Jan
23
2014

TV Hires That Keep the Debate Narrow

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Corporate media aren't looking to expand the debate on important issues. They're interested in keeping things as narrow as they already are.

Jan
21
2014

Bill O'Reilly Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

O'Reilly: Blacks should work harder

Bill O'Reilly's message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was that blacks "have a much tougher time succeeding in the marketplace" because they don't "study and work hard."

Jan
21
2014

Erasing Obama's Record on the Afghan War

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In focusing on how Obama might end the Afghan War–which hasn't ended, of course–media accounts omit the fact that Obama massively increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan

Jan
21
2014

Journalists Grade US Schools: Average Is Failure

"America Hates Its Gifted Kids": Newsweek report

Newsweek says American schools get a D-minus. But do the numbers add up?

Jan
21
2014

It's Sunday and It's Snowden

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It's Sunday, and that means time for the network chat shows to present one-sided discussions about the NSA, Edward Snowden and mass surveillance.

Jan
17
2014

FAIR TV: Christie's Temper, CBS on France, Time's Clinton Cover

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This week on the show: Does Chris Christie have a temper problem? Fox's Brit Hume has some thoughts. CBS covers French politics–well, mostly a French politician's sex life. And Time puts Hillary Clinton's nonexistent presidential campaign on its latest cover.  Watch: 

Jan
17
2014

NYT: The Center Is Right in France

Are "economic experts" really gratified by French President Francois Hollande's economic policy ideas? The New York Times cites one, but it's not hard to find other economists who offer a very different take.

Jan
16
2014

USA Today: Fracking Makes You Rich! (And Also Maybe Sick, Too)

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USA Today touts Texans striking it rich in the oil/gas business–"OIL!" is the front-page headline, and that captures the tone of the piece.

Jan
16
2014

Zakaria's Fantastic Economic Advice

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CNN's Fareed Zakaria– with an assist from the Wall Street Journal–divided Latin American economies into winners and losers. But does it all add up?

Jan
15
2014

Can We Persuade CBS to Abandon Its Inaccurate Rhetoric on Iran?

CBS reporter Major Garrett discusses the Iran nuclear deal

CBS's Major Garrett says "the next big step" is "persuading Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program entirely"–but it's never been established that Iran has a nuclear weapons program to abandon.

Jan
15
2014

An American Reporter in Paris

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It's odd that CBS went to an American living in France for a sense of how the French feel about their president's personal life. But perhaps that was because the French mostly don't think it's an issue.

Jan
14
2014

Chris Christie's Real Problem? Our 'Feminized' Culture

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On the question of whether or not Christie is a bully, veteran Fox pundit Brit Hume blamed that perception on our "feminized atmosphere."

Jan
13
2014

How the Big Papers Remember Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon (cc photo: Jim Wallace/Smithsonian Institution)

Reading the pieces in the Sunday editions of the New York Times and the Washington Post about the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, one gets the sense that reporters were aware of some of Sharon's bloodiest history–but mostly kept that out of their accounts of his life.