Mar
26
2015

A Few Words on the Least Surprising Op-Ed of 2015

John Bolton op-ed New York Times

By “inattention” and “failing to act,” John Bolton just means we haven’t bombed Iran yet. That’s what paying attention is to him.

Mar
24
2015

NYT Reported Japanese Internment as ‘Pioneering Chapter in US History’

Japanese Evacuation Featured

A contemporary New York Times article on the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans “emphasized the adventurous nature” of putting innocent people in camps based on their ethnicity.

Mar
24
2015

New York Times: Nuclear Establishment Tool

Alamagordo atomic test (photo: Jack Abbey)

The model of a journalist being co-opted by the nuclear establishment involves New York Times reporter William L. Laurence, who described nuclear power as “making the dream of the Earth as a Promised Land come true.”

Mar
18
2015

Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy

Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri

There are signs of a shift in the Western foreign policy establishment toward seeing groups like Al-Qaeda not as the main targets of US military operations but as potential allies against the governments Washington has identified as more important enemies.

Mar
16
2015

Mind-Reading NYT Columnist Should Stick to His Day Job

Psychic with crystal ball.

Most of us recognize that politicians don’t always reveal their true thoughts. We know what they say their priorities are, but only a mind-reader would try to tell us what they really think.

Mar
09
2015

Voting Rights Shall Not Overcome NYT Reporting Like This

Obama at Selma (AP video)

If voting rights shall not overcome partisan rancor, it will be because of reporting like this, which duplicates and does not investigate the claims made about voting reform.

Mar
06
2015

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

Inhofe with snowball (C-SPAN)

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?

Mar
05
2015

What Was Missing From Coverage of Netanyahu’s Speech

WSJ: "The Short Answer" on Netanyahu's Speech

Reading the lead stories on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress about Iran in five prominent US papers, what was most striking what was left out of these articles.

Feb
22
2015

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

Syrian fighter (photo: Ahmed Deeb/AFP)

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 chart showing rising 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.