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

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.

Feb
28
2014

Shannon Young on 'Mexican Moment,' Ashley Gorski on NYPD Muslim Spying

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Glowing US coverage of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has some folks buzzing about the "Mexican Moment." But is privatizing the oil industry really the reform it's made out to be? We'll talk it over with independent journalist Shannon Young.

Also on the show: The Associated Press won a Pulitzer for reporting that the New York Police Department was spying on Muslims, in mosques, bookstores, restaurants and elsewhere, simply because they're Muslim. Now a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over that spying, saying any harm wasn't caused by the NYPD but by AP! We'll talk to Ashley Gorski of the ACLU about what the ruling means for civil liberties – and journalism.

Jan
01
2014

Why Aren’t Big Bankers in Jail?

Why ask why, say their enablers in financial press

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While there have been substantive inquiries into the wrongdoing of investment banks and auditors, those calling for jail time are often dismissed as irrational, driven by "blood lust," "anger" or "vengeance."