ABC’s Charles Gibson gave viewers of the July 20 “World News Tonight” little to chew on when he told them the government was scaling back testing for mad cow disease. The anchor only put forth the anti-industry side of the story and left out how cattle ranchers were pleased with government findings that prompted the testing cutback. “The Agriculture Department has said that it’s going to eliminate about 90 percent of its test for mad cow disease,” Gibson informed viewers, noting that the government tests about 1,000 cows-a-day since an infected animal was discovered in the U.S. in 2003. Although... continue reading
Instead of worrying about the burst of the “housing bubble” you might as well watch paint dry or your grass grow. CNN’s “American Morning” is no longer forecasting doom and gloom for the US housing market. On July 21 Gerri Willis declared the latest housing market news “kinda boring.” Willis’s statement was in contrast to comments made earlier this year on American Morning. On March 22, Soledad O’Brien said “If you are worried about the housing bubble bursting, sell, sell, sell, it’s a sellers market. We’ve got some tips on how you can get your money out of the market... continue reading
On July 19, a federal judge struck down a state law aimed at punishing Wal-Mart for spending “too little” on health insurance. The next day’s coverage in The New York Times and The Washington Post portrayed the court case as a victory for the ultimate Big Business at the expense of workers – overlooking the impact that extending such a law would have on businesses in general. New York Times writers Reed Abelson and Michael Barbaro opened their July 20 story lamenting “a setback to state efforts to force employers to provide more generous health benefits.” The Times’ headline said... continue reading
A think tank with ties to liberal financier George Soros was called simply as “nonprofit” in a recent New York Times article on privatized prisons. “The increasing privatization of immigration detention has its critics,” writer Meredith Kolodner noted in her July 19 story, citing unnamed “immigrant advocates” and the “nonprofit research group Justice Strategies.” “Private prisons have unleashed an entrepreneurial spirit in this country that is unhealthy,” complained Judith Greene, the group’s director. Kolodner left out that Greene’s group has a leftward bent and connections to liberal cause financier George Soros. According to the group’s Web site, Greene “has received... continue reading
Oil speculators are staying busy these days, and they’re not just on the trading floor. They’re active at all three broadcast news networks, helping to hype oil prices even higher than they are. “Four dollars a gallon may be coming down the pike,” said CBS’s Jim Acosta on the July 15 “Evening News.” “If you think $3 gas is bad, what about 4?” said NBC’s Anne Thompson the day before on the “NBC Nightly News.” And as Thompson said on that broadcast,” “All this on fear, without a hurricane or other major event that really squeezes the world’s oil supply.”... continue reading
Washington Post food writer Candy Sagon gave a sour assessment of her grocery store quandaries in her July 19 article “Is There Anything Left That We Can Eat?” Sagon’s latest story was somewhat tongue-in-cheek about confusing and conflicting advice in the media on what is safe or healthy to eat both in fast food and in the grocery store. However, the Post writer pointed to a food industry critic who says Americans are paying too little to stock the pantry. “Spend more, eat less. Americans are as addicted to cheap food as we are to cheap oil,” Michael Pollan griped... continue reading
Greedy drug companies are making a killing off the medicine cabinets of the poor, complained New York Times correspondent Milt Freudenheim in his July 18 article “A Windfall from Shifts to Medicare.” Yet while the Times reporter reminded readers that the drug prescription plan was seen by leftist critics “as a sop to the drug industry,” Freudenheim failed to include critics from the right who complained about the explosive growth of Medicare spending and its toll on taxpayers. In fact, the Times writer focused his story on government paying drug companies for medicine for the poor, not how American taxpayers... continue reading
Al Gore may have rubbed elbows with some of the world’s most prominent leaders, but he looked awkward in staged photos as cover boy in the July 14 issue of Entertainment Weekly. He appeared denim jacketed in the hot desert and looked hard pressed to interact with stuffed monkeys let alone save a jungle of real ones. That didn’t matter to EW which still declared his efforts a success and the global warming debate “over.” The issue praised Gore’s newfound hipster status and mentioned the former vice president on eight of the 76 pages. The magazine chronicled his career, but... continue reading
Global warming may doom the Napa Valley, CBS News warned its July 12 “Evening News” audience. Yet correspondent John Blackstone excluded any scientists, including those who otherwise believe in man-made global warming, who warn that new computer models are inconclusive or don’t match up against recorded climate patterns. “New research says global warming threatens to make the Napa Valley too hot to make fine wine,” Blackstone warned. A new study by Purdue University’s Noah Diffenbaugh, Blackstone added, predicts that “across the country global warming could destroy more than 80 percent of the best vineyards.” But scientists who had a skeptical... continue reading
The Washington Post has produced evidence that journalists influence the way the public views the economy. The paper sponsored “a survey-based experiment” of “more than 2,500 online respondents” who were “shown a brief news clip before being asked to reply to a series of questions.” The views of respondents on their personal economic well-being were wildly different between survey-takers shown a story on gas prices and respondents shown a story on job growth. Asked “would you say that you and your family are better off, worse off, or just about the same financially as you were a year ago,” 42... continue reading