Jun
25
2014

Ukraine Tips From Nameless US Officials: Good Enough for NYT

Internet videos of tanks allegedly supplied by Russia to Ukrainian rebels.

Apparently the people who know best about what's happening in Ukraine are US government officials who won't let their names be printed in the newspaper.

Jun
25
2014

NYT on Student Loan Crisis: What Crisis Is That?

Distribution of Debt (Brooking Institution)

The New York Times' David Leonhardt heralded a new study by the centrist Brookings Institution that questions whether the student loan market actually faces a "crisis on the horizon."

Jun
21
2014

Fox Covers Up a Benghazi Story

Ahmed Abu Khattala

Fox News won't mention the significant evidence that the Internet video was behind the attacks because it is so deeply invested in the story of a White House conspiracy, and it's too late to change the script.

Jun
19
2014

Criminal Justice Media's 'Twisted' Coverage

New York Post coverage

Daryl Khan of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange strayed from most media coverage around New York's "biggest gang raid ever" by writing about the people living in the housing projects at the heart of the early-morning raid.

Jun
18
2014

Chelsea Manning Speaks–But Who Listened?

chelsea-manning

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning speaks in the pages of the Sunday New York Times. But was anyone else in the media listening?

Jun
17
2014

Famous War Correspondent Explains Why He's Still Wrong on Iraq

John Burns interviewed on CNN

Perhaps one of the millions of people who anticipated that the Iraq War would be costly and deadly would have been "the best person to ask" about the current crisis in Iraq.

Jun
06
2014

Writing Unions Out of the Story on Fighting Poverty

Striking workers (cc photo: Kheel Center)

NY Times looks at the some new research on the failure to reduce poverty–but doesn't mention the minimum wage or strengthening workers' power through unions.

Jun
05
2014

Botching the Prisoners 'Returning to the Battlefield' Story

ABC-talbian

In their Bowe Bergdahl coverage, some media outlets are stoking fears about freed Guantanamo prisoners 'returning to the battlefield.'

Jun
03
2014

Bruni's 'Middle' = Corporate Tax Cuts and No Minimum Wage Hike?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (cc photo: Diana Robinson)

Andrew Cuomo is a 'centrist' politician–meaning one who promotes unpopular policies on behalf of the very rich.

Jun
03
2014

'Muddying a Murky Picture': NYT's Ukraine Kremlinology

nyt-ukraine-fingerprints

The New York Times clearly has a hunch about deep Russian involvement in Ukraine. The ways it tries to confirm this hunch are curious.

May
27
2014

Jeb Bush Is a Wonk–Just Ask Him

Jeb Bush

The New York Times tries–a little too hard–to convince readers that Jeb Bush is brainier than his brother.

May
27
2014

Crediting Obama for Bringing Troops Home–Without Noting He Sent Them Abroad

obama-afghanistan

NPR tells listeners that Obama has cut troop levels in Afghanistan by two-thirds–but doesn't explain that he massively escalated the war.

May
22
2014

American TV to Chinese Spies: Do as US Says, Not as US Does

ABC-China-spymap

US TV networks played up the FBI's economic espionage charges against China–without mentioning that the NSA does something very similar.