Jan
09
2013

Ed 'Reformers' Fumble Logic With Foolish Football Analogy

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"It’s hard to watch Robert Griffin III play football and not think about education policy." Education "reformers" Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein begin an op-ed with this dubious claim, then go on to flesh out their absurd football/education analogy.

Jan
08
2013

Is John Kiriakou a Whistleblower?

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The Obama administration has pursued an unprecedented campaign to prosecute whistleblowers. The fact that John Kirikaou is facing such punishment reinforces the sense that he should be viewed as such a whistleblower, someone who was trying to expose the CIA's torture practices. But was that really his motivation?

Jan
08
2013

Venezuelans Continue to Defy Washington Post

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The Washington Post has never been fond of left-wing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. As serious questions mount about the state of Chavez's health, the paper's editorial page found it a good time to take another swipe.

Jan
07
2013

Chuck Hagel, Dove?

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Barack Obama nominated Republican ex-Senator Chuck Hagel to be his next Defense secretary today. The story can seem a little bit confusing–often because of misleading recaps of Hagel's career, which can make him sound like more like Dennis Kucinich than like the Republican who voted in favor of the Iraq War.

Jan
07
2013

Brennan's Support for Torture Is Not an 'Accusation'

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Reporting on the news that President Barack Obama plans to nominate his terrorism adviser John Brennan to be head of the CIA, the New York Times writes that critics had been "claiming that…Brennan had supported, or at least had failed to stop, the use of interrogation techniques like waterboarding."
That Brennan was a torture supporter is not a claim, though–it's a matter of public record.

Jan
04
2013

Will Americans Be Able to Watch Al Jazeera America?

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The problem with liberal cable channel Current TV being sold to Al Jazeera isn't that American TV viewers might be subjected to news with a point of view. It's news with what many elites might consider the wrong point of view that is the problem.

Jan
04
2013

FAIR TV: Media Cliff Concern for the Wealthy, Syrian Cluster Bombs vs. American Ones

Today's episode of FAIR TV– please share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Jan
04
2013

Phony Occupy Link to Weapons Cache

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It's bad enough to treat a unsubstantiated claim by a partisan news outlet, with a record of sensational misinformation on the same subject, as a relevant fact in a story. But how do you justify using this junk journalism as a chance to let a source give free rein to his fantasies of how Occupy might take a turn towards violence?

Jan
02
2013

Some Cluster Bombs More Newsworthy Than Others

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The use of cluster bombs against civilians is newsworthy depending on who is using them. If it's an enemy state, like Syria or Qaddafi's Libya, you can expect to read about it, and in clear language on the front page. And an article like this will mention, almost in passing, that our own government does the same.

Jan
02
2013

Tom Brokaw and the Not-So-Rich Wealthy

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The December 30 episode of Meet the Press was, of course, devoted to discussion of the "fiscal cliff." And NBC veteran Tom Brokaw was on hand to recycle some of the most tiresome talking points about wealth and taxes.

Jan
02
2013

CBS: Pity the Millionaires

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If the country were to fall off the fiscal cliff, we were told, there were going to be some winners and losers. But CBS Evening News found a different kind of of fiscal cliff victim: people who inherited land worth millions of dollars.