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.

Feb
10
2014

Do Respectable Journalists Want to Be Associated With Bill Keller?

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A Daily Beast piece wonders whether journalists don't want to work with Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald because they're very critical of corporate journalism.

Jan
24
2014

FAIR TV: Snowden on Sunday TV, New Pundits, USA Today on Fracking's Riches

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Everyone seems to agree that Edward Snowden started an important debate over NSA surveillance. But on the Sunday chat shows, debate isn't what you're likely to see. And CNN and CBS add new contributors–but are they opening up or closing the discussion? Plus: USA Today cheers on the fracking boom in Texas.

Jan
23
2014

TV Hires That Keep the Debate Narrow

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Corporate media aren't looking to expand the debate on important issues. They're interested in keeping things as narrow as they already are.

Jan
21
2014

It's Sunday and It's Snowden

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It's Sunday, and that means time for the network chat shows to present one-sided discussions about the NSA, Edward Snowden and mass surveillance.

Dec
20
2013

FAIR TV: CBS and the NSA, Yemen Drone Attack, Afghanistan

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This week on FAIR TV: The NSA has been having a rough time, but 60 Minutes did them a favor with a long piece that was more like public relations than journalism. Also on the show: a look at how the New York Times covered a suspected US drone strike in Yemen, and what it had to say about how Afghans feel about US troops.¬†  

Nov
01
2013

NSA Stenography at CBS

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CBS covers latest NSA revelations by telling viewers that the NSA is getting better at rebutting its critics.

Oct
30
2013

No, You Still Can't Trust What the NSA Says

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One of the most incendiary revelations from the documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden suggests that the NSA's mass collection of phone records isn't confined to the United States. Reports in Le Monde (10/21/13) and El Mundo¬†(10/28/13) say the NSA is involved in collecting such data in France and Spain, too–millions of phone records in a one-month period from December 2012 to January 2013. Those revelations sparked outrage across Europe. But then another storyline emerged: According to anonymous sources, those reports were wrong, the result of Snowden and/or the journalists writing the stories misunderstanding the documents. According to this […]

Oct
22
2013

Does Being a Pundit Ever Mean Having to Say You're Sorry?

"The early denunciations of Snowden now seem both over the top and beside the point," the Washington Post's Richard Cohen writes. He should know–he wrote one of them. And now he says his initial reaction was "just plain wrong."

Oct
04
2013

When Can You Trust the NSA's Claims About the NSA?

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Media seem more eager to carry messages to the effect of "NSA spying works" rather than admissions from the NSA that the record isn't quite so impressive.

Sep
23
2013

Whistleblowers and Mass Shooters: Time Connects the Dots

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Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and mass shooters Nidal Hassan and Aaron Alexis: Time wonders how these four dangerous individuals managed to slip through the system?

Sep
01
2013

Which Syrian Chemical Attack Account Is More Credible?

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Which account of the mass deaths in Syria should be given more credence: the U.S. government version introduced by Secretary of State John Kerry, or the article published by the Minnesota-based news site Mint Press? The government account expresses "high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack." The Mint report bore the headline "Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack."