Jul 17 2015

Gareth Porter on Iran Deal, Mohamed Shehk on Prison Reform

Iran delegation (photo:

The New York Times tells readers Barack Obama was moved to negotiate a deal with Iran because of his personal “faith in diplomacy.” Our guest has an alternate view.

Jun 26 2015

Washington Post Reserves Dignity in Death for Some Women

Washington Post: As women keep washing up dead, Ohio town fears a serial killer is on the loose

How do you know that the women whose murders the Washington Post is reporting were sex workers or dealing with substance abuse?

Jun 26 2015

Travis Dixon on ‘Terrorism’ Labels, Seth Freed Wessler on Immigration Prison Uprising

Amanda and Jerad Miller, right-wing terrorists

When do journalists choose to unleash the weaponized language of “terrorism”—and what effect does that have on public opinion and policy? University of Illinois professor Travis Dixon has researched media patterns on the issue.

Jun 25 2015

That Most Terrorists Aren’t Muslim May ‘Come as a Surprise’–if You Get Your News From Corporate Media

Police at a Las Vegas terror attack (photo: Steve Marcus/Reuters)

in a piece all about the “mismatch between public perceptions and actual cases,” the entity most charged with matching sure these match–the news media–doesn’t get much scrutiny

Jun 24 2015

Charleston Massacre Media Coverage: Recognizing the Crime, Downplaying the Causes

Philadelphia Daily News on Dylann Roof: 'Terrorist!'

In lieu of pointing out the role of the US right wing and the conservative media in radicalizing Roof, corporate media preferred to pathologize him as a distraught young man, a mere product of a troubled childhood.

Jun 24 2015

For Media Factcheckers, It’s ‘Mostly False’ to Say Mass Violence Is More Frequent in US

Mourners outside Emanuel AME Church (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

In theory, factchecking is one of the most important functions of journalism. In practice, systematic efforts by corporate media to “factcheck” political statements are often worse than useless.

Jun 12 2015

Jessa Wilcox on Solitary Confinement, Cheryl Cooky on Women’s Sports Coverage

Solitary confinement cell at Alcatraz (cc photo: Justin Ennis)

Solitary confinement is discussed so matter-of-factly in US media that you wouldn’t guess that many people in the world consider it to be torture. Plus: Despite ever-growing popularity, women’s sports just don’t seem to garner big-time media interest.

Jun 10 2015

Concocting a Crime-Ageddon to Promote Police Power

NYPost photo: Crime Scene Do Not Cross

The media-driven conversation on policing and public safety begins with the simplistic premise that the amount and aggressiveness of policing solely determines the crime rate.