Monthly Archives: July 2010

Out of work, out of sight, out of mind


In the  1930s, the jobless were big news. Now they’re invisible. Media coverage of the unemployment problem pretty much ended on July 22, when President Obama signed a bill extending coverage to 2.5 million Americans whose benefits had been blocked … Continue reading

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The mystery of the vanishing oil spill


The Times seems stumped. Maybe the Hardy Boys should be on the case. I clicked on the New York Times link this morning and there it was — “On the Surface, Gulf Oil Spill Is Vanishing Fast; Concerns Stay” — … Continue reading

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Hey, Dem girls — time to wake up


David Lynch fans may remember the scene in Mulholland Drive where The Cowboy says “Time to wake up” to the Naomi Watts character, whose real life turns out to be a nightmare. Democrats will wake up in a nightmare, too, … Continue reading

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Politico reels in another red herring


The issue is right-wing lies, not ‘media recklessness’ Once upon a time, the news was dictated to us by a handful of corporations that professed to be non-partisan in their methods and goals. Then along came revelations that non-partisanship – … Continue reading

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Memo to Obama: Show some fight


Be an aggressor, or a counterpuncher. Anything but a stiff. It seems the administration’s spokespersons, from Robert Gibbs all the way down, are motivated more by fear of Glenn Beck than by a desire to push the Democratic agenda. You … Continue reading

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Brooks appalled by Gibson, but not by Bush


In the Weekly Standard, back in 2003, David Brooks bemoaned the fact that “Many Democrats feel that George Bush is just running loose, transforming the national landscape and ruining the nation, and there is nothing they can do to stop … Continue reading

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The myth of a safety net for the unemployed


Why is the media so blase about the plight of the long-term unemployed? This question came to mind after I read today’s New York Times story by Michael Luo about an unemployed woman named Terri Sadler who had, according to … Continue reading

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