May
01
2014

USA Today Blowing Smoke on Benghazi 'Smoking Gun'

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USA Today's headline was "GOP Calls New Benghazi E-Mail 'Smoking Gun.'" What the memo actually proves is that "scandal" is defined as any deviation from the fantasy world jointly created by the Republican Party and its media accomplices.

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.

Apr
25
2014

FAIR TV: NYT's Russia Walkback, Obama's 'Manhood,' Innocent Drones

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The New York Times has a big exclusive on Russia–and quietly walked it back a few days later. David Brooks offers his thoughts on the Mideast and Obama's "manhood," CNN finds a guest who says innocent civilians don't die in drone strikes.

Apr
22
2014

In Yemen, Drones Don't Kill Innocents

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There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about reports about the military strikes in Yemen.

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
08
2014

Botching the Israel/Palestine Talks Timeline

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Some stories are easy to understand–or would be, if media reported the facts without so much spin. As hard as it might be to believe, the roots of the current Israel/Palestine negotiating impasse is one of those stories.

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."

Apr
01
2014

'Straight Shooter' Chris Christie and the Occupied Territories

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What happened when Republican 'straight shooter" Chris Christie accurately called the West Bank occupied territory? He apologized.

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
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.