Jul 31 2015

Ed Morales on Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, Beth Haller on Disability Rights

Protesting government shutdown in Puerto Rico

The debt crisis has already meant closing schools, losing jobs and shutting off healthcare options, so what does it mean that on the mainland, what’s happening in Puerto Rico is just a business story?

Jul 29 2015

For NYT, US Labor Abuses Abroad Are a Thing of Decades Past

Chinese investment graphic

A New York Times piece bizarrely implies that labor abuses by US companies or their contractors are a thing of the past.

Jul 28 2015

Media Activism Wins

Girl using megaphone

Our ability to call big media to account is bolstered not only by your letters and emails, but by the community of individual financial supporters who make our work possible.

Jul 28 2015

‘You Can Legally Bribe a Government Official’

CounterSpin interview with Lee Fang on Washington's revolving door

Lee Fang (image: David Feldman Show)

“If a politician helps a bank or an oil company, that oil company can’t directly buy them a boat or give them a million-dollar check. But if they wait until that official retires from office…then they can accept a multi-million-dollar payday.”

Jul 27 2015

‘There Is Effectively No Limit on Money in Politics’

CounterSpin interview with Brendan Fischer on Wisconsin campaign corruption

Money in politics (cc image: DonkeyHotey)

Wisconsin Club for Growth and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the two groups that Scott Walker is accused of coordinating with and that were parties to this case, are also the dominant spenders on Wisconsin Supreme Court elections.

Jul 27 2015

‘Swiftboating’ J Street to Smear Iran Deal as ‘Anti-Israel’

Vietnam-era swift boat

J Street has backed the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran and is backing the Iran nuclear deal, and that’s why opponents of the Iran nuclear deal are attacking J Street and saying that J Street’s claim to be “pro-Israel” is dubious.

Jul 24 2015

Politico Finds ‘Capital of American Jihad’–Based on 2 Cases, 6 Years and 268 Miles Apart

Politico: Tennessee Is the Capital of American Jihad

Three of the worst things in modern journalism–the bogus trend piece, pointlessly sprawling “writerly” #longread pretense and anti-Islamic fear-mongering–have combined forces to create an absurd, albeit literate, piece of War on Terror propaganda.

Jul 24 2015

Side-By-Side Coverage of Cuba and Iran Highlights Shift in US Media Villain-Making

PBS Newshour's Judy Woodruff and four commentators: James Woolsey, Dennis Ross, Sandy Berger and Michael Hayden.

While Cuban officials are granted airtime as they forcefully denounce American policies at a walking distance from the US Capitol building, similarly reasonable positions on the part of Iran are treated as outrageous demands.