Aug
30
2013

When It Comes to State Violence, Too Much Is Never Enough

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Time magazine's Michael Crowley (9/9/13) offers an analysis of how the Syrian situation reflects on Barack Obama's presidency: Whatever comes of Obama's confrontation with Assad, an even more dangerous confrontation lies in wait–the one with Iran. If another round of negotiations with Tehran should fail, Obama may soon be obliged to make good on his vow to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. "I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests," Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2012. But to his critics, Obama does […]

Aug
30
2013

FAIR TV: Syria and Skepticism; Crossfire's War 'Debate'; WSJ Sees Tea Party Comeback

This week on FAIR TV: Is Syria Iraq all over again? Plus a look at the CNN "debate" over military strikes that didn't have much debate, and the Wall Street Journal sees a big Tea Party "comeback."

Aug
30
2013

On Syria, Intelligence and Evidence

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One would hope that the lessons of Iraq might inform more of the coverage of Syria. But that's not always the case. Over the course of the past week, the White House and various officials have been adamant that they have evidence that shows the Syrian government was responsible for the horrific attack last week that likely killed hundreds, and very well could have been a chemical or gas attack of some sort. But too many journalists were treating what the government said it knew as if it was already actual evidence. On NBC Nightly News (8/27/13), Andrea Mitchell reported […]

Aug
28
2013

The New Crossfire: Where Both Sides Support War With Syria

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"Left" debates "right" on CNN. Both sides want to bomb Syria.

Aug
28
2013

Washington Post: Big Government…Isn't That Big

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The Washington Post wanted to show that big government was still big–but they wound up showing readers mostly the opposite.

Aug
28
2013

Action Alert: NPR, USA Today Misreport Iranian Nukes

FAIR's new alert looks at recent coverage of Iran at NPR and USA Today. If you'd like to share your letter to those outlets, you can do so in the comments thread below.

Aug
27
2013

Heading to War With Syria

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Providing convincing evidence that chemical attacks actually were the work of the Syrian government should be the first order of business. But it's hard not reach the conclusion that some in the media have already made up their minds.

Aug
26
2013

Jeffrey Toobin, Expert on Bizarre Analogies

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In his attack last week on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin (8/20/13) started off by comparing the release of classified information about government spying to the assassination of Martin Luther King: The assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy led directly to the passage of a historic law, the Gun Control Act of 1968. Does that change your view of the assassinations? Should we be grateful for the deaths of these two men? Of course not. That's lunatic logic. But the same reasoning is now being applied to the actions of Edward Snowden. […]

Aug
23
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden the 'Spy,' Stop-and-Frisk Factcheck, Student Loan Rates

On FAIR TV this week: CBS tries to call Edward Snowden a "spy," and Bill Kristol makes his ABC comeback with a bogus defense of New York's stop-and-frisk police searches. Plus: Student loan rates are slashed, say the TV reports. But are they actually…going up? Watch it all this on this week's episode:

Aug
23
2013

Newt and CNN: Working the Refs Works

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What better way to show you care about ideological diversity than by hiring the guy who attacked one of your own reporters for asking him a question he didn't like?

Aug
23
2013

Bait-and-Switch on Stop-and-Frisk

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There's a powerful urge to believe, it seems, that abusing the Fourth Amendment rights of young men of color somehow makes the rest of us safer.

Aug
23
2013

The NYT Thinks You're an Idiot

Private Chelsea Manning will be serving out a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth prison for revealing classified information to WikiLeaks. Are you confused by that sentence? Not sure what case we're talking about here? Maybe there were two Private Mannings who are now tied for the record of longest prison sentence in the history of this country for whistleblowing? It's hard to imagine that, more than 24 hours after Manning made her gender identity public through a written statement read on the Today show (8/22/13), any reader or viewer would not figure out pretty quickly who the news was talking […]

Aug
22
2013

Bradley Manning's Name Is Chelsea Manning

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Chelsea Manning's announcement that she identifies as female and would prefer to be referred to that way seemed to befuddle many in the media, with some outlets apparently unclear about how to identify her.