Feb
01
2014

SoundBites February 2014

Romina Boccia of the Heritage Foundation, former McCain economics adviser Douglas Holtz-Ekin, Wall Street Democrat Steven Rattner

Odd Lessons of Obamacare... Right, Righter, Wall Street... What You Think About What You Don’t Know... Six Degrees of Assassination... The Faux Pas of Bombing a Two-Year-Old... Bernie Sanders: ‘Agitator’ or ‘Spoiler’?... Dreams for Sale

Feb
01
2014

Public Sector Workers Are ‘the Easiest Kid to Pick On’

Dean Baker on Detroit bankruptcy

"Its main industry was the auto industry...and that's been on a decades-long downward path which has been to a large extent the result of national policy."

Economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, told CounterSpin’s Janine Jackson that we shouldn’t believe the hype we’re hearing about the causes of Detroit’s problems, and we should pay extremely close attention to what’s being sold as the solution.

Feb
01
2014

Names in the News—or Not

People, places and issues on cable news in 2013

Sen. Rand Paul was mentioned 25 times as often as a lawmaker on the opposite end of the Senate's spectrum, Bernie Sanders.

With 24 hours of programming a day, cable news channels could cover just about everything—but of course their attention is selective. Extra! searched transcripts from MSNBC, CNN and Fox News to find out how often various names and issues came up in 2013.

Feb
01
2014

14th Annual Fear and Favor Review

Owners and advertisers vs. journalism

Defense One, a magazine for the “national security community.”

Private corporations care very much about the content of the news they sponsor or, as outlet owners, produce—that it not be too downbeat, or provide a platform for anyone asking hard questions about corporate America.

Feb
01
2014

Muzzling Critics—or Building Media Democracy?

Ecuador media law riles US journalists

Jullian Assange interviews President Rafael Correa on World Tomorrow, May 22, 2012.

Ecuador’s media law represents something more complex than an attempt to bully critics. The Organic Communications Law attempts to treat the news media like a public good or service, with regulations intended to benefit citizens. It calls on each outlet to develop a code of ethics, calls for swift correction of errors, and requires national outlets to have ombudsmen to deal with public complaints.

Feb
01
2014

Fallujah Slaughter Rewritten as Sacrifice

Power vacuum—or memory hole?

For Diane Sawyer, Iraq is a place "where so many brave American troops fought to create a future."

For many in media, Fallujah was remembered primarily as a place where US soldiers made great sacrifices. Mostly—if not entirely—forgotten was what was done to the people who lived in Fallujah.

Feb
01
2014

Abortion Restrictions Soar, Media Coverage Sags

National papers underreport shifting landscape

Guttmacher Institute

Over the past decade, it has gotten much more difficult for women in the United States to access safe and legal abortion services. National media, however, are not keeping up with this dramatically changing landscape, leaving the changes largely outside of public debate.

Feb
01
2014

Calling Rape by Its Right Name

In L.A. Times, suspects with a badge get a pass

LA Times image of the LAPD.

The L.A. Times inexplicably employed every other word and phrase imaginable other than "rape" to describe what two LAPD officers were accused of.