Aug
06
2014

Fox, Bill O'Reilly and "Young Black Men"

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Fox hosts rush to the defense of a local reporter who blamed a pervasive "anti-cop mentality" on "young black men growing up without fathers."

Aug
06
2014

Gaza, Cease-Fires and Stenography

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An announced cease-fire in Gaza on August 1 broke down almost immediately, with claims that Hamas militants–including one with a suicide vest–had attacked Israeli troops and had kidnapped a soldier. But almost every aspect of the story was questionable, if not false. According to some early reports, Hamas broke the cease-fire with an attack on Israeli troops who, under the terms of the agreement, were allowed to continue military operations in Gaza. As the New York Times reported it (8/1/14):  Palestinian militants sprang from the ground and confronted Israeli soldiers Friday morning, as they have repeatedly in recent days. This […]

Aug
06
2014

Did New Gaza Cease-Fire Start With an Israeli Airstrike?

This NY Times story didn't start out this way.

The New York Times reported that Israel launched an airstrike moments after it announced a cease-fire. But then the paper changed the story dramatically.

Aug
05
2014

When Meet the Press Meets a Palestinian

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NBC invites a Palestinian on Meet the Press- but mostly to see if he would condemn Hamas.

Aug
01
2014

NYT's Iran Correction Needs a Correction

Someone at the NY Times needs to read this book.

In today's New York Times corrections box (8/1/14): An article on Wednesday about demands among both parties in Congress that the Obama administration allow a vote on any agreement with Iran on its nuclear weapons program misstated, in some editions, the value of assets that Iran will have access to under an agreement. It is more than $2 billion, not more than $2 million. This correction needs a correction. Iran does not have a "nuclear weapons program." It has a uranium enrichment program; some politicians claim it also has a weapons program it is concealing. This has never been substantiated by international […]

Jul
30
2014

Bill O'Reilly's Pot Lie

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Bill O'Reilly edited the New York Times editorial calling for marijuana legalization in order to make it easier for him to debunk.

Jul
29
2014

Media Hype and Gaza's 'Terror' Tunnels

Palestinian deaths, military and civilian (Intercept)

CNN and NY Times hype Israeli claims about Hamas tunnels–and omit some important facts.

Jul
28
2014

Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel (photo: Times of Israel)

Journalism about the current violence is bound to focus on the death and destruction in Gaza. But there remains ample space to ask whether the war was launched to punish Hamas for something it had nothing to do with.

Jul
28
2014

CBS Host: Palestinians Force Israel to Kill Kids

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CBS host Bob Schieffer shares his theory that Palestinians want their kids to be killed.

Jul
22
2014

Are People Who Shoot Down Passenger Planes 'War Criminals'–or 'Hard to Fault'?

Downed Malaysian airlines (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)

If you're going to shoot down a civilian jetliner–from the New York Times' point of view–it helps to be working for the US Navy when you do it.

Jul
21
2014

Times Are Good–for Investment Bankers, Anyway

Coal Exports and Imports

If you're part of the majority that's still hurting after six years of "recovery," thinking that the US is on the wrong track isn't pessimism–it's realism.

Jul
18
2014

FAIR TV: Palestinian Lives, Iran Facts, ABC's Walmart Promo

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This week on the show: Media figures demonstrate their concern for Israeli lives–and their lack of concern for Palestinians. Plus NBC host David Gregory makes a claim about Iran–and an Iranian official is there to challenge him. And ABC's Walmart report: Is it journalism or  infomercial?   Watch:      

Jul
17
2014

NYT Rewrites Gaza Headline: Was It Too Accurate?

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The New York Times rewrote a headline about Palestinian kids being killed on a beach to remove the fact that they were killed.