Jul 09 2015

BP Deal: Path to a ‘Cleaner Gulf’–or Guaranteed Future Disasters?

Oil slick (photo: Richard Perry/NYT)

“BP Deal Will Lead to a Cleaner Gulf” is the headline the New York Times put over an editorial that, in its tone and substance, makes a pretty good illustration of why it almost assuredly won’t.

Jul 06 2015

After Greece Cuts a Quarter of Its Budget, WaPo Asks if It’s Willing to ‘Trim Spending’

Greek Voters

from 2010 to 2015, Greece has cut government spending from roughly 13 billion euros to 10 billion euros–a cut of 23 percent.
In the Washington Post’s eyes, though, Greece has not yet demonstrated the willingness to “trim its spending”

Jul 03 2015

James Loewen on Racism and US History

Teaching What Really Happened

The Fourth of July weekend will doubtless feature media chatter about what America “stands for,” and how our history has shaped us. But much of the talk will bear little relationship to the country’s actual history, which is roughly a million times more complicated and conflict-riddled than the image we are usually presented.

Jul 02 2015

NPR Ombud Responds on ‘All-Corporate Lobbyist’ Alert

Report not as one-sided as FAIR claimed, Jensen said--but opposition voice would have strengthened it

Obama signing Fast Track (Photo SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Jensen talked to Neal Carruth, a senior editor on NPR’s business desk, who said that had the piece by Yuki Noguchi been longer, it “could have devoted more space to the opposition’s views regarding the business community’s win.” But, he said, “the piece did not ignore the opposition.”

Jul 02 2015

National Plutocrat Radio

Corporate One-Percenters dominate NPR affiliates' boards

Typical public radio board members:

A new FAIR study finds that NPR’s diversity problem also extends into the board of trustees of its most popular member stations: Two out of three board members are male, and nearly three out of four are non-Latino whites. Fully three out of every four trustees of the top NPR affiliates belong to the corporate elite.

Jul 01 2015

Zero for 40 at Predicting Attacks: Why Do Media Still Take FBI Terror Warnings Seriously?

CNN: US on Terror Alert

A casual search reveals the FBI and DHS are a pitiful 0 for 40 warning of terror attacks—some of which were specifically about 4th of July threats, none of which materialized in any way.

Jun 30 2015

Confusing Lending and Spending at the New York Times

Protest at Greek parliament building (photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters)

A New York Times headline refers to “trillions” of dollars being spent by central banks. In fact, central banks have not spent this money, they have lent this money, mostly by buying government bonds.

Jun 30 2015

Everyone Gets Cosmetic Procedures, Says Time–and by ‘Everyone,’ They Mean Almost No One

Time: Nip. Tuck. Or Else.

“Now everyone gets work done. Will you?” reads the front-page teaser for Joel Stein’s piece about plastic surgery, Even by the standards of newsweekly hyperbole, this is ridiculous.