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Jun 26 2015

NYT Warns Greece to Accept Endless Depression–Because Default Might Be Painful

Argentine protest (photo: Alejandro Kaminetsky/Reuters)

While the process of switching currencies will never be painless, it must be compared to the pain associated with an indefinite period of unemployment in excess of 20.0 percent, which is almost certainly the path associated with remaining in the euro on the Troika’s terms.

Jun 26 2015

Washington Post Reserves Dignity in Death for Some Women

Washington Post: As women keep washing up dead, Ohio town fears a serial killer is on the loose

How do you know that the women whose murders the Washington Post is reporting were sex workers or dealing with substance abuse?

Jun 26 2015

Travis Dixon on ‘Terrorism’ Labels, Seth Freed Wessler on Immigration Prison Uprising

Amanda and Jerad Miller, right-wing terrorists

When do journalists choose to unleash the weaponized language of “terrorism”—and what effect does that have on public opinion and policy? University of Illinois professor Travis Dixon has researched media patterns on the issue.

Jun 25 2015

That Most Terrorists Aren’t Muslim May ‘Come as a Surprise’–if You Get Your News From Corporate Media

Police at a Las Vegas terror attack (photo: Steve Marcus/Reuters)

in a piece all about the “mismatch between public perceptions and actual cases,” the entity most charged with matching sure these match–the news media–doesn’t get much scrutiny

Jun 24 2015

Federal Documents Debunk Baltimore ‘Gang Threat’ Narrative

Baltimore protesters (photo: John Taggart/EPA)

Vice has released devastating documents about the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI’s analysis of a “threat” released by the Baltimore Police to the media on April 27 that local “gangs” had gotten together and conspired to “take out cops.” The “credible threat,” used to justify an aggressive crackdown on protests against police violence, was reported on at the time from everyone from local news to national outlets like CBS News

Jun 24 2015

Charleston Massacre Media Coverage: Recognizing the Crime, Downplaying the Causes

Philadelphia Daily News on Dylann Roof: 'Terrorist!'

In lieu of pointing out the role of the US right wing and the conservative media in radicalizing Roof, corporate media preferred to pathologize him as a distraught young man, a mere product of a troubled childhood.

Jun 24 2015

For Media Factcheckers, It’s ‘Mostly False’ to Say Mass Violence Is More Frequent in US

Mourners outside Emanuel AME Church (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

In theory, factchecking is one of the most important functions of journalism. In practice, systematic efforts by corporate media to “factcheck” political statements are often worse than useless.

Jun 23 2015

How One Outlet Covered the Charleston Massacre Right

Sahara Reporters: US State Senator Killed By Terrorist With White Supremacist Sympathies

there was at least one news item that ran the day after the shooting that was not afraid to refer to it as a terrorist attack: “US State Senator Killed by Terrorist With White Supremacist Sympathies, 8 Others Dead,” reads the headline of a news item that appeared on Sahara Reporters.