Friday, February 10, 2012

The Growth of the Poverty Achievement Gap in the Past 20 Years Obviously Illustrates the Failure of the Anti-Poverty Programs of the 60's

Doug Henwood:

Today’s New York Times contains a fine example of how ideology works at the high end: report information that might trouble the established order, but conclude on a tranquilizing note that allows the comfortable reader to turn the page (or click “close tab”) without changing his or her worldview. Both functions are important. Outlets like the Times do report tons of important stuff that one would be hard-pressed to learn otherwise. But, as Alexander Cockburn put it long ago, a primary function of the bourgeois press is reassurance.

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