May
21
2014

David Brooks: Democracy Is a Drag; Put Guys Like Me in Charge

Pundit David Brooks thinks the way to fix American democracy is by having less democracy. Let elites dictate policy and have pundits cheer them on!

May
09
2014

FAIR TV: Crossfire Climate Change, CIA & Polio and ABC Loves Disney

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This week on the show: CNN brings back Crossfire–but isn't it time to stop "debating" climate change? Plus a look at big media leaving the CIA out of their reporting on the resurgence of polio, while ABC News brings viewers an infomercial for parent company Disney.

May
07
2014

The CIA Aided Polio's Comeback–but Media Have Forgotten the Story

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There's a crucial piece of information missing in the New York Times and CBS's reports on the return of polio from near-extinction—one that these outlets know full well.

Apr
11
2014

FAIR TV: Obamacare Numbers, Mideast Media Muddle, O'Reilly and Moses

Right-wing pundits spin the new Obamacare numbers. Media botch the timeline on Israel/Palestine negotiations. Bill O'Reilly finds Judeo-Christian roots on the Supreme Court walls–but misses everything else that's there.

Apr
07
2014

Kristol's Funny Obamacare Numbers

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Since he left Fox News Channel in 2013, conservative pundit Bill Kristol now gets to play TV expert on a range of outlets. On April 6, he showed up on ABC's This Week to misinform viewers about healthcare.

Mar
27
2014

PhRMA's Money Affects Human Lives–and Journalism Too

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Josh Marshall announces that Idea Lab: Impact will be "sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America." Yes, PhRMA, the lobbying group that has helped make the marketing of medicine one of the most profitable industries in America.

Feb
05
2014

Is Cannabis More Dangerous Than Alcohol? Let's Ask Bigfoot

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Alex Berezow, a regular contributor to USA Today's opinion page, is the editor of Real Clear Science and the author of Science Left Behind. So you would expect that when he addresses Barack Obama's recent remarks about cannabis, he would bring a scientific perspective to them. Well–kind of.

Feb
05
2014

Falsely Presenting Obamacare as a Job-Killer

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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

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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

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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 […]

Dec
02
2013

Obamacare as a 'Big Government' Failure

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Pundits' discussions of the Affordable Care Act rollout assumes that the law represents some kind of "activist government" intervention to disrupt the normally smooth workings of the private sector. But that is neither the intent nor the effect of the law.

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
18
2013

Doubling Down: Healthcare Site Isn't Obama's Katrina–It's His Iraq War

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No, the website problems with the Affordable Care Act aren't like Hurricane Katrina. They're more like the Iraq War.