Sep 24 2015

Digital Apocalypse Not: NYT Celebrates Publishers Deciding They Don’t Want to Sell E-Books

Zombie apocalypse

What’s the explanation for the “surprising resilience of print”? Consumer preference, is the main story the New York Times tells.
But three-quarters of the way through the piece, the real economics of the publishing industry appear.

Sep 20 2015

Down the Memory Hole: NYT Erases CIA’s Efforts to Overthrow Syria’s Government

Free Syrian Army rebels (photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

This past week, two pieces—one in the New York Times, another in Vox—didn’t just omit the fact that the CIA has been arming, training and funding Syrian rebels since 2012, they heavily implied they had never done so.

Sep 18 2015

NYT Plays Up Risks to Bomber Pilots, Downplays the Civilians They Kill

US Navy pilots on an aircraft carrier (photo: Adam Ferguson/NYT)

The New York Times cites a Navy officer’s assurance that US “bombs hit their intended targets almost all of the time.”
If the reporter had quoted monitoring groups, readers would have gotten a very different picture.

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.