Jul 15 2015

Some Things Considered, Mostly by White Men

Study of NPR commentators shows a retreat from diversity—and politics

EJ Dionne & David Brooks (photo: Amherst)

A new FAIR study finds that NPR commentary is dominated by white men and almost never directly addresses political issues.

Jun 26 2015

Washington Post Reserves Dignity in Death for Some Women

Washington Post: As women keep washing up dead, Ohio town fears a serial killer is on the loose

How do you know that the women whose murders the Washington Post is reporting were sex workers or dealing with substance abuse?

Jun 19 2015

Despite Soaring Popularity, Women’s Sports Got More Coverage a Generation Ago

Total Sports Coverage (Communications & Sports)

While many might conclude that the news media are simply giving viewers “what they want,” our data suggest that the news media, through their commentary and coverage, help to build and sustain audiences and fans of men’s sports while containing any interest in women’s sports.

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.

Nov 01 2014

Drone-Strike Feminism

Using the oppression of women to sell another Iraq War

Saudi Arabian beheading

US corporate media outlets have acted as cheerleaders and stenographers, allowing the US government to hijack the deterioration of women’s rights as a selling point for perpetual war.

Jul 04 2014

Dave Zirin on World Cup, Sarah Jaffe on Supreme Court


Much of the world is tuned into the World Cup. And while the drama on the field is on our TV screens, what about the wrenching political and economic upheaval in host country Brazil that has inspired millions to protest? That’s the World Cup story Dave Zirin has been reporting, he’ll join us to talk about it.

Also this week: The Supreme Court rulings in Hobby Lobby and Harris, though reportedly narrow, may have far-reaching impacts. Particularly as both almost exclusively affect working women. We’ll talk with Sarah Jaffe of In These Times.

Jun 01 2013

For U.S. Media, Rape Culture Is There, Not Here

Delhi has 'alarming' power structure, Steubenville 'promising' young men

Delhi has ‘alarming’ power structure, Steubenville ‘promising’ young menThe brutal gang rape of a university student in Delhi last December out-raged the establishment media, which were quick to paint India as a nation plagued by deep-seated sexism and misogyny. The New York Times opined (12/29/12) that the rape reflected “an alarming trend in India” of “tolerat[ing] shocking abuse of women” who are “shamed into silence and callously disregarded by a male-dominated power structure” and therefore “never go to the authorities to seek justice.” The Times went on to lament that “women are routinely blamed for inciting the violence against them,” […]

May 01 2013

SoundBites May 2013

Vol. 26, Number 5

Joe Scarborough

Vol. 26, Number 5‘How Short Our Memory Is’ Looking back at the 10th anniversary of the Iraq invasion, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough (Morning Joe, 3/19/13) scorned media outlets and others who failed to acknowledge their responsibility for leading the country into war: “The very same people who spent years beating up George Bush were the very ones beating the drum for Iraq’s regime change and Saddam Hussein’s ouster,” he said. “The New York Times grimly warned of the threat posed by Iraq in the final years of the Clinton administration. And on the eve of President Bush’s first inauguration, the Washington […]