Sep
23
2014

Reluctant Warrior Bombs Yet Another Country

Obama cartoon (Peter Brookes)

Can a president who has launched military strikes on seven countries really be called a 'reluctant warrior?'

Sep
16
2014

The PBS Left: 'Airstrikes Are Wonderful'

shields-isis

The voice from the left on PBS wants a serious debate over Obama's war plan–but also makes it clear that airstrikes are great.

Sep
09
2014

Fracking Away the Climate Crisis

Youngstown factory (photo: David Maxwell/NYT)

The New York Times and PBS NewsHour present very different looks at fracking. What's missing from both? Climate change.

Jul
16
2014

PBS 'Expert' Speaks for Both Sides, but Advocates 'Excessive Force' Against One Side

Anthony Cordesman on NewsHour

The NewsHour invited Anthony Cordesman to consider possible policy options for "both sides" in the Israel/Gaza conflict. The problem is that Cordesman is on the record as advocating the option of brutality against Palestinian civilians.

Jun
18
2014

'Drawn Back Into War' in Iraq

dailyshow-iraq

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:

May
07
2014

The CIA Aided Polio's Comeback–but Media Have Forgotten the Story

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There's a crucial piece of information missing in the New York Times and CBS's reports on the return of polio from near-extinction—one that these outlets know full well.

Apr
01
2014

'Straight Shooter' Chris Christie and the Occupied Territories

Fox host Chris Wallace

What happened when Republican 'straight shooter" Chris Christie accurately called the West Bank occupied territory? He apologized.

Feb
14
2014

FAIR TV: Media Miss March, 2016 Election Coverage (!?) and PBS Pension Problems

Moral March (cc photo: James Willamor)

On the show this week: The national media missed then tens of thousands who marched for social justice in North Carolina last weekend. Plus USA Today shows us that bad campaign reporting starts really early, and journalist David Sirota is exposing a peculiar funding arrangement at PBS.  Watch: 

Feb
10
2014

What DC Won't See Tonight on Public TV

spies-of-mississippi

A timely documentary about government surveillance of the civil rights movement is airing on PBS stations tonight–but not in Washington DC.

Feb
03
2014

Do You Trust Fox News to Tell You How Trusted Fox News Is?

fox-trust

Fox News is certainly the place for Republicans to go to be told what they want to hear–including that their favorite news outlet is the one that Americans in general find most trustworthy.

Dec
02
2013

Obamacare as a 'Big Government' Failure

mtp-mitchell

Pundits' discussions of the Affordable Care Act rollout assumes that the law represents some kind of "activist government" intervention to disrupt the normally smooth workings of the private sector. But that is neither the intent nor the effect of the law.

Oct
23
2013

iPads, Flying Pets and Other Things More Newsworthy Than Deadly Drone Strikes

People gather near the wreckage of a car destroyed by a U.S. drone air strike that targeted suspected al Qaeda militants in August 2012, in al-Qatn

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both released reports on civilian deaths from US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Despite being front-page news in the New York Times, the reports were absent from the network evening newscasts.

Oct
18
2013

When Reporters Talk About Iran and 'the World,' They Mean Something Else

newshour-suarez

When US journalists talk about what "the world" thinks of Iran's nuclear program, it's important to remember that they're not usually talking about "the world"– just one very powerful part of it.