Mar
04
2014

The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind

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The complex anti-government protest movements in both Venezuela and Ukraine were boiled down by US corporate media to send a clear message to their domestic audience: These are the good guys.

Mar
04
2014

Leaving Beltway Journalism, Revealing Its Shortcomings

Robert Kaiser (cc photo: Aspen Institute)

Leaving the Washington Post, Robert Kaiser revealed his frustration that the "rules" of elite journalism do not allow one to call out lying politicians. He also demonstrated another key Beltway tendency: pretending that both sides are equally guilty of similar offenses.

Mar
03
2014

Russia, Ukraine and 'US Prestige'

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Pundits worry about US 'prestige' and the weakness of Barack Obama.

Mar
03
2014

WaPo on Paul Ryan's Poverty Plan: News Article or Press Release?

Paul Ryan apparently has some big, bold ideas about how to fight poverty–mostly what the government is doing is all wrong. But why does the Washington Post fail to cite any critics of Ryan, and spend so much time quoting him and other Republicans?

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
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.

Jan
21
2014

Erasing Obama's Record on the Afghan War

US Soldier, Afghanistan (cc photo: US Army/ Michael Casteel)

In focusing on how Obama might end the Afghan War–which hasn't ended, of course–media accounts omit the fact that Obama massively increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan

Jan
13
2014

How the Big Papers Remember Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon (cc photo: Jim Wallace/Smithsonian Institution)

Reading the pieces in the Sunday editions of the New York Times and the Washington Post about the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, one gets the sense that reporters were aware of some of Sharon's bloodiest history–but mostly kept that out of their accounts of his life.

Jan
06
2014

As Abortion Restrictions Soar, Abortion Coverage Dwindles

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Over the past decade, it has gotten much more difficult for women in the United States to access safe and legal abortion services. How have national media kept up with this dramatically changing landscape? Not so well.

Jan
06
2014

Forgetting Fallujah

US airstrike, Fallujah, February 2006 (cc photo: James Gordon)

More than a decade later, US media still see Fallujah primarily as a place where US forces suffered–and died–perhaps "in vain." Then and now, the hundreds of Iraqis who died in Fallujah hardly register at all.

Jan
03
2014

Always Turning the Corner in the Afghan War

Afghanistan (cc photo: Balazs Gardi)

Brookings think tank hawk Michael O'Hanlon is on the Washington Post op-ed page today trying to convince readers that there are reasons to be hopeful about the Afghan War. It's a story he's been telling for a while now.

Dec
06
2013

FAIR TV: Problems With Populism, Amazon Drone PR, TV 'Knockout Game' Hype

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The Washington Post warns Democrats not to veer too far to the left, CBS helps Amazon.com with some drone PR, and we take a look at the media hype about the so-called "knockout game."

Dec
04
2013

Why Can't Karzai Be More Blase About US Killing Kids–Like US Press Is?

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It's not unheard of for journalists to express strong opinions about how the United States should conduct its wars. But sometimes reporters express their opinions by attributing them to others.