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

WaPo Lets Slip Why Dollar Is Over-Valued

Washington Post map of hotel room rates

An over-valued dollar hurts the workers who are subject to international competition to the benefit of workers who are largely protected from international competition.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.