Aug
25
2014

Michael Brown, According to the New York Times

Matt Bors, before the NY Times pinned the "no angel" label on Michael Brown.

The New York Times makes some curious choices in its coverage of the victim in the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.

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
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
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
06
2014

Fox, Bill O'Reilly and "Young Black Men"

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Fox hosts rush to the defense of a local reporter who blamed a pervasive "anti-cop mentality" on "young black men growing up without fathers."

Jul
30
2014

Bill O'Reilly's Pot Lie

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Bill O'Reilly edited the New York Times editorial calling for marijuana legalization in order to make it easier for him to debunk.

Jul
29
2014

Media Hype and Gaza's 'Terror' Tunnels

Palestinian deaths, military and civilian (Intercept)

CNN and NY Times hype Israeli claims about Hamas tunnels–and omit some important facts.

Jul
28
2014

Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel (photo: Times of Israel)

Journalism about the current violence is bound to focus on the death and destruction in Gaza. But there remains ample space to ask whether the war was launched to punish Hamas for something it had nothing to do with.

Jul
10
2014

When Does the 'Cycle of Violence' Start?

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Coverage of the violence between Israel and Palestine often reduces the conflict to a "cycle of violence" that periodically flares up (FAIR Action Alert, 6/30/06; FAIR Blog, 12/19/08). The same is true now, with corporate media embracing the narrative that Israel’s attacks against Palestine are "retaliations," implying that it is solely the fault of Palestinians for provoking and initiating the deadly attacks on Gaza (FAIR Blog, 7/2/14). But determining when such a "cycle" begins is a political act. The current conflict is usually traced back to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank (CNN, 7/7/14). […]

Jun
21
2014

Fox Covers Up a Benghazi Story

Ahmed Abu Khattala

Fox News won't mention the significant evidence that the Internet video was behind the attacks because it is so deeply invested in the story of a White House conspiracy, and it's too late to change the script.

Jun
20
2014

Iraq and Your Gas Tank

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When it comes to US foreign policy and warmaking in the Middle East, you're not supposed to talk about oil. But the network newscasts went out of their way to let you know that Iraq was making your next trip to the gas station more expensive.

Jun
18
2014

Chelsea Manning Speaks–But Who Listened?

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning speaks in the pages of the Sunday New York Times. But was anyone else in the media listening?

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.