Jul
17
2013

Bradley Manning Is Not a Royal Baby

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"With a Royal Baby Due, News Outlets Are on High Alert" reported the New York Times (7/14/13) in a piece detailing the extensive planning that TV networks have done in order to cover the any-day-now arrival of the child of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Times said it "will be a spectacle unlike any other in the modern media age"; the ABC website has a special section ("sponsored by Nestlé"), while "NBC News has a site called RoyalBabyGuess.com, asking for predictions about name, birth time and weight. To make it more fun, the people whose guesses come closest might […]

Jul
17
2013

Tom Friedman, Churchill and Immigrants

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If Tom Friedman wants to slam Republicans' anti-immigrant policies, he probably shouldn't be summoning the ghost of Winston Churchill.

Jul
16
2013

Racism and Richard Cohen

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It's not everyday that a syndicated columnist endorses racial profiling. But that's exactly what the Washington Post's Richard Cohen did in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict.

Jul
16
2013

Obama, Like Ike, 'Avoided Military Adventures'? Not Quite

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NY Times says Obama, like Dwight Eisenhower, avoided "military adventures" because he is "leaving Afghanistan." Sure–after massively escalating the war there.

Jul
16
2013

Voter ID Laws: More He Said, She Said

The recent Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act is bound to bring voter ID laws back into the media discussion. And, unfortunately, that means some of these discussions will suffer from a familiar problem: The unwillingness to point out that the problem such laws are allegedly fighting–voter fraud– doesn't exist.

Jul
15
2013

CBS Gives Iran Nuclear Fearmongering a Voice

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been sounding alarms over Iran's nuclear program for two decades. On Sunday CBS Face the Nation gave him yet another chance to make dubious claims about the threats posed by their supposed weapons.

Jul
12
2013

FAIR TV: What David Gregory Doesn't Know, NBC's News-Ads, Karl Plays Bush Softball

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This week on FAIR TV: David Gregory knows one thing about Obamacare–and it's not true. We take a look at some NBC "reporting" that looks a lot like advertising. Plus ABC's Jonathan Karl gets an interview with George W. Bush, and pitches all softballs.

Jul
12
2013

Did NYT Tarnish 'Journalistic Reputation' of WikiLeaks?

The New York Times reports that Wikileaks' "journalistic reputation was…undercut by two prominent articles published by the New York Times." But if anyone's journalistic reputation was hurt by those articles, it was the Times'.

Jul
11
2013

Advice on Balancing Work and Life Could Use More Balance

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One of the most important facts left out while discussing breadwinners? Of female breadwinners in America, 63 percent are single moms with a median family income of just $23,000.

Jul
10
2013

At NBC News, the Anchor Has to Remind You You're Not Watching an Ad

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NBC's Matt Lauer issued a clarification that his news report was not an advertisement. That was helpful, because the report appeared to be virtually identical to a paid infomercial.

Jul
09
2013

No Hero, No Coverage: Restrictive Abortion Provisions in Ohio Budget

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Everyone heard about the one state senator in Texas who stood up–literally–for a woman's right to choose. But there was little commotion after recent abortion-restricting legislation in Ohio was passed. The budget bill Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed late last month had numerous anti-abortion provisions in it. Similar laws are starting to be enforced this month in a number of states, including Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi and South Dakota (ABC, 7/2/13).   The Ohio budget bill will make it difficult for family planning groups to receive funding (Washington Post, 7/1/13) and can suspend public assets for rape crisis clinics if they counsel victims on […]

Jul
09
2013

Washington Post's WikiLeaks/Snowden/Greenwald Conspiracy Theory

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To Washington Post columnist Walter Pincus, something about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden just doesn't smell right. Lucky for him he gets space in a prestigious newspaper to work out his hunch–apparently without any editors or factcheckers to get in his way.

Jul
09
2013

Time Sends Simpson and Norquist to the Zoo

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Policy debates are only as broad as the establishment media allow them to be. And on this particular issue–fiscal policy, or what decisions the government should make about spending and revenues–the media tend to prefer staying within what you might call a center-right spectrum of opinion,