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
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
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.

Feb
10
2015

Tell Us How You Really Feel About Fast Track Opponents, New York Times

Fringe (cc photo: John Lillis)

The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman reports that President Barack Obama's chances of getting "fast track" authority to negotiate trade agreements are shrinking as "the political fringes expand on each end."

Feb
10
2015

Billionaire's Paper Hopes Well-Off Will Identify With Wealthy

Obama in a diner (photo: Doug Mills/NYT)

The last thing that the wealthy want is for the rest of the populace to unite against them politically. Luckily for them, the New York Times seems determined not to let that happen.

Feb
09
2015

The New York Times' Nuclear Uncertainty Principles

Israeli laboratory model of a nuclear warhead core--photographed by Mordechai Vanunu.

When it comes to nuclear weapons, basic facts seem to be subject to political revision at the New York Times.

Feb
02
2015

Centrist Anxiety at the New York Times

NYT Graphic on desirability of out-of-party marriage

The New York Times' Thomas Edsall (1/28/15) has some bad news: Republicans and Democrats aren't getting along. "Political hostility in the United States is more and more becoming personal hostility," he reports: New findings suggest that the sources of dispute in contemporary life go far beyond ideological differences or mere polarization. They have become elemental, almost tribal, tapping into in-group loyalty and out-group enmity. Back in 1960, about 5 percent of Democrats and Republicans alike would be displeased if their child married a member of the other major party; in 2010, 33 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of Republicans […]

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
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
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
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.