Dec
11
2012

Jeffrey Goldberg, WMD Expert?

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When Meet the Press needed an expert to talk about Syria's chemical weapons, they turned to Jeffrey Goldberg– who got Iraq's WMDs spectacularly wrong.

Dec
07
2012

FAIR TV: Bradley Manning Blackout, Tax Hike Spin, Covering Poverty– and $450 Starbucks Gift Cards

The stories that came out due to the information Bradley Manning allegedly leaked have been explosive, front page news. But his trial? Not so much. And Maria Bartiromo told Meet the Press that tax increases on the wealthy are really tax increases for everyone. And why was a Starbucks $450 gift card front page news at USA Today– right underneath a stirring piece about poverty? FAIR TV breaks it down:

Dec
07
2012

This Time, Trust Anonymous WMD Claims–They've Got 'Specific Intelligence'

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The theatrics of WMD claims about Syria–satellite images, anonymous sources and so on–are obviously reminiscent of the lead up to the Iraq War. But media stress that this time–it's different.

Dec
05
2012

Poverty on the Front Page…Along With Other News

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USA Today's cover story today is a moving piece by Marisol Bello headlined, "For the Poor, 'Recovery' Is a Mirage." And then, right beneath this story, another bit of front-page news: a glimpse of an entirely different world.

Dec
04
2012

Julian Assange, Erin Burnett and the Battle Over Press Freedom

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There seems to be an expectation in the Assange case that a dissident must take refuge with a government with a sterling human rights record. This message is conveyed by journalists whose own country has detained, harassed and killed their journalistic colleagues.

Dec
04
2012

Think We Live in a Colorblind Era? Welcome to Wet Seal

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When pundits wax rhapsodic about the "colorblind" era we live in–or fulminate against affirmative action policies as interfering with that "post-racial" state–some of us think of cases like Wet Seal.

Dec
04
2012

CBS, Cliff Jumping and Your Family's Tax Burden

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The notion, coming from CBS reporter Anna Werner, that come January 1 an average family will be stuck with a bill for $3,500 is misleading–a deception in some sense borrowed from the faulty "cliff" analogy in the first place.

Dec
03
2012

When a Tax on the Rich Is Actually a Tax on the Rich

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Meet the Press hosted what David Gregory dubbed a "special economic roundtable"  on December 2 that included "CNBC's dynamic duo,"  Maria Bartiromo and Jim Cramer. But Bartiromo's comments about tax increases for the wealthy needed a factcheck. She started by making a familiar conservative point about the so-called "fiscal cliff"– that the White House talks about ending tax cuts for the wealthy, but will not talk about spending cuts: And the fact is that I find it extraordinary that we are zeroing in on this discussion only about taxes, and we do not have this kind of elaborate discussion when […]