Jul
09
2013

Rehabilitating Bush at ABC News

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George W. Bush doesn't speak to the press much, but based on the fawning treatment he got from ABC News' Jonathan Karl, he might want to re-consider.

Jul
08
2013

To Millionaire TV Host, 'Anybody Who Gets a Paycheck' Makes More Than $200K (UPDATED)

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It's revealing that someone with Gregory's job admits that he doesn't know much about the new healthcare law. But the part that he think he does know–that "anybody who gets a paycheck" is paying a new Obamacare tax–isn't true.

Jul
05
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden & Hayden, Pro-Equality 'Bias,' Climate Coverage

CBS covers the Edward Snowden and the NSA scandal by asking Bush-era NSA chief Michael Hayden for help. And NPR wonders if media coverage of marriage equality is too tilted in favor of… equality? Plus network TV doesn't cover Obama's climate speech–but the fake newscast at Comedy Central does.

Jul
05
2013

Can the NYT Call a Coup a Coup?

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"A Coup? Or Something Else?" is the question a New York Times headline is posing today about the U.S. government's response to the military's removal of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. But what is the New York Times calling it?

Jul
05
2013

David Brooks Applies His Mental Equipment to the Egypt Coup

David Brooks

"Islamists…lack the mental equipment to govern," New York Times columnist David Brooks writes today (7/5/13). "Incompetence is built into the intellectual DNA of radical Islam." Now, Brooks has been known to cite eugenicist¬† Steve Sailer on "white fertility rates" (12/7/04; Extra!, 4/05).¬† But let's give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that rather than making a racist argument, he's simply appearing to be racist as a metaphor (as when he wrote recently that interracial marriage was producing a "nation of mutts"–6/27/13). So he's saying, then, that Islamists govern as if they were biologically inferior. And his evidence for […]

Jul
03
2013

Dick Durbin Wants to Stop You From Being a Journalist

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Sen.¬† Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.), writing in the Chicago Sun-Times ("It's Time to Say Who's a Real Reporter," 6/26/13), says it's time to stop letting just anyone call themselves a journalist. Everyone, regardless of the mode of expression, has a constitutionally protected right to free speech. But when it comes to freedom of the press, I believe we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive. By this he means, basically, that the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press probably don't apply to you: Not every blogger, tweeter or Facebook user is a […]

Jul
02
2013

Obama's 'War on Coal' Isn't Real–But It's Really in the Newspaper

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Republicans discuss Barack Obama's environmental policies as a "war on coal." And in the New York Times, reporter Trip Gabriel covers that story not as someone trying to explain reality to readers, but as someone helping to make the Republican case.

Jul
02
2013

No Laughing Matter: Comedians Gave More Time Than News Shows to Climate Speech

Who would have thought the future of the environment was some kind of joke? It turns out comedians actually seem to care more about climate change than the people who produce real news programs do.

Jul
02
2013

Schieffer Hopes the Government Will Explain Its Secret Spying Program to Him

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So a serious TV journalist might want to grill Michael Hayden on his role in the warrantless wiretapping scandal. But he was on Face the Nation, and Bob Schieffer wasn't conducting that kind of interview.

Jul
02
2013

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of a White Male 'Mainstream'

The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel

With the tagline "The Magazine for Men," it is almost unsurprising that Port magazine, a British quarterly, celebrated "A New Golden Age: The Increasing Importance of Print Media" by putting six white men on its cover. Not surprising, but also not excusable.

Jul
01
2013

Press Latched On to Snowden's 'Dropout' Status

Megyn Kelly and Chris Stirewalt

Edward Snowden has been characterized as many things in recent weeks, but journalists' discounting him as a "high-school dropout" speaks volumes about media portrayals of education.

Jul
01
2013

What Tea Party Did Tom Friedman Go To?

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Friedman's garbled recollection of a major U.S. political movement is a reminder that someone who doesn't understand the politics of his own country is probably not going to give you a lot of help understanding the politics of other people's countries.