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May 29 2015

Bartlett Naylor on Bank Crimes, Coleen Rowley on Whistleblowers

Bank crime scene. Photo: WashingtonsBlog

Are media dangerously indifferent to questions of criminal banks? Plus: whistleblowers on the front line of the conflict between powerful institutions’ desire to keep secrets and democracy’s requirement that people be well-informed.

May 28 2015

Look, a Deficit!: How NPR Distracts You From Issues That Will Actually Affect Your Life

$100 bills (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Billionaire Pete Peterson is spending lots of money to get people to worry about the debt and deficits, and National Public Radio is doing its part to try to promote Peterson’s cause.

May 27 2015

NYT Scrapes the Bottom to Argue ‘Democrats Pulled Too Far Left’

Stretch donkey. NYT graphic: Matt Chase

“Have Democrats Pulled Too Far Left?” asks a New York Times op-ed. This question is always answered affirmatively by corporate media, but the column still manages to surprise with its degree of intellectual dishonesty.

May 27 2015

A Bill AP Calls a ‘Compromise’ Could Put AP’s Sources Away for 10 Years

Richard Burr

“Current and former US officials” spoke without authorization to AP about the PATRIOT Act’s Section 215–thereby committing the very crime that this “compromise” bill would punish with a 10-year prison sentence.

May 26 2015

NYT: ‘Too Generous’ Family Policies Cause Discrimination Against Women

New York Times graphic on family leave (Anna Parini)

“It turns out that generous maternity leave and flexible rules on part-time work can make it harder for women to be promoted — or even hired at all.” That’s one way to put it, and the New York Times article puts it that way repeatedly.

May 26 2015

Stop Feeding the Troll: The Case for an ISIS Propaganda Blackout

ABC covers James Foley death

As much ink as has been spilled by corporate media pearl-clutching the “threat of the ISIS propaganda machine,” what’s never mentioned is that by sheer reach, the vast majority of ISIS propaganda is disseminated by corporate media themselves.

May 25 2015

Right-Wing Pundits’ Anti-Memorial Day

Arlington Cemetery

To hear some conservative pundits tell it, there’s something wrong about being asked to reflect on war–and questioning whether we could have avoided it a metaphysical impossibility.

May 22 2015

Ira Glass Clarifies That Public Radio Is Ready for the GOOD Kind of Capitalism

Ira Glass at Hearing Is Believing (photo: Mattew Septimus/NPR)

“My hope is that we can move away from a model of asking listeners for money and join the free market,” host of public radio’s This American Life Ira Glass declared last month: “Public radio is ready for capitalism.”