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

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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

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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.

Oct
03
2013

Shutdown: Media SHOULD Play the Blame Game

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Media like to dismiss the partisan "blame game," but in cases like this placing blame is something that journalism ought to do.

Oct
02
2013

USA Today's Pattern of Inaccuracy on Iran

A look at USA Today's Iran coverage over time suggests a pattern of putting Iran in a bad light, sometimes at the expense of the truth.

Sep
24
2013

Iran Nuclear Weapons Claims Still Need Correcting

Hassan Rouhani

Yesterday in USA Today (9/22/13), Aamer Madhani wrote this about the challenges facing Barack Obama: The president is also trying to take advantage of a diplomatic opening–created by the installation of a new, more moderate president in Iran–to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program. As you might know by now, this is misleading; Iran is suspected by some governments of having a nuclear weapons program, but there is no solid intelligence that such a program exists. USA Today made a similar claim a few months ago; when FAIR activists wrote to the paper, it eventually got around to […]

Sep
18
2013

Should Poor People Eat? Let's Hear From Both Sides!

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OK, so maybe this headline is slightly unfair, but it seemed like a good way to capture the essence of a USA Today story (9/18/13) about the fight over food stamps. As you may already know, House Republicans are looking to cut some $40 billion from the SNAP program, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next 10 years.   It's not unusual for politicians to disagree; one would hope that journalism might intervene on the side of the facts. But here's how USA Today's Paul Singer presented the issue:  The cost of the federal food stamp program has exploded […]

Sep
16
2013

Who's Getting the Tax Breaks? You Are, Says USA Today

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The front page of USA Today touts an article intended to send what it supposed to be a counter-intuitive message: The big corporations aren't the ones gaming the system–it's YOU.

Sep
11
2013

USA Today Covers NYC Elections–Unfortunately

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USA Today tries to explain what the Democratic primary elections in New York City, using some of corporate media's favorite electoral tropes: mandating a move to the right, misleading on stop-and-frisk, and finding "ambivalence" when voters line up on the wrong side.

Aug
27
2013

Heading to War With Syria

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Providing convincing evidence that chemical attacks actually were the work of the Syrian government should be the first order of business. But it's hard not reach the conclusion that some in the media have already made up their minds.