That so many black people are killed by law enforcement is a painful, difficult thing to face. That we don’t know how many people is a scandal in itself.
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Wrapping 'incidents' in a shroud of euphemism
Describing them as 'missing' is missing the context
Behind media obsession, a sad old story of poverty and priorities
Richard Wolff on the state of the economy
After midterm losses, media--of courses--advice Dems to move right
Mainstream media move on from a movement
At NewsHour, Insulating Facts with Fog PBS NewsHour (10/1/14) brought on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to explain how deep spending cuts on social programs combined with tax breaks for the wealthy can be an “anti-poverty” program. It helps, of course, when his proposals are described in vague, euphemistic language that obscures rather than reveals, as when a NewsHour segment (8/13/12) described Ryan’s idea of slashing Medicare benefits as a plan to “impose changes for future Medicare recipients to hold down costs.” The NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff epitomized this obfuscatory approach to journalism in her question to Ryan: You talk about the […]