Jul
01
2013

FAIR STUDY: Think Tank Spectrum 2012

Range of debate narrows as the status quo holds

dolny jim demint

Think tank researchers are often cited by news outlets to add context and analysis to a news story. They are often portrayed as objective or nonpartisan observers (Extra!, 5/98), and as Ken Silverstein recently explained in the Nation (5/21/13), that appearance can be quite valuable to corporate donors: Nowadays, many Washington think tanks effectively serve as unregistered lobbyists for corporate donors, and companies strategically contribute to them just as they hire a PR or lobby shop or make campaign donations.... “If you’re a lobbyist, whatever you say is heavily discounted,” says Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University and […]

Jul
01
2013

Sharpton’s Partisan Politics

Civil rights activist, MSNBC host and Obama cheerleader

How does it serve the black community when one of its most prominent spokespersons has "decided not to criticize the president about anything"?

While supporting the president and almost exclusively attacking the GOP and the Tea Party, Al Sharpton shields the president from accountability not only as a TV host, but as a representative of black America.

Jul
01
2013

Who Pays for Think Tanks?

Corporate and foundation money often comes with an agenda

Pete Peterson

Think tanks are important institutions that provide information and analysis to both policy-makers and the public. But when they court donations, it can become unclear whether that analysis is tainted by donor agendas.

Jul
01
2013

SoundBites July 2013

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Blameless Factory Owners, Advice for Obama, Defiling Mass Media

Jul
01
2013

Public Radio’s Pro-Fracking Spin

Brought to you by Qatar and Chevron

MastersA

The April edition of Public Radio International’s monthly program America Abroad Media, “Global Energy and Innovations,” was essentially an infomercial for the natural gas industry and fracking, under the guise of news.

Jul
01
2013

Re-Examining ‘Crack Baby’ Myth — Without Taking Responsibility

Media manufactured a racist canard

NBC's Tom Brokaw (10/24/88) helped propel the  "crack baby" storyline.

A true re-examination would ask: What is it about media institutions that makes them so willing to write off millions of mainly black children?

Jul
01
2013

Media Millionaires

Journalism by and for the 0.01 Percent

extra-millionaires

many high-profile members of the media elite live a rather charmed life. The journalism business looks to be in a disastrous state—but the view from the top is just fine.