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
27
2014

Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported

John Huppenthal

National GOP and Tea Party groups descending on Mississippi to scrutinize black voters seems like a pretty big story–but it also provides a confirmation of the charge that the GOP has a serious problem with racism.

Jun
27
2014

Toothpaste Terrorism? Been There, Done That

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Far from being a "new generation," the toothpaste tube bomb has been around for almost four decades.

Jun
27
2014

This Sunday, a Different Kind of Iraq War Booster: Bill Clinton

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NBC Meet the Press taps Bill Clinton to talk Iraq. But will viewers know that Clinton was also a crucial supporter of the invasion?

Jun
25
2014

Ukraine Tips From Nameless US Officials: Good Enough for NYT

Internet videos of tanks allegedly supplied by Russia to Ukrainian rebels.

Apparently the people who know best about what's happening in Ukraine are US government officials who won't let their names be printed in the newspaper.

Jun
25
2014

NYT on Student Loan Crisis: What Crisis Is That?

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The New York Times' David Leonhardt heralded a new study by the centrist Brookings Institution that questions whether the student loan market actually faces a "crisis on the horizon."

Jun
24
2014

Gas Prices 'Skyrocketing'? You'd Better Duck

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You're not supposed to talk about oil and Iraq–but corporate media can't stop talking about oil and Iraq.

Jun
24
2014

Time on Iraq War: What Did We Do to Deserve This?

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Many corporate news accounts treat the chaos in Iraq as proof that the good intentions of a US superpower cannot overcome tribal grievances. Michael Crowley's cover story for Time, "The End of Iraq," might be the quintessential example.

Jun
23
2014

Netanyahu Can Disinform on Iran Just as Well as Iraq

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NBC's David Gregory says that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "well-briefed" on the US position on Iran's nuclear program. But that shouldn't be confused with being knowledgeable.

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
21
2014

Fox Covers Up a Benghazi Story

Ahmed Abu Khattala

Fox News won't mention the significant evidence that the Internet video was behind the attacks because it is so deeply invested in the story of a White House conspiracy, and it's too late to change the script.

Jun
20
2014

FAIR TV: War Pundits Time Warp, Framing Iraq, NBC Self-Promotion

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It's 2003 all over again, as Iraq "experts" who promoted the 2003 invasion are back on TV screens offering expert analysis about what to do next. And we take a look at some of the revealing language US reporters are employing to frame Iraq as a place that keeps forcing the US to attack it. Plus, NBC's "news" division promotes its corporate cousins over at Universal.   Watch:

Jun
20
2014

Iraq and Your Gas Tank

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When it comes to US foreign policy and warmaking in the Middle East, you're not supposed to talk about oil. But the network newscasts went out of their way to let you know that Iraq was making your next trip to the gas station more expensive.