Mar
30
2015

Leading Papers Incite ‘Supreme International Crime’

Nuremberg defendants

To advocate for war, as the Washington Post and New York Times op-ed pages have done, is to incite a crime–“the supreme international crime,” as the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg noted.

Mar
27
2015

What Have Whistleblowers Done for Elite Journalists Lately?

David Gregory vs. Glenn Greenwald

One of the most important things that corporate media do to shore up power is to define “news” as things that people in power want you to know but haven’t told you yet.

Mar
25
2015

The Case Against Raising Interest Rates Is Simple, Despite WaPo’s Efforts to Confuse It

Unemployed workers (photo: Michael Raphael/FEMA)

The question here is pretty simple, in spite of Robert Samuelson’s efforts to sow confusion. There is very little plausible benefit from raising interest rates and slowing the economy at a point where the economy is far below its potential by almost any measure.

Mar
24
2015

Rebranding McCain and Romney as Moderates to Facilitate a Sharp Right Turn

Ted Cruz announcing presidential bid

By accepting Ted Cruz’s characterization of McCain and Romney as moderates who lost because of their moderation, media endorse his argument that the Republican Party’s path to success takes a sharp right turn.

Mar
12
2015

WaPo, Owned by CIA’s Webmaster, Blasts Venezuela’s ‘State-Financed’ News

Venezuelans protesting US sanctions (photo: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA)

Part of the job of being Washington’s official court paper, apparently, is explaining to the inhabitants of lesser nations that they shouldn’t take it personally when the US labels them “an unusual and extraordinary threat.”

Mar
09
2015

Funny How Russian Propaganda, US Free Press Produce Exact Same Mood Swings

Russian Communists with anti-Obama prop

The anti-American sentiment in Russia is pretty much a mirror image of anti-Russian sentiment in the United States, which has likewise risen to record heights since polling began roughly 25 years ago.

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.

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
02
2015

‘Venezuelan Bomb Plot’ a Figment of FBI’s–and US Media’s–Imagination

NBC: Ex-Los Alamos Scientist Gets 5 Years in Venezuelan Nuclear Bomb Plot

Accurate headlines would not leave casual readers with the impression that Venezuela was interested in getting a nuclear bomb, or in trying to nuke New York.

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
16
2015

Sad Columnist Forced to Cover Sweaters and Torture

Rick Santorum (cc photo: Gate Skidmore)

Poor Dana Milbank. Here it is just the beginning of 2015, and the Washington Post columnist is already tired of covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

Dec
24
2014

Why Won’t Warren Quit Worrying and Learn to Love Wall Street?

New York Stock Exchange (cc photo: Scott Beale)

The Washington Post’s David Ignatius is the latest establishment journalist to launch a salvo against Sen. Elizabeth Warren and “her jihad against Wall Street.”