"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." - Franklin D. Roosevelt. While enjoying this holiday weekend, try reflecting on our progress as a nation, and what media outlets have to say about that.
The Facts About Abortion AccessDue to new proposals that would severely limit access to abortion in Texas, Ohio, and North Carolina, the issue of reproductive rights has been in the news recently. Unsurprisingly, there's quite a bit of misinformation out there. Here are the facts: http://mm4a.org/10DPSOM.
Related: Amanda Marcotte at Slate explains how abortions have proven to be medically safe: http://slate.me/18wnTWa; Zachary Pleat compares conservative worries about health safety to those of doctors and medical professionals: http://mm4a.org/14GTxum
Wildfires And Climate ChangeIn 2009, a report commissioned by the Bush administration concluded that climate change was substantially increasing the risks of wildfires. And yet, as Max Greenberg and our climate team found, media coverage of wildfires has barely mentioned climate change: http://mm4a.org/120oKdI
They Killed The GOP RebrandImmediately after President Obama won reelection, there was talk of a GOP rebrand. Sean Hannity even endorsed a path to citizenship for a while. But Rush Limbaugh and right-wing radio never bought it. Simon Maloy charts how Limbaugh's resistance eventually infected the entire party: http://mm4a.org/18eA4qv
Related: Rush Limbaugh argues that the real victim was not Trayvon Martin, but instead George Zimmerman. http://mm4a.org/121fRRd