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Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and mass shooters Nidal Hassan and Aaron Alexis: Time wonders how these four dangerous individuals managed to slip through the system?
USA Today shows readers how balance can mislead. CNN has a host "from the left"– but is she really "from the White House"? And Chuck Todd gives viewers some sense of how he defines his job. We'll compare that with an MSNBC commercial where Todd sounds pretty high-minded about what his journalism is supposed to do.
If the big news here is that the president of Iran is saying the country is not developing nuclear weapons, and does not ever intend to do so, that's not really news.
To find out whether oil industry funding might have influenced a study, the New York Times went to someone who works for a think thank with numerous oil industry funders--including at least three of the companies who funded the study in question.
A New York Times correction calls the Israeli settlement of Gilo a "development in Jerusalem." That could use a correction.
If international law is so important in evaluating Syria's actions, then shouldn't it be equally important in evaluating the proposed US response?
NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd's declaration that it's not his job to inform viewers when politicians spread misinformation was noted by several progressive blogs today, including Talking Points Memo. Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe today (9/18/13), Todd responded to Ed Rendell's claim that Obamacare opponents are full of misinformation about the program by explaining that this was because Republicans "have successfully messaged against it." But wasn't journalism's job to expose misinformation? No, Todd insisted; if the public was misinformed about the Affordable Care Act, it was the president's fault for not pushing back: What I always love is people […]
On the verge of an IPO, Twitter is estimated to have a market value of $15-16 billion. What does that mean for our society?
OK, so maybe this headline is slightly unfair, but it seemed like a good way to capture the essence of a USA Today story (9/18/13) about the fight over food stamps. As you may already know, House Republicans are looking to cut some $40 billion from the SNAP program, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next 10 years. It's not unusual for politicians to disagree; one would hope that journalism might intervene on the side of the facts. But here's how USA Today's Paul Singer presented the issue: The cost of the federal food stamp program has exploded […]
When Stephanie Cutter on CNN's Crossfire talks about Syria--or anything else, for that matter--is she there to represent the left, or her White House-connected PR company?
The contrast between the two reports is striking: While Kerry's report avoided providing specific details to back up its claims--"in order to protect sources and methods," Kerry said--the UN report strove for maximum transparency.
On September 13, NPR named a new acting president and CEO: board member Paul G. Haaga. The NPR press release states that Haaga's "accomplished career" included a stint as "chairman of the Investment Company Institute"--the powerful lobbying group of the mutual fund industry.
The front page of USA Today touts an article intended to send what it supposed to be a counter-intuitive message: The big corporations aren't the ones gaming the system--it's YOU.
This week: War on Syria has been called off, at least for now, and that seemed to bother a lot of pundits. ABC looked at how the war would have affected your 401(k), assuming you have one. And a radio station rejects an ad criticizing the "Washington Redskins" for using an ethnic slur as a team name–maybe because the station is owned by the same guy who owns the team. Watch:
The latest media-politics revolving door news is that Time managing editor Richard Stengel is leaving the magazine and heading over to the State Department to be the new undersecretary of State for public diplomacy and public affairs. That's PR--or maybe propaganda, if you prefer that term.
USA Today tries to explain what the Democratic primary elections in New York City, using some of corporate media's favorite electoral tropes: mandating a move to the right, misleading on stop-and-frisk, and finding "ambivalence" when voters line up on the wrong side.
In the US government's campaign against journalists, Barret Brown is one of the lesser-known victims. And now even less will be forthcoming about his story, as the Texas-based writer, satirist and Internet activist is under a federal court gag order, forbidden to talk about his case.
Looking at the Dow Jones Industrial Average to explain anything is almost never a good idea.
As an op-ed columnist, Frank Bruni was a heck of a restaurant critic. That was demonstrated once again by his farewell (New York Times, 9/10/13) to outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who Bruni thinks is getting a bum rap from the Democrats who are vying in the primaries today for a chance to succeed him. Bruni particularly objects to frontrunner Bill de Blasio's resonant tale of two New Yorks, the wealthy one that Bloomberg is accused of coddling and the less wealthy one that he supposedly showed the back of his hand…. It's a narrative of either-or, of […]
The Washington Post seems to be portraying "Iran's effort to get nuclear weapons" as if it were a fact. It's not--it's an allegation.