Search Results for: Dean Baker

Feb
24
2015

Robert Samuelson’s ‘Golden Age’ Mythology

Robert Samuelson says if we had kept up the rates of productivity growth we had until 1973, it would have mattered much more to middle-income families’ living standards than the rise in inequality since 1980. This is true in the sense of “if I were six feet five inches, I would be taller than I am,” but it’s not clear what we should make of the point.

May
01
2014

Whose Recovery Is It, Anyway?

‘The market’ is doing fine—but homebuyers are still hurting

The housing crisis is reported to be over - but that doesn't mean people can afford homes.

Like much of the reporting on the rest of the economy, coverage of housing is coverage of housing markets, rather than of the circumstances that all too many people still face.

May
01
2014

Media Still Fawn Over Paul Ryan’s ‘Big Ideas’

But proposals to put people back to work are met with yawns

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Perhaps media aren’t driven to challenge Ryan’s bona fides as a “big-ideas guy” because they share those big ideas.

Feb
05
2014

Extra! February 2014

Extra! cover, February 2014

SoundBites Abortion Restrictions Soar, Media Coverage Sags National papers underreport shifting landscape by Julie Hollar COUNTERSPIN INTERVIEW Public Sector Workers Are ‘the Easiest Kid to Pick On’ Dean Baker on Detroit bankruptcy Fallujah Slaughter Rewritten as Sacrifice Power vacuum—or memory hole? by Peter Hart Muzzling Critics—or Building Media Democracy? Ecuador media law riles US journalists by Peter Hart FAIR STUDY Names in the News—or Not People, places and issues on cable news in 2013 by Melanie Nakashian and Jim Naureckas

Feb
01
2014

Public Sector Workers Are ‘the Easiest Kid to Pick On’

Dean Baker on Detroit bankruptcy

"Its main industry was the auto industry...and that's been on a decades-long downward path which has been to a large extent the result of national policy."

Economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, told CounterSpin’s Janine Jackson that we shouldn’t believe the hype we’re hearing about the causes of Detroit’s problems, and we should pay extremely close attention to what’s being sold as the solution.

Jan
01
2014

Why Aren’t Big Bankers in Jail?

Why ask why, say their enablers in financial press

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While there have been substantive inquiries into the wrongdoing of investment banks and auditors, those calling for jail time are often dismissed as irrational, driven by “blood lust,” “anger” or “vengeance.”

Jan
01
2014

SoundBites January 2014

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Music as a Weapon? No Joke “Britney Spears is being used as a secret weapon to fight Somali pirates,” FoxNews.com (10/30/13) reported October 30. “The singer’s hits are being blasted out by tanker crews to deter kidnap attacks.” The piece quoted a British naval officer who says, “These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.” NBC (NBCNews.com, 10/29/13) also picked up the story, telling viewers, Spears “can’t count Somali pirates among her many fans. In fact, her tunes are being used to turn the tide on high-seas crimes.” Nor could Time (Time.com, 10/28/13) pass on such […]

Dec
13
2013

Robin Kelley on Nelson Mandela, Dean Baker on Detroit

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This week on CounterSpin: Since his death, Nelson Mandela has been portrayed in the media largely as a beloved, almost saintly figure. But Mandela was once feared and despised by some US elites, and the press mirrored that. What changed? We’ll speak with UCLA professor Robin D.G. Kelley about Mandela.

Also on the show: Detroit asked for bankruptcy, because it’s $18 billion in debt, due largely to bloated public sector pensions. That might be the basic shape of the story you’ve heard; listeners won’t be surprised to hear that every part of it is wrong. We’ll talk with economist Dean Baker about the causes of Detroit’s problems and the problems with the solutions.