Jul
28
2014

Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel (photo: Times of Israel)

Journalism about the current violence is bound to focus on the death and destruction in Gaza. But there remains ample space to ask whether the war was launched to punish Hamas for something it had nothing to do with.

Jul
28
2014

CBS Host: Palestinians Force Israel to Kill Kids

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CBS host Bob Schieffer shares his theory that Palestinians want their kids to be killed.

Jul
22
2014

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

Downed Malaysian airlines (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)

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 orĀ  infomercial?   Watch:      

Jul
17
2014

NYT Rewrites Gaza Headline: Was It Too Accurate?

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The New York Times rewrote a headline about Palestinian kids being killed on a beach to remove the fact that they were killed.

Jul
16
2014

PBS 'Expert' Speaks for Both Sides, but Advocates 'Excessive Force' Against One Side

Anthony Cordesman on NewsHour

The NewsHour invited Anthony Cordesman to consider possible policy options for "both sides" in the Israel/Gaza conflict. The problem is that Cordesman is on the record as advocating the option of brutality against Palestinian civilians.

Jul
16
2014

Dear USA Today: Civilian Drone Deaths Aren't 'Charges'

Predator drone over Kandahar (photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

It is a fact that drone strikes kill civilians– not, as USA Today put it, a "charge."

Jul
15
2014

Everything You Don't Need to Know About Israel/Gaza

You don't need to know which of these territories are occupied by Israel, so ABC won't tell you.

ABC News put a piece on its website headlined "Everything You Need to Know About the Israel/Gaza Conflict." What's interesting about it is all the things they think you don't need to know.

Jul
15
2014

CBS Host Feels for Frightened Israelis–But Not Dead Palestinians

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CBS host Bob Schieffer conveyed genuine concern for Israelis threatened by rockets fired from Gaza. But his empathy did not extend to Palestinians killed by Israel.

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.

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.