Mar
04
2015

LAPD, Media Rush to Judge Skid Row Victim While Insisting Public 'Not Rush to Judge'

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck with photos of a gun that may or may not have been grabbed.

After a police shooting on LA's Skid Row, the LAPD and its compliant local media went into damage-control mode. Without irony, the police would insist time and time again the public not pass judgment–while they would do just that.

Mar
03
2015

WaPo Can Find Climate Denial Embarrassment Closer to Home

Senator Jim Inhofe with snowball

The Washington Post (3/1/15) is afraid that Sen. Jim Inhofe's ridiculous claims about climate change are going to be a "national embarrassment." It takes a much more tolerant attitude toward the climate deniers in its own employ. Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, took to the floor of the Senate to try to debunk the "hysteria on global warming" with a snowball and a photo of a snow fort. As the Post accurately notes: Global warming is a long-term and worldwide trend. The fact that it’s cold at one place on the Earth at […]

Feb
24
2015

Robert Samuelson's 'Golden Age' Mythology

The Golden Age, Lucas Cranach the Elder

Robert Samuelson says if we had kept up the rates of productivity growth we had until 1973, it would have mattered much more to middle-income families' living standards than the rise in inequality since 1980. This is true in the sense of "if I were six feet five inches, I would be taller than I am," but it's not clear what we should make of the point.

Feb
24
2015

The Foreigners Obama Needs to Love to Prove He Loves America

Slowpoke: "Obama Doesn't Love America Like I Do!" (Jen Sorensen)

"There are plenty of reasons that suggest Obama might not love America," writes the Washington Post's Ed Rogers. Funnily enough, most of these reasons seem to have little to with America,

Feb
23
2015

Politico Helps O'Reilly Get Away With Falklands Fabrications

Bill O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Factor (photo: Slaven Vlasix/Getty Images)

Politico media reporter Dylan Byers explores the supposedly mysterious question of why Fox News executives let their most lucrative on-air personality get away with blatantly misrepresenting his journalistic history.

Feb
22
2015

US Backing for 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels: Long Reported, Continually Forgotten

Map of (graphic: Sergio Pecanha/NYT)

That the US is arming and training Syrian rebels has been well-documented for over two years, yet Western media have historically suffered from a strange collective amnesia when reporting this fact.

Feb
21
2015

Bill O'Reilly Lies–but Some Lies Matter More Than Others

O'Reilly: "The Crusades? I was there."

When Fox News' Bill O'Reilly said that NBC's Brian Williams "had to go" because he manufactured stories about dangers he faced in his reporting career, it should come as no surprise to find out that O'Reilly can be found doing the exact same thing.

Feb
20
2015

Top 10 Bogus ISIS Stories

Genital Mutilation

The militant group has done a lot of evil — but as the ramp-up to ground troops gets underway, it's important to note that a lot of the scare stories the media have reported have turned out to be bunk.

Feb
19
2015

NYT Hopes India Can Avoid China's Plight: a High-Paid, Well-Educated Workforce

Indian farmers (photo: Atul Loke/NYT)

A front-page lead New York Times story is mainly valuable for the insight it provides into what the Times considers to be a healthy economy–and who that economy is supposed to benefit.

Feb
18
2015

Most Americans Agree That Netanyahu, the Only One Who Can Save the Puppy, Should Save the Puppy

Netanyahu addressing Congress (photo: Getty/Saul Loeb)

You can see propaganda being manufactured before your eyes: Any subtleties are ironed out to create an assertion that the American people are calling for Netanyahu to speak.

Feb
17
2015

Borrowing a Climate Denial Trick to Erase Rising Inequality

New York Times graph on wealthy & inequality

New York Times economics columnist David Leonhardt has a new column headlined "Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis." This is mostly, if not entirely, BS.

Feb
14
2015

Setting SYRIZA Straight, NYT Gets It Wrong on Debt

Yanis Varoufakis (photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/NYT)

The New York Times suggested that the Greek Finance minister does not understand the basic debt dynamics of his own country–and followed this up with an erroneous definition of a fiscal "primary surplus," a crucial accounting concept for the Greek debt work-out.

Feb
13
2015

'He Just Made It Up': New York Post Accused of Fabrication in Machete Lawsuit Story

MacheteBogus

For NYPD officials, the New York Post report was a perfect example of why the NYPD needed millions of dollars to fight "frivolous" lawsuits. But there's a problem: One of the key details of the report appears to have been made up out of whole cloth.