May
09
2014

FAIR TV: Crossfire Climate Change, CIA & Polio and ABC Loves Disney

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This week on the show: CNN brings back Crossfire–but isn't it time to stop "debating" climate change? Plus a look at big media leaving the CIA out of their reporting on the resurgence of polio, while ABC News brings viewers an infomercial for parent company Disney.

May
06
2014

ABC News Exclusive: Our Parent Company's Awesome New Things

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It doesn't appear that ABC bothered with the sort of normal journalistic disclosure during its segment on its parent company's theme park. Maybe it's simply too hard to keep track of all the Disney promotion they're doing.

Apr
29
2014

In Corporate Media, Democratic Populism Always a Danger

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One of the most consistent rules in corporate media's political coverage: If you're talking about Democrats, you should point out that those who drift too far to the left could find themselves in trouble.

Apr
07
2014

Kristol's Funny Obamacare Numbers

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Since he left Fox News Channel in 2013, conservative pundit Bill Kristol now gets to play TV expert on a range of outlets. On April 6, he showed up on ABC's This Week to misinform viewers about healthcare.

Mar
18
2014

And Now, an Expert on America's Schools: Bill Gates

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A rare segment on network news about education policy–and the only guest is a billionaire on one side of the fight.

Mar
04
2014

The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind

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The complex anti-government protest movements in both Venezuela and Ukraine were boiled down by US corporate media to send a clear message to their domestic audience: These are the good guys.

Feb
11
2014

ABC on Food Stamp Cuts: Hey, It Could Be Worse

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Are cuts in food stamp benefits really good news to those receiving them?

Feb
07
2014

FAIR TV: Keystone Bipartisanship, ABC's 'Average' 401K, O'Reilly's Trust Problem

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Big-time journalists think Obama should approve the Keystone pipeline to show that he wants to make Republicans happy. ABC tells us about an "average" family's 401K plan–which isn't average at all. And Fox host Bill O'Reilly says he's trustworthy–take his word for it.

Feb
06
2014

News You Can't Use: ABC and Your 401K

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Once again, ABC explains the news by focusing on a 'typical family' and their 401k account. But most families have no such thing.

Jan
28
2014

The Real Mitt Romney Should Have Run for President!

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The documentary Mitt is causing many journalists to wonder why the Mitt Romney in the film wasn't the one who ran for president. It's a bit like asking why drinking a particular brand of beer doesn't make you as popular with attractive strangers as the beer ads promised.

Jan
21
2014

Erasing Obama's Record on the Afghan War

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In focusing on how Obama might end the Afghan War–which hasn't ended, of course–media accounts omit the fact that Obama massively increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan

Jan
10
2014

FAIR TV: Misremembering Fallujah, CNN Climate 'Balance,' Discussing the Left Without the Left

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Media are remembering Fallujah–but what are they forgetting? The CNN debate show Crossfire gives viewers false balance on climate change, and ABC's This Week talks about the "resurgent left"–without much input from the left.

Jan
10
2014

Why Did the US Invade Iraq? The Answer in 2014

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Reports of Al-Qaeda linked fighters taking over the Iraqi city of Fallujah have prompted a lot of media coverage about the US sacrifice there. In the process, the history of the war is being dramatically rewritten.