Feb
24
2014

Pundits Bemoan Failure to Cut Social Security

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Media comments after the Obama administration backed off attempts to cut Social Security benefits exhibited a curious notion about where the "middle" is and what "majority support" means.

Feb
18
2014

What Does Tom Friedman Know About TPP?

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New York Times columnist Tom Friedman once declared that he doesn't really bother understanding international trade agreements. But that doesn't stop him from writing about them.

Feb
14
2014

FAIR TV: Media Miss March, 2016 Election Coverage (!?) and PBS Pension Problems

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On the show this week: The national media missed then tens of thousands who marched for social justice in North Carolina last weekend. Plus USA Today shows us that bad campaign reporting starts really early, and journalist David Sirota is exposing a peculiar funding arrangement at PBS.  Watch: 

Feb
14
2014

The Bias of 'Both Sides Do It'

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The New York Times had a great piece of reporting about how a phony think tank can turn dollars into political influence. Unfortunately, the piece also included the usual but-the-other-side-does-it-too routine.

Feb
13
2014

Good Leaks and Bad Leaks

Politicians go out of their way to denounce whistleblowers and "leakers" whose revelations of classified data, they claim, have harmed national security. But it's always worth pointing out that the outrage is selective.

Feb
10
2014

What Will 2016 Political Landscape Look Like? USA Today Has No Clue

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Because it is a mere 1,000 days until the election, USA Today's Susan Page tries to predict the 2016 presidential campaign.

Feb
10
2014

Do Respectable Journalists Want to Be Associated With Bill Keller?

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A Daily Beast piece wonders whether journalists don't want to work with Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald because they're very critical of corporate journalism.

Feb
06
2014

USA Today and SodaStream: Illegal Settlements Are a Matter of Opinion

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USA Today calls the West Bank "a region…on Israel's eastern border" and fails to explain that the Israeli settlements there violate international law.

Feb
05
2014

Is Cannabis More Dangerous Than Alcohol? Let's Ask Bigfoot

Bigfoot museum display (cc photo: Jessica LeClair)

Alex Berezow, a regular contributor to USA Today's opinion page, is the editor of Real Clear Science and the author of Science Left Behind. So you would expect that when he addresses Barack Obama's recent remarks about cannabis, he would bring a scientific perspective to them. Well–kind of.

Feb
05
2014

Falsely Presenting Obamacare as a Job-Killer

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When the Congressional Budget Office released a new report about the Affordable Care Act, some in the media botched the story by portraying the news as a triumph for Republican spin.

Feb
03
2014

Obama's Keystone Moment: Will He Finally Be Nice to Republicans?

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NBC news personalities Chuck Todd and David Gregory wondered if Obama would seize the Keystone XL decision as an important historical moment. Not to take a stand against climate change and the burning of untapped fossil fuels–but to do something Republicans might like.

Jan
30
2014

NYT Most Interested in Kids US Killed if US Might Not Have Killed Them

Funeral of Afghan children killed in US airstrike

New York Times journalists do not like being lied to. Unless it's their own government doing the lying; then they tend to be more forgiving.

Jan
28
2014

AP Distorts Poll to Support Obama's Inequality Dodge

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It's hard to remember a better time for politicians to talk about the issue of income inequality. But according to the Associated Press (1/24/14), Barack Obama's State of the Union address will attempt to shift away that issue–too divisive, apparently–and opt instead for some discussion of economic opportunity. As Jim Kuhnhenn writes: The adjustment reflects an awareness that Obama's earlier language put him at risk of being perceived as divisive and exposed him to criticism that his rhetoric was exploiting the gap between haves and have-nots. He also noted:  Obama's December speech was well received by Democrats and liberals, but […]