Dec 1 2014

SoundBites December 2014

Paul Ryan, Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour

At NewsHour, Insulating Facts with Fog PBS NewsHour (10/1/14) brought on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to explain how deep spending cuts on social programs combined with tax breaks for the wealthy can be an “anti-poverty” program. It helps, of course, when his proposals are described in vague, euphemistic language that obscures rather than reveals, as when a NewsHour segment (8/13/12) described Ryan’s idea of slashing Medicare benefits as a plan to “impose changes for future Medicare recipients to hold down costs.” The NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff epitomized this obfuscatory approach to journalism in her question to Ryan: You talk about the […]

Dec 1 2014

Still Killing the Messenger

A feature film prompts a new round of attacks on Gary Webb

Detail from 'Kill the Messenger' poster

For the Washington Post and other major newspapers, the release of the movie about Gary Webb–Kill The Messenger–was just a new opportunity to smear his reputation.

Dec 1 2014

Having Their Hate and Defeating Dems Too

At Fox News Latino, immigrants go from target to target audience

Fox News Latino logo

Fox News Channel pander to xenophobic white conservatives with fear-mongering about Latino immigrants, while Fox News Latino brings Latinos to the Republican Party with feel-good coverage of Latino conservatives.

Dec 1 2014

Pro-Remorse Pundits

Supporting abortion—as long as women feel bad about it

Katha Pollitt's Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Abortion is often seen as a bad thing for society, a sign of hedonism, materialism and hyperindividualism. I argue that, on the contrary, access to legal abortion is a good thing for society, and helping a woman obtain one is a good deed.

Nov 1 2014

Narrowing Our Options

Hillary Clinton's 'inevitability' and the media/electoral complex

Hillary Clinton on CNN

When well-heeled centrist politicians like Hillary Clinton are fetishized by the savvy press, it is real issues that are kept out of the news—and out of the electoral process itself.

Nov 1 2014

Propaganda Wars

In post-9/11 conflicts, media often misidentify the victors

ISIS recruits

In every war, there is a difference between reported news and what really happened, but during the Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria campaigns, the outside world has been left with misconceptions even about the identity of the victors.

Nov 1 2014

Drone-Strike Feminism

Using the oppression of women to sell another Iraq War

Saudi Arabian beheading

US corporate media outlets have acted as cheerleaders and stenographers, allowing the US government to hijack the deterioration of women’s rights as a selling point for perpetual war.

Nov 1 2014

Business as Usual Is a Disaster

Treating BP as the primary victim of BP's negligence

OilyBird

One would hope that with Barack Obama talking about expanding offshore drilling, media would take seriously a judge’s conclusion that the Deepwater disaster was not a matter of accidental missteps by a few “bad apples,” but implicates business as usual for an entire industry, as well as those agencies meant to regulate it.