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 […]

Jan
24
2014

FAIR TV: Snowden on Sunday TV, New Pundits, USA Today on Fracking's Riches

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Everyone seems to agree that Edward Snowden started an important debate over NSA surveillance. But on the Sunday chat shows, debate isn't what you're likely to see. And CNN and CBS add new contributors–but are they opening up or closing the discussion? Plus: USA Today cheers on the fracking boom in Texas.

Dec
10
2013

USA Today Finds Public Doesn't Like Iran Deal if They Don't Know What's in It

USA Today hyping a poll that contradicts others finding public support for the Iran deal. Has public opinion shifted? Not really–you simply have to look at what the polls are asking.

Dec
06
2013

USA Today a Go-To Paper for Right-Wing Press Releases

Douglas Holtz-Eakin

When a paper runs a puff piece actually headlined "When It Comes to Testimony, He's a Go-To Guy," that's way better than a full-page ad. That's the favor that USA Today extended to right-wing economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

Oct
21
2013

USA Today Forgets That Climate Is a Part of Wildfire Context

Wildfire (cc photo: H Dragon)

The word "wildfire" has come up 1,457 times in USA Today's reporting–and it's been accompanied by the phrase "climate change" 73 times.

Oct
09
2013

Apologizing for Inequality Is a Growth Industry

Not equal sign on manhole cover (cc photo: Antony Theobald)

USA Today's op-ed from a Manhattan Institute fellow makes is a dubious claim. But it doesn't back up at all the sweeping assertion made in the headline.

Oct
04
2013

When Can You Trust the NSA's Claims About the NSA?

Gen. Keith Alexander (photo: DoD/Cherie Cullen)

Media seem more eager to carry messages to the effect of "NSA spying works" rather than admissions from the NSA that the record isn't quite so impressive.