World News Tonight Criticizes Outsourcing ABCs Closer Look takes one step forward, two steps back on trade debate. By Charles Simpson August 26, 2005 Even though ABCs World News Tonight drove a long way off the beaten path for a Closer Look at outsourcing, its coverage still came up a few miles short. In an August 25 report, Barbara Pinto took a trip to rural Minnesota, Hardly the place computer programmer Dave La Reau expected to find work. Before finding work for a computer company in the sleepy town of Sebeka, La Reau lost his job in Chicago when it... continue reading
Gas Hysteria Media Fail to Realize Oil Not Even Near Records Reporter Jim Axelrod mocks local tourism and shows his field of dreams isnt in Iowa. With the travel holiday of Labor Day Weekend looming, major media continue to pump up fears of non-existent record high prices. Here are some of the latest high and low points: Not exactly right: NBC Evening Newss Mark Potter did better than his fellow journalists. His August 25 report didnt claim that the price of oil had hit records. That didnt stop him from being incorrect. According to Potter the price of oil, which... continue reading
Bogus Mercury/Autism Claims Linked to Death Controversial treatment to rid body of metals may have killed a child. By Dan Gainor August 26, 2005 The left-wing crusade against mercury appears to have been deadly. ABCs August 26 Good Morning America focused on a controversial autism treatment that may have killed a child. According to reporter Lisa Stark, the child went into cardiac arrest during the procedure known as chelation. It is used to remove heavy metals like lead and mercury from the body. Some parents and researchers believe autism is mercury poisoning. Caused partly by a mercury preservative once routinely... continue reading
Media Continue to Pound on Obesity Coverage Fast food restaurants are stalking children; Southerners are getting fatter; and the misleading Body Mass Index is back in the news after a football players death. By Amy Menefee August 25, 2005 Obesity hasnt left the medias plate. The release of two new studies continued the push for more government regulation and hyped both adult and child obesity statistics. Meanwhile, the death of NFL player Thomas Herrion caused more uproar about the Body Mass Index, a controversial measure of obesity that categorizes many athletes past what the government considers an acceptable weight. The... continue reading
Gas Hysteria Saving at the Pump Means Paying More for Vehicles Media continue to refine their talking points about failure of new CAFE standards. By Dan Gainor August 25, 2005 The gas crisis has taken on vestiges of the way the media covered the Iranian hostage takeover during the Carter presidency. America is held hostage once again, this time by endless media reports of record gas prices where none exist. Here are some of the latest high and low points: California dreaming: Danny Hakim of The New York Times put forth the idea that Californias fuel standards would save drivers... continue reading
Networks Send Plaintiffs Message to Drugmakers Media continue lopsided coverage of litigation in Vioxx verdict. By Amy Menefee August 24, 2005 Carol Ernst has received plenty of help in sending her message to drug companies. Network coverage of her jury award in the first Vioxx liability case showed the media strongly favoring the plaintiffs perspective. Critics of Merck & Co. Inc., appeared in 15 out of 16 stories, while Merck defenders appeared in only nine a trend in litigation coverage documented in a previous Business & Media Institute study. On August 19, a Texas jury awarded $253 million to Ernst,... continue reading
Gas Hysteria Media Take a Bite Out of CAFE Guidelines Government proposes new light truck, SUV fuel standards, but media highlight critics. By Dan Gainor August 24, 2005 The biggest news about oil today is new proposed fuel standards for light trucks, which include SUVs and minivans. Rather than focusing on major improvements to the standards, the media highlighted complaints from critics. Here are some of the latest high and low points: The real news: Give August 23s NBC Nightly News credit for ferreting out the real news about the new CAFE standards, even if they didnt connect the dots... continue reading
Gas Hysteria More Media Go Drilling for Viewers CBS, ABC launch new features on gas prices. Reporter Axelrod shows hes going the wrong way. By Dan Gainor August 23, 2005 The media continued a full-court press on gas prices thanks to a 6-cent increase per gallon. Here are some of the latest high and low points: If you say something often enough: USA Todays Chris Woodyard joined the record-setting crowd of journalists intent on ignoring basic economics. According to Woodyards August 23 article, the average price of gasoline rose 6.2 cents last week to a record average of $2.612 a... continue reading
AARP vs. the Free Market on Drug Prices Ignoring the simple rule of demand in determining prices, news reports chide drug companies for not pegging their prices to inflations rise. By Amy Menefee August 23, 2005 Much like oil companies, drug companies are held to a different standard than many businesses in the media. Journalists tend to report on what drug prices should be based on the claims of a particular group. The August 16 release of an AARP study on drug prices provided more fodder, as the studys main conclusion was that drug prices continued to substantially exceed the... continue reading
Gas Hysteria Times Scares Readers with the Crisis Ahead Magazine story describes a Mad Max future based one the work of one author. By Dan Gainor August 22, 2005 According to The New York Times Magazine, the world is reaching The Breaking Point for oil production. The 7,400-word Aug. 21 piece by Peter Maass was a gusher of scaremongering end-of-world predictions claiming that a crisis is imminent. The Times piece was the worst of the oil stories over the weekend and qualifies as one of the worst recently. Maass filled his story with comments and views from Matthew Simmons, author... continue reading