Aug
01
2014

NYT's Iran Correction Needs a Correction

Someone at the NY Times needs to read this book.

In today's New York Times corrections box (8/1/14): An article on Wednesday about demands among both parties in Congress that the Obama administration allow a vote on any agreement with Iran on its nuclear weapons program misstated, in some editions, the value of assets that Iran will have access to under an agreement. It is more than $2 billion, not more than $2 million. This correction needs a correction. Iran does not have a "nuclear weapons program." It has a uranium enrichment program; some politicians claim it also has a weapons program it is concealing. This has never been substantiated by international […]

Jul
22
2014

Are People Who Shoot Down Passenger Planes 'War Criminals'–or 'Hard to Fault'?

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If you're going to shoot down a civilian jetliner–from the New York Times' point of view–it helps to be working for the US Navy when you do it.

Jul
18
2014

FAIR TV: Palestinian Lives, Iran Facts, ABC's Walmart Promo

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This week on the show: Media figures demonstrate their concern for Israeli lives–and their lack of concern for Palestinians. Plus NBC host David Gregory makes a claim about Iran–and an Iranian official is there to challenge him. And ABC's Walmart report: Is it journalism or  infomercial?   Watch:      

Jul
14
2014

Note to David Gregory: The US Is Not the World

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NBC's Meet the Press host makes some misleading claims about Iran–thankfully an Iranian official is there to challenge him. Unfortunately, the show then tapped Jeffrey Goldberg to offer a 'reality check' on Iran's nuclear program.

Jun
27
2014

FAIR TV: Iraq Surge Myths, More TV Hawks, News You Can't Use

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On the show this week: The idea that the surge of US troops is what 'won' the Iraq War shouldn't be treated as if it's a fact. Plus we look at who NBC tapped for his Iraq/Iran expertise, and media tried to tell us what we need to know about a powerful Republican lawmaker. They failed.

Jun
23
2014

Netanyahu Can Disinform on Iran Just as Well as Iraq

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NBC's David Gregory says that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "well-briefed" on the US position on Iran's nuclear program. But that shouldn't be confused with being knowledgeable.

May
13
2014

O'Reilly: Back from Vacation, Still Hating Muslims

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Bill O'Reilly uses the horrible Boko Haram kidnappings to launch into yet another tirade against Muslims.

May
02
2014

FAIR TV: Iran Nuke Tall Tales, New Benghazi Nonsense, White Guys on Affirmative Action

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On the show this week: CNN goes to Iran nuclear expert… Benjamin Netanyahu? Plus new nonsense on Benghazi, and Meet the Press presents a discussion on affirmative action with mostly conservative white guys–showing media's need for some affirmative action of their own.

Apr
29
2014

Netanyahu on Iran (This Time Without the Cartoon Bomb)

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With peace talks on hold, Israeli prime minister is back on US television talking about Iran's supposed nuclear threat. Good thing for him his claims are so rarely challenged.

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
24
2014

Suspect Ships: Is Everything About Iran Threatening?

Mock-up of a US aircraft carrier supposedly under construction in Iran

The story of an Iranian mockup of an aircraft carrier illustrates the corporate media presumption that, whatever is happening, Iran has "bellicose purposes" in mind.

Mar
11
2014

What if NYT Factchecked Netanyahu's Claims?

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If the New York Times pointed out that Israel was making debunkable claims about Iranian weapons programs, it might make readers less inclined to accept Israel's unverifiable claims about Iranian weapons shipments.

Jan
15
2014

Can We Persuade CBS to Abandon Its Inaccurate Rhetoric on Iran?

CBS reporter Major Garrett discusses the Iran nuclear deal

CBS's Major Garrett says "the next big step" is "persuading Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program entirely"–but it's never been established that Iran has a nuclear weapons program to abandon.