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.

Dec
12
2013

PBS Budget Debate: Wall Street, the Right and the Further Right

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The budget agreement was debated on PBS– two voices from the right and a Wall Street Democrat.

Dec
12
2013

Obamacare Website = Iraq War, Now with Bill Kristol

Think the comparisons between the Obamacare website and the Iraq War are done? Think again. Some people still see the connection–like Iraq War booster Bill Kristol.

Nov
22
2013

FAIR TV: Obamacare: Katrina or Iraq War?, Paul Ryan PR, CNN's Pandora Response

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This week on FAIR TV: Obamacare is like Hurricane Katrina? No, says one pundit: It's like Obama's Iraq War. Also this week: The Washington Post does PR for Paul Ryan as a poverty fighter, and CNN responds to its unbalanced pro-nuclear documentary with…a pro-nuke panel discussion.

Nov
19
2013

NY Post's Stop-and-Frisk Scare

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The New York Post is suggesting New York City is seeing the beginning of a scary crime wave. Turns out (surprise!) the Post is mostly full of it.

Nov
15
2013

FAIR TV: Typhoons and Climate Change, Chris Christie's Media Magic, More Iran Nonsense

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This week on FAIR TV: Media still hesitate to talk about climate change when covering extreme weather like the typhoon that just ravaged the Philippines. Chris Christie is "magical," says one pundit–we'll tell you what his trick is. And nuclear negotiations don't make media coverage of Iran any better.    

Nov
01
2013

Whose Obamacare Stories Are Worth Telling?

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Stories about individuals losing their insurance policies are making the national news. But how often do those gaining insurance through the Affordable Care Act make the news?

Oct
21
2013

TV Host Tired of 'Partisan Games,' Keeps Playing Them Anyway

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Bob Schieffer isn't just a guy with an opinion about what's not being discussed on TV. He hosts a TV show every week.

Oct
18
2013

Income Inequality? The TV Industry Is on Top of It

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

Oct
07
2013

New York Times to New Yorkers: You're Supporting the Wrong Mayoral Candidate!

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A New York Times story headlined "Poll Finds Support for de Blasio, if Not All His Ideas" could have more accurately been called "Poll Finds Support for de Blasio, Along With Most of His Ideas"

Sep
27
2013

FAIR TV: NBC's Iran Scoop, Whistleblowers vs. Mass Shooters, Bad Fact-Checking

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This week on FAIR TV, NBC got a scoop: Iran's new president says his country isn't interested in a nuclear bomb. NBC–and other outlets–treated this as big news. But it's not. Plus: Time magazine finds a link between mass shooters and government whistleblowers, and NBC tries to do some Obamacare fact-checking. It doesn't go very well.