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Jun 12 2009

Phyllis Bennis on Obama’s Cairo speech, Jonathan Tasini on the Boston Globe/GM


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Barack Obama has either been currying favor with Muslims or extending an olive branch in the Middle East depending on which media you consume. We’ll talk with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies about Obama’s major speech in Cairo, and the size of the gap between words and actions. Also on the show: The Boston Globe says it will impose a 23 percent wage cut on its employees on June 14. This is needed, says the Globe’s parent New York Times Company, because that paper is losing money. But is there more […]

Mar 01 2001

Test-Score ‘Facts’ Need Media Scrutiny

In voucher study, an average is not just an average

In voucher study, an average is not just an averageWith competing political agendas ready to balkanize public education, reporting on test scores is no less important than reporting on campaign contributions, corporate balance sheets or federal budget numbers. More so, in fact, because the “facts” of test numbers are often used to adorn arguments that cannot otherwise justify attention. A case in point is the spate of stories that reported higher test scores for African-American students at voucher-funded schools. Filling their back-to-school pages in August and September 2000, the media jumped to reported the findings of Paul Peterson, a Harvard […]