Sep
19
2014

Deep US Concern for Human Rights in Egypt? Time Says So

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The idea that the United States is being forced to suspend any 'longtime concerns' about Egyptian human rights is hard to square with reality.

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
14
2014

Ferguson Case Poses Test for Corporate Media

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The surprise has been the extent to which some media seem to be taking the outcry seriously, talking about the militarization of police–brought home by the rough treatment given to reporters–and the criminalization of black people.

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
21
2014

Times Are Good–for Investment Bankers, Anyway

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If you're part of the majority that's still hurting after six years of "recovery," thinking that the US is on the wrong track isn't pessimism–it's realism.

Jul
02
2014

Highly Placed Media Racists

Nicholas Wade

Nicholas Wade was a leading New York Times science writer for three decades. He left the paper weeks after the May publication of his book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, a book many reviewers say is a full-throated defense of "scientific racism."

Jun
24
2014

Time on Iraq War: What Did We Do to Deserve This?

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Many corporate news accounts treat the chaos in Iraq as proof that the good intentions of a US superpower cannot overcome tribal grievances. Michael Crowley's cover story for Time, "The End of Iraq," might be the quintessential example.

Jun
23
2014

Journalism Without Information

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Time magazine tries to tell you three things you should know about an important and powerful politician. What they tell readers is something else.

Jun
13
2014

Plagiarism: Why It Matters

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One reaction I've seen to the accusations of plagiarism against Chris Hedges is, basically: Who cares? It's true there are greater journalistic crimes than plagiarism. When a reporter fabricates stories, or passes along government lies as truth, people can get killed. Plagiarism has never started a war, as far as I can tell. But that doesn't mean that it's not a serious matter, at least for the journalistic community. It's a matter of workplace theft. Imagine that you wait tables in a restaurant, and one of your co-workers turns out to have a habit of picking up other people's tips […]

Jun
10
2014

Joe Klein on the Itchy Grievances of Minority Groups

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Time columnist Joe Klein wants Democrats like Hillary Clinton to keep their distance from "minority groups who are itchy to file grievances" over things like poverty.

Apr
29
2014

Buzzfeed Feeds Paul Ryan's Buzz

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Paul Ryan says he wants to fight poverty, and he can convince reporters that he means it. But what about his actual record?

Apr
22
2014

Obama's 'Manhood Problem'–and Media's Humanity Problem

David Brooks says the Middle East thinks Obama has a "manhood" problem.