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Mar 1 2011

Fiscally Responsible Republicans Are Media Articles of Faith

Confusing cutting the deficit with cutting taxes for the rich

The GOP took control of Congress by positioning themselves, with the help of corporate media, as the party of fiscal responsibility. As the press corps chastised Democrats for failing to get serious about the deficit (Extra!, 1/11)—ignoring economists’ warnings that running a deficit is necessary to recover from a recession—Republican policies past and present that have played starring roles in generating federal red ink got a free pass. Following Obama’s State of the Union address, the Republican response issued by Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisc.) was unsurprisingly greeted by right-wing media as a “moral argument for why it is important for […]

Jul 1 2010

It’s All Greek To Them

Austerity for all is seen as bailout’s message

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In recent months, the Greek financial system has collapsed, necessitating a nearly $150 billion bailout backed by other European nations. Corporate media in the U.S., led by Fox News and the Washington Post, have taken this as an opportunity to proclaim the demise of the European social model and to castigate working-class protests against austerity measures. CNN (5/6/10) host Jack Cafferty chastised Greek workers: “The panic was triggered in part by Greece. Greece is a world-class welfare state. People retire in their 50s. They’re accustomed to government handouts at every turn. Now the Greek government says we’re going to have […]

Apr 1 2010

Falling for the ACORN Hoax

The strange ‘journalism’ of James O’Keefe

James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles--Photo Credit: Crooks and Liars

When conservative activist James O’Keefe was arrested on January 25 for attempting to interfere with the phone lines of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu from Louisiana (Washington Examiner, 1/26/10), outrage in the media was hard to come by. O’Keefe secretly filmed two accomplices as they impersonated telephone company employees in the senator’s office; he claimed he had “decided to investigate” why constituents couldn’t get through to the senator’s office (Big Journalism, 1/29/09) after the senator said in December that her phone lines had been “jammed for weeks” with calls about healthcare reform (Advocate, 12/23/09). After O’Keefe’s arrest, commentators cautiously distanced themselves […]

Sep 1 2009

The Deficit Distraction

Media push spending cuts over stimulus

Parroting the Republican Party, corporate media have recently devoted much energy to deploring the federal deficit and chastising President Barack Obama for not focusing enough on balancing the budget. Very soon, media warn, either spending must be cut or taxes will need to be raised across the board—an argument that rests on the assumption that deficit reduction is, indeed, the top economic priority. Under the headline “Obama’s Risky Debt,” Washington Post op-ed columnist Robert J. Samuelson wrote (5/18/09): Just how much government debt does a president have to endorse before he’s labeled “irresponsible”? Well, apparently much more than the massive […]

Jul 1 2009

Open-Source Journalism

New technologies bring citizens into the newsroom

On December 6, 2008, a 15-year-old in Athens was shot and killed by a police officer. The event sparked nationwide riots and protests, with news spreading rapidly through word of mouth and new media platforms like cell phones and Internet sites. Meanwhile, reported Andrew Lam at New America Media (12/16/08), some 500 media professionals were gathered in Athens for the Global Forum for Media Development, discussing the future of media. They saw traditional media playing a marginal role in coverage of the breaking news, as unorganized citizen journalists reported continuously from on the ground. Greek columnist and TV commentator Pavlos […]

Jan 1 2009

Misleading Indicators

Media’s concern with the welfare of the wealthy

“The start of a new year is a good time to take stock,” wrote the Washington Post on January 3, 2007, “and there are few better indicators of our long-term economic prospects—and also our prospects for political and social peace—than productivity.” Yet while productivity, or output per hour, rose an average 2.5 percent annually between 2000 and 2007, compared to just 2 percent in the 1990s (Economic Policy Institute, 8/26/08), real median household income declined by 0.6 percent, or $324. During that same period of “growth,” poverty rose from 11.3 percent to 12.5 percent. Unqualified reliance on output figures like […]

Jan 1 2009

Letters to the Editor

Frightened and Sickened by Islamophobia Just had to contact you after reading both “Smearcasting” (Extra!, 11-12/08) as well as your article in Friday’s Huffington Post (10/10/08)—great job! I only wish you had included Ayan Hirsi Ali, author of Infidel, in your list of Islamophobes—I think she’s single-handedly smeared Islam among so many average American women book club members. My two teenagers and I have been busy giving presentations about Islam all over Arizona. We find ourselves repeating the most basic facts, usually in response to the audience questions about spurious information about Islam obtained from Fox News, Glenn Beck or […]

Nov 1 2008

Busted Bubble

The press fell down on the job on housing prices

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Over the summer, the country’s two mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, collapsed, marking the definitive bursting of the housing bubble that began in the mid-1990s. Although it was the second major economic bubble in less than a decade, most in corporate media ignored the warning signs. Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR) and author of the American Prospect blog Beat the Press, told Extra!: “It continues to be this sort of bad-event story,” with corporate media and the select group of economists on whom they rely acting as though “a hurricane came […]