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
22
2014

CNN's Climate Change Coverage: Starring Ann Coulter

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As we've noted before, some of CNN's previous climate coverage has involved putting climate deniers on Crossfire. But this is actually worse.

May
09
2014

FAIR TV: Crossfire Climate Change, CIA & Polio and ABC Loves Disney

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This week on the show: CNN brings back Crossfire–but isn't it time to stop "debating" climate change? Plus a look at big media leaving the CIA out of their reporting on the resurgence of polio, while ABC News brings viewers an infomercial for parent company Disney.

May
09
2014

Can Crossfire Have a Climate Change Debate Without Climate Change Denial?

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It's enough to make you wish Crossfire would take another break–or at least decide that the climate crisis demands an entirely different sort of debate.

Apr
29
2014

Netanyahu on Iran (This Time Without the Cartoon Bomb)

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With peace talks on hold, Israeli prime minister is back on US television talking about Iran's supposed nuclear threat. Good thing for him his claims are so rarely challenged.

Apr
25
2014

FAIR TV: NYT's Russia Walkback, Obama's 'Manhood,' Innocent Drones

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The New York Times has a big exclusive on Russia–and quietly walked it back a few days later. David Brooks offers his thoughts on the Mideast and Obama's "manhood," CNN finds a guest who says innocent civilians don't die in drone strikes.

Apr
22
2014

In Yemen, Drones Don't Kill Innocents

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There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about reports about the military strikes in Yemen.

Apr
01
2014

'Straight Shooter' Chris Christie and the Occupied Territories

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What happened when Republican 'straight shooter" Chris Christie accurately called the West Bank occupied territory? He apologized.

Mar
05
2014

A Protest in the Capital and a Media Blackout

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What happens when hundreds of Keystone activists get arrested in front of the White House? Not much, judging by the lack of media interest.

Feb
24
2014

New York Times Critic Doesn't Care What Foreigners Have to Say

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New York Times media columnist David Carr (2/24/14) seems to think the relationship between CNN and Piers Morgan was doomed from the start: It's been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate–the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt–and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America. That's a peculiar way to define "provincial"; surely one can be deeply interested in the United States and deeply interested in […]

Feb
19
2014

Our Boss Is Great! How MSNBC Covered Comcast Merger

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How did MSNBC cover the mega-merger between its parent company and Time Warner cable? Hardly at all–except for a segment glorifying their boss.

Jan
24
2014

FAIR TV: Snowden on Sunday TV, New Pundits, USA Today on Fracking's Riches

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Everyone seems to agree that Edward Snowden started an important debate over NSA surveillance. But on the Sunday chat shows, debate isn't what you're likely to see. And CNN and CBS add new contributors–but are they opening up or closing the discussion? Plus: USA Today cheers on the fracking boom in Texas.

Jan
24
2014

Beck: Media Shocked to Find He Isn't 'Anti-Gay, Racist Nutjob'

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"I played a role…in helping tear the country apart," Glenn Beck says. Indeed–not just from his time at Fox, but from years of talk radio broadcasts, and a stint at CNN's Headline News–not to mention his work at his current outlet, The Blaze.