Oct
01
2014

NYT Fails First Test of New Torture Policy

Paper says it will call it what it is--when it reports on it at all

Dean Baquet, New York Times, torture

The first test of the New York Times’ new policy on terming "torture" came with the release of an August 11 Amnesty International report on torture in Afghanistan. It’s a test the Times failed.

Oct
01
2014

Who Rules Public TV?

Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards

David Koch, PBS

The corporate and financial sectors have an overwhelming presence on the governing boards of major public television stations.

Oct
01
2014

Michael Brown Had a Father

But will Ferguson shift media ideas on ‘fixing’ black men?

Ferguson police, protest

Corporate reporters, in the main, saw little to question the idea that the fundamental problem facing men of color is “broken” families in need of a dominant male and that entrenched socio-economic disparities could be meaningfully addressed without systemic change.

Oct
01
2014

Both Sides Now

Plans to ease poverty don't have to work--so long as they're bipartisan

Paul Ryan

Instead of stressing cuts to poverty programs as a way to balance the budget, Ryan was now pushing them as a way to tackle poverty. This, in the eyes of many news outlets, was a welcome shift toward “bipartisanship.”

Sep
01
2014

At Elite Media, ‘Scientific’ Racists Fit in Fine

Nicholas Wade’s NYT science writing thrilled white supremacists

Farmers in Ghana

Nicholas Wade’s embrace of the pseudoscience of eugenics raises questions about his tenure at the New York Times, and about corporate media vigilance when it comes to racism.

Sep
01
2014

Computer Error

‘Turing test’ press release fools media into thinking it’s news

Robotic head (cc photo: Felix Petersen)

The Goostman affair was embarrassing for news outlets that had to walk back their initial excitement, but more worryingly, it pointed up the dangers of “stenography journalism."

Sep
01
2014

Israel, Gaza and False Balance

Media construct a symmetry of violence where none exists

ABC's 'Israeli' family

Striving for a deceptive “balance,” US media miscast the devastating violence of Israel’s attacks on Gaza and obscured the lopsided nature of the death toll.

Sep
01
2014

A Shared Culture of Conflict of Interest

Elite media don’t see Human Rights Watch’s closeness to power as a problem

Kenneth Roth

Human Rights Watch's conflicts of interest contribute to a culture of normalizing and accommodating the extreme power that the United States arrogates to itself.