Jun
03
2014

'Muddying a Murky Picture': NYT's Ukraine Kremlinology

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The New York Times clearly has a hunch about deep Russian involvement in Ukraine. The ways it tries to confirm this hunch are curious.

May
27
2014

Jeb Bush Is a Wonk–Just Ask Him

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The New York Times tries–a little too hard–to convince readers that Jeb Bush is brainier than his brother.

May
27
2014

Crediting Obama for Bringing Troops Home–Without Noting He Sent Them Abroad

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NPR tells listeners that Obama has cut troop levels in Afghanistan by two-thirds–but doesn't explain that he massively escalated the war.

May
22
2014

American TV to Chinese Spies: Do as US Says, Not as US Does

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US TV networks played up the FBI's economic espionage charges against China–without mentioning that the NSA does something very similar.

May
21
2014

David Brooks: Democracy Is a Drag; Put Guys Like Me in Charge

Pundit David Brooks thinks the way to fix American democracy is by having less democracy. Let elites dictate policy and have pundits cheer them on!

May
16
2014

Object to a War Criminal at Your Graduation? You Must Be a 'Bigot'

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New York Times columnist Tim Egan rages against college students who dare to have moral objections to the speakers their administrations chose to garnish their graduations with.

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
15
2014

Disappearing Brass Knuckles: An NYT Correction

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A video of a tense confrontation between an Israeli soldier and Palestinian youths made it into the New York Times–along with an erroneous suggestion that one of the Palestinians threatened the soldier with brass knuckles.

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.