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
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
16
2014

USA Today: Fracking Makes You Rich! (And Also Maybe Sick, Too)

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USA Today touts Texans striking it rich in the oil/gas business–"OIL!" is the front-page headline, and that captures the tone of the piece.

Jan
10
2014

FAIR TV: Misremembering Fallujah, CNN Climate 'Balance,' Discussing the Left Without the Left

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Media are remembering Fallujah–but what are they forgetting? The CNN debate show Crossfire gives viewers false balance on climate change, and ABC's This Week talks about the "resurgent left"–without much input from the left.

Jan
08
2014

It's Cold Outside, So CNN Debates Climate Change

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Right from the beginning, the January 6 episode of CNN's Crossfire sounded like a bad idea. Here's the announcement that aired at the top of the show: How far below zero does it have to get to cool off the global warming debate? To make things clearer, the top of the show announcement continued: This week's historic cold brings out the skeptics. Will it put the climate change debate in the deep freeze? But while cold weather might "bring out" climate change deniers, it was CNN that decided to put one on Crossfire, creating a familiar–and false– "balance" between those […]

Jan
02
2014

Time Journalists: Report to the Business Department

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Time, Inc newsrooms will soon be reporting to the business side of the company– a concept which, as the New York Times notes, was "once verboten at journalistic institutions."

Nov
22
2013

FAIR TV: Obamacare: Katrina or Iraq War?, Paul Ryan PR, CNN's Pandora Response

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This week on FAIR TV: Obamacare is like Hurricane Katrina? No, says one pundit: It's like Obama's Iraq War. Also this week: The Washington Post does PR for Paul Ryan as a poverty fighter, and CNN responds to its unbalanced pro-nuclear documentary with…a pro-nuke panel discussion.

Nov
15
2013

FAIR TV: Typhoons and Climate Change, Chris Christie's Media Magic, More Iran Nonsense

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This week on FAIR TV: Media still hesitate to talk about climate change when covering extreme weather like the typhoon that just ravaged the Philippines. Chris Christie is "magical," says one pundit–we'll tell you what his trick is. And nuclear negotiations don't make media coverage of Iran any better.    

Nov
14
2013

Attributing Weather Events to Climate Change Is the Easy Part

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Climate change caused Typhoon Haiyan–in the basic and obvious sense that Haiyan would not have happened in the absence of climate change.

Nov
14
2013

Typhoon Haiyan and Climate Change: Why 'We Can't Say for Sure' Is Wrong

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In a rational world, Typhoon Haiyan would get media talking about climate change. But at the moment, it's barely part of the conversation.

Oct
25
2013

FAIR TV: Unreported Drone Reports, Schieffer Wants to Tackle Poverty, CNN's Pro-Nuke Propaganda

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This week we look at what the big TV networks covered instead of the new reports about US drone attacks. Plus CBS host Bob Schieffer calls for more discussions of issues that matter, and CNN is set to air some pro-nuclear power propaganda.   

Oct
21
2013

USA Today Forgets That Climate Is a Part of Wildfire Context

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The word "wildfire" has come up 1,457 times in USA Today's reporting–and it's been accompanied by the phrase "climate change" 73 times.

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: