Sep 02 2015

Did ‘Ferguson Effect’ Cause Murder Wave? No. Is There a Murder Wave? Unclear

Milwaukee crime scene (photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

There’s a more fundamental problem with a New York Times story that suggested that criticizing police violence is (maybe) responsible for a rise in homicides: It’s not clear that the rise in homicides that the story is pegged to actually exists.

Sep 01 2015

US Leads World in Credulous Reports of ‘Lagging Behind’ Russia

New York Times image of Coast Guard cutter

The New York Times maintained a long, proud tradition of uncritically repeating official claims that the US—despite having twice the population, eight times the military budget and a nominal economy almost ten times as large—is “lagging behind” Russia on a key military strategic objective.

Sep 01 2015

The Washington Post and the Federal Reserve Cult

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (photo: TonyTheTiger/Wikimedia)

According to Federal Reserve Board cultists, the Fed sets interest rate policy solely for the good of the country. Those of us who live in the reality-based community know that the Fed is hugely responsive to the interests of the financial sector.

Aug 31 2015

Missing From Reports of Yemeni Carnage: Washington’s Responsibility

Saudi Arabia's US-made fighter jets (photo: Fayez Nureldinefayez-Nureldine/AFP)

Reports left out the information that made this particularly relevant to the papers’ mostly American readership: The US government is actively backing the air war in Yemen that killed those civilians.

Aug 28 2015

‘Corporate Media Really Want to Be Able to Say the Story Is Over’

CounterSpin interviews with Rosa Brooks, Colette Pichon Battle, A.C. Thompson and Jordan Flaherty on Katrina's 10 years of media neglect

Katrina flooding (photo: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA)

CounterSpin interviews with Rosa Brooks, Colette Pichon Battle, A.C. Thompson and Jordan Flaherty on Katrina’s 10 years of media neglect.

Aug 28 2015

Katrina’s ‘Golden Opportunity’: 10 Years of Corporate Media Celebrating Disaster

New York Katrina illustration

Many pundits seem to feel New Orleans’ post-Katrina “miracle” was not just an incidental positive but was, all things considered, worth the 1,800 people killed and the 100,000 African-Americans permanently ejected from the city.

Aug 28 2015

Felicia Kornbluh on ‘Welfare Reform’ Anniversary

Bill Clinton signing the "welfare reform" bill

Elite media, having championed hard for the dismantling of the safety net known as “welfare reform,” were markedly less interested in tracking the human fallout.

Aug 25 2015

NYT: Not Believing in Climate Change Is Like Believing in Food Shortages

Children being fed in Kenya (cc photo: FMSC)

Is not believing in climate change today really like believing that unchecked population growth would lead to food shortages? Contrary to the New York Times’ David Leonhardt, global food shortages are a serious problem.