Sunday, February 24, 2013

Media disservice

ProgressiveLiberal was making a different point but I choose to focus on this paragraph:

The ten poorest states in our country are Red States. Moreover, Red States are mostly welfare states as they receive more from the federal government than they pay in. That the media does not cover this fact is a disservice to the entire American population. If America knew what policies worked throughout the nation it would be impossible for the GOP to continue to hold middle class policies hostage to a failed ideology.
Emphasis added. And do read Eric Boehlert today in which he revisits the greatest media failure in half a century.

Update: Chris Hedges names our sellout intellectuals.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Well, at least we're #1 in one thing

Where the U.S. stands among the World Economic Forum's ranking of 144 countries:
  • GDP: 1
  • life expectancy: 34
  • infant mortality: 41
  • quality of primary education: 38
  • primary education enrollment rate: 58
  • quality of math and science education: 47
  • ethical behavior of firms: 29
  • soundness of banks: 80
  • internet access in schools: 24
  • quality of overall infrastructure: 25
Offered without comment. 

Except for this one from the American Medical Association: "Americans are sicker and die younger than people in other wealthy nations."