Mar
19
2014

Are Charter Schools Really 'Helping Poor Children'?

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The "usual measurement" offered by columnist Richard Cohen as proof of the value of charter schools offers no evidence that charter school students are any better off at all.

Mar
19
2014

The NSA Built a 'Time Machine'–but Washington Post Won't Say Where

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The Washington Post is reporting that the NSA is able to store every phone call made in an entire nation and replay them for up to 30 days. Not only can the agency do this, but there is a country where it's actually doing this now–the Post knows where, but they won't say.

Mar
14
2014

Will Twisted History of Georgian War Facilitate a Repetition?

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In reporting and commentary on Ukraine, the 2008 Russo-Georgian War provides a handy anti-Russian talking point…if you leave out half the story.

Mar
07
2014

New Keystone Poll Reveals Media Failure

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The public strongly supports building the Keystone pipeline–and they wrongly think it will create a lot of jobs. Aren't media to blame for failing to set that straight?

Mar
05
2014

Putin's 'Delusions' and Double Standards

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Media are suggesting that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's defense of his actions in Ukraine suggests he is delusional. But what do they call it when US leaders appear unable to remember US invasions of other countries?

Mar
05
2014

A Protest in the Capital and a Media Blackout

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What happens when hundreds of Keystone activists get arrested in front of the White House? Not much, judging by the lack of media interest.

Mar
04
2014

The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind

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The complex anti-government protest movements in both Venezuela and Ukraine were boiled down by US corporate media to send a clear message to their domestic audience: These are the good guys.

Mar
04
2014

Leaving Beltway Journalism, Revealing Its Shortcomings

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Leaving the Washington Post, Robert Kaiser revealed his frustration that the "rules" of elite journalism do not allow one to call out lying politicians. He also demonstrated another key Beltway tendency: pretending that both sides are equally guilty of similar offenses.

Mar
03
2014

Russia, Ukraine and 'US Prestige'

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Pundits worry about US 'prestige' and the weakness of Barack Obama.

Mar
03
2014

WaPo on Paul Ryan's Poverty Plan: News Article or Press Release?

Paul Ryan apparently has some big, bold ideas about how to fight poverty–mostly what the government is doing is all wrong. But why does the Washington Post fail to cite any critics of Ryan, and spend so much time quoting him and other Republicans?

Feb
24
2014

Pundits Bemoan Failure to Cut Social Security

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Media comments after the Obama administration backed off attempts to cut Social Security benefits exhibited a curious notion about where the "middle" is and what "majority support" means.

Feb
05
2014

Falsely Presenting Obamacare as a Job-Killer

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When the Congressional Budget Office released a new report about the Affordable Care Act, some in the media botched the story by portraying the news as a triumph for Republican spin.

Jan
21
2014

Erasing Obama's Record on the Afghan War

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In focusing on how Obama might end the Afghan War–which hasn't ended, of course–media accounts omit the fact that Obama massively increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan