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.

3 responses to “A bit of Monday miscellany

  1. There’s no denying Chavez had a colorful personality.


  2. I watched an ABC News report on the massive outpouring of grief in the streets of Caracas, most of which was spent trying to portray Chavez as a dictator. The next report was on Pope Ratzinger’s retirement and the conclave of old white men meeting in secret to select the new one. The message was clear. Pope good, Chavez bad. And again, which was was popularly elected? And which one is a hypocritical old fossil dedicated to preserving male, hetero-sexist privilege, while covering up pedophilia and engaged in shady bank transactions with the Mafia?

  3. Bart, look at he loss significant loss of support for the Catholics worldwide, more so in USA. Folks ain’t buying crude priests and their epidemic misbehavior with little boys to crooked cover-ups of Cardunals.It is a dying institution. They no longer allow criminal trials of alleged heretics.

    And not to pick on Rome, note the recent molestation convictions of Jews, Mormons and even Buddhists, not to mention awful Muslims.

    Old Marx was right about religion as the opiate. For sure.

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