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Oct 02 2015

Rebecca Vallas on Welfare Shaming, David Baron on Air Polluters

Air pollution (cc photo: Craig Nagy)

The growing number of people, many with jobs, relying on some form of aid isn’t enough to shake the notion that economic need is something you can shame people out of. And media recite the protests of polluting industries without interrogating them.

Oct 01 2015

‘We Could Have All These Drugs Available at Generic Prices’

CounterSpin interview with Dean Baker about why medicine costs so much

Dean Baker (cc photo: Keith Ivey)

“We don’t think it makes sense to have the fire department come down to your house when it’s on fire and your family is inside, then negotiate how much you should pay them. And that’s in effect what we’ve done with drugs.”

Oct 01 2015

Washington Post Won’t Let Journalistic Integrity Stand in the Way of Scaring You Away From Sanders

Bernie Sanders' haircut compared

The Washington Post’s difficulties in separating its news and opinion pages showed up again in a piece by David Fahrenthold that warned the public against Sen. Bernie Sanders’ agenda in his presidential campaign.

Oct 01 2015

Action Alert: New York Post Gets Ethel Rosenberg History Wrong

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

The New York Post reported that ” Ethel Rosenberg…was executed with her husband for treason.” That’s just wrong, and deserves a correction.

Sep 30 2015

Marginalizing the Momentum of the BDS Movement

New York Times story on BDS

When the New York Times pays attention to BDS, coverage doesn’t focus on the role of the movement in the struggle for Palestinian rights, but instead amplifies critics of BDS and focuses on charges that the movement is a form of antisemitism.

Sep 30 2015

No ISIS Where Russia Is Bombing–Except Last Week, When ISIS Was Killing Gay Men There?

Alleged ISIS execution--Daily Mail

After Russia bombs what it says are Islamic State sites near Homs in Syria, the New York Times declares, “Homs is not under the control of the Islamic State”–contradicting atrocity stories published just last week.

Sep 29 2015

To NYT, ‘Diplomatic’ and ‘Unilateral’ Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean

US military bases in the Middle East (source: Juan Cole)

A New York Times story by Michael Gordon contains a line that sums up corporate media’s spin on the US role in the Syrian conflict.

Sep 25 2015

PolitiFact Is Right That Ted Cruz Is Wrong, But Still Botches Iran Deal Facts


It wasn’t too difficult for PolitiFact to judge Ted Cruz’s claims about the Iran deal to be false. But PolitiFact’s own understanding of the parameters of the Iran deal itself was surprisingly rife with errors.