Jun
20
2014

The Iraq Surge 'Worked' All Over Again

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Treating "the US troop surge worked" argument as a fact, as Engel is doing, is very dangerous–since it logically suggests that it is only the presence of US troops that can keep Iraq safe.

Jun
18
2014

'Drawn Back Into War' in Iraq

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It's revealing to see how reporters talk about the prospect of the United States military going back to war in Iraq. Indeed, many reporters made it sound like something that was being done *to* the United States:

Jun
16
2014

Debating Iraq in 2014: Wrong All Over Again

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The crisis in Iraq has brought war back to the US airwaves. But if you were expecting a more robust discussion about US military action this time around, think again. The rule seems to be that if you were wrong in 2003, you're still an expert in 2014.

Jun
11
2014

Iraq Is a Place Where Americans Suffered

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In the wake of Sunni militants overtaking Mosul, US media still tell the story of the Iraq War as if US suffering is what really matters.

Jun
05
2014

Botching the Prisoners 'Returning to the Battlefield' Story

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In their Bowe Bergdahl coverage, some media outlets are stoking fears about freed Guantanamo prisoners 'returning to the battlefield.'

Jun
02
2014

Meet the Press's Snowden Debate: Traitor or Criminal?

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The main debate about Snowden boiled down to one side saying he's a traitor and the other side saying he should come home and do prison time, perhaps as a lesson to children.

May
30
2014

Brian Williams Frantically Tries to Prove He's No Glenn Greenwald

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Before NBC aired its Edward Snowden special, its evening newscast presented a lengthy report presenting the case against the NSA whistleblower.

May
23
2014

FAIR TV: Chinese Spies, Western Wildfires and Meeting (Some of) America

ABC News: Spies Revealed

The TV networks fail to note US hypocrisy in Chinese spying indictments. Climate change is missing from California fire reports. And NBC's "real people" are remarkably white and conservative.

May
20
2014

Weather From Another Planet: Wildfires and Climate Change

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Extreme drought, extreme heat and extremely devastating wildfires in Southern California are big news for TV journalists. But don't mention climate change.

May
20
2014

When NBC Says 'Meeting America,' It Means White, Republican America

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An NBC series tries to introduce viewers to the America that isn't much covered in the news. But it's a remarkably narrow vision of the country.

May
16
2014

FAIR TV: Snowden, Palestinian Brass Knuckles, Rubio's Climate Denial

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This week: ABC talks about a "raging debate" over Edward Snowden. They must mean the one that's not on their show. Plus: The New York Times takes a long time to correct a story about Palestinian teen's imaginary brass knuckles, and ABC's Jonathan Karl has the wrong response to Marco Rubio's climate nonsense. Watch:

May
16
2014

This Just In: US Ruled by the Rich

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The same well-heeled elites and their representatives who dominate US politics and policy are also grossly over-represented among the owners of US corporate media.

May
12
2014

The Wrong Response to Rubio's Climate Nonsense

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Rising GOP star Marco Rubio doesn't believe in climate change. But watch how the reporter who asked him about it reacts.