Mar
01
2014

Hyping the ‘Chinese Threat’

Media follow official line on East China Sea dispute

Reuters: Breakout

US media have played up “the Chinese threat” to an irrational degree—by omitting context, adopting incendiary language and occasionally using simply inaccurate data.

Mar
01
2014

Jeff Bezos and the Imperial Paper

Washington Post’s prestige based on proximity to power

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos paid $250 million for the Washington Post—but Amazon is being paid more than twice that by the CIA.

Mar
01
2014

TPP—‘The Largest Corporate Power Grab You’ve Never Heard Of’

Virtual media blackout of ‘NAFTA on steroids’

Corporate Mickey Mouse sells the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would seem to be a major story with significant real-world impact. But despite its apparent newsworthiness, there were no stories about TPP on the three major network news shows.

Feb
01
2014

SoundBites February 2014

Romina Boccia of the Heritage Foundation, former McCain economics adviser Douglas Holtz-Ekin, Wall Street Democrat Steven Rattner

Odd Lessons of Obamacare... Right, Righter, Wall Street... What You Think About What You Don’t Know... Six Degrees of Assassination... The Faux Pas of Bombing a Two-Year-Old... Bernie Sanders: ‘Agitator’ or ‘Spoiler’?... Dreams for Sale

Feb
01
2014

Public Sector Workers Are ‘the Easiest Kid to Pick On’

Dean Baker on Detroit bankruptcy

"Its main industry was the auto industry...and that's been on a decades-long downward path which has been to a large extent the result of national policy."

Economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, told CounterSpin’s Janine Jackson that we shouldn’t believe the hype we’re hearing about the causes of Detroit’s problems, and we should pay extremely close attention to what’s being sold as the solution.

Feb
01
2014

Names in the News—or Not

People, places and issues on cable news in 2013

Sen. Rand Paul was mentioned 25 times as often as a lawmaker on the opposite end of the Senate's spectrum, Bernie Sanders.

With 24 hours of programming a day, cable news channels could cover just about everything—but of course their attention is selective. Extra! searched transcripts from MSNBC, CNN and Fox News to find out how often various names and issues came up in 2013.

Feb
01
2014

14th Annual Fear and Favor Review

Owners and advertisers vs. journalism

Defense One, a magazine for the “national security community.”

Private corporations care very much about the content of the news they sponsor or, as outlet owners, produce—that it not be too downbeat, or provide a platform for anyone asking hard questions about corporate America.

Feb
01
2014

Muzzling Critics—or Building Media Democracy?

Ecuador media law riles US journalists

Jullian Assange interviews President Rafael Correa on World Tomorrow, May 22, 2012.

Ecuador’s media law represents something more complex than an attempt to bully critics. The Organic Communications Law attempts to treat the news media like a public good or service, with regulations intended to benefit citizens. It calls on each outlet to develop a code of ethics, calls for swift correction of errors, and requires national outlets to have ombudsmen to deal with public complaints.