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March 24, 2023
CNBC Airs Falsehoods And Parrots Landlord Lobbyists To Trash Rent Control
Corporate media continues to carry water for Big Real Estate by presenting industry-aligned talking heads as neutral “experts”.
March 17, 2023 | RDP Newsletter
Economic PolicyExecutive BranchFinancial RegulationIndependent Agencies
Hack Watch: Two Percent Is Just A Number
There’s nothing special about the Fed’s target inflation rate
March 15, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Selling Out the Arctic; Bailing Out the Rich
The year is 2023, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 50 percent higher than it was before the Industrial Revolution, and the so-called “climate president” has decided to go ahead with industrializing the Arctic wilderness, a region already warming four times faster than the rest of the world.
March 03, 2023
Ethics in GovernmentFederal ReserveFinancial RegulationMedia Accountability
Media Continues To Rehabilitate Disgraced Former Fed Vice Chair
Insider-trading can’t keep Powell’s right-hand man from becoming CNBC’s new favorite expert.
March 01, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Dylan Gyauch-Lewis Emma Marsano Ananya Kalahasti Julian Scoffield
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What Makes a Good Executive Branch Official?
If we had to make one overarching argument about what makes a good executive branch official, whether at a massive cabinet-level department, a medium-sized agency, or a tiny commission, it is this: a habit of skepticism about corporate claims.
February 24, 2023 | Revolving Door Project newsletter
"Economic Science" Is Whatever Larry Summers Wants It To Be
In many cases, Summers refuses to distinguish between his personal ideology about economics and what he thinks are scientific laws of nature.
February 17, 2023 | RDP Newsletter
Hack Watch: Debtors And Lawyers And Trusts, Oh My!
February 15, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
The Value of a Human Life, According to Economists
Last week a shocking story from NPR largely slipped under the radar. The headline: “Why the EPA puts a higher value on rich lives lost to climate change.” Climate Correspondent Rebecca Hersher shared the “twisted tale of math, ethics and climate change” that is the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to decide what’s been called the most important number you’ve never heard of: the social cost of greenhouse gases.
February 10, 2023
Larry Summers, TV Star: Part 1
Uncovering what Summers argued, and how Westin framed it, offers a lot of insight into how the media trains us to think about the economy.
February 08, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Hannah Story Brown Ananya Kalahasti
Will the White House Let Covid Vaccine Prices Skyrocket?
Since the early days of the pandemic, the federal government has been pre-purchasing Covid vaccines at an average cost of around $20 per dose (around $29 per dose for the bivalent boosters) to ensure public access to vaccination at no cost. However, with Congress no longer willing to fund Covid treatment, the Biden administration has indicated that it intends to end the Covid public health emergency in May, and more or less hand over control of Covid prevention to the healthcare industry.
February 03, 2023
Media Helps Corporate Landlords Spin Biden’s Watered-Down Renter Protection Plan
Mainstream outlets are failing to tell the full story on the White House’s new tenant protection actions.
February 01, 2023
The State Of The Union, And The Year That Followed
President Joe Biden’s second State of the Union address is next Tuesday. Amid an uprising sparked by yet another horrific video of police violence, deep uncertainty about U.S. fiscal and monetary policy, and continuing wars and threats around the world, the nation — or at least, the politics junkies in the nation — will gather to hear the President lay out his agenda to a Congress absolutely no one reasonably expects will deliver on it, or likely even take it all that seriously.
January 25, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Hannah Story Brown Emma Marsano
Corporate CrackdownEthics in GovernmentExecutive BranchHealthRevolving Door
Biden’s Choice of Chief of Staff Threatens Populist Potential
Last Friday marked the exact midway point of Biden’s presidential term. With this newly divided Congress, there are scant possibilities for legislation in the next two years. By and large, this next stage of Biden’s presidency should be all about the executive branch: implementing recent laws, enforcing existing laws, and enacting much-needed regulation. (Biden should have been overseeing these things all along, of course—that’s what the Presidency is for!)
January 20, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Hack Watch: The Fairness Doctrine Strikes Again: Media Outlets are Calling Republicans’ Austerity Pushes a Debt Ceiling “Showdown”
However, in their ongoing quest to appear “neutral” and “balanced,” some media outlets are saying that the damage will be done by the deficit ceiling fight itself, not by the Republican push to default on our loans.
January 18, 2023 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
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FDA Tobacco Scientist Joins Cigarette Company. Nothing To See Here!
We’ve barely begun wading into the troubled waters of the 118th Congress, and House Republicans are already out for the blood of their longtime nemesis: federal workers.