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). […]

Jun
06
2014

FAIR TV: Bowe Bergdahl, NBC Slams Snowden, CNN Boosts Bush

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On the show this week: Bowe Bergdahl's release prompts waves of media panic about former Guantanamo prisoners "returning to the battlefield." Plus NBC goes heavy on Edward Snowden critics and CNN buys a George H.W. Bush documentary funded by… the Bush library. Watch:

Apr
22
2014

To David Brooks, Revealing Government Crimes Is 'Repellent, Unpatriotic'

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Pundit David Brooks reacts to the Pulitzers: "I'm a little made nervous by the fact that [reporters] really did benefit by what I think of as a repellent, unpatriotic act."

Mar
06
2014

Jonah Goldberg Swings at Obama on Nukes–and Hits Reagan

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Right-wing columnist Jonah Goldberg slams Obama for expressing support for a 'nuclear free world'– which was what Reagan said too.

Mar
05
2014

Putin's 'Delusions' and Double Standards

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Media are suggesting that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's defense of his actions in Ukraine suggests he is delusional. But what do they call it when US leaders appear unable to remember US invasions of other countries?

Feb
27
2014

NYT Corrects Venezuela TV Falsehood

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Activists call on the New York Times to correct a faulty report on Venezuela– and they do.

Feb
24
2014

New York Times Critic Doesn't Care What Foreigners Have to Say

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New York Times media columnist David Carr (2/24/14) seems to think the relationship between CNN and Piers Morgan was doomed from the start: It's been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate–the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt–and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America. That's a peculiar way to define "provincial"; surely one can be deeply interested in the United States and deeply interested in […]

Jan
31
2014

FAIR TV: Bipartisan Food Stamp Cuts, the 'Real' Romney and the Terror Trial Media Skipped

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Food stamp cuts are an encouraging sign of bipartisanship, according to some media accounts. And journalists are fascinated by the "real" Mitt Romney. Plus a domestic terror trial that's not getting much press attention–perhaps because the terror suspects aren't Muslims.

Jan
30
2014

Kurt Cobain on FAIR: 'Tries to Expose the Truths'

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Kurt Cobain called FAIR "an underground leftist organization that tries to expose the truths," saying we had "been working for years to expose a lot of injustices." Cobain said this in August 1993, when he, with Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, were interviewed by a German music journalist (8/10/93). We just found out about the interview this week, when a friend pointed out to us a video of the interview that was posted on YouTube (12/11/13) last month. That link should take you to the middle of the video, where Cobain and Novoselic discuss FAIR as an example […]

Jan
02
2014

What Malala Told Obama About US Drones (11 Weeks Later)

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At the end of December ABC told viewers what Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai said to Barack Obama about US drones back in October.

Dec
23
2013

David Gregory's NSA Source–His Wife

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The NSA's mass surveillance programs are the subject of continued legal and political challenge–but there remain serious problems with how some in the media are covering the issue. Take the December 22 episode of NBC's Meet the Press. Viewers heard Republican politician and ardent NSA defender Peter King claim that if the NSA had phone metadata program in 2001, the 9/11 attacks "probably wouldn’t have happened." That's a remarkably provocative claim; is it true? One wouldn't have known from watching the show, but ProPublica's Justin Elliot has looked into this (6/20/13)  and finds no evidence for such an assertion New […]

Dec
13
2013

FAIR TV: Misremembering Mandela, Dubious Iran Poll

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This week on FAIR TV: What are media missing in their tributes to Nelson Mandela? We share a few thoughts. Also: USA Today's front page told readers that the US public is mostly opposed to the tentative deal on Iran's nuclear program. That's not what most other polls are saying. We'll explain why.

Dec
13
2013

The Official Story: How NY Times Covers Yemen Drone Strikes

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The New York Times' report on yesterday's drone strike in Yemen leads with the claim that "most of the dead appeared to be people suspected of being militants linked to Al Qaeda." The paper has a pattern of this kind of reporting, often because they take the US or Yemeni government's word.