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.”

Jun 05 2015

The Mass Surveillance of US Public Continues as USA Today Declares It Ended

USA Today: NSA Data Collection Ended

While a USA Today headline declares “NSA Data Collection Ended,” the vote that the headline is referring to didn’t end the NSA phone data collection program; it restarted it.

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.