The ‘Very Serious People’ Are Very Silly About Plans To Cut Social Security and Medicare

By: Monday April 15, 2013 5:57 am

The Very Serious People are at it again. In the never ending quest to find some explanation, any explanation, for political action that does not reference the reality of class in America the Very Serious People have a new narrative on why the Obama Administration is attacking seniors, the permanently disabled, and orphans. Despite the [...]

Washington Post Spikes Story About Poor Media Coverage During Run Up To Iraq War

By: Monday March 25, 2013 1:40 pm

The establishment press is not enjoying the 10 year anniversary of the American the invasion of Iraq. First the former New York Times Executive Editor admits the paper failed to accurately report the news, even being co-conspirators with the Bush Administration. And now another well established institution of journalism, the Washington Post, has been caught [...]

Pro-Israel Right Gangs Up on Chuck Hagel to Sink Defense Secretary Nomination

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 7:00 am

The fury with which neoconservative pro-Israel groups have struck out at Chuck Hagel’s imminent nomination as the Secretary of Defense is both striking and completely expected. There is such a thing as learned behavior. Many of the same groups spoke out against Susan Rice, and they succeeded in getting her to withdraw consideration for Secretary [...]

Endorsing Social Security Cuts Gives Politicians the “Elite Bonus”

By: Friday October 26, 2012 8:30 am

Dean Baker’s commentary on the deficit scolds and Social Security makes for provocative reading. An excerpt: It is remarkable that social security hasn’t been a more prominent issue in the presidential race. After all, Governor Romney has proposed a plan that would imply cuts of more than 40% for middle-class workers just entering the labor [...]

Romney Camp Tries to Get Retraction of Outsourcing Story, WaPo Says No

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 1:16 pm

Chalk this up to a textbook example of how to extend a damaging news story. Last week, the Washington Post published an item about Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital, and how the firm owned several companies that engaged in the practice of shipping American jobs overseas. The Romney campaign’s initial reaction was almost comical [...]

Establishment, Activists Mobilize Against White House on Anti-LGBT Discrimination Executive Order

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 9:35 am

The establishment Washington Post editorial board blasted the President for declining to issue an executive order prohibiting LGBT discrimination in the workplace among federal contractors. Using unusually strong language, the Post calls out Administration’s justifications, noting that they used executive orders and federal agency rules to move the ball on LGBT issues prior to legislative [...]

WaPo Story Claiming Deficit Increase From Obamacare Not As Advertised

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 9:55 am

I don’t think anyone would call me the health care law’s biggest fan. But it’s undeniable that, when you reduce Medicare Advantage overpayments, when you start taxing so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans, and when you add up all the other taxes and levies and cost savings, that outweighs the cost of exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion [...]

WaPo Front-Page Journalistic Malpractice on Social Security Draws Backlash

By: Monday October 31, 2011 6:55 am

On Sunday, the Washington Post ran as a front-page item a story about Social Security that intimated the Trust Fund was a fiction and generally put a right-wing slant on the matter, in favor of the idea that the social insurance program was in crisis. Dean Baker pounced immediately, setting off a chain reaction that [...]

WaPo’s Irresponsible Article Blaming Acquaintances for Not Committing Jared Loughner

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 6:10 am

According to the Washington Post, Arizona has a law on the books that enables anyone to identify a potential victim of mental illness, and remand them for treatment: Under Arizona law, any one of Jared Lee Loughner’s classmates or teachers at Pima Community College so concerned about his increasingly bizarre behavior could have contacted local [...]

Yes, MERS Lobbyists Want to Whitewash MERS; But Is It Legal?

By: Friday November 19, 2010 11:08 am

It’s pretty clear to me at this point that when financial lobbyists want to launder their preferred outcomes, they leak them to Brady Dennis and Ariana Eunjung Cha at the Washington Post. Earlier this week they ran an article claiming there would be a quick settlement to the 50 state AG investigation, based on unnamed [...]

WaPo’s Self-Serving, Bank-Friendly Article About 50-State AG Investigation

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 5:35 am

Here I was, all set to settle in with a recap of yesterday’s important Senate Banking Committee hearing on foreclosure fraud, which turned the issue from a backwater discussed on blogs into something the chair of the committee called a crisis requiring the Financial Stability Oversight Council to immediately deal with, given the systemic risk [...]

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