Times Relies on Food Police for Comment on Healthier Products In mostly positive free-market story, anti-industry nutritionist Marion Nestle continues criticism of innovation. By Dan Gainor August 11, 2005 According to the Aug. 11 New York Times, scientists are working To Banish Fat In Tasty Ways. Now, if they could only figure out a way to do the same to the food police. The 1,800-word article was generally a celebration of the free market, a positive sign of the Times. Reporter Melanie Warner went into great detail showing companies developing foods that let consumers have their cake and eat it,... continue reading
Post Blames Free Market For Starvation In Niger Timbergs rant bypasses poverty, drought, locusts and other causes to blame greedy capitalists. By Dan Gainor August 11, 2005 The decades-long crisis of African poverty and starvation has been the focal point of endless media coverage. The Aug. 11 Washington Post finally named a culprit the free market. The 1,100-word article, The Rise of a Market Mentality Means Many Go Hungry in Niger, was more of a rant against the free market system than objective journalism. Craig Timberg, a Post correspondent, pulled out an anti-capitalist critique blaming vendor profiteering, a government policy... continue reading
Jennings Death Inspires Anti-Smoking Crusade NBC reports that thousands choose to stop smoking yet, they need regulation and government funding to help? By Dan Gainor August 11, 2005 The networks have been on an anti-smoking crusade since Peter Jennings death but they werent just showing concern for the nations health. NBC took the opportunity to plug increased regulation of businesses and more taxpayer funding for government meddling in peoples lives. NBCs Today followed up on Jennings death reporting that Since his passing, thousands have logged on to Web sites determined to quit smoking. As the U.S. overall tries to go... continue reading
Morning Shows Fill Up With Hype on Gas Prices Networks emphasize $3-per-gallon prices when average price is $2.37. By Dan Gainor August 11, 2005 The Aug. 11 morning shows were in full crisis mode about rising gasoline prices, hyping the few random stations now selling gas at $3 per gallon more than 60 cents higher than the average U.S. price for regular gas. ABCs Good Morning America introduced the show with the inaccurate statement, Today oil and gas prices breaking all records. Diane Sawyer repeated the mistake as she led in to their coverage with a warning about a big... continue reading
CBS Delivers A Steady Diet Of One-Sided Coverage Network skews lawsuit story toward government and virtually ignores defendant By Dan Gainor August 10, 2005 Viewers of the Aug. 9 CBS Evening News saw a report on diet pills, but the slant of the story gave them something difficult to swallow. CBS took the governments side in a lawsuit and undermined the company in question, Window Rock, which makes Cortislim diet pills. The Inside Story didnt go too far inside, as reporter Sharyl Attkisson didnt even include video of a spokesperson from the company, which was the defendant in the case... continue reading
Networks Ignore U.S. Agreement on Global Warming Partnership includes energy-hungry China and India, but media arent interested. By Amy Menefee August 10, 2005 Its been about two weeks since the United States joined a new international pact on energy and global warming. But the major networks havent mentioned it at all. President George W. Bush announced the U.S. joining the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate on July 27. None of the three broadcast networks mentioned it in aBusiness & Media Institute survey of coverage since July 20. But during that time period, CBS and ABC both found time... continue reading
Media Find Current TV Electrifying Stories downplay negatives, fawn over Al Gore, businessman as out to change the world. By Dan Gainor August 9, 2005 What do you call a politician whose new business venture relies on money from someone he once criticized? If your name is Al Gore, then Time magazine calls you an activist entrepreneur, shamelessly promoting your new business. In an era where media coverage emphasizes the downside of company CEOs, Gore received what amounted to a media love letter. Times Aug. 8 coverage was part of a media stampede that showed Gores new television network, Current... continue reading
FairTax Gets Unfair Interview CNNs Soledad OBrien warns of the impending devastation of the economy with the FairTax. By Megan Alvarez August 4, 2005 With fair tax legislation on the table, CNNs Soledad OBrien resorted to scare tactics in her August 3 interview with Neil Boortz on American Morning. Boortz and Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.) have written a new book, The FairTax Book, to garner support for the legislation that aims to replace all current federal income taxes with a single consumption tax added to all goods and services at the final retail sale. continue reading
Journal Story Describes the End of the World As We Know It Harvard professors connection of current events to pre-World War I ignores mountains of good economic news. By Dan Gainor August 4, 2005 The economy is growing at 3.4 percent, unemployment is at a mere 5 percent, inflation is less than 3 percent and even The New York Times says Economic Indicators for June Show U.S. on Sound Footing. So whats an investor to do? If you listen to Harvard history professor Niall Ferguson, there is only one answer: Panic! Fergusons theories about impending global doom were written up... continue reading
Energy: Regulation and Rewards, not Freedom Media blast oil companies, lawmakers but fail to investigate financial boost to inefficient energy source. By Amy Menefee August 3, 2005 Broadcasters used coverage of the recently passed energy bill as another chance to frown on profitable oil companies and bemoan gas prices. News anchors went so far as to call lawmakers worms in the nations Capitol that call themselves the Congress. Most reporters werent as feisty as CNNs Jack Cafferty, who likened legislators to the squirmy creatures on the July 30 In the Money show. But in the two weeks leading up to... continue reading