Jun
01
2014

Capital Punishment

A book that takes on inequality rallies friends of the 1 Percent

Thomas Piketty, Capital

Who would have thought that the way to kick off a media discussion about inequality in the United States would be to publish an English translation of a nearly 700-page book by a French economist?

Jun
01
2014

Schools ‘Failing’—but for Which Students?

Missing the issue of charters' selective enrollment

MSNBC, Morning Joe, charter schools

The issue of marginalized student groups underrepresented in charter schools went largely unreported in the pages of the Times before the election of Mayor de Blasio.

Jun
01
2014

SoundBites June 2014

The Reagan Playbook’s Bloody Pages Washington Post columnist David Ignatius (4/8/14) wrote that Russia’s Vladimir Putin may in fact be taking a page out of the United States’ playbook during the Ronald Reagan presidency, when the Soviet empire began to unravel thanks to a relentless US covert-action campaign. Rather than confront Moscow head-on, Reagan nibbled at the edges, by supporting movements that destabilized Russian power in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola and, finally, Poland and Eastern Europe. Ignatius credits this idea to a former CIA paramilitary covert-action officer, who argues that what Putin is doing in Ukraine is similar to what he and […]

May
01
2014

‘Radioactive’ Putin Is ‘Stalin’s Spawn’

With Official Enemies, too much is not enough

PutinSlider

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the Crimean region of Ukraine meant that he was either “taking a page out of the Hitler playbook" or was “Stalin’s spawn.”

May
01
2014

SoundBites May 2014

Reagan and Gorbachev

The Good Ol’ Vietnam War Days... Ronald Reagan, Peacenik... ‘We’ = You, Me & the Koch Brothers... The ‘Can I Have Some More?’ Loophole... Why Does Richard Cohen Hate Poor Kids?

May
01
2014

Letters to the Editor May 2014

Fallujah: The Root of the Anger In the February issue of Extra!, there is a useful and comprehensive article (“Fallujah Slaughter Rewritten as Sacrifice”) about recent coverage of Fallujah and the U.S. military “heroes” of that slaughter. However, there is only a sentence about the demonstration that was a trigger for the city’s anger at the US, and no mention of the cause of the citizens’ protest. When the US military first entered the city in 2003, they appropriated a large school to be their headquarters. The parents and children protested, and this was the crowd into which US snipers […]

May
01
2014

Kids of Color as Props in Charter School Drama

Two white public figures square off in managed debate

Education NYC

This microcosm of the national conversation over public education displayed media’s predictably narrow parameters of debate, between a corporate reformer and a moderate (but still charter-friendly) liberal.

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?”