Feb
03
2014

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

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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

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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

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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.

Oct
03
2013

Shutdown: Media SHOULD Play the Blame Game

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Media like to dismiss the partisan "blame game," but in cases like this placing blame is something that journalism ought to do.

Sep
19
2013

Where Is the Discussion of Syria and International Law?

Barack Obama  interviewed by George Stephanopoulos (photo: White House)

If international law is so important in evaluating Syria's actions, then shouldn't it be equally important in evaluating the proposed US response?

Sep
03
2013

John Kerry's Very Precise Death Toll: Where Does It Come From?

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Media reports emphasize the number John Kerry gives for the number of Syrians killed in the apparent chemical attack. But where does that number come from–and why is substantially higher than other estimates?

Jul
25
2013

The Whistles That Didn't Blow on the PBS NewsHour

Ray Suarez (cc photo: Kevin Griffin Moreno)

It would be good to hear why the interview the NewsHour announced with two NSA whistleblowers never made it to the air.

Jun
18
2013

Spinning Surveillance via Discredited NSA Talking Points

Barack Obama on Charlie Rose

What might it say about the depth of NSA's record of success stories that, even after its prime exhibit is debunked, the White House is still retailing the story, the second time around with muddled language?

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
21
2013

Problems at PBS, From Rose to Koch

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If you think public television exists to offer challenging, independent news and public affairs shows that bring us stories the stories the commercial media too often ignore, free of the influence of big sponsors and corporate owners… well, this hasn't been a good week.

Apr
19
2013

FAIR TV: Boston Bombing, Defining Terrorism, Social Security 'Bravery'

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Covering the media's rush to misjudgment on the Boston Marathon attack, which acts of terrorism are called "terrorism," and PBS's "debate" over Social Security–in which both sides call Obama "brave" for trying to cut benefits.

Apr
17
2013

Thatcher Lifted Millions–Says Who?

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New York Times reporter John Burns admires Margaret Thatcher's legacy. But when he claims she lifted millions to prosperity, does he have any evidence?