March 10, 2008

A series of investigative reports by journalist Jesús Dávila from New York's El Diario/La Prensa has found the government of Puerto Rico is a major investor in a local subsidiary of DynCorp, the military contractor and private security firm. The company operates an air base in the northwestern part of the island that contributes services to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the first of two reports published by the newspaper and translated by NACLA.

March 5, 2008

Reflecting on Cuba's Fidel Castro stepping down from power in February, U.S. newspapers relied on several worn-out themes and stereotypes that disparage Castro, gloss over U.S. aggression against Cuba, and idealize capitalism.

February 27, 2008

U.S. reporting on the referendum largely simplified the CAFTA question as a matter of geopolitical rivalry between Venezuela and the United States, and it failed to seriously examine whether CAFTA would benefit Costa Rica.

February 20, 2008

Mainstream news outlets have yet to fully investigate the Uribe administration's role in the failed December operation.

January 25, 2008

U.S. news coverage of Guatemala's November 2007 presidential election mostly misrepresented the country's political dynamics and misled the public about the nature of the violence that led to the deaths of more than 50 candidates, activists, and their family members during the campaign season.

January 10, 2008

News coverage of the election of Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as president of Argentina on October 28, 2007 was as lop-sided as the election itself.

January 4, 2008

Margaret Thatcher once admonished her critics with the assertion that, like it or not, "there is no alternative" to free markets and free trade. The great economists, she argued, had long taught us that such trade regimes are superior to all others. The New York Times has taken the same position in its coverage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

November 15, 2007

The controversy over the exclusion of the Latino experience from Ken Burns's recent documentary The War raised important questions not only about how he and PBS view Latinos, but more generally about Latino and Latin American images in the media.

October 19, 2007

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has long been demonized by the Western media as a "leftist firebrand" (the U.K. Independent), "militaristic strongman" (Financial Times), and as "Venezuela's demagogue" (The Washington Post).

October 19, 2007

As gauged by old-fashioned- journalistic content analysis-which simply counts the number of words, headline size, and other plainly observable elements of newspaper copy-the Los Angeles Times' coverage of Prop. 187 was balanced. But such analysis is limited. According to recent research in cognitive science, common metaphor appears to be the key element of language that people use to make sense of their social world. In brief, what you say (or read) is what you get.