Sep
08
2014

FAIR TV, September 8, 2014: USA Today Poll Distortion, Chris Christie's 'Gaffe'

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Are corporate media banging the war drums in 2014 just like they did in 2003? USA Today promotes a poll that they say shows the public wants a more 'muscular' foreign policy. But is that really the message the public is sending? Plus the New York Times remembers a Chris Christie foreign policy 'gaffe'– saying something accurate about the occupation of the West Bank.

Sep
08
2014

Our New War Will Be Different Because…

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The New York Times seems to suggest that the ongoing wars in Yemen and Pakistan are limited to attacks on "leaders." That is "a totally false statement," one analyst notes.

Sep
05
2014

How to Decode the New York Times

The Israeli government unequivocally declared that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three young Israelis. But Israeli legal documents do not support the Israeli government's accusations.

Sep
04
2014

'Debating' War, Corporate Media Style

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Discussions of what the Obama White House should do in Iraq and Syria are dominated by hawks, military officials and former national security insiders.

Sep
02
2014

Chris Christie's Totally Accurate Occupation Faux Pas

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The New York Times reports that Chris Christie is consulting with the likes of Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice to get past a previous foreign policy problem: saying something completely accurate about Israel.

Sep
02
2014

Does the Public Want More War?

USA Today: More Want US to Flex Muscle

USA Today's August 29 edition boasted the front-page headline "More Want US to Flex Muscle." The evidence comes from a new Pew poll, so it's worth noting how that data is transformed into a desire for US "muscle-flexing."

Aug
29
2014

Washington Post Editorial Page, Meet Noam Chomsky

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The Washington Post stands firm against Russian aggression, since Putin has violated an "international norm" that is "uncontroversial." Do those rules apply to the US, though?

Aug
29
2014

FAIR TV: August 29, 2014

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On the show this week: On the day of his funeral, the New York Times declared that Michael Brown was "no angel." We look at that and other shoddy reporting from Ferguson. Plus Newsweek spreads farfetched fear about Ebola and African immigrants, and we look at how often union leaders appear on the Sunday chat shows. (Brace yourself.)

Aug
28
2014

Newsweek's Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering

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Newsweek's cover story is built around the idea that illegally imported "bushmeat"–what we would call "wild game" if it were being eaten in the United States–could carry the deadly Ebola virus.
But is there any evidence that imported meat could actually carry Ebola? On that score, Newsweek comes up empty.

Aug
27
2014

If Social Media 'Silence Debate,' What Do Corporate Media Do?

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A new study has some outlets saying that social media inhibit debate. You want to compare Twitter's record to the corporate media on that score?

Aug
26
2014

The World as WaPo Would Like It to Be

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Obama's foreign policy is invariably analyzed as being either foolishly pacifistic or prudently diplomatic. The reality that the Obama administration has used military force on a large scale in many countries is not acknowledged.

Aug
22
2014

How the New York Times Twists Gaza

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Israel's war on Gaza is still going on, with a round of airstrikes that killed dozens this week. And how was this reported in the New York Times? As Hamas breaking a cease-fire agreement.

Aug
18
2014

Action Alert: NYT Skips First Big Test of New Torture Policy

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FAIR's new Action Alert (8/18/14) calls out the New York Times for not covering a major Amnesty International report on US torture–shortly after the paper announced a new policy of calling torture by its right name. If you send a message to the Times, please leave a copy in the comments thread to this post. UPDATE: New York Times┬áResponds on Torture (8/21/14)