NSA has massive database of Americans phone calls, blared the headline for the May 11 USA Today. But a government agency many Americans dread, particularly every April, has much more personal information on file: the IRS. The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, according to people with direct knowledge of the arrangement, the papers Leslie Cauley led off her story. This program does not involve the National Security Agency listening to or recording conversations, Cauley wrote, noting her sources told her... continue reading
Coming soon after ABCs made-for-TV disaster film Fatal Contact, wiped out 25 million people from the bird flu, Nightline anchor Terry Moran promised to separate fact from fiction about the potential threat of the H5N1 virus. Towards the end of the news program, Moran noted that experts such as the National Institute of Healths (NIH) Dr. Anthony Fauci caution that a real flu pandemic is unlikely to kill more than 5 percent of those who fall ill. Morans attempt to present a nuanced picture in the face of his networks hyperbolic disaster movie was surprising, since his colleague Jim Avila... continue reading
Since before 9/11, the media have been warning us about the dangers of an exploding housing bubble. But rather than a calamitous drop in prices fulfilling a prophecy of doom, The New York Times has found a far less dire situation. And it wasnt even happy with that. Real estate is becoming a buyers market in much of the country, report Times writers Damon Darlin and Vikas Bajaj in their May 9 article. Darlin and Bajaj noted that prices have not fallen in any of the 375 largest American cities tracked by the PMI Group, a company that tracks risk... continue reading
When one of the foremost proponents of liberal thought passes away at the age of 97, it would seem natural that the media would admit he was indeed liberal. But The Washington Post has been inconsistent on that point. In a May 1 tribute entitled John Kenneth Galbraith; Popularized Modern Economics, the paper used 2,044 words and liberal wasnt one of them. It took them a week to fully set the record straight. Galbraith had liberal credentials dating back to FDR. As the May 1 article described him, Galbraith advised Democratic presidents and candidates from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill... continue reading
ABC News prematurely grounded Americans for this coming Memorial Day with weekend coverage forecasting more expensive airline flights. But while airfares are higher than months ago, higher gas prices are actually encouraging some travelers to consider the friendly skies over the open road. For the nation's biggest airline, American, every penny increase in the price of jet fuel adds another $28 million a year in costs, said ABCs Bob Jamieson, who counseled viewers of the May 7 World News Tonight that analysts say recent fare increases are only the beginning, as the skyrocketing fuel prices threaten the airlines' already shaky... continue reading
No more blood for oil has been the cry of anti-war activists the past few years. Now it seems to be the cry of ABC News as it hypes skyrocketing gas prices. Americans are resorting to legal, but no less desperate measures, including donating blood for money, ABCs Dan Harris reported on the May 4 World News Tonight before showing a man donating plasma. I come here twice a week to fill my tank once, said the man. Of course, donating blood or blood plasma can only be done so often in a given year. The American Red Cross, for... continue reading
Continuing her Eye on the Road series, CBSs Sharyn Alfonsi showcased a Washington, D.C.-area teacher who she says cant afford her commute due to rising gas prices. But Alfonsi didnt do her homework. Her featured teacher is a retired Navy lawyer who said in 2003 that she could only afford working as a Catholic school teacher because of her military pension. What Alfonsi didnt say was that teacher Bonnie McGann made a conscious choice to earn less so she could give back to her church. This was the area where I could afford a home, McGann informed Alfonsis viewers on... continue reading
Bolivias government announced on May 1 that it will nationalize its natural gas fields. This comes just weeks after Venezuelas Hugo Chavez further tightened his grip on his countrys oil reserves. President Evo Morales nationalized Bolivia's natural gas industry and oil Monday, ordering foreign energy companies to send their supplies to a state company for sales and industrialization, reported the Associated Press on May 1. An analysis of Nexis search results shows no mention on ABC, CBS, or NBC about the seizure of natural gas fields currently operated by private companies. These energy grabs by socialist governments have been largely... continue reading
CBSs Julie Chen approvingly congratulated liberal activist Michael Jacobson for his bold step in getting soft drinks banned from the countrys public schools. But the Early Show anchor left out how Jacobsons Center for Science in the Public Interest had been planning on forcing the policy into law through a court case. In this morning's HealthWatch, bold, new measures in the fight against childhood obesity. A major deal has been reached to take non-diet soda out of public schools during school hours, Chen opened her interview segment with Jacobson, a leading advocate in the separation of school and soda, she... continue reading
A week before its sweeps month movie Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America, ABCs World News Tonight led its broadcast clucking about the federal governments action plan to prevent a costly pandemic in the United States. But when The Washington Post broke the story with an early look at the plan in mid-April, it gave it just passing attention. Tonight, the new White House plan for fighting a bird flu outbreak. Colossal disruptions and restrictions of movement to keep people alive, anchor Elizabeth Vargas opened the May 2 evening newscast. Avian flu commanded the first story of the program, with... continue reading