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.

Sep
01
2014

‘A Chain of Desperation’

Laura Carlsen on the crisis of refugee children

BreitbartTexas

CounterSpin asked Laura Carlsen of the Americas Program of the Center of International Policy what deeper coverage would add to the story of immigrant refugee children in terms of context and history.

Sep
01
2014

Missing a Killer’s Connections

Misogynistic murders also fueled by racism—and a hateful online community

Elliot Rodger, New York Post

Media outlets whitewashing reality are doing a disservice to their readers and help guarantee that Elliot Rodger’s perverse combination of violent racism and sexism will live on with little challenge.

Jul
01
2014

RACE LENS: White, White, Don’t Tell Me

NPR's bumbling attempts at diversity

Tell Me More, Michel Martin, NPR

NPR’s historic issue with its lack of diversity isn’t likely to be fixed by their new boss.

Jul
01
2014

The Assault on Organics

Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming

organic food

A massive PR effort tries to convince people not to care about pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or GMOs in food.

Jul
01
2014

The One-Sided Culture War Against Children

Left and right unite against ‘kids who want it all’

Trophies (cc photo: Brad K)

On topics related to children, even liberals tend to hold positions whose premises are deeply conservative.