Sep 18 2015

‘Military Intervention in the Middle East Started This Crisis in the First Place’

CounterSpin interview with Raed Jarrar on the refugee crisis

Raed Jarrar

“Claiming that what’s going on now is happening now because of a lack of US military intervention is laughable. I mean, it’s a joke. We have wasted literally trillions of dollars destroying the Middle East so far.”

Sep 05 2015

Ignoring the Cause of Welfare: Not Laziness but Low Wages

Comparison of tax rates for undocumented immigrants and top 1 percent

The impression many Americans hold is that people are on welfare because they are lazy. Corporate media often propagate this myth, failing to acknowledge scientific studies that show that most people on welfare live in working households.

Sep 05 2015

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the ‘Do Something’ Lie

Syrian refugees coming ashore in Greece (photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/Getty)

The “do something” crowd wants us to “do something” about the refugee crisis and “solve” the “bigger problem,” which, of course, involves regime change. To create the moral urgency and to tether the refugee crisis to their long-standing warmongering, these actors have to insist the US has “done nothing” about Syria.

Sep 04 2015

USA Today Provides a Platform for Anti-Immigration Think Tank’s Flawed Study

USA Today coverage of immigrants and welfare

CIS does not provide a comparison of the cost of welfare going to immigrant and non-immigrant households–presumably because such a comparison would have weakened its anti-immigrant case.

Jul 10 2015

Costas Panayotakis on Greek ‘No’ Vote, Rachel Nolan on Dominican Displacement

New York Post: Greek Tragedy

The New York Post headline “Greek Tragedy: Nation Commits Economic Suicide” was only yelling what was spoken elsewhere: that Greek voters invited ruin with their “No” vote on an austerity referendum.

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.

Dec 01 2014

Having Their Hate and Defeating Dems Too

At Fox News Latino, immigrants go from target to target audience

Fox News Latino logo

Fox News Channel pander to xenophobic white conservatives with fear-mongering about Latino immigrants, while Fox News Latino brings Latinos to the Republican Party with feel-good coverage of Latino conservatives.

May 30 2013

Immigrants Missing From Immigration Debate

Political issue or economic factor--but not human beings

DC immigration rally (cc photo: Anuska Sampedro)

When Extra! analyzed immigration reform coverage, the majority of sources from all networks were white male politicians born in the United States without personal ties to immigration. The voices of immigrants or activists were mostly absent.