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  […]

Aug
18
2014

Action Alert: NYT Skips First Big Test of New Torture Policy

Afghan torture witness (CBS)

FAIR's new Action Alert (8/18/14) calls out the New York Times for not covering a major Amnesty International report on US torture–shortly after the paper announced a new policy of calling torture by its right name. If you send a message to the Times, please leave a copy in the comments thread to this post.

Aug
15
2014

FAIR TV: Ferguson, Back to Iraq and Disputing Gaza Deaths

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Some good–and not so good–media reactions to the police killing of Michael Brown. Plus pundits wonder what took Obama so long to bomb Iraq, and two papers try to raise doubts about the death toll in Gaza.

Aug
15
2014

Has the Right Really Shifted on Police Militarization and Abuse?

Breitbart coverage of Ferguson

It would be wonderful if more Republicans–and, for that matter, more Democrats–were speaking out about police abuses and related issues. But treating one lawmaker's op-ed as a sign of a fundamental shift on the right seems a bit of an overreach.

Aug
14
2014

USA Today Changes Its Mind About Ferguson Police

USA Today: 'Police Seek Order'

USA Today's original headline: "Police Seek Order as Ferguson Furor Builds."

Aug
14
2014

Ferguson Case Poses Test for Corporate Media

Ferguson police teargas reporters (USAToday.com)

The surprise has been the extent to which some media seem to be taking the outcry seriously, talking about the militarization of police–brought home by the rough treatment given to reporters–and the criminalization of black people.

Aug
13
2014

NPR Presents CIA-Backed Group as Independent Expert on Snowden's 'Harm'

Recorded Future timeline of Islamist encryption programs

Greenwald called the NPR report "a pure and indisputable case of journalistic malpractice and deceit." It's hard to say he doesn't have a point.

Aug
12
2014

Death in Gaza: Some Counts More Controversial than Others

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When it comes to the death toll in Gaza, the Washington Post and New York Times both work hard to muddy up the picture.

Aug
12
2014

If Only Obama Had Bombed More, and Sooner

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More US bombing is a message corporate media are eager to amplify.

Aug
08
2014

NY Times and Torture: A Decade Too Late?

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Ten years later, the New York Times will call torture by its name. But does the paper's reasoning make any sense?

Aug
08
2014

FAIR TV: How US TV Treats Palestinian Guests, Africa Expert Michael Bloomberg, Correcting a NY Times Correction

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This week's show: Palestinian guests are asked to condemn Hamas. Do Israeli guests face similar treatment? Plus CBS goes to Michael Bloomberg for Africa analysis and the New York Times publishes a correction that makes a bigger mistake the article it was correcting. Watch:

Aug
08
2014

Do Palestinians Living in Israel Count?

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If a poll of a country's population excludes 20 percent of the people who live there, journalists should make that clear.

Aug
07
2014

And Now, Our Expert on Africa… US Billionaire Michael Bloomberg

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African leaders are in DC for a big summit, so CBS Face the Nation turns to noted Africa expert…Michael Bloomberg?