Jul
19
2013

What It Takes to Get a Reporter to Correct An Error

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When Jeremy Scahill called out a CNN reporter for an error, she eventually corrected her mistake on the air. That's good– and more outlets should be doing the same. Unfortunately the "non-correction correction" is more typical–or, as in the case of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, a media figure will simply ignore the issue.

Jul
17
2013

Bradley Manning Is Not a Royal Baby

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"With a Royal Baby Due, News Outlets Are on High Alert" reported the New York Times (7/14/13) in a piece detailing the extensive planning that TV networks have done in order to cover the any-day-now arrival of the child of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Times said it "will be a spectacle unlike any other in the modern media age"; the ABC website has a special section ("sponsored by Nestlé"), while "NBC News has a site called RoyalBabyGuess.com, asking for predictions about name, birth time and weight. To make it more fun, the people whose guesses come closest might […]

Jul
17
2013

Tom Friedman, Churchill and Immigrants

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If Tom Friedman wants to slam Republicans' anti-immigrant policies, he probably shouldn't be summoning the ghost of Winston Churchill.

Jul
16
2013

Obama, Like Ike, 'Avoided Military Adventures'? Not Quite

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NY Times says Obama, like Dwight Eisenhower, avoided "military adventures" because he is "leaving Afghanistan." Sure–after massively escalating the war there.

Jul
16
2013

Voter ID Laws: More He Said, She Said

The recent Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act is bound to bring voter ID laws back into the media discussion. And, unfortunately, that means some of these discussions will suffer from a familiar problem: The unwillingness to point out that the problem such laws are allegedly fighting–voter fraud– doesn't exist.

Jul
15
2013

CBS Gives Iran Nuclear Fearmongering a Voice

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been sounding alarms over Iran's nuclear program for two decades. On Sunday CBS Face the Nation gave him yet another chance to make dubious claims about the threats posed by their supposed weapons.

Jun
28
2013

FAIR TV: Gregory vs. Greenwald, Snowden Anonymity, Time's Bush Nostalgia

What are David Gregory and Andrew Ross Sorkin really trying to say about Glenn Greenwald? Unnamed government officials are telling media outlets that Edward Snowden's NSA whistleblowing is helping terrorists. Plus, Time's Jon Meacham has some odd nostalgia for the Bush years.

Jun
24
2013

ABC Pundits on Snowden: The Center Holds!

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NBC's David Gregory's "Hey I'm just asking but are you a criminal?" question on Sunday's Meet the Press has been getting a lot of attention, but the Sunday morning discussion of Edward Snowden on ABC's This Week also deserves a look.

May
31
2013

PRI's Pro-Fracking Spin

FAIR's new action alert takes a look at the pro-fracking spin on the public radio show show America Abroad. If you're sending them a letter to, please feel free to share it in the comments section below.       

May
24
2013

FAIR TV: PBS and Koch, Guatemala and the U.S. Role and Rumsfeld Meets the Press

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This week: PBS won't be showing us the documentary Citizen Koch–for some very dubious reasons. Also: The New York Times points out that the U.S. role in supporting genocide in Guatemala was hardly discussed at the trial; the same goes for U.S. media coverage of that trial. And Donald Rumsfeld goes on Meet the Press to talk about accountability. No, it's not what you think.  

May
23
2013

Yes, You Can Be for Press Freedom and Still Think Journalists Ought to Do Their Jobs Well

Kirsten Powers

The reality is that it is possible to both protest government intrusions on press freedom and to condemn bad journalism of the sort practiced by Jonathan Karl. It's important for protect journalism from official control for the same reason that it's important for media outlets to do a good job.

May
20
2013

Bum Rap: The U.S. Role in Guatemalan Genocide

Genocidal Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt with supporter Ronald Reagan.

The New York Times report, "Trial on Guatemalan Civil War Carnage Leaves Out U.S. Role," raises at least one obvious question: How much has U.S. coverage of the Ríos Montt trial talked about U.S. support for genocide?

May
06
2013

Those Who Send Innocents to Prison Are Not Like Innocents Who Are Sent to Prison

Elizabeth Lederer

It shouldn't be necessary to spell out, but apparently it is, that sending the Central Park Five to prison for a crime they hadn't committed was wrong because they hadn't committed the crime.