Parade magazine wants you to push Congress for higher taxes. Just don't generate too much carbon dioxide on your way there. Alongside author Eugene Linden’s alarmist June 25 article, “Why You Can’t Ignore the Changing Climate,” the syndicated Sunday magazine included a sidebar with suggestions on “What We Can Do” to stop global warming. But by the fifth and final item, the editors made it clear they thought government, not free individuals in a free market, is the solution to climate change problems. “Encourage your Representative and Senators to enact a carbon tax,” Parade told its readers, arguing that “imposing... continue reading
Leave it to The New York Times to describe a Supreme Court ruling that will impose numerous costs on small businesses as “employee-friendly.” In a June 23 article, Times reporter Linda Greenhouse praised a unanimous Supreme Court ruling that “substantially enhanced legal protection against retaliation for employees who complain about discrimination of harassment on the job.” By doing so, the Times’ court correspondent glossed over the potential problems and costs it will create for businesses. When an employee files a discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, several questions arise. What response from the employer... continue reading
“The Earth is running its highest fever in years,” teased NBC’s Brian Williams as he introduced the June 22 “Nightly News.” CBS’s Bob Schieffer one-upped his younger rival with an even more alarming tease opening the “Evening News.” “The Earth’s temperature is going up. In fact the last time it was this hot, Rome was the world’s only superpower, and that’s not good,” said the outgoing anchor. On the first full day of summer, network news anchors hyped a new global warming study by the National Research Council. CBS and NBC led their programs with the study while ABC and... continue reading
CNN’s Larry King isn’t exactly known for playing hardball, but his June 13 softball interview was the perfect game for former Vice President Al Gore to cap off his round of TV appearances on global warming. King let fly a few statements that more balanced interviewers might have caught: “We should feel a great sense of urgency because it is the most dangerous crisis we have ever faced by far,” Gore said of global warming. So supposedly the prospect of climate change is bigger than the war on terrorism, the civil rights struggle, the Cold War against a nuclear-armed Soviet... continue reading
President Bush’s prescription drug plan has been panned by conservatives and liberals, for different reasons. But in his June 21 "Evening News" report when CBS’s Wyatt Andrews presented the objections of a liberal health care advocacy group, he suggested competition in health care leaves senior citizens worse off than government monopoly. “The consumer group Families USA finds that down the line” drugs many senior citizens use like Celebrex and Zocor “saw steep increases driving up what seniors pay,” Andrews noted before including a sound bite from the group’s executive director, Ron Pollack. While Andrews did include a rebuttal from a... continue reading
The kids aren’t alright. An epidemic is sweeping the nation as teenagers down the addictive brew by the pint. Underage alcohol consumption? No, coffee. As anti-food industry advocacy groups like Center for Science in the Public Interest sharpen their legal knives against Starbucks ( Nasdaq: SBUX), the media are brewing up alarmist reports on teenage caffeine consumption. CBS’s “Early Show” followed ABC’s lead from two days ago. That network’s June 19 edition of “Good Morning America” presented Starbucks like a drug pusher preying on young addicts. “Coffee has always been considered an adult drink, but today coffee drinkers are much,... continue reading
“Witnessing the impact of global warming in your life? ABC News wants to hear from you,” read the opening lines of a Web page at “The differences can be large or small — altered blooming schedules, unusual animals that have arrived in your community,” or even “higher water levels encroaching on your property,” the item suggested. The move by ABC probably would not surprise viewers who are familiar with reporter Bill Blakemore’s reports on global warming. In January, Blakemore hyped a story about tropical frogs being killed off by global warming. What Blakemore left out was that some scientists... continue reading
Print media ran results of an anti-alcohol group’s study that warned black children are exposed to more alcohol marketing than their white peers, but the report left out information which undermined the study. The report didn’t make waves in the broadcast media, but the Associated Press picked up the study and it appeared on dozens of print and TV news Web sites. However, AP didn’t include a disconnect between the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth’s (CAMY) findings on alcohol marketing to minorities and its effect on underage drinking. Government surveys show a greater increase in white teenagers’ use of... continue reading
The only thing CNN contributor Andy Serwer was missing for a recent business update was appearing on air in a leisure suit. The Fortune magazine editor raised concerns of 1970s, disco-era “stagflation” in a June 15 “Minding Your Business” segment on “American Morning.” Stagflation, Serwer correctly defined, is stagnant economic growth coupled with inflation. Inflation at an annual rate of 3.8 percent, “the highest rate in 11 years” and an economy “that’s not particularly firing on all cylinders,” raises “the specter of stagflation,” warned Serwer. But before heading out to Studio 54 this weekend, Serwer would do well to remember... continue reading
Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) has become a convenient morning stop on many hectic commutes. Recent studies have even pointed to coffee’s potential in helping to prevent cirrhosis of the liver. But on ABC, the coffee maker was criticized during a “consumer alert” that treated cups of coffee like a “dose” of a hard drug. The June 19 edition of “Good Morning America” presented Starbucks as akin to a narcotics dealer preying on addicts. Correspondent Elizabeth Leamy explained “many customers love their regular dose.” The camera then cut to a shot of an apparent Starbucks consumer who referred to her relationship with... continue reading