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.

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.”

May 15 2015

Less Crimefighting, Less Crime? WSJ Avoids the Evidence

NYPD officers in Greeley Square (cc photo: Torbakhopper)

A Wall Street Journal article left out arguably the most interesting part of the story: The NYPD’s backing away from stop-and-frisk and reduced interest in small-time busts was accompanied by a 5 percent reduction in major crimes.

Dec 19 2014

David Dayen on Citibank and Cromnibus, Ladd Everitt on Gun Control


Progressive Democrats launched an unexpected attack on a Congressional spending bill, leaving some pundits complaining once more about nasty Beltway polarization. But legislators were trying to do something substantive: Stop an attempt to roll back an important part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Journalist David Dayen will join us to explain what was at stake.

Also this week: It was two years ago that 10 first graders and 6 adults were killed by a troubled young man with an assault rifle. Media were transfixed by the disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but did it affect the way they report on gun control? We’ll talk about guns and the press with Ladd Everitt, communications director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Jul 25 2014

Alex Kane on US Weapons in Gaza; Jamie Kalven on Police Abuse Records

Chicago arrest (cc photo: Matt Novak)

The US press doesn’t talk much about where Israel gets its weapons–or other aspects of the US role in the Gaza conflict. And a recent legal victory in Chicago could help expose police brutality in poor communities of color.

May 01 2013

Whose Police State?

National media focus on 2nd Amendment over 4th Amendment


National media focus on 2nd Amendment over 4th Amendment.

Mar 01 2012

Stopping Short on Stop and Frisk

NYT reports racist policy but won’t call for its end

The New York Times (12/1/99) reported in 1999 the finding of an investigation by state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer that the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” program unfairly targeted black and Hispanic people. “Police officials have long contended that the disparity was based on the fact that most people are stopped in poor, high-crime neighborhoods, many of which have a majority of black and Hispanic residents,” the story explained. “But the attorney general’s analysis found that, even when the statistics were adjusted to take higher crime rates among minorities into account, the number of blacks and Hispanics stopped […]