Jun 11 2015

‘Say Anything’ Time to Pass Fast Track

George Washington in snow, Union Square, NYC (cc photo: Jim Naureckas)

TPP supporters claim that over 10 years, the trade pact could increase US GDP by as much as half as much as it was decreased by last winter’s snowy weather. That’s probably overly optimistic.

May 22 2015

Jeff Bezos’ Paper Assures Us System Isn’t Rigged for Amazon

Jeff Bezos

A Washington Post op-ed says that Borders bookstores didn’t close “because the economic system was rigged against ordinary Americans. They closed because technology brought us Amazon and the Kindle.”

May 13 2015

‘Wrong as Often as Right’ Is Good Enough When Reporting on an Official Enemy

North Korean general

“The report, if true, would starkly illustrate the brutal extent to which the young North Korean leader is going to consolidate power.” And if it isn’t true, it would starkly illustrate the low standards the Washington Post has for reporting on official enemies.

Apr 28 2015

‘Why So Much Anger?': If You Don’t Know, Washington Post Won’t Tell You

Baltimore protester faces police (photo: Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun)

The Washington Post calls Freddie Gray “the nation’s most prominent symbol of distrust in police.” The Post can’t call him a symbol of police violence, because as far as the paper is concerned, there’s no way to tell whether any police violence occurred at all.

Apr 20 2015

The Washington Post’s Longstanding Contempt for People Who Work for a Living

As critics note, TPP has less to do with trade than it does  with strengthening protections for corporations like copyrights and patents.

The Washington Post has established itself over many decades as a major mouthpiece of elite opinion. Its editorial pages argue strongly for the interests of the wealthy, with scarcely concealed contempt for people who have to work for a living.

Aug 01 2013

The Snowden Psychiatric Smear

Discrediting whistleblowers with the ‘narcissist’ label

Masters

Attacking Edward Snowden’s character with an amateur understanding of mental health medicine not only distracts from the the secret mass surveillance of U.S. citizens, it also further marginalizes an already highly stigmatized portion of our society.

Jul 01 2013

SoundBites July 2013

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Blameless Factory Owners, Advice for Obama, Defiling Mass Media

Nov 01 2012

SoundBites

Extra! November 2012

Don’t Look to NYT  to ‘Litigate’ the Facts Margaret Sullivan, the new New York Times public editor (9/16/12), used the topic of “voter fraud” to illustrate the concept of “false balance”―when two sides are treated as equivalent even when one side has reality on its side. Despite Republican efforts to pass laws to prevent voting by the ineligible, research finds next to no examples of this problem―but coverage often treats the absence of fraudulent voting as a partisan assertion (Extra!, 10/12). While Sullivan rightly observed that “journalists need to make every effort to get beyond the spin and help readers […]