Mar
27
2014

WaPo's Twisted Take on Poor People Eating

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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."

Mar
21
2014

FAIR TV: Progressive Budget, Wash Post's NSA Omission, Sundays With CEOs

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On the show this week: The Progressive Caucus budget is greeted with the usual corporate media silence, the Washington Post withholds vital information from its recent NSA scoop, and Maria Bartiromo sticks up for the voiceless CEOs.   

Mar
14
2014

Once Again: Progressive Budget's Media Blackout

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What if lawmakers put forward a federal budget plan to tax big financial institutions, enact a healthcare public option and increase spending to put millions of Americans to work on badly needed infrastructure projects? They did. You just didn't read or hear much about it.

Mar
03
2014

WaPo on Paul Ryan's Poverty Plan: News Article or Press Release?

Paul Ryan apparently has some big, bold ideas about how to fight poverty–mostly what the government is doing is all wrong. But why does the Washington Post fail to cite any critics of Ryan, and spend so much time quoting him and other Republicans?

Feb
11
2014

ABC on Food Stamp Cuts: Hey, It Could Be Worse

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Are cuts in food stamp benefits really good news to those receiving them?

Jan
29
2014

The State of AP's Factchecking Is Sad–as Usual

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Why does AP still let Calvin Woodward "factcheck" political speeches? Does no one at the news service know what actual factchecking looks like? (If you're coming in late, see FAIR Blog, 10/30/08, 2/25/09, 4/30/09, 1/28/10, 8/31/12.) Woodward's latest venture (1/29/14) into the factcheck genre, following President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech,  produced  yet more illustrations of what not to do when gauging the accuracy of political speech. Take this item: OBAMA: "We'll need Congress to protect more than 3 million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer. But I will act on my own to slash […]

Oct
04
2013

FAIR TV: Shutdown Blame Game, CBS Misleads on Climate, and Brian Williams on Iran–Then and Now

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This week on FAIR TV: Media should take a side on who's causing the government shutdown. CBS Evening News wonders what happened to global warming. And Brian Williams can't believe the stunning shift from Iran on nuclear weapons–so who was this Brian Williams guy who was was reporting on the "new line" from Iran years ago? Take a look:  

Oct
03
2013

Shutdown: Media SHOULD Play the Blame Game

Lincoln Memorial shut down. (cc photo: Rich Renomeron)

Media like to dismiss the partisan "blame game," but in cases like this placing blame is something that journalism ought to do.

Sep
18
2013

Should Poor People Eat? Let's Hear From Both Sides!

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OK, so maybe this headline is slightly unfair, but it seemed like a good way to capture the essence of a USA Today story (9/18/13) about the fight over food stamps. As you may already know, House Republicans are looking to cut some $40 billion from the SNAP program, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next 10 years.   It's not unusual for politicians to disagree; one would hope that journalism might intervene on the side of the facts. But here's how USA Today's Paul Singer presented the issue:  The cost of the federal food stamp program has exploded […]

Aug
28
2013

Washington Post: Big Government…Isn't That Big

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The Washington Post wanted to show that big government was still big–but they wound up showing readers mostly the opposite.

Aug
13
2013

Student Loan Rates Drop–or Maybe They Rise?

The new student loan law lowers rates–and then, almost certainly, raises them in the near future. But hey–at least it's bipartisan.

Jul
09
2013

Time Sends Simpson and Norquist to the Zoo

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Policy debates are only as broad as the establishment media allow them to be. And on this particular issue–fiscal policy, or what decisions the government should make about spending and revenues–the media tend to prefer staying within what you might call a center-right spectrum of opinion,

Jul
01
2013

What Tea Party Did Tom Friedman Go To?

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Friedman's garbled recollection of a major U.S. political movement is a reminder that someone who doesn't understand the politics of his own country is probably not going to give you a lot of help understanding the politics of other people's countries.