Search Results for: Neil DeMause

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 […]

Oct
01
2014

Extra! October 2014

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Articles Available Only to Subscribers:   SoundBites Race Lens #FTP Film Tha Police Communities of color use media to protect themselves by Josmar Trujillo CounterSpin Interview ‘The Black Voice is in Jeopardy’ Malkia Cyril on Ferguson Both Sides Now Plans to ease poverty don’t have to work–so long as they’re bipartisan by Neil deMause NYT  Fails First Test of New Torture Policy Paper says it will call it what it is–when it reports on it all by Peter Hart Official Sources May be the Only Sources Risen case tests reporters’ power to reveal government wrongdoing by Lauren McCauley   To […]

Sep
02
2014

Extra! September 2014

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Articles Available Only to Subscribers: SoundBites Letters to the Editor Remembrance Casey Kasem: Top Foe of Media Bias Gender Focus Missing a Killer’s Connections Misogynistic murders also fueled by racism-and a hateful online community by Rania Khalek CounterSpin Interview ‘A Chain of Desperation’ Laura Carlsen on the crisis of refugee children At Elite Media, ‘Scientific’ Racists Fit in Fine Nicholas Wade’s NYT science writing thrilled white supremacists by Steve Rendall Computer Error ‘Turing test’ press release fools media into thinking it’s news by Neil deMause

Aug
01
2013

Letters to the Editor August 2013

Always Getting Disability Facts Wrong Big thanks to both Neil de Mause (“Disabled Are New Targets for Charges of Cheating,” 6/13; CounterSpin, 6/7/13) and Janine Jackson (“Media Offer Limited Roles for People With Disabilities: ‘Inspiration’ or Invisible,” 11/12). I had not read Kristof’s piece, so thank you, Neil. The media gets disability facts wrong ALL THE TIME!!! I know from working for a law firm (the Hawkins Center in Richmond, Calif.) that aids people both in securing Social Security benefits and challenging denials that it is not easy to qualify for Social Security disability. As deMause points out, the media […]

Jun
07
2013

Michael Ratner on Bradley Manning, Neil deMause on Disability Fraud Hoax

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As Bradley Manning’s court martial trial gets underway, journalists face real obstacles in trying to report on it, and they should be facing the constitutional issues the case raises. We’ll be joined by Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and U.S. attorney for WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Also on the show: Are parents keeping their kids from learning how to read, so they can get a disability check from the state? The claim has come from some high places in elite media, which you won’t be surprised to learn, doesn’t make it true. We’ll speak with author and journalist Neil deMause about this not-so-new media canard.

Jan
01
2013

Sandy and Climate

Media asked wrong questions, got wrong answer

Hurricane Katrina hits Massachusetts (cc photo: The Birkes/Wikimedia)

Hurricane Sandy may be remembered not only as the most powerful storm ever to strike the Eastern seaboard, but also as the moment when a large segment of the U.S. media first allowed itself to say the words “climate change” in relation to a severe weather event. And while sometimes the question was dismissed as soon as it was asked—as on NBC’s Meet the Press (11/4/12), where host David Gregory opened the show by asking, “Should more attention be paid to a changing climate’s impact on the severity of these storms?” then implicitly answered his own question by never addressing […]

Oct
01
2012

Economy Is the Issue That Isn’t

Misidentifying problems, marginalizing solutions

If there’s one thing the media seem certain about this election season, it’s that the choice between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will come down to one thing: the economy.The “rhetorical debate question” from Ronald Reagan’s debate with Jimmy Carter, USA Today (8/21/12) reported on its front page , “has become an iconic one for voters. Are you better off than you were four years ago?” The paper cited polls showing that 55 percent of Americans say they are not. Considering that, you’d expect that the summer would have seen a barrage of stories on the state of the economy, on the trials […]

Aug
30
2012

FAIR in the News

FAIR in the News On Coverage of Iraq …concerns about efforts by mainstream news media organizations to downplay public interest in the crises in the Middle East and the war in Iraq in particular are well founded according to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the nation’s most prominent media watchdog group. A FAIR Media Advisory dated 12/19/07 is titled “War Is Over–Say the Pundits: But it’s media, not voters, who seem to have lost interest in Iraq.” FAIR reports that, “To hear many in the mainstream media tell it, the Iraq War is of diminishing importance to American voters. […]