May
01
2014

Flunking the Revised SATs

The real story is how rich kids are gaming the system

Standardized test (cc photo: Josh Davis)

For much of the US media the SAT changes served mostly as an opportunity to beat the drum of “Is our children learning?”

May
01
2014

Whose Recovery Is It, Anyway?

‘The market’ is doing fine—but homebuyers are still hurting

The housing crisis is reported to be over - but that doesn't mean people can afford homes.

Like much of the reporting on the rest of the economy, coverage of housing is coverage of housing markets, rather than of the circumstances that all too many people still face.

May
01
2014

They’ll Be Watching You

Mass surveillance uses new media to track every move you make

Martin Luther King at the March on Washington (Wikimedia)

Today’s digital and mobile technologies give us the tools to stay connected, but in exchange, the companies that own that infrastructure have made a business of manipulating the data we are creating.

May
01
2014

Media Still Fawn Over Paul Ryan’s ‘Big Ideas’

But proposals to put people back to work are met with yawns

Paul Ryan at CPAC

Perhaps media aren’t driven to challenge Ryan’s bona fides as a “big-ideas guy” because they share those big ideas.

Apr
01
2014

Good Protesters—and the Bad Kind

When Molotov cocktails are just a ‘boy’s adventure’

ABC News (2/23/14) suggests you should be against Venezuelan protesters if you are opposed to a better life.

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.

Apr
01
2014

On Homeland, Islam Means Terror

TV’s one major Muslim character is a secret Al-Qaeda agent

Kundnani

Homeland’s key plot themes are the infiltration of the US administration by Muslim extremists (a nod to Islamophobic conspiracy theories); suspicion of ordinary Muslim Americans, especially converts; and the psychological turmoil of the leading Muslim character, who is caught between his all-American family and the pull of extremist indoctrination.

Apr
01
2014

Soundbites April 2014

Volume 27, Number 4

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USA Today’s Cracked Crystal Ball.... Bob Schieffer Is Tired of Your Fancy Talk.... Future Asks: Why Didn’t You Drown Us Quicker?

Apr
01
2014

The War on Poor Women of Color

Abortion coverage slump matches class & ethnic shift

Unpacking the structural inequalities underlying the abortion gap.

A colossal wave of abortion restrictions have battered reproductive rights across the nation, leaving in its wake the greatest threat to choice in recent memory. Nevertheless, the corporate media have responded with a collective yawn, suggesting a deep-seated indifference toward the people these anti-choice provisions will harm the most—poor women of color.