Tag: Media watch

PolitiFact Wrongly Lets Biden Off the Hook: The Truth About Social Security Cuts

Yves here. It is striking how much Biden is able to misrepresent his record. Uncritical media coverage will do that. By Alex Lawson, the executive director of Social Security Works, a non-profit advocacy group that supports expanding benefits to address America’s growing retirement security crisis. Lawson has appeared on numerous TV and radio outlets and […]

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The 2020 Election in Three Graphs

By Thomas Ferguson, Director of Research, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Paul Jorgensen, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Texas-Pan American and Jie Chen, University Statistician, University of Massachusetts. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Recent events make it obvious that the threat of […]

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Can The US Assassination Of Qassem Soleimani Be Justified?

Yves here. Even though the angst over “what next” with the US/Iran confrontation has fallen a bit, there is still a depressingly significant amount of mis- and dis-information about the Soleimani assassination. This post is a nice high level treatment that might be a good candidate for circulating among friends and colleagues who’ve gotten a […]

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Jane Fonda Is Pitching For Our Future. Lend an Ear.

Yves here. I imagine praise of Jane Fonda will set some readers’ teeth on edge. More generally, celebrity spokespeople, even for good causes, are too often seen as dilettantes. But it’s also too easy to paint actors who engage in activism with an overly broad brush, as examples like Susan Sarandon and Russell Brand illustrate. […]

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Bloomberg Making Nice to China Pays Off; Highly Profitable Conferences Help Stoke Terminal Business

The Financial Times has an important story tonight about what appears to be a prettily profitable piece of the Bloomberg media operation, its China conference business. By the company’s own admission, this operation is also strategically important by boosting the sales of Bloomberg’s core and still very high margin terminals in China. Might this have […]

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Iraq Coverage: Yet Another Cavalcade of Stupid at the Wall Street Journal

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Normally, although I don’t like the Wall Street Journal’s editorial line, I take the perhaps old-fashioned view that many if not most investors can’t completely lie to themselves, and so there’s a market for reporting excellence, especially on firms (e.g., Boeing) for which the Journal caters. But a recent article […]

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‘Hurricane Truthers’: Bonkers Conspiracies Are Putting Lives in Danger

Yves here. It’s disconcerting to see how effective the anti-vax crowd has been, particularly among educated people who ought to know better. Admittedly, some vaccines are low efficacy (like flu shots for the elderly) and some really do have real records of bad side effects (the HPV vaccine, which has been banned in Japan). Patients […]

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Tucker Carlson Tears into Vulture Capitalist Paul Singer for Strip Mining American Towns

In a bit of synchronicity, Lambert gave a mini-speech tonight that dovetails with an important Tucker Carlson segment about how hedge funds are destroying flyover. As UserFriendly lamented, “It is beyond sad that Tucker Carlson is doing better journalism than just about anywhere else.” That goes double given that Carlson has only short segments and […]

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CalPERS Still Owns Toxic National Enquirer Via Hedge Fund Chatham; CEO Marcie Frost Falsely Says It Was Sold; Columbia Journalism Review Depicts Pending Sale as a Sham

When is a sale not a sale? 1. When it hasn’t closed 2. When the sale is so heavily subsidized as to be questionable Both look applicable with the still-not-consummated “sale” of the National Enquirer, as confirmed in a well-reported story, Bad Romance, at the Columbia Journalism Review, which went live in late November. As […]

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The Privatized Internet — Entire .ORG Domain Registry Sold to Investment Equity Firm “Ethos Capital”; Registration Fee Restrictions Removed

Yves here. Yet more privatization of the commons….this one via private equity playing rentier with domain names. By Thomas Neuberger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! Cover of a 2015 book glorifying the privatization of the Internet via “a unique and vibrant interplay between government and private industry.” Nothing dollarable is safe. The love of money is […]

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On TV, Political Ads Are Regulated – But Online, Anything Goes

Yves here. This is a useful primer on the restrictions on TV advertising in the US. Of course, Americans being Americans, there’s no mention of how other countries regulate political advertisements and in particular, what if anything they are doing about Internet ads. For instance, I recall in Australia that any politician (I believe if […]

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‘Destroyer of Newspapers’ Vulture Fund Buys Majority Stake at Tribune Publishing

Yves here. This is so sad and appears to have gone under the radar due to the impeachment hearings and Democratic party dominating the news yesterday. So many newspapers disappearing or becoming pale shadows of their former selves. By Andrea Germanos, staff writer. Originally published at Common Dreams  (Photo: Rachel Kramer/flickr/cc) Journalists sounded the alarm […]

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New Paper Reveals Rail Industry Was Leader in Climate Denial Efforts

By Justin Mikulka, s a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmogBlog A recent paper analyzing the major players in the organized efforts to attack climate change science and delay action had a surprising revelation — the biggest contributing industry/sector was not oil and gas but rail/steel/coal with the […]

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Paul Jay and Sharmini Peries Ousted from The Real News Network in June; Current Fundraiser Hides that Fact; Falling Viewership and Liberal Turn Result

It’s remarkable, or perhaps a function of the aggressive use of non-disclosure agreements, that the June defenestration of Paul Jay and Sharmini Peries from The Real News Network, the site they had founded and run for over a decade, has been kept under wraps for so long. I received a fundraising e-mail from The Real […]

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How Misleading Economic Analysis Is Corrupting Our Democracy

Yves here. This post provides some live examples from campaigning in the UK elections to show how think tanks cook their findings to push their political agenda. One way these economic studies fall short of the low standard of business analysis is the use of single point estimates. The public is treated as too stupid […]

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Manufacturing Fear and Loathing, Maximizing Corporate Profits! A Review of Matt Taibbi’s Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another

By John Siman Matt Taibbi’s Hate Inc. is the most insightful and revelatory book about American politics to appear since the publication of Thomas Frank’s Listen, Liberal almost four full years ago, near the beginning of the last presidential  election cycle. While Frank’s topic was the abysmal failure of the Democratic Party to be democratic and Taibbi’s […]

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Sacramento Bee Insinuates That CalPERS and Its Vendor Diligent Boards Have Grossly Deficient Security in Forthcoming Hit Piece Against Board Member Margaret Brown

The Sacramento Bee and the author of its State Worker column, Wes Venteicher, are a sad case study in what is happening to soi-distant journalists in the US. Once upon a time, the Bee’s most widely read column, the State Worker, showed considerable independence. When Jon Ortiz penned that feature, he would regularly call out […]

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Who Advocates For Surprise Medical Billing? – Private Equity Hides Behind Physicians’ White Coats

Yves here. We’ve written about the role of private equity in acquiring specialized physicians’ practices, such as emergency room practices, which hospitals have bizarrely outsourced. Private equity mavens Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt documented the connection between these purchases and the rise of the patient-gouging too politely referred to as “surprise billing” or “balance billing” […]

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Take Your Pick of Left Wing Climate Change Narratives: Green Abundance or Righteous Austerity

Yves here. Since we don’t consider this site to be left wing (we regularly get in arguments with the orthodox types), it shouldn’t be surprising that like Dorman, we aren’t comfortable with what he depicts as the two acceptable views of goodthinking lefties on climate change. I can’t speak for Lambert or Jerri-Lynn, but my […]

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