Paul Krugmans Serious Drug Problem is based on bad statistics New York Times economist continues papers reliance on incorrect information about drug research costs. By Dan Gainor May 6 , 2005 Once the New York Times latches on to bad information, it just keeps recycling it. Economist Paul Krugman did just that in a May 6, 2005, column, headlined A Serious Drug Problem, detailing what he considers to be problems in the health care system. Krugman relied on information in a book by Marcia Angell, the former editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine. That book, The... continue reading
Positive Job Growth Continues Will News Coverage Improve? Two straight years of positive employment numbers and more than 3 million new jobs but those facts havent stopped the media from finding negativity in the strangest places. By Amy Menefee May 6 , 2005 The latest employment report marks 24 straight months of positive job creation in the U.S. economy more than 3 million jobs worth of good news. Yet, during that period network news has found plenty of negatives and has downplayed net employment gains on President Bushs watch, even comparing job growth to the Great Depression. According to the... continue reading
Networks Play Up Energy Politics, Ignore Real Costs Energy reports blame Bush for gas prices, misinform about oil refining and encourage fear of nuclear power. By Amy Menefee April 30 , 2005 Reporters continued to question President Bush during his April 28, 2005, news conference about what he or his energy bill could do for current gas prices. Of course, the notion that Bush is able to or even should broker a quick fix for gas prices is false. But reporters have been hyping rising prices for weeks without explaining the simple rule of supply and demand. Theyve also steered... continue reading
Media Jump on Social Security Cuts to Obscure Details of Bush Plan Washington Post , New York Times herald benefit cuts while news networks dismiss President Bushs sales pitch. By Charles Simpson April 29 , 2005 In the walkup to President Bushs April 28, 2005, news conference, both ABCs Terry Moran and CBS News John Roberts stated that Bush was planning to cut Social Security benefits for wealthier Americans. However, even after the president made his objectives clear, the next mornings Washington Post claimed "Bush Social Security Plan Would Cut Future Benefits," while the New York Times announced "Bush Cites... continue reading
Post Paints FDR as Moderate on Social Security Story focuses on different legislative styles of Bush and Roosevelt. It then ignores enormous differences between then and now. By Dan Gainor April 27 , 2005 The saying goes: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it especially if they write for The Washington Post. Reporter Dana Milbank did his own comparison of the original debate on Social Security with the current battle. That description painted President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as moderate and criticized radical plans to change the system, similar to the fawning treatment FDR received from the... continue reading
When Greenspan speaks Post , Times dont even come close to agreeing on what Fed Chairman has to say. By Dan Gainor April 22, 2005 Its rare that The New York Times ignores a chance to push for tax increases, but it was the case yesterday. Over at The Washington Post, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspans comments before the Senate Budget Committee yesterday were described that he expects tax increases to be part of any eventual agreement to reduce the federal budget deficit. The Times took another approach entirely and focused on Greenspans call to reduce the deficit. Sometimes, its... continue reading
CDCs Numbers Collapse Under Weight of New Study Analysis finds estimates of obesity deaths 14 times higher than reality. Center for Disease Control vows not to promote fact that obesity is much less of a danger. By Dan Gainor April 20 , 2005 Two big news stories left the food police frustrated in their battle to promote the nations obesity epidemic. The governments replacement for the food pyramid wasnt anti-industry enough to satisfy some critics. Those new diet guidelines showed up the same day the Centers for Disease Control admitted they had wildly overstated obesity deaths. To add insult to... continue reading
Super Size Me Star Continues Anti-Food Attack; Will Also Target Religion in New Show Morgan Spurlock overate himself into stardom and took a bite out of McDonalds at the same time. Now hes got a TV show, and its sure to be offensive. By Amy Menefee April 18 , 2005 As Ronald McDonald would testify, youd better watch yourself when Morgan Spurlock comes calling. He famously ate nothing but McDonalds food for a month and filmed himself getting fatter and going to the doctor to get his ensuing health problems documented. The film that resulted, Super Size Me, was widely... continue reading
BBC Bothered by Capitalism in Afghan Capital Reporter details the dangers of free market economics because landowners make a profit. By Dan Gainor April 15 , 2005 Its a challenge to paint peace and prosperity in a bad light, but its a challenge that the BBC and reporter Tom Coghlan were willing to embrace. Coghlans April 14, 2005 story on Afghanistans capital Kabul described a city under threat from a new danger: the free market economics of Kabul's post-war boom now seem a more potent enemy than rockets and bombs. The story focused on the horrors of a housing boom... continue reading
CBS Plays the Victim Card and Takes It to the Bank Evening News criticizes controversial new fee after man overspends his account By Dan Gainor April 13 , 2005 On the CBS Evening News, if you spend more money than you actually have, youre still a victim. According to anchor Bob Schieffer, banks had hit the subject of their story with a controversial new fee worthy of a consumer alert. The April 11, 2005 newscast focused on Christopher Keeley of Brooklyn, N.Y. who relied on debit cards to make purchases, even after his account was almost entirely empty. When Keeley... continue reading