Oct
08
2014

Bill O'Reilly, Bill Maher and Islamophobia

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Fox host Bill O'Reilly decides to lend fellow Islamophobe Bill Maher a hand.

Oct
07
2014

Audio: Gary Webb on 'Dark Alliance,' CIA and Drugs

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A CounterSpin special broadcast about Gary Webb's reporting featured excerpts from a talk by Webb, along with an interview with Norman Solomon discussing inaccuracies and distortions in establishment media attacks on Webb.

Oct
06
2014

Another 60 Minutes Puff Piece

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60 Minutes' interview with FBI chief James Comey was essentially an ad for the FBI, absent any critical scrutiny or questioning.

Oct
03
2014

Privacy and Social Media: It's Complicated

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People sometimes talk about privacy like it's a single thing that people want more or less of, when it's really a number of different things that people put different values on.

Oct
03
2014

FAIR TV: Media in War Mode, Calling for Civilian Deaths and PBS Hits Harper's

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On this week's show: The ways corporate media cover war, a Fox News pundit wants to see more civilian deaths in Syria, and PBS uses its ad dollars to punish a magazine. All of that on this week's show:

Oct
03
2014

PBS Goes Easy on Paul Ryan

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Ryan wants to change his public image, and is relying on media coverage to help him do that. The NewsHour's Judy Woodruff was unsurprisingly doing her part.

Oct
03
2014

Breaking News: Ben Affleck Is a Famous Movie Star

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There's a lot going on in the world. So why did NBC Nightly News devote a four-minute segment to a movie star?

Oct
02
2014

Fox Pundit: Civilians Die–Get Over It!

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A Fox News military analyst is not afraid to talk about civilian deaths in Syria: He seems to want to see more of them.

Sep
30
2014

PBS Uses Advertising to Retaliate Against Critical Coverage

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PBS was set up in part because of an understanding that advertising exerts pressure on media outlets. And now it's using its own advertising to signal its disapproval of critical coverage.

Sep
29
2014

TV Generals and Precision Bombs: Corporate Media Go to War

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Generals, former generals and not much more: Corporate media are covering war the only way they know how.

Sep
29
2014

The Other Kind of Climate Change Denial

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A Washington Post columnist says that by "all logic" we should be drilling for more oil. What about the logic of climate change?

Sep
26
2014

FAIR TV: Climate Blackout, Bombing Syria & Human Rights Rhetoric

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The People's Climate March wasn't fit for TV news, Obama is a "reluctant warrior," and the US has a "longtime concern" for human rights in Egypt.

Sep
25
2014

Washington Post Slams Venezuela for Electing 'Former Bus Driver'

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It's no secret that the Washington Post editorial page was quite alarmed by Venezuela's shift to the left under former President Hugo Chavez. The Post–like the rest of elite US media (Extra!, 11/05)–was an unrelenting critic of Chavez's policies. Some things haven't changed. In a scathing editorial (9/20/14), the Post went after Chavez's successor Nicolas Maduro, calling him an "economically illiterate former bus driver" because he "rejected the advice of pragmatists" and will continue to pursue policies that are ruining what was "once Latin America’s richest country." During the Chavez years, the most important economic story was the rapid gains by […]