Apr
14
2014

The Most Revealing Sunday Talk Show McCain Moment of All Time

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CBS host Bob Schieffer wanted an expert on Ukraine, so he woke up John McCain.

Apr
09
2014

No, Putin Isn't Following 'Reagan Playbook' in Ukraine–Thank God

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When the Washington Post's David Ignatius writes a column headlined "Putin Steals the CIA's Playbook on Anti-Soviet Covert Operations," is that supposed to be a criticism or a compliment?

Apr
04
2014

FAIR TV: Russian Troops, Christie's 'Gaffe,' Torture Without the T Word

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Russian troops are massing on the border with Ukraine, set to invade–so say corporate media, relying on unnamed intelligence sources. Plus straight-talking Chris Christie apologizes for straight talk, and the Washington Post's scoop on CIA torture can't say the word "torture."

Mar
31
2014

Intelligence Sources Play an Early April Fool's Joke on NBC News

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US intelligence claims about a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border are just that–claims. On NBC Nightly News, however, anchor Brian Williams and Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski not only took these claims as gospel, they used them as the jumping off point for alarmist speculation.

Mar
31
2014

'Troop Buildup on the Border'–We've Heard This Before

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Claims about a Russian buildup on Ukraine's border are being made based on intelligence that very few people have likely seen. NBC correspondent Jim Maceda went to the border area to check out the claims of Russian troop presence and couldn't turn up much.

Mar
28
2014

FAIR TV: NYT Venezuela Correction, Rich Lowry's War Lies, Iran's Unreal Ship

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On the show: The New York Times runs an op-ed from a leader of the Venezuelan opposition–but it's the correction that is most revealing. And right-wing pundit Rich Lowry can't stand Vladmir Putin's invasion based on "lies." But he had a different view of that when he was the one lying about Iraq. Plus the New York Times and USA Today run with alarmist stories about a fake Iranian ship.  Watch: 

Mar
25
2014

Pundits Never Have to Say They're Sorry–but They Can Demand Others Apologize for Being Right

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National Review editor Rich Lowry slams Putin's invasion based on "lies and force of arms." You see, he's against that kind of thing–except when it was the invasion of Iraq.

Mar
21
2014

Hawks Want Obama to Be More Like Jimmy Carter

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Pundits like Charles Krauthammer have fond memories of the Afghan/Soviet war, and want Obama to be more like Jimmy Carter so that the Ukraine crisis can have a similarly happy result.

Mar
14
2014

FAIR TV: Delusional Putin, Conflicted Pundit, We're All Rich!

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Tracing the "Putin is delusional" storyline. CBS gives viewers an energy expert who just so happens to work for the oil industry. And there's good economic news: We're all rich again! Well, not all of us.

Mar
14
2014

Will Twisted History of Georgian War Facilitate a Repetition?

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In reporting and commentary on Ukraine, the 2008 Russo-Georgian War provides a handy anti-Russian talking point…if you leave out half the story.

Mar
12
2014

Is Putin Delusional–or Is NYT a 'Megaphone for Propaganda'?

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Tracing back the story about Vladimir Putin being out of touch reality, one journalist sees it as a prime example of how media outlets can "become a megaphone for propaganda."

Mar
07
2014

FAIR TV: Ukraine Hysteria, US Hypocrisy, Keystone Protest

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This week: US media go into overdrive over Russia/Ukraine, painting the conflict as proof that Barack Obama isn't feared enough. Plus pundits laugh at Putin's delusion–but what about John Kerry's? And a big anti-Keystone XL rally at the White House hardly makes the news.  Watch:

Mar
05
2014

Putin's 'Delusions' and Double Standards

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Media are suggesting that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's defense of his actions in Ukraine suggests he is delusional. But what do they call it when US leaders appear unable to remember US invasions of other countries?