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.

Mar
24
2014

Suspect Ships: Is Everything About Iran Threatening?

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The story of an Iranian mockup of an aircraft carrier illustrates the corporate media presumption that, whatever is happening, Iran has "bellicose purposes" in mind.

Mar
18
2014

Public Confused About Climate Change? It's Everybody's Fault But the Media's

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Too hear the New York Times tell it, public misperceptions about the reality and severity of climate change aren't just the fault of the fossil-fuel industry–scientists are also to blame, for being too nuanced.

Mar
18
2014

Obama's Imaginary Foreign Policy 'Caution'

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The NY Times once again advances the idea that Barack Obama's foreign policy is alarmingly noninterventionist. Which is true, when you discount all the evidence to the contrary.

Mar
14
2014

Will Twisted History of Georgian War Facilitate a Repetition?

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In reporting and commentary on Ukraine, the 2008 Russo-Georgian War provides a handy anti-Russian talking point…if you leave out half the story.

Mar
14
2014

Once Again: Progressive Budget's Media Blackout

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What if lawmakers put forward a federal budget plan to tax big financial institutions, enact a healthcare public option and increase spending to put millions of Americans to work on badly needed infrastructure projects? They did. You just didn't read or hear much about it.

Mar
12
2014

Is Putin Delusional–or Is NYT a 'Megaphone for Propaganda'?

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Tracing back the story about Vladimir Putin being out of touch reality, one journalist sees it as a prime example of how media outlets can "become a megaphone for propaganda."