Apr 21 2015

Hillary Clinton–Bolshevik?

Chelsea, Bill and Hillary Clinton at the 1997 inauguration (photo: White House)

The basis for referring to Clinton as a “Bolshevik” is her healthcare reform plan–a plan that was specifically designed to maintain the role of private insurance companies in the healthcare system.

Apr 20 2015

Why Don’t Americans Want to ‘Soak the Rich’? It’s a Trick Question

Monopoly: Pay Poor Tax of $15

The New York Times has a post by Neil Irwin headlined “Why Americans Don’t Want to Soak the Rich.” But looking at polling over time on taxing the wealthy, what’s striking is how consistently popular it is.

Apr 20 2015

The Washington Post’s Longstanding Contempt for People Who Work for a Living

As critics note, TPP has less to do with trade than it does  with strengthening protections for corporations like copyrights and patents.

The Washington Post has established itself over many decades as a major mouthpiece of elite opinion. Its editorial pages argue strongly for the interests of the wealthy, with scarcely concealed contempt for people who have to work for a living.

Apr 17 2015

Are Soldiers Happy? Unhappy? Compared to What?

US soldiers in Afghanistan (photo: Liu Jin, AFP/Getty Images)

It’s the unanswered question “compared to what?” that makes USA Today’s lead story, “Soldiers Hate Their Jobs,” a prime example of pseudo-news.

Apr 17 2015

Abdi Ismail Samatar on Al Shabab, Katherine Gallagher on Abu Ghraib Lawsuit

US guards at Abu Ghraib abusing a prisoner.

After horrific attacks in Kenya and Somalia by the Somalia-based Al Shabab, what needs to happen in Somalia and elsewhere to help that country move forward? And will those who committed atrocities under cover of war at Abu Ghraib face justice?

Apr 16 2015

They Have ‘Propaganda,’ US Has ‘Public Diplomacy’–and a Servile Private Sector

The Red Menace movie poster

When you have arguably the US’s most prestigious for-profit media outlet describing government propaganda as “efforts to counter propaganda,” it’s pretty clear that the nation’s demand for propaganda is going to be met–whether by the public or the private sector.

Apr 16 2015

Politicians Bragging About Exports While Ignoring Imports? That’s Just Gross

Auto assembly line (cc photo: Spencer Cooper)

Thirteen former Democratic governors urged Congress to approve fast-track trade authority to facilitate the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP). The most newsworthy aspect of the letter is that the governors apparently do not understand the basic economics of trade.

Apr 15 2015

As Drought Grips California, Networks Come Up Dry on Climate Science

CBS News: California Drought Map

When California’s drought was covered on network TV, global warming was rarely addressed, with just three mentions on ABC, two on NBC and one on CBS.