Aug
28
2014

Newsweek's Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering

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Newsweek's cover story is built around the idea that illegally imported "bushmeat"–what we would call "wild game" if it were being eaten in the United States–could carry the deadly Ebola virus.
But is there any evidence that imported meat could actually carry Ebola? On that score, Newsweek comes up empty.

Aug
27
2014

If Social Media 'Silence Debate,' What Do Corporate Media Do?

Protesters in Ferguson

A new study has some outlets saying that social media inhibit debate. You want to compare Twitter's record to the corporate media on that score?

Aug
26
2014

WaPo Bemoans a Climate Debate It Helped 'Devolve'

Sarah Palin (cc photo: David Shankman)

The paper's editorial page has a new focus on fighting climate change. But will it keep publishing climate nonsense?

Aug
26
2014

The World as WaPo Would Like It to Be

US troop levels in Afghanistan (NPR)

Obama's foreign policy is invariably analyzed as being either foolishly pacifistic or prudently diplomatic. The reality that the Obama administration has used military force on a large scale in many countries is not acknowledged.

Aug
25
2014

Michael Brown, According to the New York Times

Matt Bors, before the NY Times pinned the "no angel" label on Michael Brown.

The New York Times makes some curious choices in its coverage of the victim in the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.

Aug
25
2014

Give Killer Cops a Break, Says NYT

Police administer a lethal chokehold to Eric Garner.

The message from the NY Times: Police officers who shoot unarmed civilians need to be be given the benefit of the doubt.

Aug
22
2014

How the New York Times Twists Gaza

Relatives mourn Palestinian children killed in Israeli airstrike (photo: Wissam Nassar/NYT)

Israel's war on Gaza is still going on, with a round of airstrikes that killed dozens this week. And how was this reported in the New York Times? As Hamas breaking a cease-fire agreement.

Aug
19
2014

CNN Attempts Actual Journalism–But Reverts to Embedded Reporting

CNN's Jake Tapper in Ferguson, Missouri

Watching coverage of the unrest in Ferguson on CNN last night (8/18/14), I was struck at the actual journalism I was treated to by CNN's Jake Tapper. It's not every day corporate media is awestruck by the heavy-handedness of a militarized attack on civilians on US soil. But such was the case for Tapper, who was nearly hit by a tear gas canister fired by police. Things escalated to the point where Tapper began to legitimately question the police's actions. His assertion that the over-the-top show of force by Ferguson police " doesn't make any sense" was a reasonable assessment  […]

Aug
18
2014

Action Alert: NYT Skips First Big Test of New Torture Policy

Afghan torture witness (CBS)

FAIR's new Action Alert (8/18/14) calls out the New York Times for not covering a major Amnesty International report on US torture–shortly after the paper announced a new policy of calling torture by its right name. If you send a message to the Times, please leave a copy in the comments thread to this post. UPDATE: New York Times Responds on Torture (8/21/14)

Aug
15
2014

FAIR TV: Ferguson, Back to Iraq and Disputing Gaza Deaths

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Some good–and not so good–media reactions to the police killing of Michael Brown. Plus pundits wonder what took Obama so long to bomb Iraq, and two papers try to raise doubts about the death toll in Gaza.

Aug
15
2014

Has the Right Really Shifted on Police Militarization and Abuse?

Breitbart coverage of Ferguson

It would be wonderful if more Republicans–and, for that matter, more Democrats–were speaking out about police abuses and related issues. But treating one lawmaker's op-ed as a sign of a fundamental shift on the right seems a bit of an overreach.

Aug
14
2014

USA Today Changes Its Mind About Ferguson Police

USA Today: 'Police Seek Order'

USA Today's original headline: "Police Seek Order as Ferguson Furor Builds."

Aug
14
2014

Ferguson Case Poses Test for Corporate Media

Ferguson police teargas reporters (USAToday.com)

The surprise has been the extent to which some media seem to be taking the outcry seriously, talking about the militarization of police–brought home by the rough treatment given to reporters–and the criminalization of black people.