Aug
20
2013

When the State Attacks Journalism

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Attacks on journalists should outrage every reporter–and anyone who cares about a free press.

Aug
20
2013

Frisking Bill Kristol

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Neocon pundit Bill Kristol was wrong every which way about the Iraq War. So why's he on ABC talking about stop and frisk?

Aug
19
2013

Richard Engel and U.S. Aid to Egypt

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Since Engel's point was that things must stay as they are, it's not likely that the NBC reporter's words will cause much controversy–certainly things would be different if he'd have given an equally impassioned rationale for cutting off aid to Egypt's military government.

Aug
16
2013

What Do You Call Edward Snowden?

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CBS's Scott Pelley suggests that Edward Snowden admitted to being a "spy" for Russia. But he's not the only one using odd language to describe the NSA whistleblower.

Aug
15
2013

NYT Sees Shift in Global Economy–by Using a Lot of Imagination

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You begin to see why Nathaniel Popper doesn't include numbers–because they completely contradict his thesis of a dramatic shift in global growth patterns.

Aug
14
2013

What's the Message of Clinton's Noncampaign for the Office She Might Run for in Three Years?

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Hillary Clinton hasn't announced that she's running for president in 2016, and launched a campaign yet. But the Washington Post is already complaining that her nonexistent campaign for an office she may or may not seek lacks a clear message. "Clinton’s gender likely would be a significant asset," writes chief correspondent Dan Balz (8/12/13), adding: "It, however, is not a message." One has to admire the first 44 presidents of the United States, each of whom somehow managed to achieve the office without the benefit of this asset. The next day (8/13/13), Post columnist Richard Cohen picked up on Balz's […]

Aug
14
2013

Action Alert: Face the Nation Needs NSA Debate

A new FAIR Action Alert (8/14/13) asks where Face the Nation's dissenters are on NSA surveillance. Please leave copies of your messages to CBS, or comments on the alert, in the comments thread below.

Aug
13
2013

Student Loan Rates Drop–or Maybe They Rise?

The new student loan law lowers rates–and then, almost certainly, raises them in the near future. But hey–at least it's bipartisan.

Aug
12
2013

Who Dies in Yemen Drone Strikes?

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A headline is sometimes worth a thousand words, and this was definitely the case after a deadly drone strike occurred in Yemen last week.  "Drone Strike Kills Six Suspected Militants in Yemen,” a Reuters headline (8/7/13) declared.  "More Suspected Al-Qaeda Militants Killed as Drone Strikes Intensify in Yemen," a CNN.com headline  (8/8/13) offered. Whatever the language, one message was clear: "Suspected terrorists" or "militants" had been killed. But with several drone strikes over the past week in Yemen, how can anyone actually know who is being killed? The deceptive way the Obama administration defines "militants" has already been well-established–as the New […]

Aug
09
2013

FAIR TV: Terror Alerts and the NSA, Snowden's Asylum, Covering Weiner

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The media are using the government's warnings about a terror attack to boost NSA surveillance. Plus media get mad about Russia's decision to grant whistleblower Edward Snowden temporary asylum. But what's the U.S. record on extradition? Plus ABC covers the Anthony Weiner campaign–and can't much figure out why it's doing so.   Watch it all on this week's FAIR TV:  

Aug
09
2013

Iran Has Space Program–Some See Crisis!

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A well-respected research group posted a short article on its website about the location of a second launchpad for Iran's space program. That's not big news–but it can be made to sound like scary news in the New York Times.

Aug
09
2013

Was George W. Bush Aiding Al-Qaeda?

The government says Bradley Manning helped Al Qaeda when he revealed information about civilian casualties. By that logic, didn't George W. Bush do a lot more by causing those casualties?

Aug
07
2013

NSA Defenders Take to the Airwaves

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After intelligence reports about a possible Al-Qaeda attack , the Sunday chat shows were packed with politicians claiming that this meant that the NSA had been vindicated.