Ken Shepherd

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Networks Downplay Drug Costs, Treat Medicine as Entitlement

Times Laments Denied Medicaid Enrollment for Americans without Birth Certificates

Correspondent Robert Pear insisted a new Bush administration policy requiring documentation for Medicaid has "shut out tens of thousands" of Americans eligible for the program. Yet even Pear ...

ABC Puts Emotionally Involved Reporter on Hurricane Insurance Story

Dismissing industry facts, Robin Roberts admits her mother has a claim against one of the companies.

ABC Reports New Autism Study Finds Genetics, Not Toxins, to Blame for Rise in Cases

But network failed to remind viewers it gave Robert Kennedy a soapbox about mercury as cause for disease.

ABC Slams State Farm as 'Greedy' Neighbor for Suspending Policy Sales in Mississippi

Reporter Chris Cuomo ignored industry argument that 'groundless' lawsuit by the state's attorney general created a hostile business environment.

Post Changes Its Tune on Sallie Mae Stock Sale

Reporter notes Democrats smell insider trading, but he left out facts he first reported four days earlier before congressional leaders called for investigation.

NY Times Insists Economy Isn't as Good as It Appears

Reporters rely on discredited housing bubble storyline, comparison to tech bubble of 1990s.

CBS's Harry Smith: Is Al Gore a Prophet?

Reporter gives former vice president a worshipful interview, suggests Gore could have done more if he were elected president.

Philadelphia Inquirer Finds No Eatery Owners Complaining About Trans Fat Ban

Reporters cite restaurant owners as pro-regulation, but had ditched trans fats long before the new law passed.

Fortune Magazine Slams Coal Company, Praises Alliance Between Big Biz, Enviros

Reporter Marc Gunther pits TXU coal company against 'pro-business' green groups that oppose nuclear energy and favor tax increases.

'American Morning' on Yo-Yo Diet of Obesity Hype

Twice this week, the CNN show has scoffed at anti-sugar crusades as silly or over-the-top, a departure from its usual reporting on the 'obesity epidemic.'

ABC's Avila Throws Book at Wal-Mart over Class Action Case

Reporter leaves out argument that 9th Circuit ruling flies in face of standing precedent and could hurt business.

Repeat Offender: NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU' Slams Businessmen in February Sweeps Show

In 2006 study, crime drama was found to blame businessmen for nearly 50 percent of show's felonies.

ABC Pushes Democratic Complaints of Defense Crowding Out Domestic Spending

Reporter Jonathan Karl ignores conservatives who point to entitlement spending as real danger to taxpayers.

CNN Reporter Complains of Billions Spent on Iraq

Joshua Levs cites only left-leaning budget items as missed opportunities.

CNN's Velshi Argues Boosting Minimum Wage Could Boost the Economy

Business reporter says higher-paid workers will spend more, but fails to take into account lost jobs, lost hours, lost profitability from businesses.

Post's Givhan Continues Complaint about Skinny Models

Writer attacks industry for thin model preference, but could just as well gripe about customers who drive the New York market.

Networks Ignore Hugo Chavez's Power Grab, Move to Seize Oil, Telecom

Media continue pattern of bypassing Venezuelan dictator's threats against the West.

Networks Ignore President's Defense of Tax Cuts as Key to Economic Growth

ABC's Betsy Stark highlighted applause lines in Bush speech on income gap, CEO pay.

NY Times Reviewer Complains about Friedman Documentary on PBS

Reporter Ginia Bellafante puffs up Friedman rival who said Soviet economy was sounder as it was collapsing in the 1980s.