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Jan
30
2015

Mark Weisbrot on Greek Elections, Amanda Marcotte on Abortion & Congress

Change Greece, Change Europe (Photo: Uwe Hiksch)

We'll talk to Mark Weisbrot about the Greek elections: Could it be that what elite media fear isn’t that Syriza will fail—but that it might succeed? And Amanda Marcotte on how shallow cover of abortion and the new Congress threatens women's rights.

Jan
28
2015

The Super Bowl Windfall Myth

Why media fall for sports industry's bogus economic claims

Super Bowl billboard in Times Square

With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, expect plenty of media reports on the projected economic windfall for host city Glendale, Arizona. Last year, when the NFL announced that its big game would provide a $600 million boost to the New York/New Jersey economy, that figure promptly became a fixture in news coverage of the event (CNN, 1/24/14; Newsday, 1/22/14; FoxNews.com, 5/21/14). In one typical article, the New York Daily News (1/20/14) reported that city business owners were scurrying to grab a piece of the Super Bowl pie, quoting a local limo-service owner: “Nothing comes close to this. Everyone in New York […]

Jan
26
2015

Saudi Dictator's Death Shows NYT as Pawn of Power

Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded 'sorcerers,' was 'force of moderation'

New York Times Abdullah Obit

"This is a sad day," remarked Secretary of State John Kerry (State Department, 1/22/15) over the death of Abdullah, the dictator of Saudi Arabia. "The United States has lost a friend," he continued, and "the world has lost a revered leader." The monarch--whose regime routinely flogs dissenters and beheads those guilty of "sorcery"--was, in Kerry's words, "a man of wisdom and vision" (BBC, 1/22/15; 6/19/12). Vice President Joe Biden (White House, 1/22/15) announced that he "will be leading a presidential delegation representing the United States to pay our respects." President Barack Obama himself fawned over the late autocrat: "I always […]

Jan
23
2015

Keane Bhatt on State of the Union, Daniel Denvir on Silencing Mumia Act

Barack Obama, SOTU 2015

What's the public to make of the exercise in political theater known as the State of the Union Address and the media's morning-after tea leaf-reading? And why aren't more journalists up in arms about a law that muzzles them as well as convicts?

Jan
16
2015

Laura Carlsen on Mexican Violence, Jim Naureckas on 'Selma'

Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson in 'Selma'

We'll talk about Coverage of the recent state visit from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the desaparacidos and the nature of violence in Mexico. Plus: What high-profile criticisms of the movie 'Selma' say about the critics.

Jan
12
2015

Extra! January/February 2015

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  SoundBites Gender Focus Hillary Clinton and the Feminism of Exclusion Media don't ask which women she crusades for by Rania Khalek Cover Story At AP, Black Lives Don't Matter Police feelings mean more than the death of Eric Garner by Jim Naureckas Media and the 'Melting Pot' Putting a harmonious spin on gentrification by Aaron Cantú Spinning Tuition Hikes as a Clash of Politicians California's privatization drive escapes scrutiny by Caroline Kao CounterSpin 'Obama Is Trying to Get Congress to Give Him a Blank Check' Lori Wallach on Trans-Pacific Partnership

Jan
09
2015

Robert Weissman on New Congress, Jamie Kalven on Police Abuse Records

Image by Udo The Standard Oil Octopus: Joseph Keppler from Puck

We're told the recent midterm elections were the "most expensive in US history," but who was buying? And what do they expect in return? And what does it all mean for the relatively unmoneyed, namely most of us? We talked with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, about the 114th Congress.

Also on the show: A reairing of an interview from July 2014 with Chicago journalist and activist Jamie Kalven about adding information to the story of police policy.

Jan
07
2015

Torture Advocates Outnumbered Critics 2-to-1

FAIR survey finds torturers well-represented on TV news

Dick Cheney on Meet the Press: 'I would [torture] again.'

A new FAIR study finds that torture defenders outnumbered critics of torture by nearly 2 to 1 in TV news coverage of the Senate Intelligence Committee report released on December 9. FAIR surveyed the guests of nine news programs for the week of December 7 to December 14, when discussion of the torture report’s findings was most prominent. The programs included the Sunday talk shows (NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, Fox News Sunday and CNN’s State of the Union) along with four weekday news shows (MSNBC's Hardball, Fox's Special Report, the first hour of […]