January 20, 2015
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NPR Reporter on Featuring Climate Change Denier Front Groups: ‘Journalists Just Love a Fight’

Merchants of Doubt, a new film by Robert Kenner, explores the history of paid “third party” front groups, designed to appear as legitimate scientific or academic organizations, that act to mislead the public on policy issues on behalf of their corporate benefactors. The film goes through the history of groups that were paid to raise doubts about the health risks of cigarette smoking on behalf of tobacco firms to the modern climate change denial network spawned by fossil fuel interests.

At a special screening of the movie in Washington, D.C., NPR’s science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel and Kenner participated in a …

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January 14, 2015
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For-Profit College Investor Now Owns Controlling Share of Leading Education Trade Publication

Quad Partners, a New York private equity firm that is invested heavily in the for-profit college industry, and whose founder has aggressively opposed regulation of that troubled industry, has acquired a controlling stake in the respected trade publication Inside Higher Ed (IHE), which often reports on for-profit colleges and the policy disputes surrounding them. There has been no public announcement, but the Quad Partners website now lists Inside Higher Ed as one of its investments, among a range of education-related companies, including for-profit trade schools Beckfield College, Blue Cliff College, Dorsey Schools, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and Marinello Schools of Beauty.

Doug Lederman, one …

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November 12, 2014
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Peabody Energy CEO: Burning ‘Dung’ Real Environmental Issue, Not Coal

Another CNBC interview, another slow pitch interview for a fossil fuel executive.

Not too long ago, Republic Report caught a CNBC producer soliciting climate change denier pundits to “balance” a report about the costs of inaction on carbon emissions. Last weekend, CNBC brought on Gregory Boyce, Peabody Energy’s chief executive, to uncritically discuss how his coal company is attempting to airbrush the image of coal.

“People have this stigma that coal is the dirtiest form of electricity,” said the CNBC reporter. “How do you battle against that stigma?”

That “stigma” is based on reality. Coal-fired power plants are the largest contributors to …

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September 17, 2014
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VIDEO: With Senator Warren Watching, Suze Orman Denies, Admits, Rationalizes Teaching at University of Phoenix

At an event in Washington DC this morning, speaking alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), financial guru Suze Orman at first seemed to deny what is a documented fact: that she teaches a personal finance course at the nation’s biggest for-profit college, the University of Phoenix.  Then Orman admitted it, but offered a wholly unconvincing explanation.

The event, hosted by Politico and sponsored by Starbucks, addressed the issue of educational opportunity and student debt, issues on which Senator Warren has been a leader. Having read a tweet I sent yesterday, Politico reporter Allie Grasgreen asked Orman a highly relevant question:

Q: Suze, are …

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July 25, 2014
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Post-Corinthian: Gates, Gingrich, Graham, Fake “Susan and Dave” Aren’t Done Opposing For-Profit College Rules

Are “Susan and Dave” a for-profit college student, or the parents of a for-profit college student?  From the comments they posted on two different websites this week, seems like, both.  Actually, it seems like a lie, perpetrated by a wealthy industry that will say or do anything to keep tapping billions in taxpayer dollars, even as it abuses actual students.

 

The mess that Corinthian Colleges’ management has left for students, staff, and shareholders might have been avoided had there already been a strong “gainful employment” rule in place. The rule, which the Obama Administration has been seeking to enact for almost five years …

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June 26, 2014
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Responding to ‘Risky Business’ Report, CNBC Seeks Op-Ed on ‘Global Warming Being a Hoax’

How badly does cable news network CNBC want to deny the existence of global warming?

For a network with an embarrassing history of fudging the science around climate change, one CNBC booker apears to have made a big mistake.

Responding to the groundbreaking report “Risky Business,” a bipartisan project that compiled the many ways global warming will harm the United States economy over the next cenutry, a CNBC staffer sent an e-mail to a website that she apparently thought was connected to economist and climate contrarian Alan Carlin. In the e-mail, which has been shared with Republic Report, the …

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June 10, 2014
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SNL “Making Copies” Guy, In Business With For-Profit College, Attacks Obama

Barack. Barack-O. Barack-O-Rama. The Obamanator!  Makin’ some copies. Copying the Gainful Employment Rule. 845 pages!

You remember Rob Schneider on “Saturday Night Live” with his breakout character, the guy who sat by the office copy machine and annoyed people with a stream of comments? You don’t?  C’mon.

Well, Schneider, also the star of such film classics as “The Hot Chick” and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” has now joined Suze Orman, Colin Powell, Shannen Doherty, Trent Lott, Jeb Bush, Bob Kerrey, Marc Morial, Steve Forbes, and other hired celebrities who validate and endorse the for-profit college industry, a sector where …

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May 6, 2014

Suze Orman Warns Against Private Student Loans, Yet Teaches at University of Phoenix

Last year I reported that Suze Orman had been hired by the University of Phoenix to teach an online personal finance course and had appeared at a Capitol Hill event where she promoted the school, which is the largest for-profit college in the country.  It was difficult to understand how a woman who proclaims herself “undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance” could accept such a role when, for many people, enrolling at a for-profit college can be the worst financial decision they make in their entire lives.  While some graduates …

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