Jun
16
2014

Debating Iraq in 2014: Wrong All Over Again

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The crisis in Iraq has brought war back to the US airwaves. But if you were expecting a more robust discussion about US military action this time around, think again. The rule seems to be that if you were wrong in 2003, you're still an expert in 2014.

Jun
13
2014

FAIR TV: Right-Wing Terrorism, CNN on Israeli Occupation, USA Today's Walmart Party

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This week: Media cover right-wing domestic terrorism–without calling it terrorism. Plus CNN's left/right discussion of Israeli occupation left a lot to be desired, and USA Today calls Walmart protesters "party poopers."   Watch:

Jun
11
2014

Iraq Is a Place Where Americans Suffered

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In the wake of Sunni militants overtaking Mosul, US media still tell the story of the Iraq War as if US suffering is what really matters.

Jun
11
2014

Crossfire Clueless on Israeli Occupation

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CNN's Crossfire is ostensibly a debate between the left and the right. But the show's debate over Hillary Clinton's new book show how the format can become meaningless,

May
16
2014

Object to a War Criminal at Your Graduation? You Must Be a 'Bigot'

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New York Times columnist Tim Egan rages against college students who dare to have moral objections to the speakers their administrations chose to garnish their graduations with.

May
16
2014

FAIR TV: Snowden, Palestinian Brass Knuckles, Rubio's Climate Denial

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This week: ABC talks about a "raging debate" over Edward Snowden. They must mean the one that's not on their show. Plus: The New York Times takes a long time to correct a story about Palestinian teen's imaginary brass knuckles, and ABC's Jonathan Karl has the wrong response to Marco Rubio's climate nonsense. Watch:

May
15
2014

Disappearing Brass Knuckles: An NYT Correction

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A video of a tense confrontation between an Israeli soldier and Palestinian youths made it into the New York Times–along with an erroneous suggestion that one of the Palestinians threatened the soldier with brass knuckles.

May
14
2014

Will NYT's New Editor Stand Up for Investigative Journalism?

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The New York Times announced that Jill Abramson, who has the top editorial job there of executive editor, is being replaced by current managing editor Dean Baquet. Whether Baquet will be good for investigative reporting at the Times remains to be seen.

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.

May
02
2014

Bill O'Reilly and Benghazi: He Gets One Thing Right

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Bill O'Reilly calls out the media for dishonest Benghazi coverage. But he's the one mangling the facts.

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.