Oct
18
2013

FAIR TV: Hearing Malala's Message, Zakaria's CEO Panel, Networks Do Self-Promotion

Malala Yousafzai (cc photo: GPE/Sarah Beeching)

US media ignore one part of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai's message. CNN's Fareed Zakaria talks about inequality and Occupy Wall Street with….three CEOs? And corporations view the news networks they own as vehicles to promote their other properties.

Oct
15
2013

Occupy and Inequality: Zakaria Listens to CEOs

FireShot Screen Capture #634 - 'On GPS_ Blankfein on debt ceiling' - www_cnn_com_video_data_2_0_video_bestoftv_2013_10_09_exp-gps-blankfein-debt-ceiling_cnn_html

CNN host Fareed Zakaria dedicated a portion of his October 13 CNN show to a discussion of income inequality and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. The guests? Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein and two other CEOs.

Sep
30
2013

Dems and GOP Agree: Independent Journalism Is Bad News

Filmmaker Charles Ferguson announced that he was no longer going to make a nonfiction film for CNN about Hillary Clinton. The reasons why he's pulling out of the project are interesting–and disturbing.

Sep
17
2013

CNN's Left: Doing Syria Analysis or White House PR?

FireShot Screen Capture #611 - 'What's Russia's motive in Syria_' - www_cnn_com_video_data_2_0_video_us_2013_09_11_crossfire-russia-motive-in-syria_cnn_html

When Stephanie Cutter on CNN's Crossfire talks about Syria–or anything else, for that matter–is she there to represent the left, or her White House-connected PR company?

Sep
03
2013

U.S. Missiles and 'Pinpoint Accuracy'

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Whenever war is near you can count on U.S. media to tout the lethal efficiency of U.S. weapons

Aug
30
2013

FAIR TV: Syria and Skepticism; Crossfire's War 'Debate'; WSJ Sees Tea Party Comeback

This week on FAIR TV: Is Syria Iraq all over again? Plus a look at the CNN "debate" over military strikes that didn't have much debate, and the Wall Street Journal sees a big Tea Party "comeback."

Aug
28
2013

The New Crossfire: Where Both Sides Support War With Syria

FireShot Screen Capture #593 - 'Analysis_ Obama 'leading from behind'_' - www_cnn_com_video_data_2_0_video_politics_2013_08_27_lead-politics-gop-obama-syria-se-cupp-van-jones_cnn_html

"Left" debates "right" on CNN. Both sides want to bomb Syria.

Aug
23
2013

Newt and CNN: Working the Refs Works

CNN-Gingrich

What better way to show you care about ideological diversity than by hiring the guy who attacked one of your own reporters for asking him a question he didn't like?

Jul
25
2013

Huge Servings of Stupid Royal Baby Coverage

Victoria Arbiter on CNN (screengrab by HuffPost)

Last week, news of the anticipation of the royal baby eclipsed much other news in the U.S., but it gave no indication of the level of stupid that was to come with the kid's actual birth.

Jun
27
2013

Snowden Is Helping Terrorists (But Don't Quote Me on That)

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It looks like we might be on to a new phase in the Edward Snowden saga: anonymous government officials going to compliant media outlets to complain that his revelations have made it easier for terrorists to evade capture.

Jun
18
2013

Spinning Surveillance via Discredited NSA Talking Points

Barack Obama on Charlie Rose

What might it say about the depth of NSA's record of success stories that, even after its prime exhibit is debunked, the White House is still retailing the story, the second time around with muddled language?

May
06
2013

What's the Standard on Reporting Israeli Airstrikes?

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The claims made about Israeli airstrikes against Syria could be true, or not. What is certain is that the assessments of the airstrikes are being shared anonymously by governments involved in carrying them out, a scenario that cries out for more skepticism.

Apr
23
2013

Erin Burnett Wants a Different Kind of Terrorism Suspect

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CNN host Erin Burnett wonders whether it's time to come up with some new laws in the wake of the Boston bombing, since the old ones seem to give Dzhokhar Tsarnaev too many rights.