Jun
17
2014

Famous War Correspondent Explains Why He's Still Wrong on Iraq

John Burns interviewed on CNN

Perhaps one of the millions of people who anticipated that the Iraq War would be costly and deadly would have been "the best person to ask" about the current crisis in Iraq.

Jun
13
2014

Plagiarism: Why It Matters

Chris Hedges

One reaction I've seen to the accusations of plagiarism against Chris Hedges is, basically: Who cares? It's true there are greater journalistic crimes than plagiarism. When a reporter fabricates stories, or passes along government lies as truth, people can get killed. Plagiarism has never started a war, as far as I can tell. But that doesn't mean that it's not a serious matter, at least for the journalistic community. It's a matter of workplace theft. Imagine that you wait tables in a restaurant, and one of your co-workers turns out to have a habit of picking up other people's tips […]

May
29
2014

Action Alert: Ann Coulter as CNN's Climate Change Expert

FAIR's latest Action Alert (5/28/14) urges media activists to call out CNN for basing a climate change report around one guest: right-wing climate change denier Ann Coulter.  If you write to CNN, please share a copy of your message in the comments below.

May
16
2014

Object to a War Criminal at Your Graduation? You Must Be a 'Bigot'

Timothy Egan

New York Times columnist Tim Egan rages against college students who dare to have moral objections to the speakers their administrations chose to garnish their graduations with.

May
14
2014

Will NYT's New Editor Stand Up for Investigative Journalism?

Dean Baquet (photo: New York Times)

The New York Times announced that Jill Abramson, who has the top editorial job there of executive editor, is being replaced by current managing editor Dean Baquet. Whether Baquet will be good for investigative reporting at the Times remains to be seen.

May
05
2014

Silly Environmentalists, Getting Upset Over a Little Pipeline

Canadian Tar Sands--Photo Credit: Jiri Rezac/Greenpeace

'Both sides' are exaggerating the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline, says a Washington Post reporter. He's half-right.

May
01
2014

USA Today Blowing Smoke on Benghazi 'Smoking Gun'

Benghazi

USA Today's headline was "GOP Calls New Benghazi E-Mail 'Smoking Gun.'" What the memo actually proves is that "scandal" is defined as any deviation from the fantasy world jointly created by the Republican Party and its media accomplices.

Apr
11
2014

Let's Stop Looking at the Downside of Climate Change

WildfireWildfire in Oregon (cc photo: H Dragon)

New York Times op-ed writers shed crocodile tears over the prospect that climate advocates they have done their level best to undermine might not be getting their message out effectively.

Apr
09
2014

No, Putin Isn't Following 'Reagan Playbook' in Ukraine–Thank God

Death squad victims, El Salvador (cc photo: John Hoagland)

When the Washington Post's David Ignatius writes a column headlined "Putin Steals the CIA's Playbook on Anti-Soviet Covert Operations," is that supposed to be a criticism or a compliment?

Apr
03
2014

The Point of Limiting Donations Isn't to Make Elections Cheaper or Less Irritating

Money as speech

The point of contribution limits isn't to make elections cheaper; it's to limit the ability of the very wealthy to dominate politics.

Mar
31
2014

Intelligence Sources Play an Early April Fool's Joke on NBC News

Brian Williams report on Russia and Ukraine

US intelligence claims about a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border are just that–claims. On NBC Nightly News, however, anchor Brian Williams and Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski not only took these claims as gospel, they used them as the jumping off point for alarmist speculation.

Mar
27
2014

PhRMA's Money Affects Human Lives–and Journalism Too

Pharmaceuticals (cc photo: Erich Ferdinand)

Josh Marshall announces that Idea Lab: Impact will be "sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America." Yes, PhRMA, the lobbying group that has helped make the marketing of medicine one of the most profitable industries in America.

Mar
27
2014

WaPo's Twisted Take on Poor People Eating

Mark Lester in 'Oliver'

The Washington Post describes state efforts to make sure poor recipients remain eligible for food stamp benefits as a "loophole…potentially wiping out billions of dollars in savings Congress agreed to last month."