Sep
23
2013

Action Alert: CNN's White House Leftist

FAIR's recent Action Alert takes a look at the relationship between CNN "left" host Stephanie Cutter and the Obama White House. If you think this is something CNN needs to explain, send them a message–and copy that message in the comments section below.

Sep
20
2013

FAIR TV: Food Stamp 'Balance,' CNN's Conflicted Leftist and Chuck Todd vs. Chuck Todd

USA Today shows readers how balance can mislead. CNN has a host "from the left"– but is she really "from the White House"? And Chuck Todd gives viewers some sense of how he defines his job. We'll compare that with an MSNBC commercial where Todd sounds pretty high-minded about what his journalism is supposed to do.     

Sep
19
2013

Is Oil Industry Funding of a Fracking Study a Problem? Let's Ask an Oil-Funded Expert

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To find out whether oil industry funding might have influenced a study, the New York Times went to someone who works for a think thank with numerous oil industry funders–including at least three of the companies who funded the study in question.

Sep
18
2013

Should Poor People Eat? Let's Hear From Both Sides!

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OK, so maybe this headline is slightly unfair, but it seemed like a good way to capture the essence of a USA Today story (9/18/13) about the fight over food stamps. As you may already know, House Republicans are looking to cut some $40 billion from the SNAP program, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next 10 years.   It's not unusual for politicians to disagree; one would hope that journalism might intervene on the side of the facts. But here's how USA Today's Paul Singer presented the issue:  The cost of the federal food stamp program has exploded […]

Sep
13
2013

FAIR TV: Striking Syria, War on Your 401K, 'Redskins' on the Radio

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This week: War on Syria has been called off, at least for now, and that seemed to bother a lot of pundits. ABC looked at how the war would have affected your 401(k), assuming you have one. And a radio station rejects an ad criticizing the "Washington Redskins" for using an ethnic slur as a team name–maybe because the station is owned by the same guy who owns the team. Watch:

Aug
28
2013

Action Alert: NPR, USA Today Misreport Iranian Nukes

FAIR's new alert looks at recent coverage of Iran at NPR and USA Today. If you'd like to share your letter to those outlets, you can do so in the comments thread below.

Aug
09
2013

Was George W. Bush Aiding Al-Qaeda?

The government says Bradley Manning helped Al Qaeda when he revealed information about civilian casualties. By that logic, didn't George W. Bush do a lot more by causing those casualties?

Aug
06
2013

Covering Weiner

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"We shouldn't even be wasting our time talking about Anthony Weiner," the pundits say– and then they continue to talk about him anyway.

Aug
02
2013

FAIR TV: Misreporting WikiLeaks, NYT Defines the "Center," MSNBC's Walmart "Debate"

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This week: The corporate media finally paid attention to the Bradley Manning trial–but NBC botched some of the history. Plus the New York Times tries to show how Democrats are moving 'away from the center.' But how do they define the center anyway? And we look at an MSNBC debate over Walmart and a living wage that could have used more debate.

Aug
02
2013

Snowden's Asylum and Double Standards

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Russia's decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum is being covered as a grave breach, a "snub," and an act of defiance. But what about the cases where the United States has refused to extradite those accused of horrible crimes in the rest of the world?

Jul
25
2013

The Rolling Stone Cover and the 'New Ideological Threat'

The cover of Rolling Stone (8/13), featuring a self-portrait of Dzhokhar Tsaernav taken weeks before the Boston bombing, has fueled a strong backlash. Discussing the cover, Fox News' Lisa Daftari (7/18/13) said: In the aftermath of 9/11, if you look back over a decade ago, this country had an awakening, an understanding, that we have a new ideological threat that is on our soil. People became aware. But we've since gone very far from that, almost gone too far from that. We are almost becoming overcompensating, for fear of being Islamophobic. Political correctness is leading us to put a terrorist […]

Jul
19
2013

FAIR TV: Trayvon Martin, Iran Bluster, Bradley Manning Blackout

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This week we look at some of the messages coming from the corporate media in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict. And CBS gives Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu a platform to spread alarm over Iranian nukes. Plus a look at what corporate-owned TV networks think is newsworthy–a royal baby, not the trial of Bradley Manning.

Jul
19
2013

Former NSA Chief Smears Glenn Greenwald

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"The Guardian newspaper's Glenn Greenwald," writes former NSA director Michael Hayden today in a CNN op-ed, is "more deserving of the Justice Department's characterization of a co-conspirator than Fox's James Rosen ever was." Hayden's smear came in a column in which he argues that Edward Snowden, whose story Greenwald has been telling in the Guardian, "will likely prove to be the most costly leaker of American secrets in the history of the Republic." Those thuggish words are particularly disturbing coming from a figure who is, as CNN's editor's note at the top of the column explains, still tied to military […]