Jan
30
2015

All the NYPD Spin That's Fit to Print

NYPD paramilitary (WCBS)

One New York City police department announcement–two very different headlines.

Jan
29
2015

Sterling Conviction a Victory for Government's Right to Hide

Jeffrey Sterling with his wife Holly (photo: AP)

In a major loss for press freedom and the right of citizens to be informed about what their government is doing, CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling was convicted this week on nine felony counts related to his supposed exposure of a bungled CIA operation.

Jan
28
2015

Attack on Israeli Soldiers 'Most Serious Flare-Up in Years'–if Arab Deaths Aren't Taken Seriously

Israeli vehicles attacked in the Golan Heights

The New York Times describes the death of two Israeli soldiers as "the most serious flare-up in the area in years." But it's not even the most serious flare-up in the area this month, as you learn later in the article.

Jan
27
2015

Good News! US Corporations Won't Have to Pay for Nuclear Disasters in India

Fukushima nuclear disaster

USA Today wants you to know that a nuclear agreement between the United States and India is good news. But what is the news?

Jan
26
2015

Improbable as It May Seem to WaPo, Greek Voters Doubt Austerity Is Required

The Washington Post illustrates the victory of Greece's Syriza with a photo of marchers carrying the flag of an Italian neo-Communist party.  Caption: "Leftist victory could put Athens at odds with the rest of Europe." (photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP)

Warning Greece against a radical break with austerity has been a longstanding theme at the Washington Post. It's worth emphasizing, though, that the creditors who "bailed out Greece" in reality didn't bail out anyone but themselves.

Jan
26
2015

My Joe Franklin Memory

Joe Franklin

Steve Rendall met New York City TV legend Joe Franklin, who died this weekend at the age of 88, under very special circumstances.

Jan
23
2015

'Poor,' 'Middle Class'–What's the Difference to the 1 Percent?

Paul Ryan with colleagues

A New York Times piece seems to treat the poor and middle class as almost interchangeable. Thus Mitt Romney vowing to "end the scourge of poverty" is equated with Mitch McConnell calling for a focus on "the stagnant middle class."

Jan
23
2015

Muslim-Bashing Not a No-Go Zone for Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal (cc photo: Derek Bridges)

As Arsalan Iftikhar suggested, Bobby Jindal does devote considerable effort to criticizing minority groups who have done less to fit the the American majority image. This strategy was on full display in Jindal's softball interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto.

Jan
22
2015

Obama as Robin Hood? Sherwood Be Nice

Obama as Robin Hood (Indianapolis Star)

So what's wrong with comparing Barack Obama to Robin Hood? Well, aside from implying that taxation is a form of "stealing"–and aside from the fact that it's a popular theme in racist caricatures of Obama–it gives the president too much credit.

Jan
21
2015

Progressive Policies Are Popular–So Why Should Democrats Be Afraid of Them?

Wolf Blitzer & Jake Tapper

in his State of the Union analysis, Wolf Blitzer suggests advocating progressive economic policies could "hurt Democrats"–even though polls show widespread support for such measures, including, in many cases, from Republican voters.

Jan
21
2015

Obama's SOTU: Not Enough Blood, Sweat or Tears

Christopher Lee Cornell

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank complains that Obama's State of the Union address didn't have enough terrorism in it. Why, it only mentioned "terrorism," "terror" or "terrorists" nine times!

Jan
20
2015

What Corporate Media Don't Want You to Know About Joni Ernst

ABC News invites you to meet Joni Ernst--but don't ask too many questions.

You really don't learn too much else about Joni Ernst, picked to rebut the State of the Union address, from media profiles, Nor do you get the impression that corporate media think you need to know much.

Jan
19
2015

Maureen Dowd Sets Martin Luther King Straight on How Freedom Is Won

Maureen Dowd (cc photo: DoubleSpeak Media); Martin Luther King

"On matters of race," writes Maureen Dowd, "there is an even higher responsibility to be accurate." Yes–especially for white columnists lecturing African-American directors about black history.