May 26 2015

NYT: ‘Too Generous’ Family Policies Cause Discrimination Against Women

New York Times graphic on family leave (Anna Parini)

“It turns out that generous maternity leave and flexible rules on part-time work can make it harder for women to be promoted — or even hired at all.” That’s one way to put it, and the New York Times article puts it that way repeatedly.

May 15 2015

Less Crimefighting, Less Crime? WSJ Avoids the Evidence

NYPD officers in Greeley Square (cc photo: Torbakhopper)

A Wall Street Journal article left out arguably the most interesting part of the story: The NYPD’s backing away from stop-and-frisk and reduced interest in small-time busts was accompanied by a 5 percent reduction in major crimes.

May 13 2015

Some of David Brooks’ Best Friends Are Progressives–So Long as They Don’t Scare the Wealthy

Bill Clinton and Tony Blair

For political purposes, it is undoubtedly advantageous to imply that the “opportunity” progressives favored the market more than the “redistributionist progressives,” but it is not true.

May 11 2015

After Labour Loses With Austerity, US Media Tell Them to Move to the Right

Ed Miliband (photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

When conservatives win elections, the US press invariably reports that the lesson for liberals is to move to the right. That’s true not only in domestic elections but overseas ones as well–as with last week’s balloting for the British Parliament.

May 06 2015

NYT Presents 2016 Race as GOP Candidates vs. Hillary Clinton

New York Times graphic on Democratic presidential candidates

Why treat the presidential contest as though there’s a race for the Republican spot, while Democrats only get to express their feelings about their one predetermined choice?

Apr 27 2015

NYT Lets Economic Pundit Disappear TPP’s Economist Critics

Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz (cc photos: Prolineserver, Raimond Spekking)

You would never know, reading Greg Mankiw’s piece, that many economists in fact oppose TPP and fast track. Or that economists can and do reject the characterization of TPP and the like as “free trade” bills.

Apr 20 2015

Why Don’t Americans Want to ‘Soak the Rich’? It’s a Trick Question

Monopoly: Pay Poor Tax of $15

The New York Times has a post by Neil Irwin headlined “Why Americans Don’t Want to Soak the Rich.” But looking at polling over time on taxing the wealthy, what’s striking is how consistently popular it is.

Mar 01 2015

Saudi Dictator’s Death Shows NYT as Pawn of Power

Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded ‘sorcerers,’ was ‘force of moderation’

At top, New York Times writes, "A Polarizing Figure Who Led a Movement," about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. At bottom, New York Times writes, "King Abdullah, Who Nudged Saudi Arabia Forward, Dies at 90."

The New York Times repeated the White House’s depiction of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah as a peace-loving friend, despite the reality that King Abdullah’s regime flogged dissenters, beheaded perpetrators of “sorcery” and made “frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran.”