Gas Hysteria Missing the Point on Prices Networks continue to hype gas prices high above the national average, while the Post looks to government for pricing. When gas prices rise, theres no end to network coverage. But as oil costs have fallen, news coverage hasnt reflected that reality. Here are some of the latest high and low points: Where is the free market?: The Washington Posts Jim VandeHei wrote an entire front-page story about limiting the price of gas without ever making reference to the free market. According to the story: President Bush and members of Congress are facing an... continue reading
Gas Hysteria Oil Prices Drop and Networks Ignore It Continuing the media trend of ignoring positive economic news and highlighting negative news, the networks bypassed a huge decline in the price of oil. The media continue to overplay the gas price story. Yesterday, oil prices plummeted to their lowest level in two weeks. None of the three major networks noted this development. Here are some of the latest high and low points: Oil price drops: noted something the networks ignored: At the same time, crude prices tapped a low under the $63-a-barrel mark for the first time in two... continue reading
Obesity Battle Pops Up Again Media rely on food industry critics to explain beverage industry plan to limit soft drinks in schools. By Dan Gainor August 18, 2005 The beverage industry cant catch a break from the media. Soda manufacturers, long targets for blame about obesity in children, even received negative press when they moved to pull sodas from many schools. Rather than focusing on support for the move, media outlets resorted to industry critics presented as unbiased observers to assess the situation. The recent action by the American Beverage Association voluntarily set restrictions on sodas in schools. That didnt... continue reading
ABC Plays The Old Skin Game Networks half-baked report criticized those who have fun in the sun. By Dan Gainor August 17, 2005 ABCs World News Tonight has found a new addiction sunbathing. The Aug. 16 broadcast found anchor Charles Gibson saying that some people just can't help themselves and he meant it. Reporter John Berman devoted almost two-and-a-half minutes to a small study that claimed getting a suntan is addictive. According to the story, Dr. Richard Wagner helped conduct two surveys of beachgoers, and found that many show classic signs of addiction. They get hooked on the sun like... continue reading
Gas Hysteria Networks continue gas price hype ABC does note the cause of the problem is that businesses cant build new refineries. The media continue to overplay the gas price story. TheBusiness & Media Institute takes a daily look at the best and worst of what the media have to offer. Today: $75 per barrel? And poor Los Angelinos learning how to walk. But ABCs World News Tonight deserves credit for its refinery story that showed how U.S. refinery capacity has fallen by 2.7 million barrels of oil a day. Even more, Betsy Stark showed clearly how massive environmental regulations... continue reading
Broken records: Media repeat phony claim of all-time high gas prices Major medias problem with adjusting prices based on inflation adds to anxiety about cost. By Dan Gainor August 17, 2005 No gas price records have been smashed the only broken records are the ones in the media that endlessly repeat the claim. Take Good Morning Americas Charles Gibson for example. On the Aug. 15 broadcast, Gibson misled his viewers: And here at home, if you were driving this weekend, we dont have to tell you, gas prices right through the roof, $3 in some places, breaking more records. But... continue reading
Networks Paint Bush Economy As Bleak No Matter What The Facts Really Say Medias bad news bears deliver negative news 62 percent of the time despite economic expansion. By Amy Menefee August 17, 2005 Economic news heavily negative: Coverage of economic news on the three broadcast networks was negative 62 percent of the time, despite ongoing good news of more jobs, low unemployment and economic growth. Good news undermined: Even when good news made it to viewers, journalists undermined it with bad news 45 percent of the time. Negative stories given more air time: Good news stories were relegated to... continue reading
Social Securitys Retirement Date Long Passed 70th anniversary marked by media spin on reforming the system. By Dan Gainor August 15, 2005 Sunday marked the 70th birthday of a program that is fast running out of money and that Congress lacks the will to fix. By Social Securitys own age measurements, that means its five years past retirement. But journalists and politicians marked the event with a rah-rah attitude. The Aug. 14 Washington Post led off with a story by Jonathan Weisman, illustrated by two separate anti-reform photos taken at the FDR memorial, under the headline Happy 70th Birthday, Social... continue reading
Pain at the Pump Schizophrenic media offer full-service bias on the economy. By Charles Simpson August 12, 2005 The networks cant make up their minds about whether the economy is strong or on the brink of disaster. Just days after NBCs Katie Couric wondered why President Bush isnt drawing support from good economic news, NBCs Brian Williams wondered, when do we all start feeling the real damage? Trying to put a damper on the publics perception of economic growth, the Aug. 11 round of network evening news programs featured record oil prices, greedy oil executives and anti-free market shills. With... continue reading
CBS Downplays Danger from Activist Health Commissioner Regulatory suggestion to limit trans-fats in New York foods results in serving of poor journalism. By Dan Gainor August 12, 2005 The medias latest assault on the so-called obesity crisis delved into New York Citys asking thousands of restaurants to stop serving foods made with trans fats, as CBS Evening News anchor Bob Schieffer put it on Aug. 11. But when an activist government asks, how long will that stay a request? New Yorks action followed an ongoing campaign against trans fats by various food industry opponents, especially the Center for Science in... continue reading