Jul
11
2014

NPR and the Eagerness of White Guy Sources

Edward Schumacher-Matos

To the extent that Anya Kamenetz's tweet reflected "innocence," it's of a sort people of color and women can ill afford from journalists,

Jul
10
2014

When Does the 'Cycle of Violence' Start?

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Coverage of the violence between Israel and Palestine often reduces the conflict to a "cycle of violence" that periodically flares up (FAIR Action Alert, 6/30/06; FAIR Blog, 12/19/08). The same is true now, with corporate media embracing the narrative that Israel’s attacks against Palestine are "retaliations," implying that it is solely the fault of Palestinians for provoking and initiating the deadly attacks on Gaza (FAIR Blog, 7/2/14). But determining when such a "cycle" begins is a political act. The current conflict is usually traced back to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank (CNN, 7/7/14). […]

Jul
10
2014

Why ABC Thought Suffering Palestinians Were Israelis

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ABC misidentified a suffering Palestinian family as being Israeli. It shouldn't be seen as just an honest mistake.

Jul
09
2014

ABC Recommends Dinesh D'Souza

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Why did ABC grant airtime to a right-wing crank's latest film?

Jul
09
2014

Obama, Inequality and Wall Street Donors

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Is Obama's decision to stop talking about inequality really about a debate within the Democratic Party? Or is it about not losing Wall Street donors?

Jul
09
2014

Bolivian President Isn’t Radical Enough for Corporate Media

Evo Morales

Vilifying left-leaning Latin American and Caribbean leaders is nothing new from the US media–from Chile's Salvador Allende to Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, from Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to Mauricio Funes of El Salvador. Bolivian President Evo Morales is no exception, as he caught the attention of the website Vox, a new outlet that sets out to "explain the news" with an emphasis on data analysis.

Jul
02
2014

Meet the CEO Bold Enough to Kill Thousands of Jobs

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CBS–which has a record of doing puff pieces about corporate CEOs–wants viewers to believe that an overpaid CEO who's bold and risky enough to try and fix a company by firing tens of thousands of employees deserves a lot of attention.

Jul
02
2014

Highly Placed Media Racists

Nicholas Wade

Nicholas Wade was a leading New York Times science writer for three decades. He left the paper weeks after the May publication of his book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, a book many reviewers say is a full-throated defense of "scientific racism."

Jul
02
2014

On US TV, Israel is 'Striking Back'

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Israeli airstrikes in response to the murder of 3 teenagers are framed as retaliation–even though those targeted may very well have had nothing to do with the tragedy.

Jul
01
2014

The Deeply Held Religious Principle Hobby Lobby Suddenly Remembered It Had

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Coverage of the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling should note that the company used to provide the kind of coverage it now deems a violation of its religious beliefs.

Jul
01
2014

Repeal the Bill Kristol Permanent Punditry Act!

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The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel confronted Bill Kristol on ABC about his disastrous Iraq War advocacy. One has to wonder why Kristol was there in the first place.

Jun
27
2014

FAIR TV: Iraq Surge Myths, More TV Hawks, News You Can't Use

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On the show this week: The idea that the surge of US troops is what 'won' the Iraq War shouldn't be treated as if it's a fact. Plus we look at who NBC tapped for his Iraq/Iran expertise, and media tried to tell us what we need to know about a powerful Republican lawmaker. They failed.

Jun
27
2014

Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported

John Huppenthal

National GOP and Tea Party groups descending on Mississippi to scrutinize black voters seems like a pretty big story–but it also provides a confirmation of the charge that the GOP has a serious problem with racism.