Nov 05 2015

‘Reliance on Police Cannot Be Consistent With What We Want to Happen in Public Schools’

CounterSpin interview with Kimberlé Crenshaw about Spring Valley High police assault


“The moment this becomes a law enforcement issue, that becomes the moment where the student’s future is placed at risk. And that means our institutions are underserving students.”

Nov 05 2015

Washington Post’s (Very) Rough Guide to Denmark

Miss Denmark in Tokyo (photo: Toru Yamanaka/AFP)

The Washington Post decided to correct the positive image of Denmark that Sen. Bernie Sanders and others have been giving it in recent months. But some of the assertions in its piece are either misleading or inaccurate.

Nov 04 2015

Some Use Chalabi’s Death to Lay Blame for Iraq War at His Feet

Ahmed Chalabi in Daily Beast

While most in the media played it straight, noting Chalabi’s role in selling the Iraq War but putting in the proper context, a significant number of journalists and pundits turned his death into an opportunity to lay the blame for the Iraq War at his feet.

Nov 03 2015

The New Yorker Doesn’t Factcheck What ‘Everyone Knows’ Is True

New Yorker photo illustration featuring Alberto Nisman (illustration: Alex Williamson)

Reporting on the Argentine investigation of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish Center treats Iran’s responsibility as an accepted and documented fact.

Nov 03 2015

Black Lives Matter? Not in an NYT Graphic


That deaths among middle-aged whites are rising and falling among other groups is a remarkable story. But the story is complicated, surely, by the fact that the shocking news is that middle-age whites in the US now die 71 percent as often as blacks

Nov 01 2015

Ignoring Planetary Reality in the Name of Global Commerce

Los Angeles sunset (cc photo: Siavash Ghadiri Zahrani)

Missing from economist Allison Schrager’s Atlantic piece proposing the abolition of Daylight Savings Time and the reduction of the contiguous United States to two time zones are virtually all the words that would explain why we have Daylight Savings Time and time zones in the first place.

Oct 30 2015

Media Don’t Call Trump on Claim to Have Opposed Iraq Invasion ‘Back in 2004’

Iraq invasion (photo: Arlo K. Abrahamson/US Navy)

Donald Trump has claimed many, many times that he opposed the 2003 US invasion of Iraq in real time. Funny that Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone couldn’t find any evidence of this.

Oct 30 2015

Rubio’s Welfare Idea Seems Newer If You’re Unaware It Was Implemented 20 Years Ago

Marco Rubio(cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

it wasn’t surprising to see David Brooks praise Marco Rubio, his favored candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, for a welfare reform proposal that was put in place almost 20 years ago.