Jul
28
2014

Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel (photo: Times of Israel)

Journalism about the current violence is bound to focus on the death and destruction in Gaza. But there remains ample space to ask whether the war was launched to punish Hamas for something it had nothing to do with.

Jul
09
2014

Obama, Inequality and Wall Street Donors

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Is Obama's decision to stop talking about inequality really about a debate within the Democratic Party? Or is it about not losing Wall Street donors?

Jun
13
2014

When Is Terrorism Not Terrorism?

ABC-VEgas

Coverage of Las Vegas murders mostly failed to call the crimes 'terrorism,' despite the alleged killers leaving behind a note that said, "The revolution is beginning," and a Revolutionary-era "Don't Tread on Me" flag closely associated with both the Patriot and Tea Party movement. The couple, both white, were also associated with far-right causes and had expressed extreme hostility toward authorities.

May
05
2014

Silly Environmentalists, Getting Upset Over a Little Pipeline

Canadian Tar Sands--Photo Credit: Jiri Rezac/Greenpeace

'Both sides' are exaggerating the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline, says a Washington Post reporter. He's half-right.

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
09
2014

No, Putin Isn't Following 'Reagan Playbook' in Ukraine–Thank God

Death squad victims, El Salvador (cc photo: John Hoagland)

When the Washington Post's David Ignatius writes a column headlined "Putin Steals the CIA's Playbook on Anti-Soviet Covert Operations," is that supposed to be a criticism or a compliment?

Apr
08
2014

Botching the Israel/Palestine Talks Timeline

NYT-Abbas Balks

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.

Apr
04
2014

FAIR TV: Russian Troops, Christie's 'Gaffe,' Torture Without the T Word

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Russian troops are massing on the border with Ukraine, set to invade–so say corporate media, relying on unnamed intelligence sources. Plus straight-talking Chris Christie apologizes for straight talk, and the Washington Post's scoop on CIA torture can't say the word "torture."

Apr
02
2014

It's Torture–but Let's Not Call It That

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The Washington Post gets a big scoop about a Senate investigation of CIA torture. But they won't call it torture.

Mar
31
2014

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

NBC-Ukraine

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
27
2014

WaPo's Twisted Take on Poor People Eating

Mark Lester in 'Oliver'

The Washington Post describes state efforts to make sure poor recipients remain eligible for food stamp benefits as a "loophole…potentially wiping out billions of dollars in savings Congress agreed to last month."

Mar
25
2014

Pundits Never Have to Say They're Sorry–but They Can Demand Others Apologize for Being Right

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National Review editor Rich Lowry slams Putin's invasion based on "lies and force of arms." You see, he's against that kind of thing–except when it was the invasion of Iraq.

Mar
21
2014

FAIR TV: Progressive Budget, Wash Post's NSA Omission, Sundays With CEOs

Maria Bartiromo

On the show this week: The Progressive Caucus budget is greeted with the usual corporate media silence, the Washington Post withholds vital information from its recent NSA scoop, and Maria Bartiromo sticks up for the voiceless CEOs.