Daily Archives: March 11, 2013

A bit of Monday miscellany

I was so glad to see FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) take on the incredibly biased coverage of the death of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez by the mainstream media.

Check these two posts on the FAIR blog: “NYT Debates Hugo Chavez–Minus the Debate,” and “AP: Chavez Wasted His Money on Healthcare When He Could Have Built Gigantic Skyscrapers“.

The latter flagged a pretty outrageous paragraph in a story by AP business reporter Pamela Sampson:

Chavez invested Venezuela’s oil wealth into social programs including state-run food markets, cash benefits for poor families, free health clinics and education programs. But those gains were meager compared with the spectacular construction projects that oil riches spurred in glittering Middle Eastern cities, including the world’s tallest building in Dubai and plans for branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums in Abu Dhabi.

‘Nuff said on that.

But while you’re at it, check out FAIR’s excellent story on gun violence (“The Self-Defense Self-Delusion“). It provides an excellent review of scientific literature routinely left out of much of the reporting on this issue. Good stuff.

ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative newsroom, has introduced a new participatory structure, Get Involved. It looks like a well-structured set-up for crowd sourcing stories. Interesting.