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Jan 30 2016

Media Attacking Single-Payer Are Getting Paid Under Current Health System

Bernie Sanders as depicted by Vox

Many of the outlets pushing back on single payer are owned by large media corporations with sizable investments in private healthcare and its current neoliberal iteration, the Affordable Care Act. They have not just a political and ideological incentive to maintain private healthcare, but a tremendous financial one as well.

Jan 14 2016

Requiem for a News Channel

Al Jazeera in America (cc image: Mike Licht via Free Press)

If Al Jazeera America gave us one thing in its brief life in the United States, it was a dedication to covering economic inequality and the growing opposition to it in the wake of Occupy Wall Street.

Jan 6 2016

Trump Amazes WaPo Columnist by Drawing 60% Fewer People Than Sanders

TrumpLowell

The Washington Post hypes the “MASSIVE” turnout for Trump a month before the primary, though it’s not even half the size of the crowd Bernie Sanders attracted in the same general area three months ago.

Nov 19 2015

Death-Squad Organizer Is NYT’s Source on Ben Carson’s Lack of Foreign Policy Smarts

Duane Clarridge (photo: Mike Wintroath/AP)

In its effort to vet one of the leading GOP presidential candidates, Dr. Ben Carson, the New York Times didn’t properly vet its primary source in this vetting, former CIA officer Duane Clarridge—an indicted liar and overseer of Contra death squads in Central America.

Nov 4 2015

Some Use Chalabi’s Death to Lay Blame for Iraq War at His Feet

Ahmed Chalabi in Daily Beast

While most in the media played it straight, noting Chalabi’s role in selling the Iraq War but putting in the proper context, a significant number of journalists and pundits turned his death into an opportunity to lay the blame for the Iraq War at his feet.

Oct 9 2015

Media Reports ISIS Nuclear Plot That Never Actually Involved ISIS

CBS on Moldavian radiation sting

The AP published a thrilling account of how the FBI, in concert with Moldovan authorities, “disrupted” a smuggling ring that was supposedly trying to sell “nuclear material” to ISIS. The problem: At no point does AP’s reporting show that anyone connected to the scheme had any connection to ISIS.

Aug 20 2015

‘People With Disabilities Are Telling Their Own Stories’

CounterSpin interview with Beth Haller on disability rights

Beth Haller

When 2,000 people gathered on the White House lawn on July 26, 1990, for the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it was largest gathering ever of journalists for a disability story—though most of them missed the fact that the White House itself lacked the accessible restrooms mandated by the act. Twenty-five years on, how much has changed?

Jun 24 2015

Federal Documents Debunk Baltimore ‘Gang Threat’ Narrative

Baltimore protesters (photo: John Taggart/EPA)

Vice has released devastating documents about the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI’s analysis of a “threat” released by the Baltimore Police to the media on April 27 that local “gangs” had gotten together and conspired to “take out cops.” The “credible threat,” used to justify an aggressive crackdown on protests against police violence, was reported on at the time from everyone from local news to national outlets like CBS News