Many of the country’s biggest media companies—which own dozens of newspapers and TV news operations—are flexing their muscle in Washington in a fight against a government initiative to increase transparency of political spending.
Media Matters turned its bias detectors on the corporate media’s coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed $7 billion Canada-to-Texas oil way that the Obama administration put on hold last week. The analysis found that in all mediums, pipeline supporters got more talk time than their opponents, and counted the ways reporters parroted industry’s talking points.
Project Censored, a media research program founded by Carl Jensen in 1976, has for a long time drawn attention to stories that the mainstream media for one reason or another censor or ignore. The project will publish its 2012 edition this month, highlighting the most censored stories in the last year.