Making climate change an A-section story means ceasing to think of it as something that “might happen”; it’s here now.
Reporting needed on present-day impacts of global warming
TV news seldom connects extreme weather and global warming
Drones Aren’t News—But UFOs Are Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both issued reports in October that examined civilian deaths caused by US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Among their findings: Two attacks in Pakistan killed 19 civilians, and most of the drone deaths in Yemen were noncombatants. The reports made the front page of the New York Times (10/21/13) but weren’t mentioned on the nightly network newscasts. That evening, ABC, CBS and NBC all covered the new Apple product announcements. NBC had a long report about family farm tourist destinations, as well as a report about construction at […]
Media amplify Yousafzai’s criticisms of Taliban, not US drones
Malala Yousafai’s remarks portraying the US government as anything but heroic were ignored by most major US media outlets—particularly her insistence that the US government and the Taliban are both obstacles to women’s rights in the tribal regions of Pakistan, a sentiment she bravely expressed to President Obama when she met with him in the Oval Office on October 11.
Responsibility for shutdown is a crucial journalistic question
Right-wing media’s incredible fear of asylum seekers
Panic over testing feeds drop in creativity
Rebecca Vallas on 60 Minutes and disability insurance
CounterSpin Interview We’re used to media scaremongering over Social Security retirement insurance, claiming that benefits must be cut because the program is about to run out of money (Extra!, 10/10). But lately media have pushed a different Social Security story, claiming that there has been an alarming and suspicious explosion in the number of people getting Social Security disability benefits. After that message was sent loud and clear by a recent CBS 60 Minutes broadcast (10/6/13), CounterSpin’s Peter Hart spoke about the reality of disability insurance with Rebecca Vallas, deputy director of government affairs at the National Organization of […]