Dec 21 2015

WaPo Touts the ‘Independence’ of the Banker-Dominated Fed

Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, DC (cc photo: Dan Smith/Wikimedia)

The Washington Post’s ability to treat the Fed as a neutral party is striking when the evidence is so overwhelming in the opposite direction.

Dec 21 2015

Common Dreams: Washington Post Promotes Dickensian Marketing Experiment on Poor Children

Adam Johnson’s piece on the Washington Post’s “emotional pornography” was reprinted by Common Dreams.

Dec 20 2015

Washington Post Promotes Dickensian Marketing Experiment on Poor Children

Washington Post: 'Kids Face Hard Christmas Choice.'

In America, as a rule, we shame the poor, ignore the poor, blame the poor for being poor, mock the poor and do little to nothing to protect the poor. Increasingly, however, a new trend has emerged: using the poor as props in shoddy “inspirational” viral content.

Dec 5 2015

WaPo Attacks Unions for Seeking Higher Wages for Their Members

UAW negotiators (photo: Daniel Mears/AP)

The Washington Post’s Charles Lane argues that the United Auto Workers supports outsourcing. His smoking gun is that if the union had agreed to lower pay for its workers at the Big Three, then they might shift fewer jobs to Mexico.

Nov 26 2015

Pentagon Must Be Thankful for the Turkey Washington Post Gave Its Readers

Boy in rubble, Syria

By reporting the civilians killed by the official enemy while concealing those killed by US airstrikes, the Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung is doing unpaid volunteer work as a Pentagon PR agent.

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 5 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, […]