Search Results for: Staff

May 02 2015

Unverified ‘Threats,’ Uncritically Reported: A Tradition as Old as Protest

Baltimore riot police (photo: Andrew Burton / Getty Images)

There’s increasing evidence the Baltimore Police Department routinely uses the media to hype punitive threats in anticipation of crackdowns. Yet Buzzfeed uncritically republishes the assertions of a police department with a history of hyping threats.

Apr 23 2015

The Washington Post Should Tell You When Its Columnists Are Paid to Disinform You

Ed Rogers

It’s not clear how Washington Post readers benefit from regular exposure to a lobbyist promoting his clients’ interests, but at the very least they should be informed that there is a connection between the views Ed Rogers is espousing and the checks he is cashing.

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 14 2015

An Article by Any Other Name May Smell Sweeter to Search Engines

Andrew Cuomo totally looks like Al Lettieri (image: Random Overload)

One way to try to get around Google’s rules against recycling other outlets’ content is to automatically replace random words in the pilfered articles with synonyms. This works about as well as you might guess.

Apr 01 2015

Soundbites April 2015


NYT (Mis)Spells Out Debt Problem for SYRIZA A New York Times report (1/29/15) by Liz Alderman suggested that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, from the anti-austerity SYRIZA party, doesn’t understand his country’s debt problems: When pressed to describe how Greece would pay for bonds falling due in the coming months without taking the €7 billion installment, Mr. Varoufakis replied, “Let’s not talk about details.” To SYRIZA’s detractors, such remarks might signal that the new government does not understand the magnitude of Greece’s financial challenges. Before becoming Finance minister, Varoufakis taught economics at Cambridge, the University of Athens, University of Sydney […]

Mar 06 2015

Getting Media to Take Climate Threats Seriously? There's a Snowball's Chance

Inhofe with snowball (C-SPAN)

Speaking of the laugh riot that is climate change, have you heard the one about the pipeline that would carry a third more tar sands crude oil than Keystone XL?

Mar 05 2015

WaPo Lets Slip Why Dollar Is Over-Valued

Washington Post map of hotel room rates

An over-valued dollar hurts the workers who are subject to international competition to the benefit of workers who are largely protected from international competition.

Jan 28 2015

The Super Bowl Windfall Myth

Why media fall for sports industry's bogus economic claims

Super Bowl billboard in Times Square

Why media fall for sports industry’s bogus economic claimsWith Super Bowl Sunday approaching, expect plenty of media reports on the projected economic windfall for host city Glendale, Arizona. Last year, when the NFL announced that its big game would provide a $600 million boost to the New York/New Jersey economy, that figure promptly became a fixture in news coverage of the event (CNN, 1/24/14; Newsday, 1/22/14;, 5/21/14). In one typical article, the New York Daily News (1/20/14) reported that city business owners were scurrying to grab a piece of the Super Bowl pie, quoting a local limo-service owner: “Nothing […]