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Aug 03 2015

US Politicians’ Racist Anti-Iranian Remarks Don’t Make Headlines

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee

War-hawk politicians have no problem wielding racism and bigotry when it is in their political interest. And because they are not held responsible for their extreme rhetoric, they have every incentive to keep employing it.

Jul 28 2015

‘You Can Legally Bribe a Government Official’

CounterSpin interview with Lee Fang on Washington's revolving door

Lee Fang (image: David Feldman Show)

“If a politician helps a bank or an oil company, that oil company can’t directly buy them a boat or give them a million-dollar check. But if they wait until that official retires from office…then they can accept a multi-million-dollar payday.”

Jul 02 2015

National Plutocrat Radio

Corporate One-Percenters dominate NPR affiliates' boards

Typical public radio board members:

A new FAIR study finds that NPR’s diversity problem also extends into the board of trustees of its most popular member stations: Two out of three board members are male, and nearly three out of four are non-Latino whites. Fully three out of every four trustees of the top NPR affiliates belong to the corporate elite.

May 02 2015

Unverified ‘Threats,’ Uncritically Reported: A Tradition as Old as Protest

Baltimore riot police (photo: Andrew Burton / Getty Images)

There’s increasing evidence the Baltimore Police Department routinely uses the media to hype punitive threats in anticipation of crackdowns. Yet Buzzfeed uncritically republishes the assertions of a police department with a history of hyping threats.

Apr 23 2015

The Washington Post Should Tell You When Its Columnists Are Paid to Disinform You

Ed Rogers

It’s not clear how Washington Post readers benefit from regular exposure to a lobbyist promoting his clients’ interests, but at the very least they should be informed that there is a connection between the views Ed Rogers is espousing and the checks he is cashing.

Apr 17 2015

Abdi Ismail Samatar on Al Shabab, Katherine Gallagher on Abu Ghraib Lawsuit

US guards at Abu Ghraib abusing a prisoner.

After horrific attacks in Kenya and Somalia by the Somalia-based Al Shabab, what needs to happen in Somalia and elsewhere to help that country move forward? And will those who committed atrocities under cover of war at Abu Ghraib face justice?

Apr 14 2015

An Article by Any Other Name May Smell Sweeter to Search Engines

Andrew Cuomo totally looks like Al Lettieri (image: Random Overload)

One way to try to get around Google’s rules against recycling other outlets’ content is to automatically replace random words in the pilfered articles with synonyms. This works about as well as you might guess.

Mar 06 2015

Getting Media to Take Climate Threats Seriously? There's a Snowball's Chance

Speaking of the laugh riot that is climate change, have you heard the one about the pipeline that would carry a third more tar sands crude oil than Keystone XL?