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.

Nov
15
2013

Obama's Deadly Website Compared to Katrina

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To some people, a new law that is running into technical problems with a poorly designed website is not really the same as a massive disaster in one of America's iconic cities that killed almost 2,000 people.

Nov
01
2013

FAIR TV: Obamacare Context, CBS's CIA PR, TV Networks Shilling

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Media are showing keen interest in stories about problems with individual insurance policies. But are they getting the story right? And did CBS ask tough questions of the former deputy director of the CIA–or did they throw softballs? Plus NBC and ABC offer examples of corporate synergy at work, using their news divisions to promote the corporate parent.   Watch:

Nov
01
2013

Whose Obamacare Stories Are Worth Telling?

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Stories about individuals losing their insurance policies are making the national news. But how often do those gaining insurance through the Affordable Care Act make the news?

Oct
29
2013

O'Reilly Factor the Go-From Place for 'Facts About Obamacare'

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told viewers, "The Factor has established itself as the go-to news program if you want the facts about Obamacare." And then he proceeded to show that this wasn't true.

Oct
03
2013

Shutdown: Media SHOULD Play the Blame Game

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

Sep
24
2013

David Gregory, Health Law Fact Injector

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Meet the Press host David Gregory tried to take a different approach from his colleague Chuck Todd. Unfortunately, his attempted factcheck didn't really clarify much.

Sep
18
2013

Inform the Public? Not My Job, Says Chuck Todd

NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd's declaration that it's not his job to inform viewers when politicians spread misinformation was noted by several progressive blogs today, including Talking Points Memo. Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe today (9/18/13), Todd responded to Ed Rendell's claim that Obamacare opponents are full of misinformation about the program by explaining that this was because Republicans¬† "have successfully messaged against it." But wasn't journalism's job to expose misinformation? No, Todd insisted; if the public was misinformed about the Affordable Care Act, it was the president's fault for not pushing back: What I always love is people […]