Nov 20 2015

David Brooks’ ‘$120,000 Vacation’ Is No Joke

Bosphorus cruise (photo: Thibault Montamat)

Is New York Times columnist David Brooks seriously regaling readers with talk of his “spectacularly expensive hopscotch” on a “self-contained luxury caravan”?

Nov 20 2015

‘You No Longer Have Your Constitutional Right to Civil Jury Trial’

CounterSpin interview with Joanne Doroshow on forced arbitration

Joanne Doroshow (image: Fox News)

“Even though there should be a right to go to court to remedy discrimination, to remedy fraud and abuse, the Court said: We don’t care; if a company wants to force you to arbitrate, that’s OK.”

Nov 20 2015

Jim Naureckas on ISIS Attacks, Janet Redman on Climate Conference Activism

ISIS fighters

The Paris attacks by the group known as ISIS have dominated news outlets, but if the goal really is to prevent the recurrence of such violence, then reporting that eliminates political context can’t be the way forward.

Nov 19 2015

ISIS Killed More Americans in Beirut Than in Paris–but Only Their Hometown Papers Noticed

Leila Taleb, Hussein Mostapha and their son Haider

It’s tempting to argue that it’s natural for the US news media to have more concern for Paris because those attacks hit closer to home–except for one thing: More Americans were killed in last week’s Beirut bombings than in Paris — yet only a handful of US papers even bothered to mention them.

Nov 19 2015

Death-Squad Organizer Is NYT’s Source on Ben Carson’s Lack of Foreign Policy Smarts

Duane Clarridge (photo: Mike Wintroath/AP)

In its effort to vet one of the leading GOP presidential candidates, Dr. Ben Carson, the New York Times didn’t properly vet its primary source in this vetting, former CIA officer Duane Clarridge—an indicted liar and overseer of Contra death squads in Central America.

Nov 18 2015

Coverage of Russian Plane Bombing Shows What a Difference an Enemy Makes

Vladimir Putin (photo: Alexei Nikolsky via AP/US News)

Because Russia’s government is considered an enemy of Washington, US media express skepticism about its interest in increasing its powers, suspecting it might have its own self-interest rather than the safety of its citizens foremost in mind.

Nov 18 2015

‘We Are in a Whole New Struggle Over the Right to Vote Now’

CounterSpin interview with Ari Berman on Voting Rights

Ari Berman (image: New America)

“In a democracy, we are better off when more people participate and it’s the responsibility of the state, of the government, to get more people involved.”

Nov 17 2015

It’s True, Media Did Cover Beirut Bombings–About 1/40th as Much as They Covered Paris Attacks

Funeral attendee, Beirut (photo: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty)

The much-retweeted Twitter complaint that “no media has covered” the Beirut bombing is wrong. But Max Fisher’s argument—that it’s wrong to blame media for the fact that “the world truly does care more about France”—is equally absurd.