Jun
02
2014

Meet the Press's Snowden Debate: Traitor or Criminal?

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The main debate about Snowden boiled down to one side saying he's a traitor and the other side saying he should come home and do prison time, perhaps as a lesson to children.

May
30
2014

Brian Williams Frantically Tries to Prove He's No Glenn Greenwald

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Before NBC aired its Edward Snowden special, its evening newscast presented a lengthy report presenting the case against the NSA whistleblower.

May
23
2014

FAIR TV: Chinese Spies, Western Wildfires and Meeting (Some of) America

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The TV networks fail to note US hypocrisy in Chinese spying indictments. Climate change is missing from California fire reports. And NBC's "real people" are remarkably white and conservative.

May
22
2014

American TV to Chinese Spies: Do as US Says, Not as US Does

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US TV networks played up the FBI's economic espionage charges against China–without mentioning that the NSA does something very similar.

May
16
2014

FAIR TV: Snowden, Palestinian Brass Knuckles, Rubio's Climate Denial

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This week: ABC talks about a "raging debate" over Edward Snowden. They must mean the one that's not on their show. Plus: The New York Times takes a long time to correct a story about Palestinian teen's imaginary brass knuckles, and ABC's Jonathan Karl has the wrong response to Marco Rubio's climate nonsense. Watch:

May
14
2014

Will NYT's New Editor Stand Up for Investigative Journalism?

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The New York Times announced that Jill Abramson, who has the top editorial job there of executive editor, is being replaced by current managing editor Dean Baquet. Whether Baquet will be good for investigative reporting at the Times remains to be seen.

May
13
2014

Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and the Courtier Press

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Glenn Greenwald's new book tells the Snowden story–and takes aim at the corporate media.

May
12
2014

ABC's 'Raging Debate' Over Edward Snowden

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ABC's This Week: Edward Snowden sparked a "raging debate"–so here are two guests who don't like what he did.

May
09
2014

FAIR TV: Crossfire Climate Change, CIA & Polio and ABC Loves Disney

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This week on the show: CNN brings back Crossfire–but isn't it time to stop "debating" climate change? Plus a look at big media leaving the CIA out of their reporting on the resurgence of polio, while ABC News brings viewers an infomercial for parent company Disney.

Apr
25
2014

A New Turn in the War on Whistleblowers & Journalism?

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

It's hard to see how a move to criminalize routine discussions between government officials and members of the press is anything but an attempt to shut down such conversations.

Mar
21
2014

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

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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.   

Mar
19
2014

The NSA Built a 'Time Machine'–but Washington Post Won't Say Where

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The Washington Post is reporting that the NSA is able to store every phone call made in an entire nation and replay them for up to 30 days. Not only can the agency do this, but there is a country where it's actually doing this now–the Post knows where, but they won't say.

Feb
10
2014

What DC Won't See Tonight on Public TV

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A timely documentary about government surveillance of the civil rights movement is airing on PBS stations tonight–but not in Washington DC.