The Nieman Watchdog’s slogan “Questions the press should ask” tells what they do rather well. Here’s one example of a story the Nieman Center has highlighted, showing how the media has mislead the American public, leading them to think that the rich have been hurt by the financial crises disproportionately, when in fact the opposite has happened: the poor have shouldered more than their fair share of the recent economic losses, while rich are doing relatively better than they were before the crisis. Good luck figuring that out from reading the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times, whose business apparently is: lie to protect the rich.
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University was founded in 1938 “to promote and elevate the standards of journalism in the United States.” I suggest you add it to the sites you visit and judge for yourself.
Heres a summary of the story, original at the Columbia Journalism Review:
Selective and misleading reporting on incomes
“The bottom 90 percent of Americans…earned incomes in 2007 that were 1.7 percent less than in 2000, the equivalent of working fifty-two weeks but getting paid for only fifty-one…while the top 1 percent during the same period saw their incomes rise 12 percent,” writes David Cay Johnston. But you wouldn’t know it by reading The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, whose coverage has exaggerated the negative effects of the economic crisis on the rich.