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.

Jun 12 2015

Jessa Wilcox on Solitary Confinement, Cheryl Cooky on Women’s Sports Coverage

Solitary confinement cell at Alcatraz (cc photo: Justin Ennis)

Solitary confinement is discussed so matter-of-factly in US media that you wouldn’t guess that many people in the world consider it to be torture. Plus: Despite ever-growing popularity, women’s sports just don’t seem to garner big-time media interest.

Jun 11 2015

‘Say Anything’ Time to Pass Fast Track

George Washington in snow, Union Square, NYC (cc photo: Jim Naureckas)

TPP supporters claim that over 10 years, the trade pact could increase US GDP by as much as half as much as it was decreased by last winter’s snowy weather. That’s probably overly optimistic.

Jun 10 2015

Concocting a Crime-Ageddon to Promote Police Power

NYPost photo: Crime Scene Do Not Cross

The media-driven conversation on policing and public safety begins with the simplistic premise that the amount and aggressiveness of policing solely determines the crime rate.

Jun 08 2015

CNN’s ‘Courageous’ Advertorial Mill

Giant Hornets Kill 42 People in China"--which CNN thinks is in South America (screen grab: Daily Buzz)

CNN has announced the formation of a new unit that will take money from corporations to produce “news-like content” that is actually PR designed to burnish its clients’ images. The name CNN gives to this mercenary enterprise? “Courageous.”

Jun 08 2015

For AP, Being Shot by a Cop Makes You a Suspect

Police officer Eric Casebolt pinning a 15-year-old girl (video still: Brandon Brooks)

“Incidents involving white law enforcement and black suspects have raised concerns across the US,” writes the Associated Press.
But the “incidents” raising concerns have not involved black “suspects.”