I have never been a journalist. However, at various times I have been in a position to know the 'true facts' of a newsworthy situation. I then watched both the newsmaker spin on and the media interpretations (for the lack of a better word) of those facts. Different planets, on too many occasions.
The story seems based in factual material, but also has a lot of opinion-based-on-fact.
And the historical examples of Muslims in Europe are really outdated - the Ottomans were pretty defunct befiore WW I. Part of the problem is that most European national states feel themselves to at least be Christian based (note the number of "Christian Democratic" parties), and of one only major ethnicity. Muslim immigration disturbs this image, especially when first generation immigrants tend to be old country traditionalists (as all immuigrant groups tend to be). And job and education discrimination against these populations is rampant.
Well,that paragraph is really a comment - sorry.
The story seems to be well researched and sourced, and is well written.
However, it reminds me of the stories a few years ago about the VA's care and facilities, in patient and outpatient, for physically and psychologically wounded service people. Whether or not one considers the wars ill conceived and ill managed, the treatment of those fighting and of their families is outrageous.
The story consolidates reports from several locations, though it does not specifically source them. And it emphasizes that education is one of the areas cut due to budget shortfalls.
Most interesting is the last paragraph, which does cite a source, and begs the question: if increased expenditures apparently didn't lead to gains in pupil achievement, what happened to 'no child left behind'?? (Results from 'race to the top' weren't available in 2008 because it didn't exist yet.
It's ideologically driven, but is a good overview of the 'conservative' thought process on the economy, written by a well known right winger.
Among other things, if fails to see replacing military hardware as simply stimulating military contractors as opposed to automobile manufacturers and ordinary citizens. It glides over the issue of who pays taxes, and then ignores the fact that part of Obama's deficit solution is bringing taxes back to pre Bush levels - when that revenue loss is one of the chief causes of the deficit - etc. etc.
It seems to report facts. However, I think actual quotations from the leaked cables would have made it much more useful. Or do we have to buy The Nation to get them?
(My score is predicated on the idea that even without the quotes this is useful knowledge).
It's insightful, informative, and much too short. It really should have additional detail, or show the table cited, or something to support its conclusions. Thgis almost looks like a preview or a longer article.
Unfortunately,m though it should be read, it's not very good journalism. It speaks about the statistical insignificance of voter fraud, and the way the issue is being abused.
However, it gives almost no specifics on the proposed law's requirements - which purports to be the article's subject. .
It's a good, well written piece. It's main focus is the strategy and tactics of not only exposing Fox News well known biases, but of trying to build up a progressive alternative. It goes into issues of relationship of this effort to the Democrati party and presidential establishment.
And that's where the question is - the article requires thinking about whether it's enough to just 'fight the right' but whether a viable alternative needs to be offered.
The story seems to be based on statements of a couple of intelligence chiefs, neither of whom probably feels free in revealing 'the whole truth and nothing but the truth'. And come on - were they really supposed to take an embedded video photographer in with them?
The brief article and the video are basically quite accurate. However, they are not exactly news. These problems, though not the new scientific measurements, have been around and known for years; they just aren't sexy enough to make headlines. And debates in DC over farm policy make everyone's eyes glaze over - except for agribusiness's.
This is a guarded, but apparently factual account of an AP investigation into the CIA's mishandling of some cases. While it tries to be circumspect, the people involved could probably be identified. Given the highly secretive nature of the agency it's interesting that AP found people willing to discuss this.
It looks like the kind of story that 'media' are often accused of not doing.
It seems to be a balanced presentation of Rep. Issa's views, with some comments from groups which have contributed information to him, and groups that may have other ideas.
1. I think Issa is the guy who started the recall campaign against Gov. Gray Davis in California because he thought he's run for governor - but then Schwartznegger came in.
2. He sems to be collecting ideas only from one 'side', and not looking at evidence, or long term consequences. If ripping the tops of mountains off to get at coal and not caring if you pollute drinking water supplies - which can onlydrive up states medicaid costs - stifles job creation, is that really a ... More »