Mar
07
2014

New Keystone Poll Reveals Media Failure

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The public strongly supports building the Keystone pipeline–and they wrongly think it will create a lot of jobs. Aren't media to blame for failing to set that straight?

Feb
03
2014

Do You Trust Fox News to Tell You How Trusted Fox News Is?

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Fox News is certainly the place for Republicans to go to be told what they want to hear–including that their favorite news outlet is the one that Americans in general find most trustworthy.

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 […]

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.

Oct
17
2013

The Media's 'New American Center' Is Well to the Left of the Media

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Media don't tend to define The Center as "Things Most People Support," because letting people know that most Americans support raising taxes on the wealthy, cutting military spending or providing single-payer healthcare would make the elite political debate seem like it's well to the right of the public.

Oct
07
2013

New York Times to New Yorkers: You're Supporting the Wrong Mayoral Candidate!

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A New York Times story headlined "Poll Finds Support for de Blasio, if Not All His Ideas" could have more accurately been called "Poll Finds Support for de Blasio, Along With Most of His Ideas"

Aug
14
2013

What's the Message of Clinton's Noncampaign for the Office She Might Run for in Three Years?

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Hillary Clinton hasn't announced that she's running for president in 2016, and launched a campaign yet. But the Washington Post is already complaining that her nonexistent campaign for an office she may or may not seek lacks a clear message. "Clinton’s gender likely would be a significant asset," writes chief correspondent Dan Balz (8/12/13), adding: "It, however, is not a message." One has to admire the first 44 presidents of the United States, each of whom somehow managed to achieve the office without the benefit of this asset. The next day (8/13/13), Post columnist Richard Cohen picked up on Balz's […]

Jul
24
2013

Nate Silver Didn't Fit In at the New York Times Because He Believed in the Real World

Nate Silver's failure to fit in with the culture of the New York Times illustrates the difference between objectivity and "objectivity"–the latter being the belief that it's impossible to know what's real, so all you can do is report the claims made by various (powerful) people.

Jun
13
2013

O'Reilly Discovers the Dangers of the Surveillance State

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Republicans who were less concerned about government overreach in 2006 have changed their minds in 2013, and some Democrats have gone the other direction. This switch can be seen in the views of some pundits–including Fox News' Bill O'Reilly.

Jun
07
2013

How Many Iraqis Died in the Iraq War?

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How many Iraqis died in the Iraq War? Public responses to that question are disheartening because they reflect a very distorted public perception of the war. But they are indicative of an even bigger problem: corporate media's inadequate coverage of the human costs of U.S.-led wars.

May
03
2013

Killing Civilians Is More Popular Than You'd Think–Especially Among Pundits

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Where do Americans get the idea that it's OK to kill civilians? Could it be that they're listening to media pundits?

Apr
03
2013

Keystone Polling and an Oil Spill Time Machine

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Reporting positive polling for the Keystone XL pipeline, USA Today reports, "The numbers come amid continuing efforts to clean up a major new oil spill in Arkansas." But "come amid" is another way of saying "entirely unrelated to."

Feb
11
2013

A Beltway Villager's Bad Advice for Obama

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The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza wrote a piece giving Barack Obama some advice on what to say in his State of the Union address. The article almost reads like a parody of Beltway punditry.