Romney Camp Tries to Get Retraction of Outsourcing Story, WaPo Says No

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 3:30 pm

Last week, the Washington Post published an item about Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital, and how the firm owned several companies that engaged in the practice of shipping American jobs overseas. The Romney campaign’s initial reaction was almost comical – they claimed that the story didn’t differentiate between outsourcing and offshoring, both of which can involve the removal of jobs from the United States to areas overseas. The Romney people sought a meeting and a retraction, but after the meeting WaPo said no retraction.


Lynn Szymoniak’s Story in 60 Minutes Wins Prestigious Loeb Award

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 7:15 am

Lynn Szymoniak is the lawyer and forensics expert who during her own foreclosure case recognized the massive fraud in documentation being perpetrated by banks. Lynn devoted the next several years to rooting out this fraud and telling anyone who will listen about what the banks were doing with mortgage assignments. And now, the 60 Minutes piece that gave her national notoriety won a Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism.

NBC Willfully Undermines Chris Hayes With Today Show Segment

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 2:50 pm

I haven’t fully weighed in on Chris Hayes’ segment from Sunday about the use of concepts like heroism and valor when discussing the US military, and I’m not sure I have to. Conor Friedersdorf, a conservative, says most of what needs to be said here. Meanwhile, NBC shamelessly invited guests to attack Hayes while misrepresenting what he said.

New York Times Reporter Calls Out Administration for Bragging About Austerity

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 11:05 am

It’s only on the New York Times’ blog (not sure if these things ever make their way into the paper), but thanks to David Firestone for taking the right lesson from the Obama Administration’s proud boasts in favor of spending cuts.

Newsweek Covers Continued Reluctance to Prosecute Wall Street, Bankers

By: Monday May 7, 2012 1:10 pm

Bloomberg’s editorial board had a pretty good denunciation of forced-place insurance, the scam whereby servicers purchase insurance for borrowers who they deem have lapsed coverage, at enormous markups with kickbacks for themselves, which in many cases drives homeowners into foreclosure. But this doesn’t capture the larger picture of the banking/mortgage lending and foreclosure industries getting off scot free despite onging crimes.

Obama Administration Suddenly Decides “Time Is Right” for ENDA

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 11:41 am

I have to agree with HRC that the time is most certainly not “right” for ENDA in the political sense of the term, though the time has been right for it on a moral level for many years. This is a uniquely cautious White House, so spooked about the election as to not even use its power to write an executive order preventing LGBT discrimination by federal contractors, and now they announce “the time is right” to pass ENDA without delay?

White House Nixes Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination by Federal Contractors

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 7:35 am

Administration. Either that, or the White House just values them a whole lot. Over the past couple weeks, not one but two potential restrictions on them have been lifted. The first was when the Administration abandoned a plan to force disclosure of political donations by companies who have contracts with the federal government. And the second dropped today.

More Terrible Media Reporting About Housing

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 4:27 pm

I’ve noted before that one of the reasons we don’t get good housing policy in this country is that the media by and large doesn’t understand it. When Ed Henry shows that he doesn’t know how home loans work, it means more complex issues about housing policy have no chance of moving past the demagoguery stage. That’s what I thought when I saw this story from ABC News about how taxpayers are paying for mowing lawns! Oh noes!

Woodward and Bernstein Join Rich Tradition of Blaming the Internet for Everything

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 2:11 pm

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein sat for an interview at the American Society of News Editors yesterday, and they were asked about how a Watergate-type scandal would play out in the Internet age. They mocked a set of papers from a Yale journalism class, which they claimed said that the Watergate scandal would pop up on the Internet, and that Nixon would have had to resign much more quickly.

Olbermann Fired From Current TV

By: Friday March 30, 2012 2:52 pm

Less than a year after he returned to television with an equity stake in the broadcaster, Keith Olbermann has flamed out again. He has been terminated by Current TV, effective immediately. His 8pm flagship show will be replaced starting tonight by former CNN host and New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

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