FAIR finds the "liberal" media once again rushing to judgment in re whether Syria has used chemical weapons. Long story short: there's much less proof than the "liberal" media would want you to believe. Absolutely priceless moments: New York Times hack Bill Keller saying "getting Syria right starts with getting over Iraq" and ABC news hack Cokie Roberts suggesting that public unwillingness to get embroiled in another quagmire is "a huge problem."
Wisconsin legislature mulls a bill, AB 110, that would attempt to curtail alleged food-stamp spending on junk food -- but would also would curtail food-stamp spending on organic milk, organic eggs, and gluten-free bread, among other actually healthy foods. You're tempted to say the legislature really doesn't understand what they're doing, but they carved out exemptions for beef and pork, just not for the dairy products for which Wisconsin is famous. They really have taken George W. Bush's lessons to heart in Wisconsin.
Dave Johnson describes "Seven Ways the Sequester Is Actually Increasing Government Spending." This isn't one of those counterintuitive cut-the-top-tax-rate-and-you'll-raise-revenue arguments -- we all know in our bones that the essential spending you cut now often costs you later. Highlights, such as they are: cutting IRS appropriations cuts revenue and thus increases the deficit; cutting Meals-on-Wheels puts more seniors in nursing homes and thus increases Medicare spending; even arbitrary defense cuts results in future lawsuits, thus settlements, thus increased spending.
Don't look now, but Robert J. Samuelson of the Washington Post thinks that "employers lack confidence, not skilled labor." Mr. Samuelson is one of the Post's biggest corporatists, a long-time apologist for Medicare and Social Security "reform," but if he tells you that the number of unemployed folk "dwarf(s)" the number of job vacancies, and that long-term unemployed get shafted worse than anyone else regardless of their skills, then the we-can't-find-the-right-people shtick must be one of the worst shticks ever.
Finally, NPR's David Carr finds that media executives tend to outmake even financial sector executives, at least at the high end. Did you need even more proof that the media can't speak truth to power because they are power? Well, there it is.