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September 22, 2012

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Posted: 22 Sep 2012 12:06 AM PDT

'Primetime Fox News And WSJ Editorial Climate Coverage Mostly Wrong'

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 05:27 PM PDT

Climate scientists document News Corporation's distortions on climate change:

Brenda Ekwurzel is a climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. She announced in New York City on September 21st the results of an analysis of climate change coverage at two major properties of the News Corporation, the Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal.
"What we found in our analysis was that a staggering 93 percent of all occurrences in the last six months in the prime time news of Fox News were misleading occurrences of climate science. Okay, for the Wall Street Journal opinion section in the last year, we found a surprising 81 percent of the occurrences were misleading. And of the accurate ones, these were all letters to the editor that were submitted in response to misrepresentations in editorials or other letters. So, a broad swath of News Corporation viewers and readership are being misled about the science."

'This Dynamic All But Guarantees a Permanent Underclass'

Posted: 21 Sep 2012 12:06 PM PDT

Laura Tyson:

The United States is caught in a vicious cycle largely of its own making. Rising income inequality is breeding more inequality in educational opportunity, which results in greater inequality in educational attainment. That, in turn, undermines the intergenerational mobility upon which Americans have always prided themselves and perpetuates income inequality from generation to generation.

This dynamic all but guarantees a permanent underclass.


Posted: 21 Sep 2012 10:08 AM PDT

Via Jared Bernstein, who says of the first graph, "All told, clearly some redistribution here but not anything that would lead to stark divisions between 'makers and takers'":

But tax expenditures go mostly to -- surprise! -- the top of the income distribution:

More here.

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