Nov
22
2013

With Filibuster Flip-Flops, George Will Displays His (Groucho) Marxist Tendencies

George Will may be the dean of conservative punditry with a reputation for sober consistency, but when it comes to intellectual honesty and principle–well, a person could get whiplash trying to follow his opportunistic and hypocritical positions over the years. On Thursday's Special Report on Fox News (1/21/13), George Will was sad that the Democrats had invoked the "nuclear option," preventing Senate minorities from using the filibuster to block presidential appointments, other than Supreme Court nominees. "It was a melancholy day for American life," said Will: It diminishes minority rights, which are always at threat in a democracy, where majorities […]

Nov
22
2013

FAIR TV: Obamacare: Katrina or Iraq War?, Paul Ryan PR, CNN's Pandora Response

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This week on FAIR TV: Obamacare is like Hurricane Katrina? No, says one pundit: It's like Obama's Iraq War. Also this week: The Washington Post does PR for Paul Ryan as a poverty fighter, and CNN responds to its unbalanced pro-nuclear documentary with…a pro-nuke panel discussion.

Nov
22
2013

Politico's Pay-to-Play

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The Chamber of Commerce and other powerful corporate interests like oil giant BP pony up to sponsor Politico–and just so happen to get glowing coverage in the very same outlet.

Nov
22
2013

Peculiarly Oriental Iranians

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But the idea that Iranians are inherently more suspicious is widespread. Time magazine's Karl Vick wrote a piece for the Time website that asserted that "Iranians are masters of what has been termed 'Oriental indirection.'"

Nov
20
2013

Paul Ryan, Poverty Fighter?

Paul Ryan (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

Let's say you're best known for coming up with a federal budget blueprint that slashed tax rates for the wealthy and proposed big cuts to anti-poverty safety net programs, but now you want to be known as a guy who really cares about fighting poverty. Lucky for you, the Washington Post is here to help.

Nov
19
2013

NY Post's Stop-and-Frisk Scare

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The New York Post is suggesting New York City is seeing the beginning of a scary crime wave. Turns out (surprise!) the Post is mostly full of it.

Nov
18
2013

Doubling Down: Healthcare Site Isn't Obama's Katrina–It's His Iraq War

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No, the website problems with the Affordable Care Act aren't like Hurricane Katrina. They're more like the Iraq War.

Nov
15
2013

FAIR TV: Typhoons and Climate Change, Chris Christie's Media Magic, More Iran Nonsense

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This week on FAIR TV: Media still hesitate to talk about climate change when covering extreme weather like the typhoon that just ravaged the Philippines. Chris Christie is "magical," says one pundit–we'll tell you what his trick is. And nuclear negotiations don't make media coverage of Iran any better.    

Nov
15
2013

Obama's Deadly Website Compared to Katrina

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To some people, a new law that is running into technical problems with a poorly designed website is not really the same as a massive disaster in one of America's iconic cities that killed almost 2,000 people.

Nov
14
2013

Iran's Suspicious Smile

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Tom Friedman of the New York Times opened up his November 13 column with this:  It goes without saying that the only near-term deal with Iran worth partially lifting sanctions for would be a deal that freezes all the key components of Iran's nuclear weapons development program It goes without saying that this is deeply misleading. Iran, as most people following this story are surely aware, is not known to have any such weapons program. There are suspicions, mostly coming from some US and Israeli officials, that the country's enrichment activities are intended to produce a nuclear weapon. But international […]

Nov
14
2013

Attributing Weather Events to Climate Change Is the Easy Part

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Climate change caused Typhoon Haiyan–in the basic and obvious sense that Haiyan would not have happened in the absence of climate change.

Nov
14
2013

Typhoon Haiyan and Climate Change: Why 'We Can't Say for Sure' Is Wrong

Super Typhoon Haiyan Bears Down On Philippines

In a rational world, Typhoon Haiyan would get media talking about climate change. But at the moment, it's barely part of the conversation.

Nov
12
2013

Anonymous Diplomats Tell Other Newspapers…

New York Times building (cc photo: Francis Wu)

The New York Times reports what anonymous officials apparently told other reporters in order to blame Iran for the failure of nuclear talks.