Jul
14
2014

Cokie Roberts: More People Should Fear the United States

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ABC pundit Cokie Roberts thinks more countries should fear the United States.

Jul
14
2014

All They Will Call You Will Be Detainees

Homicides per 100,000 People, Central America (Vox)

One of corporate journalism's bad habits is framing international stories on the premise that news is what happens to the US. There is no better recent example of this than the story of tens of thousands of children fleeing Central America.

Jul
11
2014

FAIR TV: ABC's Gaza 'Mistake,' Dinesh D'Souza and CBS CEO Boosterism

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This week on FAIR TV: ABC's embarrassing mistake in its Gaza coverage, This Week touts a right-wing conspiracy film and CBS presents viewers with the story of the risk-taking billionaire CEO who is cutting thousands of jobs.

Jul
10
2014

When Does the 'Cycle of Violence' Start?

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Coverage of the violence between Israel and Palestine often reduces the conflict to a "cycle of violence" that periodically flares up (FAIR Action Alert, 6/30/06; FAIR Blog, 12/19/08). The same is true now, with corporate media embracing the narrative that Israel’s attacks against Palestine are "retaliations," implying that it is solely the fault of Palestinians for provoking and initiating the deadly attacks on Gaza (FAIR Blog, 7/2/14). But determining when such a "cycle" begins is a political act. The current conflict is usually traced back to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank (CNN, 7/7/14). […]

Jul
10
2014

Why ABC Thought Suffering Palestinians Were Israelis

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ABC misidentified a suffering Palestinian family as being Israeli. It shouldn't be seen as just an honest mistake.

Jul
09
2014

Bolivian President Isn’t Radical Enough for Corporate Media

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Vilifying left-leaning Latin American and Caribbean leaders is nothing new from the US media–from Chile's Salvador Allende to Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, from Venezuela's Hugo Chavez to Mauricio Funes of El Salvador. Bolivian President Evo Morales is no exception, as he caught the attention of the website Vox, a new outlet that sets out to "explain the news" with an emphasis on data analysis.

Jul
02
2014

On US TV, Israel is 'Striking Back'

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Israeli airstrikes in response to the murder of 3 teenagers are framed as retaliation–even though those targeted may very well have had nothing to do with the tragedy.

Jul
01
2014

Repeal the Bill Kristol Permanent Punditry Act!

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The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel confronted Bill Kristol on ABC about his disastrous Iraq War advocacy. One has to wonder why Kristol was there in the first place.

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
27
2014

Toothpaste Terrorism? Been There, Done That

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Far from being a "new generation," the toothpaste tube bomb has been around for almost four decades.

Jun
27
2014

This Sunday, a Different Kind of Iraq War Booster: Bill Clinton

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NBC Meet the Press taps Bill Clinton to talk Iraq. But will viewers know that Clinton was also a crucial supporter of the invasion?

Jun
25
2014

Ukraine Tips From Nameless US Officials: Good Enough for NYT

Internet videos of tanks allegedly supplied by Russia to Ukrainian rebels.

Apparently the people who know best about what's happening in Ukraine are US government officials who won't let their names be printed in the newspaper.

Jun
24
2014

Gas Prices 'Skyrocketing'? You'd Better Duck

Fireworks at Disney World (Jeff Krause)

You're not supposed to talk about oil and Iraq–but corporate media can't stop talking about oil and Iraq.