Mar
01
2014

CNN’s Dúo Dinámico

Ana Navarro and Alex Castellanos as the voices of Latinos

Alex Castellanos

As comprehensive immigration reform continues to stall in Congress and the GOP scrambles to appeal to a growing Latino population, two seasoned Republican operatives frequent the airwaves on mainstream media as purported voices of Latinos in America. But while Ana Navarro and Alex Castellanos may give an impression of diversity on cable television, what they really show is that both cable TV and the Republican Party have a shallow bench, relying heavily on two commentators—largely out of touch with majority Latino opinion—when they need a Latino voice. Today you’ll find them all over cable TV, mostly on CNN but also […]

Mar
01
2014

Imaginary Organisms

Media tout benefits of GMOs that never were

As it turned, out, this rice couldn’t save any kids—its Vitamin A content wasn’t high enough.

Media often tout 'breakthroughs' in genetic modification that don't turn out to be breakthroughs at all.

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

BezosSlider

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.