May 22 2015

Alice Slater on Nuclear Abolition, Tim Karr on Internet.org

Mark Zuckerberg

When the topic is eliminating nuclear weapons, media could hardly care less. Plus: Internet.org, the Facebook mogul’s new application intended to provide limited free internet access in the developing world, is meeting strong resistance.

May 19 2015

White House Reveals ‘Boots on Ground’ in Syria, but Media Too Giddy Over Special Ops Porn to Notice

CNN depiction of Syria raid

The White House just admitted it has American ground troops engaged in combat missions in Syria—and no one seemed to notice, much less care.

May 19 2015

A Plot to Level a Village Isn’t News–When Targets Are Muslim and Plotter Is Christian

Robert Doggart mugshot

In a crime story that would be huge news if the perpetrator Muslims–rather than someone who hates Muslims–Robert Rankin Doggart was caught talking about wiping out a Muslim community in upstate New York.

May 18 2015

Establishment Journalists Pride Themselves on Staying on the Official Rails

Rails

Rails are meant to keep a vehicle on a predetermined track. It’s not much of compliment to compare a journalist to a smoothly operating train, always showing up at the official stations.

May 15 2015

Less Crimefighting, Less Crime? WSJ Avoids the Evidence

NYPD officers in Greeley Square (cc photo: Torbakhopper)

A Wall Street Journal article left out arguably the most interesting part of the story: The NYPD’s backing away from stop-and-frisk and reduced interest in small-time busts was accompanied by a 5 percent reduction in major crimes.

May 15 2015

Tiffany Finck-Haynes on Bee Collapse, Michelle Chen on Nail Salon Workers

Honeybees

Are pesticide-makers’ PR efforts affecting government research into massive bee die-offs? And are occasional blockbuster stories like the NYT piece on labor conditions in nail salons the best media can do for workers rights issues?

May 13 2015

‘Wrong as Often as Right’ Is Good Enough When Reporting on an Official Enemy

North Korean general

“The report, if true, would starkly illustrate the brutal extent to which the young North Korean leader is going to consolidate power.” And if it isn’t true, it would starkly illustrate the low standards the Washington Post has for reporting on official enemies.

May 13 2015

Some of David Brooks’ Best Friends Are Progressives–So Long as They Don’t Scare the Wealthy

Bill Clinton and Tony Blair

For political purposes, it is undoubtedly advantageous to imply that the “opportunity” progressives favored the market more than the “redistributionist progressives,” but it is not true.