Dec
29
2013

NYT Benghazi Bombshell: They Reported It Last Year Too

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What Meet the Press's David Gregory described as "a bombshell report in the New York Times [that] could change the debate over the deadly attack" in Benghazi, Libya, was actually old news to careful readers.

Dec
23
2013

David Gregory's NSA Source–His Wife

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The NSA's mass surveillance programs are the subject of continued legal and political challenge–but there remain serious problems with how some in the media are covering the issue. Take the December 22 episode of NBC's Meet the Press. Viewers heard Republican politician and ardent NSA defender Peter King claim that if the NSA had phone metadata program in 2001, the 9/11 attacks "probably wouldn’t have happened." That's a remarkably provocative claim; is it true? One wouldn't have known from watching the show, but ProPublica's Justin Elliot has looked into this (6/20/13)  and finds no evidence for such an assertion New […]

Dec
20
2013

FAIR TV: CBS and the NSA, Yemen Drone Attack, Afghanistan

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This week on FAIR TV: The NSA has been having a rough time, but 60 Minutes did them a favor with a long piece that was more like public relations than journalism. Also on the show: a look at how the New York Times covered a suspected US drone strike in Yemen, and what it had to say about how Afghans feel about US troops.   

Dec
19
2013

Media Lean Left, Say Journalists Who Don't Really Say That

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When establishment journalists were asked about whether media leaned left, so little in their responses addressed what would seem to be the fundamental question: Does what is actually in the media suggest a liberal bias?

Dec
17
2013

A Wedding Was Bombed–Don't Worry, It Was by the US, Not in the US

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What seemed to be a US drone strike hit a wedding convoy in Yemen, killing over a dozen people. What kind of coverage does an event like that get on US television?

Dec
13
2013

Mandela and Misremembering US History

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U.S. media coverage of Nelson Mandela's legacy celebrates the late icon's forgiveness. But one area that gets relatively little attention is US support for the racist government Mandela fought against.

Dec
13
2013

FAIR TV: Misremembering Mandela, Dubious Iran Poll

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This week on FAIR TV: What are media missing in their tributes to Nelson Mandela? We share a few thoughts. Also: USA Today's front page told readers that the US public is mostly opposed to the tentative deal on Iran's nuclear program. That's not what most other polls are saying. We'll explain why.

Dec
13
2013

The Official Story: How NY Times Covers Yemen Drone Strikes

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The New York Times' report on yesterday's drone strike in Yemen leads with the claim that "most of the dead appeared to be people suspected of being militants linked to Al Qaeda." The paper has a pattern of this kind of reporting, often because they take the US or Yemeni government's word.

Dec
12
2013

PBS Budget Debate: Wall Street, the Right and the Further Right

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The budget agreement was debated on PBS– two voices from the right and a Wall Street Democrat.

Dec
12
2013

Obamacare Website = Iraq War, Now with Bill Kristol

Think the comparisons between the Obamacare website and the Iraq War are done? Think again. Some people still see the connection–like Iraq War booster Bill Kristol.

Dec
10
2013

USA Today Finds Public Doesn't Like Iran Deal if They Don't Know What's in It

USA Today hyping a poll that contradicts others finding public support for the Iran deal. Has public opinion shifted? Not really–you simply have to look at what the polls are asking.

Dec
09
2013

Hersh: Syria Sarin Story 'Was Bought by the Mainstream Press'

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A new piece by veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh argues that the Obama administration's case against Syria over a sarin gas attack last August relied on cherry-picked intelligence.

Dec
06
2013

FAIR TV: Problems With Populism, Amazon Drone PR, TV 'Knockout Game' Hype

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The Washington Post warns Democrats not to veer too far to the left, CBS helps Amazon.com with some drone PR, and we take a look at the media hype about the so-called "knockout game."