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Aug 07 2015

Explaining Donald Trump’s Rise With Economic Misinformation

Donald Trump (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

Many have also heard the explanation that Trump appeals to those who feel left behind by the economy. Unfortunately, the way the media often tell this story has little to do with reality.

Aug 07 2015

Jodi Jacobson on Planned Parenthood, John R. Platt on Animal Extinction

Planned Parenthood "sting" video

Two recent stories that are hard to miss, but about which some might say most media are missing the point. First, an anti-abortion group is releasing ‘sting’ videos claiming to show that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal body parts, but rather than focus on sorting facts from flame-fanning, media are spending time scoring the grandstanding match among Republican politicians. Jodi Jacobsen of RH Reality Check will join us to talk about who might profit most from this story.

Also on the show: The killing of the popular African lion known as Cecil by a bounty hunter led some into an unhelpful parlor game of lions vs. people: which do you care about? Journalists could move the conversation off that dime with a thoughtful examination of the state of animal preservation and the impact of extinction on us all. What might that look like? We’ll hear from journalist John R. Platt, who writes about extinction as well as other environmental issues for Scientific American among other outlets.

Aug 06 2015

Reviving the Myth of the ‘Superpredator’

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Today, news organizations mostly recognize that the superpredator was little more than an ugly and racist caricature reflecting the witch hunts of the times. But old myths die hard, and some news organizations were all too eager to revive the racist narrative.

Aug 04 2015

To LA Times, Meth in Skid Row Victim’s Blood More Important Than Gun in His Flesh

Skid

Captured on cellphone video, the incident received attention because we are living in a moment when many people have decided that the state-sanctioned killing of black people by law enforcement is worth our attention—and that’s very uncomfortable for those who want to believe that every police killing must be in some way justified, if we could only see how.

Aug 04 2015

China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’–if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist

NSA headquarters

The New York Times notes that the US has its own “intelligence operations inside China”—but pretends these are purely defensive, referring to “the placement of thousands of implants in Chinese computer networks to warn of impending attacks.”

Aug 03 2015

US Politicians’ Racist Anti-Iranian Remarks Don’t Make Headlines

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee

War-hawk politicians have no problem wielding racism and bigotry when it is in their political interest. And because they are not held responsible for their extreme rhetoric, they have every incentive to keep employing it.

Aug 03 2015

‘Puerto Rico Is an Artificial Economy’

CounterSpin interview with Ed Morales on Puerto Rican debt crisis

Ed Morales

“Economically, Puerto Rico is almost like a wholly owned subsidiary of the US economy, and various laws inhibit it from making decisions to develop their own economy.”

Aug 02 2015

At NY Observer, Trump’s Too Close to Cover–but Promoting Publisher’s Real Estate Is No Problem

NYPD surveillance tower in Tompins Square (photo: @urbanmyths)

The weekly New York Observer grapples with the ethical dilemma posed by the fact that its owner and publisher is married to the daughter of Donald Trump. But the paper does not seem to have much concern about conflict of interest when it comes to the publisher’s real estate investments.