Sep 16 2015

Major Papers Reject the Opt-Out Option


Three papers offered arguments that closely align with the rhetoric of corporate education reform, focusing on the plight of low-income students of color while ignoring the realities of how testing affects such populations.

Sep 03 2015

Action Alert: NYT Gives a False Pass to US on Cluster Bomb Sales

Part of a US-made cluster bomb found in Yemen. (photo: Human Rights Watch)

The New York Times describes the United States as one of the countries that hasn’t signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions “but have abided by its provisions.” This is just wrong, as the United States continues to make and sell cluster bombs.

Sep 02 2015

Did ‘Ferguson Effect’ Cause Murder Wave? No. Is There a Murder Wave? Unclear

Milwaukee crime scene (photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

There’s a more fundamental problem with a New York Times story that suggested that criticizing police violence is (maybe) responsible for a rise in homicides: It’s not clear that the rise in homicides that the story is pegged to actually exists.

Sep 01 2015

US Leads World in Credulous Reports of ‘Lagging Behind’ Russia

New York Times image of Coast Guard cutter

The New York Times maintained a long, proud tradition of uncritically repeating official claims that the US—despite having twice the population, eight times the military budget and a nominal economy almost ten times as large—is “lagging behind” Russia on a key military strategic objective.

Aug 31 2015

Missing From Reports of Yemeni Carnage: Washington’s Responsibility

Saudi Arabia's US-made fighter jets (photo: Fayez Nureldinefayez-Nureldine/AFP)

Reports left out the information that made this particularly relevant to the papers’ mostly American readership: The US government is actively backing the air war in Yemen that killed those civilians.

Aug 25 2015

NYT: Not Believing in Climate Change Is Like Believing in Food Shortages

Children being fed in Kenya (cc photo: FMSC)

Is not believing in climate change today really like believing that unchecked population growth would lead to food shortages? Contrary to the New York Times’ David Leonhardt, global food shortages are a serious problem.

Aug 19 2015

Loss of Manufacturing Jobs Isn’t ‘Tectonic’–It’s a Policy Choice

Factory workers

Wall Street executive Steve Rattner had a column (8/14/15) in the New York Times in which he derided Donald Trump’s economics by minimizing the impact of trade on the labor market.

Jul 29 2015

For NYT, US Labor Abuses Abroad Are a Thing of Decades Past

Chinese investment graphic

A New York Times piece bizarrely implies that labor abuses by US companies or their contractors are a thing of the past.