May 01 2015

Marjorie Cohn on Drones, Beverly Bell on Honduran Environmental Resistance

Berta Caceres & COPINH members (photo: Goldman Environmental Prize)

As some US media re-engage the drone debate, the discussion is over how and where drones should be used—not whether they should be. Plus: Honduran indigenous rights leader Berta Caceres and the group COPINH are fighting not just governments but some of the world’s most powerful corporations to protect their land and livelihood.

Apr 30 2015

NYT Warns Greece Away From Argentina’s Seven-Year Boom

2011 anti-austerity protests in Greece (cc photo: Kotsolis/Wikimedia)

The notion of short-term pain for long-term gain can be made to look appalling in a case where it was almost certainly necessary, whereas a similar choice is widely applauded in the United States in a case where it almost certainly was not.

Apr 29 2015

Media’s Baltimore ‘Teen Purge’ Narrative Falling Apart

Character from The Purge: Anarchy

A flier advocating a “purge”—a term based on the 2013 dystopian film The Purge, supposedly signifying an outbreak of lawlessness—was, according to the Baltimore Sun, “widely circulated” among the students. But the evidence of this purge spreading on social media is murky at best.

Apr 28 2015

‘Why So Much Anger?': If You Don’t Know, Washington Post Won’t Tell You

Baltimore protester faces police (photo: Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun)

The Washington Post calls Freddie Gray “the nation’s most prominent symbol of distrust in police.” The Post can’t call him a symbol of police violence, because as far as the paper is concerned, there’s no way to tell whether any police violence occurred at all.

Apr 28 2015

NYT Goes to Baltimore, Finds Only Police Worth Talking To

Baltimore police and paramilitaries (photo: Mark Makela/Getty)

New York Times coverage of the Baltimore protests has stuck mainly with government sources, even for a story that cries out for original reporting to cut through the official line.

Apr 28 2015

‘All Weather Is Part of Actual Climate’

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An issue in coverage of climate change and extreme weather, illustrated by a New York Times story (represented here by a Boston Globe reprint, because the issue was fixed in the original Times story).

Apr 27 2015

NYT Lets Economic Pundit Disappear TPP’s Economist Critics

Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz (cc photos: Prolineserver, Raimond Spekking)

You would never know, reading Greg Mankiw’s piece, that many economists in fact oppose TPP and fast track. Or that economists can and do reject the characterization of TPP and the like as “free trade” bills.

Apr 24 2015

Karen Hansen-Kuhn on TPP, James Henry on HSBC

Seattle TPP Protest (cc photo: Alex Garland)

More useful than corporate media’s “battling soundbites” approach to covering TPP would be journalism that got outside the Beltway and talked to people about what the fallout from these corporate-centered international agreements really looks like.