Oct
18
2013

When Reporters Talk About Iran and 'the World,' They Mean Something Else

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When US journalists talk about what "the world" thinks of Iran's nuclear program, it's important to remember that they're not usually talking about "the world"– just one very powerful part of it.

Oct
17
2013

Time's Take Two on Iran: Are They Reading This Blog?

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Time's blog runs a piece on Iran that includes everything that was missing from a recent Time magazine history of US-Iran relations.

Oct
17
2013

The Media's 'New American Center' Is Well to the Left of the Media

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Media don't tend to define The Center as "Things Most People Support," because letting people know that most Americans support raising taxes on the wealthy, cutting military spending or providing single-payer healthcare would make the elite political debate seem like it's well to the right of the public.

Oct
16
2013

'Searing Memories of Defaults'–and Selective Memory at the New York Times

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It's true that Mexico's default on its debts in 1982 was followed by years of hard times. But Argentine and Russian memories of default are far less "searing"

Oct
16
2013

NYT's Iraq War History, Still Misleading

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Former Undersecretary of State John Bolton seems to tell the New York Times that only a nut would have claimed that Iraq had destroyed its chemical weapons stockpiles before the US-led war. The Times lets it pass, which is unfortunate, because if that's indeed what Bolton was referring to, it's false.

Oct
15
2013

Occupy and Inequality: Zakaria Listens to CEOs

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CNN host Fareed Zakaria dedicated a portion of his October 13 CNN show to a discussion of income inequality and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. The guests? Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein and two other CEOs.

Oct
15
2013

Is 60 Minutes Informing the Public–or Producing Informants?

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60 Minutes was so excited to hear that its report made their audience eager to inform on their neighbors and family members, it sounded like the viewer's mailbag at the end of an East German TV news show.

Oct
15
2013

Drones, the Media and Malala's Message

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Corporate media were very interested in Malala Yousafzai's message about standing up to the Taliban. But her comments about US drone strikes? Not so newsworthy.

Oct
11
2013

FAIR TV: Attacking Disability, 'Good' Government Leaks and Time's Funny Iran History

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60 Minutes goes after disability benefits, government leaks on that Somalia raid, and Time magazine's Iran timeline is missing some important history.

Oct
11
2013

Brian Williams vs. Brian Williams on Iran

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NBC's Brian Williams misled viewers when he called Iran's declaration that it wasn't interested in nuclear weapons a "sudden" shift. It's not–and he's reported that himself.

Oct
11
2013

To NPR, TPP Is a Poker Game With a Pot Full of Jobs

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Far from a free pot of good jobs, critics of the TPP have repeatedly argued that the deal involves restricting powers of domestic governments on things like food safety and environmental standards, while incentivizing the offshoring of jobs.

Oct
09
2013

Apologizing for Inequality Is a Growth Industry

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USA Today's op-ed from a Manhattan Institute fellow makes is a dubious claim. But it doesn't back up at all the sweeping assertion made in the headline.

Oct
08
2013

Somalia Raid Gone Wrong–Anonymous Officials Explain Why

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If there's one thing we know, the Obama White House hates leakers. Especially leaks about sensitive national security issues. Except when the leaks are the official kind.