Jun 05 2015

Sue Udry on USA Freedom Act, Barbara Briggs on Workplace Disasters

NSA (cc photo: Trevor Paglen)

Proponents say the USA Freedom Act, while not perfect, at least means the end of NSA collection of US citizens’ phone records. Is that really true? Also: What’s being done to prevent disasters like the 2013 Rana Plaza garment factory collapses?

Jun 03 2015

Friedman Turns Baltimore Uprising Into Commercial for Wife’s Charter School

Waiting for Superman: Charter lottery, Harlem Success Academy

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman reached a new low, exploiting the Baltimore Uprising to run a rather shameless commercial for his wife’s charter school organization.

Jun 03 2015

Poor People Can’t Afford Homes–so NYT Calls for Making Them More Expensive

Monopoly houses (cc photo: woodleywonderworks)

It is bizarre to note that low-income people spend a disproportionate share of their money on housing and then complain about low house prices.

Jun 02 2015

NYT Reports Large Crowds for Sanders in Iowa–but Isn’t He ‘Unelectable’?

Bernie Sanders in Iowa (photo: Ryan Hendrikson/NYT)

The New York Times reports that “some of Mr. Sanders’ policy prescriptions — including far higher taxes on the wealthy and deep military spending cuts — may eventually persuade Democrats that he is unelectable in a general election.”

Jun 01 2015

At CBS, CIA + GOP = ‘All Segments of American Life’

John Brennan on Face the Nation

The idea that the establishment’s favorite right-wing presidential candidate and the head of the CIA qualify as “interesting people from all segments of American life” can only make sense in the insular world of Beltway journalism.

May 29 2015

Bartlett Naylor on Bank Crimes, Coleen Rowley on Whistleblowers

Bank crime scene. Photo: WashingtonsBlog

Are media dangerously indifferent to questions of criminal banks? Plus: whistleblowers on the front line of the conflict between powerful institutions’ desire to keep secrets and democracy’s requirement that people be well-informed.

May 28 2015

Look, a Deficit!: How NPR Distracts You From Issues That Will Actually Affect Your Life

$100 bills (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Billionaire Pete Peterson is spending lots of money to get people to worry about the debt and deficits, and National Public Radio is doing its part to try to promote Peterson’s cause.

May 27 2015

NYT Scrapes the Bottom to Argue ‘Democrats Pulled Too Far Left’

Stretch donkey. NYT graphic: Matt Chase

“Have Democrats Pulled Too Far Left?” asks a New York Times op-ed. This question is always answered affirmatively by corporate media, but the column still manages to surprise with its degree of intellectual dishonesty.