Apr
18
2014

Has Everyone Without an Honorary Degree From Brandeis Been Censored?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali (cc photo: Rocco Ancora)

In a USA Today op-ed, Fox News liberal Kirsten Powers weighs in on Brandeis University's decision to rescind its offer to honor the anti-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali during commencement activities.

Apr
03
2014

The Point of Limiting Donations Isn't to Make Elections Cheaper or Less Irritating

Money as speech

The point of contribution limits isn't to make elections cheaper; it's to limit the ability of the very wealthy to dominate politics.

Mar
31
2014

'Troop Buildup on the Border'–We've Heard This Before

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Claims about a Russian buildup on Ukraine's border are being made based on intelligence that very few people have likely seen. NBC correspondent Jim Maceda went to the border area to check out the claims of Russian troop presence and couldn't turn up much.

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
28
2014

Does Today Show Know Michelle Rhee's Record?

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Michelle Rhee's history could make her an interesting person to interview for a piece about the overemphasis on standardized testing. But the failure to mention Rhee's scandal suggests that either the Today show doesn't know that history–or doesn't think it matters.

Mar
27
2014

Will Condi Rice Run for President?! (Spoiler Alert: No)

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If the question is "Will Condi Rice run for president?" and you know that her on-the-record answer to this is no…. Well, what's the point of this piece again?

Mar
24
2014

Suspect Ships: Is Everything About Iran Threatening?

Mock-up of a US aircraft carrier supposedly under construction in Iran

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
07
2014

Hey America: We're Rich Again!*

Money (cc photo: 401(K) 2013)

When a USA Today headline declares, "We're $9,800,000,000,000 Richer," who exactly does the "we" in the headline refer to?

Feb
14
2014

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

Moral March (cc photo: James Willamor)

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
10
2014

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

Debate podiums, 2011

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

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.

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 […]