Oct
31
2013

National Review Just Can't Seem to Shake Its Racist Image

National Review editor Rich Lowry (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

From its 1950s founding, when it campaigned for the racist order in the American South and South Africa, to recent years with "scientific racists" who say black people are less intelligent than other groups, the National Review has always been significantly defined by racism.

Oct
30
2013

No, You Still Can't Trust What the NSA Says

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One of the most incendiary revelations from the documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden suggests that the NSA's mass collection of phone records isn't confined to the United States. Reports in Le Monde (10/21/13) and El Mundo (10/28/13) say the NSA is involved in collecting such data in France and Spain, too–millions of phone records in a one-month period from December 2012 to January 2013. Those revelations sparked outrage across Europe. But then another storyline emerged: According to anonymous sources, those reports were wrong, the result of Snowden and/or the journalists writing the stories misunderstanding the documents. According to this […]

Oct
30
2013

Music as a Weapon? It's No Joke

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Joking about pop music that's so bad it's painful helps obscure the all-too-serious use of sound as a weapon that causes actual pain.

Oct
29
2013

CBS Does CIA PR

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60 Minutes' interview with former CIA official Mike Morell was more like a press briefing than an interview with a powerful figure who has never been asked questions by a TV journalist.

Oct
29
2013

O'Reilly Factor the Go-From Place for 'Facts About Obamacare'

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told viewers, "The Factor has established itself as the go-to news program if you want the facts about Obamacare." And then he proceeded to show that this wasn't true.

Oct
25
2013

FAIR TV: Unreported Drone Reports, Schieffer Wants to Tackle Poverty, CNN's Pro-Nuke Propaganda

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This week we look at what the big TV networks covered instead of the new reports about US drone attacks. Plus CBS host Bob Schieffer calls for more discussions of issues that matter, and CNN is set to air some pro-nuclear power propaganda.   

Oct
25
2013

CNN Host Sticks Up for the Biggest Bank

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Before she was a reporter, CNN host Erin Burnett worked on Wall Street. Evidently she still sees things from that perspective.  On October 21, Burnett took time on her show OutFront to criticize the Justice Department's reported $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase. The bank is apparently ready to settle over a variety of claims relating to mortgage securities and the 2008 economic collapse.  To Burnett, this is the government punishing success–and making the bank pay for things it didn't even do:  This is all related to mortgage-backed securities and bad mortgages. It's a hell of a lot of money, […]

Oct
23
2013

iPads, Flying Pets and Other Things More Newsworthy Than Deadly Drone Strikes

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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both released reports on civilian deaths from US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Despite being front-page news in the New York Times, the reports were absent from the network evening newscasts.

Oct
22
2013

Does Being a Pundit Ever Mean Having to Say You're Sorry?

"The early denunciations of Snowden now seem both over the top and beside the point," the Washington Post's Richard Cohen writes. He should know–he wrote one of them. And now he says his initial reaction was "just plain wrong."

Oct
21
2013

TV Host Tired of 'Partisan Games,' Keeps Playing Them Anyway

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Bob Schieffer isn't just a guy with an opinion about what's not being discussed on TV. He hosts a TV show every week.

Oct
21
2013

USA Today Forgets That Climate Is a Part of Wildfire Context

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The word "wildfire" has come up 1,457 times in USA Today's reporting–and it's been accompanied by the phrase "climate change" 73 times.

Oct
18
2013

FAIR TV: Hearing Malala's Message, Zakaria's CEO Panel, Networks Do Self-Promotion

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US media ignore one part of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai's message. CNN's Fareed Zakaria talks about inequality and Occupy Wall Street with….three CEOs? And corporations view the news networks they own as vehicles to promote their other properties.

Oct
18
2013

Income Inequality? The TV Industry Is on Top of It

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TV bosses are in the top 20 percent of big corporations in terms of how much more they make than their employees.