Nov 10 2015

Bezos’ Stake in Uber Goes Under the Radar at Washington Post

Map in Uber offices

The Washington Post’s sole owner, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is a major shareholder in Uber. While the Post occasionally mentions this glaring conflict when covering Uber, a large majority of its Uber-related articles make no mention of the boss’s stake.

Nov 05 2015

Washington Post’s (Very) Rough Guide to Denmark

Miss Denmark in Tokyo (photo: Toru Yamanaka/AFP)

The Washington Post decided to correct the positive image of Denmark that Sen. Bernie Sanders and others have been giving it in recent months. But some of the assertions in its piece are either misleading or inaccurate.

Oct 28 2015

Buckraking on the Food Beat: When Is It a Conflict of Interest?

Roundup (photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters)

In an age of shrinking newspaper budgets, it’s common for editors to rely on freelance writers–and for freelancers to add to their incomes with side projects. But is it a conflict of interest for a columnist who covers food and agriculture to take money from agrichemical industry interest groups? The issue arose in a September 23 Washington Post chat, when a reader noted an article about the funding of GMO experts, and asked Post food columnist Tamar Haspel to speak to the issue of who pays what for her services. Haspel replied: I speak and moderate panels and debates often, […]

Oct 19 2015

George Will’s Freedom to Be Unequal Depends a Lot on Government Coercion

George Will

The moral is that the government is part of the economy, whether George Will likes it or not.

Oct 14 2015

Washington Post Reduces Palestinian Victims to a Word Problem

The death of Fadi Alloun

To focus on the violence done to Israelis by Palestinians to the near exclusion of Israeli violence against Palestinians is a grotesque distortion of journalism.

Oct 01 2015

Washington Post Won’t Let Journalistic Integrity Stand in the Way of Scaring You Away From Sanders

Bernie Sanders' haircut compared

The Washington Post’s difficulties in separating its news and opinion pages showed up again in a piece by David Fahrenthold that warned the public against Sen. Bernie Sanders’ agenda in his presidential campaign.

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 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.