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Sep 15 2015

New Yorker Calls Corbyn ‘Childlike’–but Who Are They Kidding?

Jeremy Corbyn (photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

What the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn is proposing is directly financing spending by printing money. If that is “childlike,” then folks like Paul Krugman have a similar affinity for childlike solutions to economic problems.

Sep 11 2015

‘This Deal Affirms the Peaceful Nature of the Iranian Nuclear Program’

CounterSpin interview with Nima Shirazi on Iran deal

Nima Shirazi

“We constantly hear, in nearly every single article that is written about this deal and its potential consequences, that Iran is a bad actor in the region and that it has nefarious activities.”

Sep 11 2015

Raed Jarrar on Syrian Refugee Crisis, Tim Karr on Net Neutrality Trickery

Syrian refugees in Jordan (photo: Russell Watkins/UK Department for International Development)

If heartbreaking images of refugees fleeing Syria drive you to want to know more, don’t expect much help from US media, who are not that interested to get at the roots of the situation. Plus: Why are we now seeing op-eds declaring net neutrality in jeopardy?

Sep 09 2015

Iran’s ‘Nuclear Ambitions’ Go Unquestioned in Coverage of Iran Deal Momentum

John Kerry (photo: Matt Slocum/AP)

Corporate media coverage of Democratic support for the Iran deal is leaving out at least one crucial detail: the lack of evidence that Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb.

Sep 09 2015

Comcast-Owned Vox Explains the Great Deal You’re Getting From Comcast

Comcast truck

New media startup Vox blurring the lines between business and editorial by running a thinly disguised commercial for Comcast, the cable giant that recently invested $200 million in its parent, Vox Media.

Sep 08 2015

Does Your Candidate Support Workers’ Interests? David Brooks Thinks You Have a Psychological Problem

Bernie Sanders supporters in Phoenix, Arizona (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

The more important question ignored in Brooks’ analysis is how people are supposed to respond when the party they have supported consistently pursues policies at odds with fundamental principles of their core constituencies.

Sep 08 2015

‘They Were Willing to Pay the Price With Other People’s Bodies’

CounterSpin interview with Felicia Kornbluh on the legacy of 'welfare reform'

Felicia Kornbluh

Janine Jackson interviewed professor Felicia Kornbluh on the legacy of “welfare reform” for the August 28 CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Sep 05 2015

Ignoring the Cause of Welfare: Not Laziness but Low Wages

Comparison of tax rates for undocumented immigrants and top 1 percent

The impression many Americans hold is that people are on welfare because they are lazy. Corporate media often propagate this myth, failing to acknowledge scientific studies that show that most people on welfare live in working households.