Oct
22
2014

A New Way to Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal

Democracy Now! covers an attack on free speech. Where is the rest of the media?

The state of Pennsylvania wants to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal–and just past a blatantly unconstitutional new law that is an attack on press freedom. Where's the media outrage?

Oct
21
2014

A 'Worthless and Whiny' Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero

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The Washington Post was one of the major newspapers to attack Gary Webb for his revelations about the CIA-backed Contras and the crack epidemic. It's 2014, and they're still at it.

Oct
21
2014

How to Drive a Colleague to His Grave and Sleep Easy at Night

Top Contra leader Adolfo Calero (center) meeting with supporters, including Norwin Meneses, known as the "King of Drugs."

Ryan Grim's new book sheds new light on the establishment media's 1996 effort to discredit Gary Webb's Contra crack revelations by talking to some of the key players. They sleep very well, they want you to know.

Oct
20
2014

When 'Washington Is Broken' Isn't the Story

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The United States does not have a surgeon general because Washington works–for the gun lobby.

Oct
20
2014

Pointless 2016 Election Journalism, 2014 Edition

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Trying to cover the 2016 presidential election based on a poll in 2014 is a waste of time.

Oct
17
2014

'Clipboard Man' Shows Media Figures Didn't Get the Memo About Ebola Transmission

Nurse Amber Vinson being evacuated from Texas to be treated for Ebola. (REUTERS/NBC5-KXAS)

The story of "Clipboard Man" created a panicky sensation on Wednesday, and shined a light on the media's failure to inform us about the danger Ebola actually poses to the average American.

Oct
17
2014

FAIR TV: ABC's Factcheck Fail, Chuck Todd's DQ, and Malala's Message

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ABC botches an easy ISIS factcheck, and NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Senate candidate who gave an iffy response to a trivial question. Plus Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace Prize–but US media doesn't seem interested in her peace message.

Oct
17
2014

A Most Interesting Man: Did Maddow Really 'Tar' Rand Paul on Civil Rights?

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The new issue of Time magazine declares Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul the most interesting man in politics. Maybe that says something about Time, or about the state of American politics.

Oct
16
2014

And by 'Traditional Voters,' the New York Times Means White People

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For a piece that is crafted around the idea that white Democratic votes are really in play, it would have been helpful to point to some numbers–though it wouldn't have much helped the piece. I

Oct
15
2014

Chuck Todd Disqualifies a Senate Candidate

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NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Kentucky Democrat based on an inconsequential "gaffe" that says more about him than anyone else.

Oct
14
2014

Missing Malala's Message of Peace: Drones Fuel Terrorism

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The new Nobel Peace Prize winner had some choice words for another Peace Prize winner's wars. But most media aren't telling us about that message of peace.

Oct
14
2014

ISIS in Texas?! ABC Fails an Easy Factcheck

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ABC This Week mangles an easy fact check, after a Republican politician claims that ISIS fighters have been caught at the Texas border.

Oct
10
2014

FAIR TV: Perception vs. Reality, 60 Minutes & the FBI, NPR Takes Netanyahu's Side

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60 Minutes cheers on the FBI, NPR takes Netanyahu's side on settlements, and media blur the difference between perception and reality.