Sep
03
2014

Chuck Todd's Theory of Politics

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Todd's critics are upset by the failure of journalism act as a check on government power, and to process-style political journalism that crowds out reporting on issues of actual substance.

Jun
27
2014

FAIR TV: Iraq Surge Myths, More TV Hawks, News You Can't Use

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On the show this week: The idea that the surge of US troops is what 'won' the Iraq War shouldn't be treated as if it's a fact. Plus we look at who NBC tapped for his Iraq/Iran expertise, and media tried to tell us what we need to know about a powerful Republican lawmaker. They failed.

Jun
23
2014

Journalism Without Information

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Time magazine tries to tell you three things you should know about an important and powerful politician. What they tell readers is something else.

Jun
03
2014

Bruni's 'Middle' = Corporate Tax Cuts and No Minimum Wage Hike?

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Andrew Cuomo is a 'centrist' politician–meaning one who promotes unpopular policies on behalf of the very rich.

May
16
2014

This Just In: US Ruled by the Rich

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The same well-heeled elites and their representatives who dominate US politics and policy are also grossly over-represented among the owners of US corporate media.

May
09
2014

The White House and the Awesome Power of Several Bloggers

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National Journal reporter James Oliphant has discovered that the Obama White House has a very powerful weapon it can deploy against its critics: bloggers.

May
02
2014

Bill Clinton's Critics Are…Who, Exactly?

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Big efforts are underway to burnish Bill Clinton's economic legacy. The New York Times does its part by failing to quote critics of Clinton's record.

Apr
29
2014

Buzzfeed Feeds Paul Ryan's Buzz

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Paul Ryan says he wants to fight poverty, and he can convince reporters that he means it. But what about his actual record?

Apr
29
2014

In Corporate Media, Democratic Populism Always a Danger

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One of the most consistent rules in corporate media's political coverage: If you're talking about Democrats, you should point out that those who drift too far to the left could find themselves in trouble.

Apr
04
2014

McCutcheon and the Good Old Bipartisan Days

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Veteran CBS anchor Bob Schieffer slams the influence of big money in politics. But when he says he wants more bipartisanship, what does he really mean?

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.

Jan
14
2014

Chris Christie's Real Problem? Our 'Feminized' Culture

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On the question of whether or not Christie is a bully, veteran Fox pundit Brit Hume blamed that perception on our "feminized atmosphere."

Jan
10
2014

FAIR TV: Misremembering Fallujah, CNN Climate 'Balance,' Discussing the Left Without the Left

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Media are remembering Fallujah–but what are they forgetting? The CNN debate show Crossfire gives viewers false balance on climate change, and ABC's This Week talks about the "resurgent left"–without much input from the left.