Options to the Latest ‘Absolutely Essential’ Bank Plan

Looking back over how corporate “media abandoned any pretense of objectivity in pushing the original TARP back in the fall,” when “they eagerly pushed the story that the economy would collapse if the TARP did not pass,” Dean Baker (Beat the Press, 3/28/09) recalls how “media never told the public that the Fed had the ability to takeover the banks in the event of a national emergency and it had plans to do exactly this back in the early ’80s debt crisis.” Which makes it somewhat unsurprising that “the new line that being pushed to argue that there is no […]


Rare Media Criticism for Obama’s Cabinet

The corporate media has more or less been on the same page in applauding Obama’s cabinet picks so far–“He’s been pragmatic in choosing pragmatists,” as the Washington Post editorial page cheered on November 28. There’s been occasional criticism of Obama’s choices as being too progressive, as when the L.A. Times (12/5/08) attacked the idea of Rep. Xavier Bercerra as U.S. trade representative, declaring that Obama “should break his promises and appoint a free-trader as trade representative.” So it was refreshing to see Michael Hirsh’s piece in Newsweek wondering why left-leaning Columbia economist Joseph Stiglitz hasn’t been in the mix: But […]