Friday Buzz: Fox News, Bailout Blues, and More

It's been quite a week for NDN in the media.

Yesterday, Fox News gave Michael Moynihan and NDN's Green Project a lot of the credit (or blame? You Decide...) for getting legislation to create a Clean Energy Investment Bank into the House. Michael also got good mentions from the Carbon Tax Center and Carbon Control News.

Rob and Simon's critical work on solving the financial crisis and keeping people in their homes was covered in The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press (twice, here and here), The Chicago Sun-Times, The Huffington PostThe Hill, and The Phoenix.

NDN's work on immigration reform and Hispanic issues was covered by several major news sources this week, including Newsweek, The Guardian, and NPR, as well as Fort Collins Now, The Miami New Times, HispanicTips.com, and Scoop.

The Washington Post and HispanicTips.com covered the expansion of NDN affiliate The New Policy Institute's Adelante campaign, which has new ads airing in the DC Metro area in addition to Colorado and Nevada. The Statesman also covered the campaign.

Finally, Simon is quoted in The American Prospect this week on the internal dynamics of the evolving Democratic majority in Congress.

Comments

On October 5, 2008, the CW
Network premiered a new TV show from the creators of The Sopranos. The new show
is called Easy Money. The show is about a family that owns and operates a
“high-interest loan” business called Prestige Payday Loans. It’s pretty typical
to see shows being unrealistic when it comes to what actually happens in real
life. After watching one of the trailers for Easy Money, as well as a few of
the episode synopses, I can tell that the premise for the show is based solely
on vicious media stereotypes. Think about the last time you saw a news story
either online or on television news talking about the payday loan industry.
Chances are, the story spun tales of “real” people’s troubles getting stuck in
an “endless cycle of debt.” According to such “articles,” these cycles of debt
all started when these people needed to borrow money to pay for a surprise
expense. Stories like this are further proof that most news networks
sensationalize controversial issues for the sake of winning the ratings wars.
It seems like the CW is doing the same in an effort to recover viewers lost
during the Writer’s Strike. One preview opens with the tag line, “for this
family of loan sharks, money is easy.” It will be interesting to see how the
show’s creators misconstrue the payday loan industry throughout the upcoming
episodes.

 

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