Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Common Dreams:
"As wages for most American workers continue to steadily decline following the passage of President Donald Trump's massive corporate tax cuts at the end of last year, a new analysis of federal data by Axios found that the pay of some of America's top CEOs is often even higher than the astronomical numbers that typically appear in the headlines.

'The data is out: CEOs are cashing in their huge benefits from the [Trump tax cuts], meanwhile workers' wages are declining and Americans are struggling to afford rising healthcare premiums,' wrote the advocacy group Tax March in response to the new analysis."

->The NYT did not cover this study. Most of the NYT own Board of Directors are clearly in the class benefiting from astronomical CEO pay.


The NYT:
One may wonder why the NYT's Isabel Kirshner is still reporting on the Middle East. She is an Israeli citizen whose husband (also Israeli) works in an institute devoted to portraying the apartheid state in a favorable light, and whose son served in the IDF. She has been a featured speaker at the Israel Hasbara Committee, an organization devoted to spreading pro-Israel propaganda, and her biased coverage of Israel has been condemned by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

Her depiction of the release of Ahed Tamimi from jail has all the hallmarks of her subtile, pro-Israeli bias. Kirshner states that "Ms. Tamimi was arrested in December days after she was seen on video kicking, hitting, punching and shoving..." One only needs to watch the video to see how exaggerated this description is.

Other gems of misinformation include: "Ms. Tamimi is no stranger to the camera. She was recorded on video nearly three years ago biting the hand of another Israeli soldier who was trying to arrest her brother." The soldier had her 12 year old brother in a headlock at the time, and had pointed his weapon at other family members. 

Kirshner's theme in the article is to portray the Tamimi family as "publicity-seeking agitators who exploit children by putting them at the forefront of the struggle,' and to paint Ahed as appearing "to condone, or justify, stabbings, suicide bombings and other violence."

Shame on the NYT for being, once again, the propaganda organ of the apartheid state of Israel.


Common Dreams:
"A new USA Today investigation offers a searing indictment of maternal care in the United States, and says the country 'is the most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth.'

'Deadly Deliveries,' the result of a four-year investigation, references federal data showing that more than 50,000 women are 'severely injured' and roughly 700 die during childbirth each year. Perhaps even more staggering is that 'half of these deaths could be prevented and half the injuries reduced or eliminated with better care,' the investigation found.

The findings, based on interviews with women and a trove of internal hospital records, 'reveal a stunning lack of attention to safety recommendations and widespread failure to protect new mothers.' "

-->The NYT avoids stories like this that make the US look too bad. And USA Today avoids the most damning part of the maternal care expose, the fact that Black mothers die at three times the rate of white mothers.

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