Sep 01 2015

The Washington Post and the Federal Reserve Cult

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (photo: TonyTheTiger/Wikimedia)

According to Federal Reserve Board cultists, the Fed sets interest rate policy solely for the good of the country. Those of us who live in the reality-based community know that the Fed is hugely responsive to the interests of the financial sector.

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 20 2015

Nothing to See Here: WaPo Pooh-Poohs Sanders’ Surging Crowds

Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaking at a rally in Los Angeles.

If Sanders’ rallies, like Obama’s, are signs of a growing movement, why do the Post’s columnists focus their articles on doubting the political potential of that movement and hailing the inevitability of Hillary Clinton?

Aug 07 2015

Explaining Donald Trump’s Rise With Economic Misinformation

Donald Trump (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

Many have also heard the explanation that Trump appeals to those who feel left behind by the economy. Unfortunately, the way the media often tell this story has little to do with reality.

Jul 19 2015

PETITION: NYT, Washington Post: Provide Sustained Coverage of US-Backed Civilian Deaths in Yemen

Face the Nation reports on Yemen airstrike

Coverage of civilian deaths in Yemen by major US media outlets, like the New York Times and the Washington Post, has been cursory and superficial.

Jul 16 2015

The Minimum Wage–and Other Left Ideas Washington Post Might Find ‘Lame’

Scott Walker (photo: State of Wisconsin)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker denounced the left for not having any real ideas for workers. In his Washington Post column The Fix, Philip Bump largely endorsed this perspective.

Jul 10 2015

Chinese Stocks Return to February’s Values; WaPo Sees Threat to Regime

Shanghai (cc photo: SF Brit)

The media seem to think it’s a really huge deal that investors in China’s stock market have not made any money since February. The Washington Post told readers that it could even threaten the regime’s legitimacy.

Jul 06 2015

After Greece Cuts a Quarter of Its Budget, WaPo Asks if It’s Willing to ‘Trim Spending’

Greek Voters

from 2010 to 2015, Greece has cut government spending from roughly 13 billion euros to 10 billion euros–a cut of 23 percent.
In the Washington Post’s eyes, though, Greece has not yet demonstrated the willingness to “trim its spending”