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

SoundBites January/February 2015

Elizabeth Warren, Antonio Weiss

Making ‘Torture’ Impossible When the Washington Post (12/9/14) described on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the treatment of prisoners at CIA “black sites,” it said it documented “harsh interrogation measures,” “painful procedures” and even “seemingly arbitrary violence.” But what it didn’t say was that this treatment was “torture”—except when saying it was “deemed torture by program critics including President Obama.” And that was no accident. In a Post story (12/9/14) about the “old debate” about torture terminology, Philip Bump quotes the justification Cameron Barr (then national security editor, now national editor) gave to Brian Stelter (7/2/10) in 2010: “After […]

Jan 01 2015

‘Obama Is Trying to Get Congress to Give Him a Blank Check’

Lori Wallach on Trans-Pacific Partnership

TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership

CounterSpin’s Janine Jackson speaks with Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, about whether bipartisan support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is a good thing—or even exists at all.

Jan 01 2015

At AP, Black Lives Don’t Matter

Police feelings mean more than the death of Eric Garner

Eric Garner, New York Times

AP didn’t feel the need to quote (or, seemingly, talk to) anyone who thought that the life of Eric Garner was more important than the feelings of New York Poilce Department officers.

Jan 01 2015

Hillary Clinton and the Feminism of Exclusion

Media don't ask which women she crusades for

Hillary Clinton as secretary of State: Which women did she represent? (Photo: Chad McNeeley/DoD)

Hillary Clinton’s version of feminism is one of exclusion, serving state power and capital under the banner of gender equality.

Jan 01 2015

Spinning Tuition Hikes as a Clash of Politicians

California's privatization drive escapes scrutiny

UC Berkeley, tuition hikes

Corporate media did little to contextualize the University of California tuition hikes within the regents’ broader turn toward privatization. Nor did they report on the robust student movement against privatization that contributed to student mobilization.

Jan 01 2015

Media and the ‘Melting Pot’

Putting a harmonious spin on gentrification

Spike Lee, gentrification, CNN

Not only does the melting pot cliché erase the presence of people in “undiscovered” neighborhoods, but it glosses over the structural reasons why they are now “gritty” and “forgotten.”

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.