Jun
20
2014

FAIR TV: War Pundits Time Warp, Framing Iraq, NBC Self-Promotion

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It's 2003 all over again, as Iraq "experts" who promoted the 2003 invasion are back on TV screens offering expert analysis about what to do next. And we take a look at some of the revealing language US reporters are employing to frame Iraq as a place that keeps forcing the US to attack it. Plus, NBC's "news" division promotes its corporate cousins over at Universal.   Watch:

Jun
13
2014

Plagiarism: Why It Matters

Chris Hedges

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 […]

May
06
2014

ABC News Exclusive: Our Parent Company's Awesome New Things

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It doesn't appear that ABC bothered with the sort of normal journalistic disclosure during its segment on its parent company's theme park. Maybe it's simply too hard to keep track of all the Disney promotion they're doing.

Mar
18
2014

Finally, Corporate America Will Have a Voice

Maria Bartiromo

Former CNBC host Maria Bartiromo will be debuting a new show on the Fox News Channel soon, and she's sharing one idea about what will make her show different: Corporations will finally get a chance to tell their story.

Feb
21
2014

Time Puffs Mexico's President

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Time cheers Mexico's president for 'saving' the country. But why is it that most Mexicans don't seem to care for his brand of market 'reforms'?

Feb
19
2014

Our Boss Is Great! How MSNBC Covered Comcast Merger

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How did MSNBC cover the mega-merger between its parent company and Time Warner cable? Hardly at all–except for a segment glorifying their boss.

Jan
29
2014

Pete Seeger: 'It's Hard for Me to Talk About the Media Without Getting Angry'

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"If the United States or the world goes down in disaster, I would blame the media first of all, because the people running it are intelligent people."

Jan
02
2014

Time Journalists: Report to the Business Department

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Time, Inc newsrooms will soon be reporting to the business side of the company– a concept which, as the New York Times notes, was "once verboten at journalistic institutions."

Nov
22
2013

Politico's Pay-to-Play

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The Chamber of Commerce and other powerful corporate interests like oil giant BP pony up to sponsor Politico–and just so happen to get glowing coverage in the very same outlet.

Nov
06
2013

An Open Letter to the Washington Post

Ralph Nader

In recent weeks we have learned from the Post much about Bezos. What we have not been told is how the newspaper is going to shield itself from Mr. Bezos' far-flung business interests in order to maintain reader credibility and trust.

Nov
01
2013

FAIR TV: Obamacare Context, CBS's CIA PR, TV Networks Shilling

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Media are showing keen interest in stories about problems with individual insurance policies. But are they getting the story right? And did CBS ask tough questions of the former deputy director of the CIA–or did they throw softballs? Plus NBC and ABC offer examples of corporate synergy at work, using their news divisions to promote the corporate parent.   Watch:

Oct
18
2013

FAIR TV: Hearing Malala's Message, Zakaria's CEO Panel, Networks Do Self-Promotion

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US media ignore one part of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai's message. CNN's Fareed Zakaria talks about inequality and Occupy Wall Street with….three CEOs? And corporations view the news networks they own as vehicles to promote their other properties.

Oct
18
2013

Income Inequality? The TV Industry Is on Top of It

Les Moonves (cc photo: David Shankbone)

TV bosses are in the top 20 percent of big corporations in terms of how much more they make than their employees.