewhere to help that country move forward? And will those who committed atrocities under cover of war at Abu Ghraib face justice?