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.

May
03
2013

FAIR TV: Syria Sarin Skepticism, Tom Friedman's Sick Madness, Darkening the Tsarnaevs

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This week on FAIR TV: Do the claims about Syria's chemical weapons hold up? Tom Friedman's column about the "sick madness" of attacking innocents. The Week magazine turns the Caucasian Tsarnaev brothers into non-whites.

May
01
2013

How Dare Hamid Karzai Take Our Money!

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NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams had a most peculiar reaction to revelations that Afghan president Hamid Karzai receives regular deliveries of cash from the Central Intelligence Agency.

Apr
26
2013

Texas Fertilizer Plant Disaster: Little Coverage, Much of It Wrong

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The West Fertilizer Co. explosion last week was largely obscured by blanket coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. More than that, says legendary EPA whistleblower Hugh Kaufman, a guest on this week's CounterSpin, what coverage there was often obscured the real story.

Apr
17
2013

Why We Need the New Yorker to Correct Its Error on Venezuelan Inequality

Jon Lee Anderson

The New Yorker is a magazine whose name is practically synonymous with factchecking–which makes you wonder how the glaring, major errors in the its recent coverage of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez got through.

Apr
12
2013

Reagan Didn't Get Thatchered

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When it comes to elite media and political circles, there's no doubt that Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were treated the same way when they died: with gushing, uncritical celebration. They just wish the public could have been so univocal.

Apr
05
2013

FAIR TV: North Korea Alarmism, Spinning Gun Polls, USA Today Says We're All Rich!

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This week on FAIR TV: A look at some of the media panic over North Korea, how the press is spinning the gun debate and why USA Today's front page headline about how "we" are all "feeling rich" might not not actually apply to us all of us.