Feb
18
2014

Bob Schieffer Is Tired of Your Fancy Talk

Bob Schieffer

Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer had a classic example of anti-populist populism.

Feb
18
2014

What Does Tom Friedman Know About TPP?

Thomas Friedman (cc photo: World Affairs Council)

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman once declared that he doesn't really bother understanding international trade agreements. But that doesn't stop him from writing about them.

Feb
14
2014

The Bias of 'Both Sides Do It'

berman

The New York Times had a great piece of reporting about how a phony think tank can turn dollars into political influence. Unfortunately, the piece also included the usual but-the-other-side-does-it-too routine.

Feb
11
2014

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

cbs-food-stamps

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

Feb
10
2014

What Will 2016 Political Landscape Look Like? USA Today Has No Clue

Debate podiums, 2011

Because it is a mere 1,000 days until the election, USA Today's Susan Page tries to predict the 2016 presidential campaign.

Feb
07
2014

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

ABC's "nest egg" graphic

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
06
2014

News You Can't Use: ABC and Your 401K

ABC's "nest egg" graphic

Once again, ABC explains the news by focusing on a 'typical family' and their 401k account. But most families have no such thing.

Feb
05
2014

Falsely Presenting Obamacare as a Job-Killer

Congressional Budget Office logo

When the Congressional Budget Office released a new report about the Affordable Care Act, some in the media botched the story by portraying the news as a triumph for Republican spin.

Feb
05
2014

CVS Tobacco Ban: Money Over Morality Over Money

Consumer Reports drug price chart

Maybe when you're selling drugs for more than four or five times what some of your for-profit competitors are charging, you can afford to "sacrifice."

Jan
29
2014

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

AP's Calvin Woodward

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 […]

Jan
28
2014

AP Distorts Poll to Support Obama's Inequality Dodge

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It's hard to remember a better time for politicians to talk about the issue of income inequality. But according to the Associated Press (1/24/14), Barack Obama's State of the Union address will attempt to shift away that issue–too divisive, apparently–and opt instead for some discussion of economic opportunity. As Jim Kuhnhenn writes: The adjustment reflects an awareness that Obama's earlier language put him at risk of being perceived as divisive and exposed him to criticism that his rhetoric was exploiting the gap between haves and have-nots. He also noted:¬† Obama's December speech was well received by Democrats and liberals, but […]

Jan
17
2014

NYT: The Center Is Right in France

Are "economic experts" really gratified by French President Francois Hollande's economic policy ideas? The New York Times cites one, but it's not hard to find other economists who offer a very different take.

Jan
16
2014

Zakaria's Fantastic Economic Advice

Wall Street Journal map of Latin America

CNN's Fareed Zakaria– with an assist from the Wall Street Journal–divided Latin American economies into winners and losers. But does it all add up?