On Government Spending: Occupy Wall Street

Our focus in the two-part On Government Spending is to contrast the media coverage of two movements, not to discuss the efficacy one way or another. We chose Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party because they are not only temporally similar, but both speak to the proper size and scope of government. And again, our assumption is that the media are … Read More

On Government Spending: The Tea Party

Members of the media largely stand against capitalism and free markets, frequently criticizing the evils of big business. Many also support big government and bold new ideas that reshape our society. This week we dig in to how that manifests itself in disparate coverage of protests when the cause cuts against the general beliefs of the media—the Tea Party. In … Read More

The Population Dud

How doomsday predictions of overpopulation became mainstream rhetoric. Overpopulation will doom us all and is getting worse week-by-week. News anchors took center stage in the crusade against overpopulation in the 1960s and 1970s. Paul Ehrlich, biology professor at Stanford University and author of the 1968 book The Population Bomb, predicted that “by 1985, enough millions will have died to reduce the … Read More