Sep
17
2014

Corporate Media: Don't Worry, Be Fracking

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A new study shows that gas leaks from fracking wells are responsible for water contamination. But some media outlets were keen to send the message that fracking isn't causing these problems.

Sep
16
2014

The PBS Left: 'Airstrikes Are Wonderful'

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The voice from the left on PBS wants a serious debate over Obama's war plan–but also makes it clear that airstrikes are great.

Sep
15
2014

ABC: ISIS Possibly Scarier Than Al-Qaeda–Due to Social Media

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A key element in the shift in US public opinion toward attacking ISIS is the idea that the country could be attacked by the group. Where do people get this idea? TV news might be one place.

Sep
15
2014

CBS: 'We Have No Choice' but to Attack ISIS 'Before We All Get Killed'

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CBS host Bob Schieffer believes that ISIS poses a threat to the American "homeland" and tells viewers: "This evil must be eradicated. These forces must be destroyed."

Sep
12
2014

FAIR TV September 14, 2014

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War drums for ISIS, Kissinger confronted, Fox's non-apology.

Sep
12
2014

Cutting Pensions and 'Responsible' Politics

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Anything that hurts labor unions, workers and moves Democrats to the right must be something to cheer about.

Sep
10
2014

And Now, a Word From Henry Kissinger…

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Henry Kissinger is making the rounds again–mostly reminding us that elite media love to fawn over Henry Kissinger.

Sep
10
2014

To NYT, 'Full Range of Views' on War Is Pretty Narrow

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What does a "full range of views" look like to the New York Times? Powerful people who worked for Republicans and Democrats.

Sep
09
2014

Fracking Away the Climate Crisis

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The New York Times and PBS NewsHour present very different looks at fracking. What's missing from both? Climate change.

Sep
08
2014

New NPR Boss: 'We're Going to Be Talking About Brands That Matter a Little Bit More'

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The new boss at NPR says you should expect to hear more corporate advertising– no wait, that's not it. You'll hear more about "brands that matter."

Sep
08
2014

FAIR TV, September 8, 2014: USA Today Poll Distortion, Chris Christie's 'Gaffe'

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Are corporate media banging the war drums in 2014 just like they did in 2003? USA Today promotes a poll that they say shows the public wants a more 'muscular' foreign policy. But is that really the message the public is sending? Plus the New York Times remembers a Chris Christie foreign policy 'gaffe'– saying something accurate about the occupation of the West Bank.

Sep
08
2014

Our New War Will Be Different Because…

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The New York Times seems to suggest that the ongoing wars in Yemen and Pakistan are limited to attacks on "leaders." That is "a totally false statement," one analyst notes.

Sep
08
2014

Anonymous Sourcing and the Ghost Threat

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The use of unnamed sources is widespread, even in places where it's not necessary. But allowing an unnamed source to levy a threat, without having to put on the record who's making the threat, is new to the sports venue game.