New York Times Public Editor Says Off-The-Record Meeting Raises Concerns

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 12:40 pm

With an increasing number of Americans distrustful of the mainstream media you would think the establishment would try to be on their best behavior. Not so. As was revealed late last week, numerous members of the establishment press attended an off-the-record session with President Obama to help him sell the Syrian war to the American people. Though first noted by the New York Times, it was the Huffington Post that actually named names and revealed that over a dozen writers attended the meeting and represented most of the major corporate media interests in DC.

While such underhanded behavior was a shock to few who understand the incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and those in power, the mask rarely comes off to such a degree.

 

Obama Preparing To Launch War In Syria (Again)

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 7:49 am

President Obama’s Syria Speech on September 10th, 2013. Now that the public has been subjected to a shock and awe terror campaign by the media, ISIS has become the new existential threat in the public mind that must be destroyed or we’re all gonna die. Consequently, President Obama now feels he has enough public support [...]

What Consumer-Driven Health Care Really Means

By: Friday August 29, 2014 10:09 am

The much touted goal of “consumer driven” health care ends up being people struggling alone through an incredibly complex set of rules and fighting with a private insurance industry that has every incentive to make the rules as confusing as possible so you end up paying more than you should. Over at the New York Times, Charles Ornstein has a good story about getting his child’s prescription filled. What makes great is how boring common this is.

New York Times Won’t Endorse Gov. Cuomo in the Democratic Primary

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 1:17 pm

While New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is still the big favorite to win both the primary and the general election, he received a powerful rebut Tuesday when the New York Time editorial board choose not to endorse anyone in the Democratic primary.

DoJ Memo Justifies Killing Anwar al-Awlaki by Citing US Law Enforcement’s Right to Use Deadly Force

By: Saturday August 16, 2014 7:51 am

As a result of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times, President Barack Obama’s administration has released the first memo authored by federal appeals court judge and former Office of Legal Counsel lawyer David Barron to justify the killing of US citizen and terrorism suspect Anwar al-Awlaki.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists Show Solidarity With James Risen in Fight Against Justice Department

By: Monday August 11, 2014 3:20 pm

There is no indication that the Justice Department will not pursue testimony for its leak prosecution against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, and, as a result, fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists have come forward to declare their support for Risen in his fight against revealing information from his confidential sources.

The government has pursued testimony from Risen for well over six years.

Newspaper Industry Takes Potentially Lethal Blow With Spinoffs

By: Monday August 11, 2014 8:54 am

We all knew this day would come. With the latest spinoff by Gannett of its extensive newspaper portfolio expected to be completed by the end of 2015, it now appears finance capital has written off the newspaper industry. On some level this was inevitable given the movement of advertising from print to the web, but [...]

What the New York Times Got Wrong About Their Marijuana Regulation Suggestions

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 11:04 am

As part of its editorial series on marijuana legalization, the New York Times offered several suggestions for how states should regulate it. Most of it closely mirrors my predictions in After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy. There was one suggestion, though, which was a big mistake. They call for a complete ban on letting growers sell directly to consumers.

New York Times Acknowledges Marijuana Prohibition Was Founded in Racism

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 12:12 pm

While this isn’t new information to anyone who’s been paying attention to the issue of marijuana reform, it is great to see the New York Times lay out in detail how the origins of marijuana prohibition were based entirely on lies and racism.

New York Times Reporters Avoid Investigative Journalism When Covering Israel’s Bombing of UN-Run School

By: Monday July 28, 2014 9:15 am

New York Times reporters seem to have neglected to engage in investigative journalism when reporting on last week’s attack by Israeli forces on a school in Gaza.

The school in Beit Hanoun, which was being run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), was shelled on July 24. At least sixteen people were killed and about 200 people were wounded in the attack, which occurred while the UN agency was trying to evacuate people.

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