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New from the Business & Media Institute The Picture of Hype How much is gas at your corner station? Tack on another 75 cents and thats probably the price the networks will be showing on the screen. A new Business & Media Institute analysis found four out of five images shown in gas price stories were higher than the national average at the time up to $3.25 higher. Its just the latest chapter in the televised gas hysteria. Media at Large: Networks Images Pump Up Gas Prices Dan Gainor, the director of the Business & Media Institute, indicts the networks... continue reading
New from the Business & Media Institute A Flood of Incomplete Insurance Coverage Many hurricane victims were uninsured or under-insured. As tragic as that is, the media are adding to the confusion by talking to "experts" who push for soaking the insurance companies and creating benefits that weren't paid in advance. Meanwhile, they're often missing the fact that the government-subsidized flood insurance program the only source of flood insurance is likely to have to borrow to cover Katrina's costs. Econ 101: The Price of Recovery Dr. Gary Wolfram, professor of economics at Hillsdale College and adviser to the Business &... continue reading
New from the Business & Media Institute The Understatement of American Generosity The media have attacked corporations like Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil and the U.S. drug companies for making too much money. Now, those companies are using some of their hard-earned profits to help hurricane victims and network news has shown little interest. Herman Cain: The Business of Rebuilding Though the media have focused mainly on the federal government and its response to Katrina, individuals and corporate America have responded quickly with large contributions. Herman Cain, a businessman and national chairman of the Business & Media Institute, takes his column this... continue reading
New from the Business & Media Institute Refining: the Untold Story of the Oil Chain Gas prices are up, and Hurricane Katrinas shutdown of Gulf refineries is bad. That much we know. But whats the rest of the story? TheBusiness & Media Institute looked for answers in three months of network news coverage and found few explanations of how U.S. oil refining fits into the gas supply picture. The Media Spin: Reading Tea Leaves on Global Warming David Goodnow, a veteran reporter and former CNN anchor, is an adviser to the Business & Media Institute. His column this month recalls... continue reading
New from the Business & Media Institute Special Report: Trade Secrets Lou Dobbs Tonight Hides Good News Behind Negative View of Free Market Lou Dobbs is a CNN institution. But just what is this longtime business journalist telling his viewers about trade? The Business & Media Institute looked at four months of Lou Dobbs Tonight and found that Dobbs is overwhelmingly biased against the free market. Networks Send Plaintiffs Message to Drugmakers Was the Vioxx verdict about a scientific link between a drug and a death, or about a warning to drug companies? Broadcasters gave ample time to the plaintiffs... continue reading
New from the Business & Media Institute Herman Cain: The Media Say The Economy Is Horrible, So It Must Be True The Business & Media Institutes national chairman says the media must think were stupid. With all the good things happening in the economy, why else would journalists keep telling us things are so dire? Networks Paint Bush Economy As Bleak, No Matter What The Facts Really Say A new Business & Media Institute analysis of the three broadcast networks evening news shows since the 2005 inauguration proved that negative economic news gets far more air time than positive news... continue reading