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.

Sep 25 2015

‘Can We Hold Noncitizens to a Different Standard of Justice?’

CounterSpin interview with Rachel Meeropol on justice for 9/11 detainees

Rachel Meeropol (RT)

“The former 9/11 detainees also really see this as a case to ensure that this kind of suspicionless, baseless religious and racial profiling doesn’t happen again. That it doesn’t go unpunished.”

Sep 25 2015

Dean Baker on Drug Prices, Brandon Garrett on Corporate Crime

Martin Shkreli on NBC News

Drug company CEO Martin Shkreli became the target of public outrage by raising the price of a drug from $13 to $750 a tablet. Plus: The Volkwagen case raises yet again the question of whether our legal system can adequately respond to corporate crime.

Sep 24 2015

‘They’re Robbing Kids of Critical Thinking’

CounterSpin interview with Jesse Hagopian about educational struggles in Seattle

Jesse Hagopian

“The movement is truly a mass social struggle to redefine the purpose of education: instead of being filling in bubbles, actually critical thinking.”

Sep 24 2015

Digital Apocalypse Not: NYT Celebrates Publishers Deciding They Don’t Want to Sell E-Books

Zombie apocalypse

What’s the explanation for the “surprising resilience of print”? Consumer preference, is the main story the New York Times tells.
But three-quarters of the way through the piece, the real economics of the publishing industry appear.

Sep 23 2015

Meet the Press on Clinton: Focusing on Image, Distracting From Issues

Obama and the Clintons: Meet the Press graphic

The consensus on Meet the Press is that Hillary Clinton’s problem is that she’s not her husband, she lacks his “amazing campaign skills” and is “not very defined for people.” If only she could get some credit for Bill’s “economic legacy.”

But for many of the likely voters who have backed off from Clinton, her problem isn’t that she’s not enough like her husband…but rather that she’s too much like him.

Sep 21 2015

‘We Need Free Speech Protections Across All of Those Networks’

CounterSpin interview with Tim Karr about efforts to undermine net neutrality

Tim Karr

“We’re talking about very powerful phone and cable companies here…. They’ve deployed their lobbyists to try and get Congress to pass new legislation that would somehow take away the FCC’s authority to protect the open internet.”

Sep 20 2015

Down the Memory Hole: NYT Erases CIA’s Efforts to Overthrow Syria’s Government

Free Syrian Army rebels (photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

This past week, two pieces—one in the New York Times, another in Vox—didn’t just omit the fact that the CIA has been arming, training and funding Syrian rebels since 2012, they heavily implied they had never done so.