Feb
28
2014

FAIR TV: Pundits Want Social Security Cuts, Troop Cut Panic, Arizona Bill Discriminates–'Some Say'

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Pundits were mad about the news that Barack Obama was backing away from "chained CPI" Social Security cuts. An announcement about troop cuts caused some reporters to panic. And Arizona's discriminatory SB 1062 is given the "some say" media treatment.

Feb
12
2014

Michael Sam and the NFL's LGBT Makeover

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Michael Sam may have just announced to the sports world that he's a gay man, but it seems that it's the NFL itself that may be forced to come out of its closet.

Jan
24
2014

Beck: Media Shocked to Find He Isn't 'Anti-Gay, Racist Nutjob'

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"I played a role…in helping tear the country apart," Glenn Beck says. Indeed–not just from his time at Fox, but from years of talk radio broadcasts, and a stint at CNN's Headline News–not to mention his work at his current outlet, The Blaze.

Jan
03
2014

How Racist Do You Have to Be Before the New York Times Calls You a Racist?

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The New York Times offers readers a lengthy obituary for racist New York talk radio icon Bob Grant. But can they call a racist a racist?

Aug
23
2013

The NYT Thinks You're an Idiot

Private Chelsea Manning will be serving out a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth prison for revealing classified information to WikiLeaks. Are you confused by that sentence? Not sure what case we're talking about here? Maybe there were two Private Mannings who are now tied for the record of longest prison sentence in the history of this country for whistleblowing? It's hard to imagine that, more than 24 hours after Manning made her gender identity public through a written statement read on the Today show (8/22/13), any reader or viewer would not figure out pretty quickly who the news was talking […]

Aug
22
2013

Bradley Manning's Name Is Chelsea Manning

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Chelsea Manning's announcement that she identifies as female and would prefer to be referred to that way seemed to befuddle many in the media, with some outlets apparently unclear about how to identify her.

Jul
09
2013

Rehabilitating Bush at ABC News

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George W. Bush doesn't speak to the press much, but based on the fawning treatment he got from ABC News' Jonathan Karl, he might want to re-consider.

Jul
05
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden & Hayden, Pro-Equality 'Bias,' Climate Coverage

CBS covers the Edward Snowden and the NSA scandal by asking Bush-era NSA chief Michael Hayden for help. And NPR wonders if media coverage of marriage equality is too tilted in favor of… equality? Plus network TV doesn't cover Obama's climate speech–but the fake newscast at Comedy Central does.

Jun
28
2013

NPR: And Now, for Balance, Bigots and Big Coal

Marriage equality opponent with sign: "Homosexuals Are Possessed by Demons" (cc photo: Tricky Toro)

When the law finally starts to catch up with the promise of equality for all, does one stop to wonder if anti-equality bigots feel left out? That's the question that NPR's All Things Considered tried to answer.

May
31
2013

Two Churches Make an Anti-Gay Trend at USA Today

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USA Today's front-page headline (5/31/13): Churches Sever Scout Sponsorship The online headline, over Bob Smietana's piece on the reaction of church groups that sponsor Boy Scout troops to the Scouts' announced plan to accept gay Scouts was longer but no less sweeping: Religious Regretfully Sever Scout Sponsorships That's bad news for the Scouts, since as the article points out, "about 70 percent of Scout troops are chartered by a faith-based group." Must be tough, losing seven out of 10 sponsors all at once. Except the article doesn't report what the headlines claim at all. The article quotes one church leader, […]

Mar
29
2013

NYT: If Only Gay Rights Were Unpopular, Then Roberts Might Embrace Them

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In an article that should go down in the annals of improbable news analyses, Peter Baker argues in the New York Times (3/28/13) that the Chief Justice might be in favor of gay rights if they weren't so popular: Momentum in the political world for gay rights could actually limit momentum in the legal world. While the court may throw out a federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the justices signaled over two days of arguments that they might not feel compelled to intervene further, since the democratic process seems to be playing […]

Mar
28
2013

USA Today Covers 'Lonely Battle' of Equality Opponents

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"Outspent and lately out-hustled by highly organized gay rights organizations," USA Today reports, "opponents have struggled to get their story out." That's a curious premise, given that "their story" is the law of the land, and that's why we're talking about it in the first place.

Feb
27
2013

Forget Objectivity–Can We Have a Fact-Based Media?

There is no objective evidence that allowing two people of the same gender to marry will harm mixed-gender marriages. So you might think objective reporting would treat that assertion as a dubious claim.