If 2+2=4, how much is 4-2?
| Absurdity, if not piggishness, from the super-rich
Hank Banta offers an arithmetic lesson for Edward Conard, the former Bain executive who says the gigantic distortion in income in America is good and proper. Banta also urges the press to note the absurdity of the claim and, for once, use some intelligent judgment in writing instead of sticking to false ideas of 'balance.'
Kushnick, Part 4
| Broadband wars: The battle for New Jersey has begun
Telecom activist Bruce Kushnick asks: Will Verizon be held accountable for its broken promises? Or will it get a slap on the wrist and the OK to abandon wired telephone service?
Kushnick, Part 3
| The great Verizon FiOS ripoff
Verizon's decision to stop expanding FiOS, in favor of wireless, shafts millions of customers who paid billions for a network upgrade and didn't get it.
The GOP, ‘an insurgent outlier’
| Mann and Ornstein can’t take it anymore
Two mainstay Washington political scientists urge the press to cease its distorting ‘even-handed’ reporting and take note that the Republican party, now so extreme, is the core reason for dysfunctional government in the nation’s capital.
Kushnick, Part 2
| How wireless hype is hurting America
Our wired broadband is slow and expensive, and our wireless is even slower and more expensive. So why, asks consumer advocate Bruce Kushnick, are so many people buying the wireless ad campaign?
The real story
| Before you write that Social Security is bankrupt….
Two ardent defenders of Social Security offer some context to reporters on the upcoming release of the 2012 Social Security Trustees Report, hoping to offset scary and unfounded headlines.
Sucking the economy dry
| For class warfare, there’s the 1%, and then there’s the 0.1%
Henry Banta: ‘The difference between the extremely rich – the top 0.1% – and all the rest of us has turned into something with the potential for destroying the fabric of our society and reducing our democracy to a hollow shell.’
Maybe a story or two here?
| No Occupy events to cover? Look again.
Occupy issues and events, for starters: Climate change, Keystone XL pipeline, World Bank and IMF, agribusiness, big oil, money out of politics, closing the School of the Americas, the war on drugs, war on terror, war on immigrants, militarization, end tax giveaways to the 1%, military spending, mass incarceration, biggest tax-dodging war profiteers, Bradley Manning, the first international drone summit, corporate lobbyists – and a Mayday general strike.
Massive protests ahead?
| If 25,000 people rally in midtown, is that a story?
The Occupy movement, active all winter, has been mostly ignored by the press. Now, along with other groups, it is stepping up its rallies and protests against corporate influence and militarism in America. Will there be any press coverage to speak of?
A book review
| Did Mark Felt even know he was Deep Throat?
A new book makes the case that Felt, the No. 2 man in the FBI during Watergate, fed information to the press to make his boss look bad and get his job. No idealism there. Barry Sussman, who was the Washington Post’s Watergate editor, has a close-in view on all this.