Aug 20 2015

Nothing to See Here: WaPo Pooh-Poohs Sanders’ Surging Crowds

Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaking at a rally in Los Angeles.

If Sanders’ rallies, like Obama’s, are signs of a growing movement, why do the Post’s columnists focus their articles on doubting the political potential of that movement and hailing the inevitability of Hillary Clinton?

Aug 20 2015

Giving War a Chance

Peace is almost always an alternative—but you won’t hear that from US politicians or news media

HuffPost: Ted Cruz On Iran Nuclear Negotiations

The specter of war in American foreign policy discourse has produced a troubling framework: Advocates of diplomacy with Iran cite war as the inevitable alternative, while critics of diplomacy cite war as its inevitable outcome.

Aug 19 2015

Loss of Manufacturing Jobs Isn’t ‘Tectonic’–It’s a Policy Choice

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Wall Street executive Steve Rattner had a column (8/14/15) in the New York Times in which he derided Donald Trump’s economics by minimizing the impact of trade on the labor market.

Aug 13 2015

Dean Spade on Trans Justice

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Exploring the particular struggles that affect gender non-conforming people requires asking some difficult questions, not just about this country’s attitudes toward gender but about its respect for human rights. How deep are media willing to go?

Aug 07 2015

Explaining Donald Trump’s Rise With Economic Misinformation

Donald Trump (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

Many have also heard the explanation that Trump appeals to those who feel left behind by the economy. Unfortunately, the way the media often tell this story has little to do with reality.

Aug 07 2015

Jodi Jacobson on Planned Parenthood, John R. Platt on Animal Extinction

Planned Parenthood "sting" video

Two recent stories that are hard to miss, but about which some might say most media are missing the point. First, an anti-abortion group is releasing ‘sting’ videos claiming to show that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal body parts, but rather than focus on sorting facts from flame-fanning, media are spending time scoring the grandstanding match among Republican politicians. Jodi Jacobsen of RH Reality Check will join us to talk about who might profit most from this story.

Also on the show: The killing of the popular African lion known as Cecil by a bounty hunter led some into an unhelpful parlor game of lions vs. people: which do you care about? Journalists could move the conversation off that dime with a thoughtful examination of the state of animal preservation and the impact of extinction on us all. What might that look like? We’ll hear from journalist John R. Platt, who writes about extinction as well as other environmental issues for Scientific American among other outlets.

Aug 06 2015

Reviving the Myth of the ‘Superpredator’

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Today, news organizations mostly recognize that the superpredator was little more than an ugly and racist caricature reflecting the witch hunts of the times. But old myths die hard, and some news organizations were all too eager to revive the racist narrative.

Aug 04 2015

To LA Times, Meth in Skid Row Victim’s Blood More Important Than Gun in His Flesh

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Captured on cellphone video, the incident received attention because we are living in a moment when many people have decided that the state-sanctioned killing of black people by law enforcement is worth our attention—and that’s very uncomfortable for those who want to believe that every police killing must be in some way justified, if we could only see how.