Jul 15 2015

Some Things Considered, Mostly by White Men

Study of NPR commentators shows a retreat from diversity—and politics

EJ Dionne & David Brooks (photo: Amherst)

A new FAIR study finds that NPR commentary is dominated by white men and almost never directly addresses political issues.

Jul 10 2015

When Candidates Talk Education, Media Rarely Go Beyond Buzzwords

Hillary Clinton (photo: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/NYT)

Buzzwords and phrases like “accountability,” “Common Core” and “school choice” abound in media coverage of candidates’ education policy, with little explanation provided to actually unpack what it means that a candidate is pro or con these things.

Jul 10 2015

Chinese Stocks Return to February’s Values; WaPo Sees Threat to Regime

Shanghai (cc photo: SF Brit)

The media seem to think it’s a really huge deal that investors in China’s stock market have not made any money since February. The Washington Post told readers that it could even threaten the regime’s legitimacy.

Jul 10 2015

Costas Panayotakis on Greek ‘No’ Vote, Rachel Nolan on Dominican Displacement

New York Post: Greek Tragedy

The New York Post headline “Greek Tragedy: Nation Commits Economic Suicide” was only yelling what was spoken elsewhere: that Greek voters invited ruin with their “No” vote on an austerity referendum.

Jul 09 2015

Got to Be Thwarting Something: FBI Claims It Stopped Unspecified Mayhem, Possibly on July 4

NYPD at Coney Island (photo: Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

The holiday weekend came and went, with the FBI “terror warning” hyped by the media foreshadowing nothing more than for two false alarms and a handful of canceled Fourth of July plans. So it was curious, to say the least, when on Thursday the FBI asserted that “a number” of “ISIS-inspired” terror plots had been “thwarted.”

Jul 09 2015

BP Deal: Path to a ‘Cleaner Gulf’–or Guaranteed Future Disasters?

Oil slick (photo: Richard Perry/NYT)

“BP Deal Will Lead to a Cleaner Gulf” is the headline the New York Times put over an editorial that, in its tone and substance, makes a pretty good illustration of why it almost assuredly won’t.

Jul 06 2015

After Greece Cuts a Quarter of Its Budget, WaPo Asks if It’s Willing to ‘Trim Spending’

Greek Voters

from 2010 to 2015, Greece has cut government spending from roughly 13 billion euros to 10 billion euros–a cut of 23 percent.
In the Washington Post’s eyes, though, Greece has not yet demonstrated the willingness to “trim its spending”

Jul 03 2015

James Loewen on Racism and US History

Teaching What Really Happened

The Fourth of July weekend will doubtless feature media chatter about what America “stands for,” and how our history has shaped us. But much of the talk will bear little relationship to the country’s actual history, which is roughly a million times more complicated and conflict-riddled than the image we are usually presented.