May
14
2014

Will NYT's New Editor Stand Up for Investigative Journalism?

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The New York Times announced that Jill Abramson, who has the top editorial job there of executive editor, is being replaced by current managing editor Dean Baquet. Whether Baquet will be good for investigative reporting at the Times remains to be seen.

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.

May
02
2014

Bill Clinton's Critics Are…Who, Exactly?

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Big efforts are underway to burnish Bill Clinton's economic legacy. The New York Times does its part by failing to quote critics of Clinton's record.

May
01
2014

USA Today Blowing Smoke on Benghazi 'Smoking Gun'

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USA Today's headline was "GOP Calls New Benghazi E-Mail 'Smoking Gun.'" What the memo actually proves is that "scandal" is defined as any deviation from the fantasy world jointly created by the Republican Party and its media accomplices.

Apr
25
2014

FAIR TV: NYT's Russia Walkback, Obama's 'Manhood,' Innocent Drones

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The New York Times has a big exclusive on Russia–and quietly walked it back a few days later. David Brooks offers his thoughts on the Mideast and Obama's "manhood," CNN finds a guest who says innocent civilians don't die in drone strikes.

Apr
25
2014

Will NBC Retract Story NYT Has Walked Back?

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The New York Times decided to walk back its story once there was skepticism about the photos they had been supplied. Will NBC do the same thing for its viewers?

Apr
23
2014

Is NYT Walking Back 'Russia' Photos Scoop?

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The New York Times published a big front-page scoop documenting Russian special forces operating in Ukraine. And then they published a correction–of sorts.

Apr
23
2014

'Free Trade' Doesn't Need a Debate in the Washington Post

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The Washington Post editorializes in favor of secretive corporate-friendly trade arrangements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But news coverage can put its thumb on the scales in favor of the pro-TPP side too.

Apr
22
2014

In Yemen, Drones Don't Kill Innocents

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There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about reports about the military strikes in Yemen.

Apr
11
2014

Let's Stop Looking at the Downside of Climate Change

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New York Times op-ed writers shed crocodile tears over the prospect that climate advocates they have done their level best to undermine might not be getting their message out effectively.

Apr
08
2014

Botching the Israel/Palestine Talks Timeline

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Some stories are easy to understand–or would be, if media reported the facts without so much spin. As hard as it might be to believe, the roots of the current Israel/Palestine negotiating impasse is one of those stories.

Mar
28
2014

FAIR TV: NYT Venezuela Correction, Rich Lowry's War Lies, Iran's Unreal Ship

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On the show: The New York Times runs an op-ed from a leader of the Venezuelan opposition–but it's the correction that is most revealing. And right-wing pundit Rich Lowry can't stand Vladmir Putin's invasion based on "lies." But he had a different view of that when he was the one lying about Iraq. Plus the New York Times and USA Today run with alarmist stories about a fake Iranian ship.  Watch: 

Mar
26
2014

Who Is Dying in Venezuela? A Revealing NYT Correction

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A leader of the anti-government opposition in Venezuela writes an op-ed for the New York Times–but the most interesting part might be the correction.