Jan
16
2014

Zakaria's Fantastic Economic Advice

Wall Street Journal map of Latin America

CNN's Fareed Zakaria– with an assist from the Wall Street Journal–divided Latin American economies into winners and losers. But does it all add up?

Jan
13
2014

How the Big Papers Remember Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon (cc photo: Jim Wallace/Smithsonian Institution)

Reading the pieces in the Sunday editions of the New York Times and the Washington Post about the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, one gets the sense that reporters were aware of some of Sharon's bloodiest history–but mostly kept that out of their accounts of his life.

Jan
10
2014

Wait–Chris Christie Might Be a Vindictive Bully?!

Chris Christie

Some of the recent coverage of Republican New Jersey governor seems genuinely surprised that the bullying, partisan politician might be… well, bullying and partisan.

Jan
06
2014

As Abortion Restrictions Soar, Abortion Coverage Dwindles

guttmacher

Over the past decade, it has gotten much more difficult for women in the United States to access safe and legal abortion services. How have national media kept up with this dramatically changing landscape? Not so well.

Jan
03
2014

How Racist Do You Have to Be Before the New York Times Calls You a Racist?

Ku Klux Klan uniform (Wikimedia)

The New York Times offers readers a lengthy obituary for racist New York talk radio icon Bob Grant. But can they call a racist a racist?

Dec
29
2013

NYT Benghazi Bombshell: They Reported It Last Year Too

New York Times photo of Benghazi

What Meet the Press's David Gregory described as "a bombshell report in the New York Times [that] could change the debate over the deadly attack" in Benghazi, Libya, was actually old news to careful readers.

Dec
20
2013

FAIR TV: CBS and the NSA, Yemen Drone Attack, Afghanistan

john miller

This week on FAIR TV: The NSA has been having a rough time, but 60 Minutes did them a favor with a long piece that was more like public relations than journalism. Also on the show: a look at how the New York Times covered a suspected US drone strike in Yemen, and what it had to say about how Afghans feel about US troops.   

Dec
19
2013

Media Lean Left, Say Journalists Who Don't Really Say That

politico

When establishment journalists were asked about whether media leaned left, so little in their responses addressed what would seem to be the fundamental question: Does what is actually in the media suggest a liberal bias?

Dec
17
2013

A Wedding Was Bombed–Don't Worry, It Was by the US, Not in the US

nbc-yemen

What seemed to be a US drone strike hit a wedding convoy in Yemen, killing over a dozen people. What kind of coverage does an event like that get on US television?

Dec
06
2013

NYT Takes Mandela's Death as a Chance to Mock His Fight to Free His Country

Nelson Mandela, 1961

In his obituary for Nelson Mandela, the Times' Bill Keller went into detail about Mandela's armed efforts to overthrow the apartheid state–seemingly in an effort to belittle them.

Dec
04
2013

Why Can't Karzai Be More Blase About US Killing Kids–Like US Press Is?

nyt-afghans-assail

It's not unheard of for journalists to express strong opinions about how the United States should conduct its wars. But sometimes reporters express their opinions by attributing them to others.

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.

Nov
28
2013

Pretending a Name Is Still Secret–in the Name of the Cult of Secrecy

PTI officials naming CIA official.

The name of the CIA's station chief in Pakistan is out, and it's been out for a long time; concealing it from US readers doesn't make anyone any safer. But it does help bolster the cult of secrecy,