Oct
17
2014

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

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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.

Oct
10
2014

Why 'The Economy' Isn't Good News for Democrats

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Trying to figure out why people who are struggling don't give Obama credit for the economic boom? It doesn't seem so mysterious.

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.