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
21
2014

FAIR TV: Climate Change False Balance, MSNBC Cheers Its Boss, Apology-Free O'Reilly

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David Gregory seemed to say that the science on climate change was settled. So why did he have a debate about whether climate change is happening? Plus MSNBC's Morning Joe cheers on its corporate parent, while Bill O'Reilly gives us one more example of why Fox News is so special.

Feb
19
2014

Being O'Reilly Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

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It tells you a lot about our media and society that no one even expects O'Reilly to apologize for his slur of the left.

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.

Feb
07
2014

FAIR TV: Keystone Bipartisanship, ABC's 'Average' 401K, O'Reilly's Trust Problem

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Big-time journalists think Obama should approve the Keystone pipeline to show that he wants to make Republicans happy. ABC tells us about an "average" family's 401K plan–which isn't average at all. And Fox host Bill O'Reilly says he's trustworthy–take his word for it.

Feb
03
2014

Do You Trust Fox News to Tell You How Trusted Fox News Is?

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Fox News is certainly the place for Republicans to go to be told what they want to hear–including that their favorite news outlet is the one that Americans in general find most trustworthy.

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.

Jan
23
2014

O'Reilly Brings You Stories Big Media Won't Touch!

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Bill O'Reilly wanted to make clear that the Factor brings viewers some perspectives missing from the bland, liberal newscasts. Let's look at the episode where he made this claim to see what he might be talking about.

Jan
23
2014

TV Hires That Keep the Debate Narrow

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Corporate media aren't looking to expand the debate on important issues. They're interested in keeping things as narrow as they already are.

Jan
21
2014

Bill O'Reilly Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Bill O'Reilly's message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was that blacks "have a much tougher time succeeding in the marketplace" because they don't "study and work hard."

Jan
17
2014

FAIR TV: Christie's Temper, CBS on France, Time's Clinton Cover

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This week on the show: Does Chris Christie have a temper problem? Fox's Brit Hume has some thoughts. CBS covers French politics–well, mostly a French politician's sex life. And Time puts Hillary Clinton's nonexistent presidential campaign on its latest cover.  Watch: