Jun 22 2015

WaPo: Don’t Say ‘Terrorist’ About ‘White People Like Ourselves’

Dylann Roof appearing in court

Generally, news outlets don’t explain why they aren’t calling Roof a terrorist suspect–they just rarely use the word. But the Washington Post’s Philip Bump gave it a shot in a piece headlined “Why We Shouldn’t Call Dylann Roof a Terrorist.”

Jun 19 2015

Why Are Persons Unknown More Likely to Be Called ‘Terrorist’ Than a Known White Supremacist?

Dylann Roof

The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, 34 percent of newspaper stories used the word “terrorism.” With the Charleston church massacre, the comparable figure was 7 percent.

Jun 19 2015

Despite Soaring Popularity, Women’s Sports Got More Coverage a Generation Ago

Total Sports Coverage (Communications & Sports)

While many might conclude that the news media are simply giving viewers “what they want,” our data suggest that the news media, through their commentary and coverage, help to build and sustain audiences and fans of men’s sports while containing any interest in women’s sports.

Jun 19 2015

Kevin Zeese on Fast Track Activism, Wenonah Hauter on Fracking Study

Stop the TPP (photo: John Zangas)

It hasn’t been probing media coverage that’s roughened the road for the corporate power grab known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership; public interest activism is the missing piece in much top-down media coverage. Plus: To hear media tell it, the EPA found that fracking doesn’t pose any widespread harm to drinking water. Is that really what the science said?

Jun 18 2015

David Brooks Declares War on ‘Democratic Tea Party’–Unarmed With Facts

GDP growth in US and Mexico since NAFTA

The New York Times pundit pulled out all the stops, using his column to yell at “Tea Party” Democrats for not supporting the fast-track authority that would facilitate passage of the TPP.

Jun 18 2015

Why Corporate Media Want to Blame California’s Drought on Your Eating Avocados

New York Times chart of California produce and water use.

California’s drought is caused by lower-than-normal precipitation coupled with higher-than-normal temperatures, not by people eating too many grapes (24 gallons for a bunch) or mandarin oranges (42.5 gallons for three).

Jun 16 2015

Scapegoating Labor for Fast Track’s Defeat

Anti-TPP rally, New Zealand (cc photo: Neil Ballantyne/Wikimedia)

Virtually every organized Democratic constituency made it clear that defeating fast track was a top priority. Yet all these movements tended to drop out of establishment media accounts of the fast track fight, leaving labor as the lone opponent.

Jun 12 2015

WaPo Thinks if You Knew What You Wanted, You’d Want Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham (Rainier Ehrhardt/AP)

Beltway reporters, trained to focus on process, may support a policy just because it’s billed as bipartisan. But regular people don’t like policies that they see as harming their interests simply because politicians from both parties advocate them.