Mar
31
2014

Intelligence Sources Play an Early April Fool's Joke on NBC News

Brian Williams report on Russia and Ukraine

US intelligence claims about a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border are just that–claims. On NBC Nightly News, however, anchor Brian Williams and Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski not only took these claims as gospel, they used them as the jumping off point for alarmist speculation.

Mar
31
2014

'Troop Buildup on the Border'–We've Heard This Before

NBC-Ukraine

Claims about a Russian buildup on Ukraine's border are being made based on intelligence that very few people have likely seen. NBC correspondent Jim Maceda went to the border area to check out the claims of Russian troop presence and couldn't turn up much.

Mar
28
2014

FAIR TV: NYT Venezuela Correction, Rich Lowry's War Lies, Iran's Unreal Ship

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On the show: The New York Times runs an op-ed from a leader of the Venezuelan opposition–but it's the correction that is most revealing. And right-wing pundit Rich Lowry can't stand Vladmir Putin's invasion based on "lies." But he had a different view of that when he was the one lying about Iraq. Plus the New York Times and USA Today run with alarmist stories about a fake Iranian ship.  Watch: 

Mar
28
2014

Does Today Show Know Michelle Rhee's Record?

Michelle

Michelle Rhee's history could make her an interesting person to interview for a piece about the overemphasis on standardized testing. But the failure to mention Rhee's scandal suggests that either the Today show doesn't know that history–or doesn't think it matters.

Mar
27
2014

Will Condi Rice Run for President?! (Spoiler Alert: No)

USAT-CRice

If the question is "Will Condi Rice run for president?" and you know that her on-the-record answer to this is no…. Well, what's the point of this piece again?

Mar
27
2014

PhRMA's Money Affects Human Lives–and Journalism Too

Pharmaceuticals (cc photo: Erich Ferdinand)

Josh Marshall announces that Idea Lab: Impact will be "sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America." Yes, PhRMA, the lobbying group that has helped make the marketing of medicine one of the most profitable industries in America.

Mar
27
2014

WaPo's Twisted Take on Poor People Eating

Mark Lester in 'Oliver'

The Washington Post describes state efforts to make sure poor recipients remain eligible for food stamp benefits as a "loophole…potentially wiping out billions of dollars in savings Congress agreed to last month."

Mar
26
2014

Who Is Dying in Venezuela? A Revealing NYT Correction

Venezuelan protester (cc photo: Andrés E. Azpúrua)

A leader of the anti-government opposition in Venezuela writes an op-ed for the New York Times–but the most interesting part might be the correction.

Mar
25
2014

Pundits Never Have to Say They're Sorry–but They Can Demand Others Apologize for Being Right

RichLowry

National Review editor Rich Lowry slams Putin's invasion based on "lies and force of arms." You see, he's against that kind of thing–except when it was the invasion of Iraq.

Mar
24
2014

Suspect Ships: Is Everything About Iran Threatening?

Mock-up of a US aircraft carrier supposedly under construction in Iran

The story of an Iranian mockup of an aircraft carrier illustrates the corporate media presumption that, whatever is happening, Iran has "bellicose purposes" in mind.

Mar
21
2014

FAIR TV: Progressive Budget, Wash Post's NSA Omission, Sundays With CEOs

Maria Bartiromo

On the show this week: The Progressive Caucus budget is greeted with the usual corporate media silence, the Washington Post withholds vital information from its recent NSA scoop, and Maria Bartiromo sticks up for the voiceless CEOs.   

Mar
21
2014

Hawks Want Obama to Be More Like Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Pundits like Charles Krauthammer have fond memories of the Afghan/Soviet war, and want Obama to be more like Jimmy Carter so that the Ukraine crisis can have a similarly happy result.

Mar
19
2014

Are Charter Schools Really 'Helping Poor Children'?

Harlem Success Academy (cc photo: Multitude)

The "usual measurement" offered by columnist Richard Cohen as proof of the value of charter schools offers no evidence that charter school students are any better off at all.