Mar
03
2014

Russia, Ukraine and 'US Prestige'

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

Jan
06
2014

Forgetting Fallujah

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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.

Oct
11
2013

To NPR, TPP Is a Poker Game With a Pot Full of Jobs

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Far from a free pot of good jobs, critics of the TPP have repeatedly argued that the deal involves restricting powers of domestic governments on things like food safety and environmental standards, while incentivizing the offshoring of jobs.

Sep
17
2013

NPR's New Boss: Financial Industry Lobbyist, GOP Donor, Right-Wing Think Tank Booster

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On September 13, NPR named a new acting president and CEO: board member Paul G. Haaga. The NPR press release states that Haaga's "accomplished career" included a stint as "chairman of the Investment Company Institute"–the powerful lobbying group of the mutual fund industry.

Aug
30
2013

On Syria, Intelligence and Evidence

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One would hope that the lessons of Iraq might inform more of the coverage of Syria. But that's not always the case. Over the course of the past week, the White House and various officials have been adamant that they have evidence that shows the Syrian government was responsible for the horrific attack last week that likely killed hundreds, and very well could have been a chemical or gas attack of some sort. But too many journalists were treating what the government said it knew as if it was already actual evidence. On NBC Nightly News (8/27/13), Andrea Mitchell reported […]

Aug
23
2013

The NYT Thinks You're an Idiot

Private Chelsea Manning will be serving out a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth prison for revealing classified information to WikiLeaks. Are you confused by that sentence? Not sure what case we're talking about here? Maybe there were two Private Mannings who are now tied for the record of longest prison sentence in the history of this country for whistleblowing? It's hard to imagine that, more than 24 hours after Manning made her gender identity public through a written statement read on the Today show (8/22/13), any reader or viewer would not figure out pretty quickly who the news was talking […]

Aug
06
2013

Amazon, WikiLeaks, the Washington Post and the CIA

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What does Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos have in store for the Washington Post? No one can say for sure, but we can say that when Amazon didn't like what WikiLeaks was publishing it shut down access to the site.

Jul
05
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden & Hayden, Pro-Equality 'Bias,' Climate Coverage

CBS covers the Edward Snowden and the NSA scandal by asking Bush-era NSA chief Michael Hayden for help. And NPR wonders if media coverage of marriage equality is too tilted in favor of… equality? Plus network TV doesn't cover Obama's climate speech–but the fake newscast at Comedy Central does.

Jun
28
2013

NPR: And Now, for Balance, Bigots and Big Coal

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When the law finally starts to catch up with the promise of equality for all, does one stop to wonder if anti-equality bigots feel left out? That's the question that NPR's All Things Considered tried to answer.

May
08
2013

Between Two Economists Lies the American Center

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The "center" doesn't usually indicate where most of the public is, but rather where elites have determined an appropriate middle between opposing arguments.

Apr
08
2013

Cutting Social Security and Medicare? That's the 'Middle'

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The new White House budget proposal is getting a lot of attention because it explicitly connects the Obama administration to an agenda that includes cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits. Some pundits see this as a way to appeal to the "middle." But does anyone– in the middle or anywhere else–really want to cut the safety net?

Mar
28
2013

For NPR, Fracking Fight Is Between Farmers & Movie Stars

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Who stands between the hard-working people of Upstate New York and money and jobs coming out of the ground? Why, it’s actor Mark Ruffalo.

Feb
19
2013

Friendly Oil–Not the Venezuelan Kind

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With the Keystone climate protests in Washington bringing climate change back into the media, we're hearing a lot about how the Keystone pipeline will, at the very least, mean that we'll be getting our oil from a nice country.