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Jan
01
2015

Looking Away From Police Killings

Wrapping 'incidents' in a shroud of euphemism

Akai Gurley, NYPD

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.

Jan
01
2015

Mexican Students Didn't Just 'Disappear'

Describing them as 'missing' is missing the context

Ayotzinapa, Mexico

The majority of English-language news accounts have failed to provide a deeper context concerning the failed war on drugs and the use of forced disappearances as a repressive state tactic, and employ language that often criminalizes the disappeared students.

Dec
01
2014

Ebola Story Puts Old Fears in New Virus

Behind media obsession, a sad old story of poverty and priorities

Ebola

Ebola is less a story about a bizarre new disease and its unpredictably disastrous capacities, and more a sad old story about poverty and priorities.

Dec
01
2014

'There Really Is No Recovery'

Richard Wolff on the state of the economy

Economist Richard Wolff

"The mass of lower- and middle-income folks basically have watched a 'recovery' that bypassed the vast majority of the American people."

Dec
01
2014

The 'Center' Always Holds

After midterm losses, media--of courses--advice Dems to move right

Joni Ernst, 2014 midterm elections

With the Democrats suffering substantial losses in the 2014 midterm elections, pundits and political journalists offered the same advice as always: Move to the right.

Dec
01
2014

Forgetting Ferguson

Mainstream media move on from a movement

Ferguson October, Michael Brown

After the first few weeks of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, during which corporate media were forced to show the country and the world the extent of America’s militarized police state, those media largely moved on.

Dec
01
2014

SoundBites December 2014

Paul Ryan, Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour

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 […]

Dec
01
2014

Still Killing the Messenger

A feature film prompts a new round of attacks on Gary Webb

Detail from 'Kill the Messenger' poster

For the Washington Post and other major newspapers, the release of the movie about Gary Webb--Kill The Messenger--was just a new opportunity to smear his reputation.