Apr
13
2015

Why Does WaPo Protect Identities of Cops Who Tased a Shackled, Mentally Ill Woman Until She Died?

Natasha McKenna

Regardless of whether the deputies are indicted or not, they are public employees under whose custody a community member died; it’s unclear why the public has no legitimate interest in knowing who they are.

Apr
10
2015

CNN Wants to Believe: White House ‘Russian Hackers’ Go From Suspects to Perps

Boris and Natasha

CNN ran a story about “Russian hackers” getting into the White House computer system that needed to get out of the White House PR system.

Apr
10
2015

Sheila Carapico on Yemen, Malkia Cyril on Surveillance of Black America

Eye of Surveillance (Heath Hinegardner)

What should we look for in media coverage of the current Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen? Plus: When pushing for an alternative to “indiscriminate” data collection by the NSA, we should bear in mind who usually gets “targeted.”

Apr
09
2015

Three Fake Myths–and Two Actual Ones–About TPP Trade Pact

TPP nation leaders (photo: Chile)

The ultimate myth is that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is about anything other than corporate profits.

Apr
08
2015

Time Peddles Old Stereotypes With Op-Ed on Iranian ‘Carpet Merchants’

US/Iran talks (photo: Brendan Smialowski/AP)

Time presents an op-ed by former Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren that’s an extended analogy likening negotiating with Iran to dealing with a Middle Eastern rug merchant:

Apr
08
2015

Media Were Already Running With Police Fantasy When Video Exploded It

WCSC: 'He Took My Taser'

Before shocking video surfaced of a South Carolina police officer shooting a man in the back, most of the local press coverage, per usual, followed the police’s official narrative and amplified a storyline that, in retrospect, was entirely made up.

Apr
07
2015

Baseball Park Metal Detectors Fail to Set Off Journalists’ BS Detectors

Crowds outside Yankee stadium (NYT photo: Ruth Fremson)

If reporters had asked actual security experts, they’d have found there’s no evidence that walkthrough metal detectors at ballgames make anybody safer — and reason to believe they may even make us less safe.

Apr
06
2015

A Non-Conspiracy of Douthat’s

'Homo Sex Is Sin': Anti-gay protest

The New York Times’ Ross Douthat acknowledges the obvious parallel between gay and interracial marriage–and meets it head on with a full helping of historical ignorance.