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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
16
2015

USA Today Headline Makes a Leap to Pin the Rap on ‘Protester’

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch (center)

Eight paragraphs into USA Today’s story, we learn that–contrary to the headline, “Ferguson Protester Held in Shooting”–the suspect in an assault on two cops may not have been a protester after all.

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
12
2015

Covering Commercialization: A Conversation

Bristei

An exchange with Brian Steinberg of Variety on his story “CNN Tests New Ways To Mix Ads With News” (3/5/15): [View the story “Covering Commercialization: A Conversation” on Storify]

Mar
11
2015

CNN on the Frontiers of the Commercialization of News

Fry, Leela and Bender from Futurama

“CNN Tests New Ways to Mix Ads With News,” a Variety headline declared, over a story about how the cable news channel has “gotten over itself” and has “looked for more ways to weave ad messages into programming.”

Mar
10
2015

Yes, Wall Street Journal, It’s Possible to Be Not Generous Enough

Judge Dredd

Clearly there are judges who are too lenient and accept claims that probably should be denied; however, there are also judges who are too harsh and reject claims that should probably be approved.

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
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

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.

Mar
03
2015

WaPo Can Find Climate Denial Embarrassment Closer to Home

Senator Jim Inhofe with snowball

The Washington Post (3/1/15) is afraid that Sen. Jim Inhofe’s ridiculous claims about climate change are going to be a “national embarrassment.” It takes a much more tolerant attitude toward the climate deniers in its own employ. Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, took to the floor of the Senate to try to debunk the “hysteria on global warming” with a snowball and a photo of a snow fort. As the Post accurately notes: Global warming is a long-term and worldwide trend. The fact that it’s cold at one place on the Earth at […]