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.

Jul
24
2013

Not Much Diversity Among Media's 'Stay-at-Home Dads'

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News outlets have been profiling stay-at-home fathers, who say they love being there for their kids even though it was hard to transition from the workforce to full-time parenting. It's good to see media addressing gender norms, but there was not a lot of diversity among the interviewees in this small sample of articles.

Jul
12
2013

FAIR TV: What David Gregory Doesn't Know, NBC's News-Ads, Karl Plays Bush Softball

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This week on FAIR TV: David Gregory knows one thing about Obamacare–and it's not true. We take a look at some NBC "reporting" that looks a lot like advertising. Plus ABC's Jonathan Karl gets an interview with George W. Bush, and pitches all softballs.

Jul
09
2013

Rehabilitating Bush at ABC News

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George W. Bush doesn't speak to the press much, but based on the fawning treatment he got from ABC News' Jonathan Karl, he might want to re-consider.

Jul
02
2013

No Laughing Matter: Comedians Gave More Time Than News Shows to Climate Speech

Who would have thought the future of the environment was some kind of joke? It turns out comedians actually seem to care more about climate change than the people who produce real news programs do.

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.

Jun
14
2013

Syria and Chemical Weapons: What Do We Know?

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Yesterday the New York Times posted an article about U.S. intelligence agencies becoming more confident about their assessments of several suspect chemical weapons attacks. But the intelligence remains, at this point, at arm's length.

Jun
04
2013

Bradley Manning on TV Network News

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If you care at all about war and peace, press freedom, whistleblowers' rights and the public's right to know what the government is doing, the trial of Bradley Manning is of enormous consequence. It would have been hard for NBC News to come up with a more hostile framing.

May
28
2013

Did Obama's Speech Really 'Narrow' the War?

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If you followed the coverage of President Barack Obama's May 23 speech at the National Defense University, you would think something big happened to the "war on terror." That was probably the message the White House wanted the press to send. But is true?

May
23
2013

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

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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
10
2013

FAIR TV: CBS 'Covers' Immigration, Joe Klein's Angry Middle, Dangerously Anti-War Public

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This week on FAIR TV: CBS Evening News looked like it was covering an immigrant rights rally– but it was merely a set up to talk about chaos at the border. Time's Joe Klein goes after the "gun lobby" by saying… both sides are at fault? And Cokie Roberts hears the public doesn't want to start a war with Syria. Why does she think that's "dangerous"?

May
06
2013

What's the Standard on Reporting Israeli Airstrikes?

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The claims made about Israeli airstrikes against Syria could be true, or not. What is certain is that the assessments of the airstrikes are being shared anonymously by governments involved in carrying them out, a scenario that cries out for more skepticism.

Apr
30
2013

Breaking with Bush–Many Years Too Late

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When someone says they "broke" with George W. Bush over the Iraq War, you might be inclined to think that they did that sometime before 2006 or so, which is about when Bush strategist-turned-TV pundit Matthew Dowd is saying he left.