Sep
02
2014

Chris Christie's Totally Accurate Occupation Faux Pas

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The New York Times reports that Chris Christie is consulting with the likes of Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice to get past a previous foreign policy problem: saying something completely accurate about Israel.

Sep
02
2014

Does the Public Want More War?

USA Today: More Want US to Flex Muscle

USA Today's August 29 edition boasted the front-page headline "More Want US to Flex Muscle." The evidence comes from a new Pew poll, so it's worth noting how that data is transformed into a desire for US "muscle-flexing."

Aug
29
2014

Washington Post Editorial Page, Meet Noam Chomsky

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The Washington Post stands firm against Russian aggression, since Putin has violated an "international norm" that is "uncontroversial." Do those rules apply to the US, though?

Aug
29
2014

FAIR TV: August 29, 2014

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On the show this week: On the day of his funeral, the New York Times declared that Michael Brown was "no angel." We look at that and other shoddy reporting from Ferguson. Plus Newsweek spreads farfetched fear about Ebola and African immigrants, and we look at how often union leaders appear on the Sunday chat shows. (Brace yourself.)

Aug
29
2014

Trust the New York Times to Tell You Not to Trust Twitter

McDonald's milk counteracts tear gasin Ferguson

The Newspaper of Record wants you to know that you shouldn't trust Twitter's coverage of Ferguson. But their examples of inaccuracies aren't all that convincing

Aug
28
2014

Newsweek's Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering

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Newsweek's cover story is built around the idea that illegally imported "bushmeat"–what we would call "wild game" if it were being eaten in the United States–could carry the deadly Ebola virus.
But is there any evidence that imported meat could actually carry Ebola? On that score, Newsweek comes up empty.

Aug
27
2014

If Social Media 'Silence Debate,' What Do Corporate Media Do?

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A new study has some outlets saying that social media inhibit debate. You want to compare Twitter's record to the corporate media on that score?

Aug
26
2014

WaPo Bemoans a Climate Debate It Helped 'Devolve'

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The paper's editorial page has a new focus on fighting climate change. But will it keep publishing climate nonsense?

Aug
26
2014

The World as WaPo Would Like It to Be

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Obama's foreign policy is invariably analyzed as being either foolishly pacifistic or prudently diplomatic. The reality that the Obama administration has used military force on a large scale in many countries is not acknowledged.

Aug
25
2014

Michael Brown, According to the New York Times

Matt Bors, before the NY Times pinned the "no angel" label on Michael Brown.

The New York Times makes some curious choices in its coverage of the victim in the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.

Aug
25
2014

Give Killer Cops a Break, Says NYT

Police administer a lethal chokehold to Eric Garner.

The message from the NY Times: Police officers who shoot unarmed civilians need to be be given the benefit of the doubt.

Aug
22
2014

How the New York Times Twists Gaza

Relatives mourn Palestinian children killed in Israeli airstrike (photo: Wissam Nassar/NYT)

Israel's war on Gaza is still going on, with a round of airstrikes that killed dozens this week. And how was this reported in the New York Times? As Hamas breaking a cease-fire agreement.

Aug
19
2014

CNN Attempts Actual Journalism–But Reverts to Embedded Reporting

CNN's Jake Tapper in Ferguson, Missouri

Watching coverage of the unrest in Ferguson on CNN last night (8/18/14), I was struck at the actual journalism I was treated to by CNN's Jake Tapper. It's not every day corporate media is awestruck by the heavy-handedness of a militarized attack on civilians on US soil. But such was the case for Tapper, who was nearly hit by a tear gas canister fired by police. Things escalated to the point where Tapper began to legitimately question the police's actions. His assertion that the over-the-top show of force by Ferguson police " doesn't make any sense" was a reasonable assessment  […]