Feb
28
2014

FAIR TV: Pundits Want Social Security Cuts, Troop Cut Panic, Arizona Bill Discriminates–'Some Say'

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Pundits were mad about the news that Barack Obama was backing away from "chained CPI" Social Security cuts. An announcement about troop cuts caused some reporters to panic. And Arizona's discriminatory SB 1062 is given the "some say" media treatment.

Feb
28
2014

Time's Minimum Wage Math: Triple = 'Just as Many'

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The new issue of Time magazine (3/10/14) takes a look at the debate over raising the minimum wage, in a piece by Eliza Gray. But the very first paragraph just doesn't make much sense:  If you want to make some new friends and just as many enemies, here's a helpful shortcut: take a position on raising the federal minimum wage. The question of how much workers at the bottom should be paid is fast becoming one of the most divisive issues in Washington. Liberals say a wage hike is the most immediate and fair tool we have to address growing […]

Feb
27
2014

NYT Corrects Venezuela TV Falsehood

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Activists call on the New York Times to correct a faulty report on Venezuela– and they do.

Feb
25
2014

The Question of US 'Democracy Promotion' in the Newspaper of Record

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Today's New York Times has a piece about whether the Obama administration is as committed to a policy of "democracy promotion" as the Bush administration had been. To anyone familiar with US history of inhibiting and undermining democracies, the whole concept must seem rather absurd.

Feb
25
2014

'El Chapo' and El Banco

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While the only questions regarding Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's prosecution appear to be where and when, things were different when it came to prosecuting the institution that supported what Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton called "the lifeblood" of the Sinoloa Cartel's operations.

Feb
24
2014

Heritage Foundation: Where Have All the Scholars Gone?

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Is the Heritage Foundation really drifting away from its scholarly roots–or has it always been more of a corporate-funded right-wing lobby?

Feb
24
2014

New York Times Critic Doesn't Care What Foreigners Have to Say

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New York Times media columnist David Carr (2/24/14) seems to think the relationship between CNN and Piers Morgan was doomed from the start: It's been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate–the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt–and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America. That's a peculiar way to define "provincial"; surely one can be deeply interested in the United States and deeply interested in […]

Feb
24
2014

Pundits Bemoan Failure to Cut Social Security

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Media comments after the Obama administration backed off attempts to cut Social Security benefits exhibited a curious notion about where the "middle" is and what "majority support" means.

Feb
22
2014

News From Venezuela–but Where Is It Coming From?

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How trustworthy are reports that "state-sponsored paramilitaries" are "shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting" against the government of Venezuela?

Feb
21
2014

FAIR TV: Climate Change False Balance, MSNBC Cheers Its Boss, Apology-Free O'Reilly

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David Gregory seemed to say that the science on climate change was settled. So why did he have a debate about whether climate change is happening? Plus MSNBC's Morning Joe cheers on its corporate parent, while Bill O'Reilly gives us one more example of why Fox News is so special.

Feb
21
2014

Time Puffs Mexico's President

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Time cheers Mexico's president for 'saving' the country. But why is it that most Mexicans don't seem to care for his brand of market 'reforms'?

Feb
19
2014

Being O'Reilly Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

Bill O'Reilly slurs the left.

It tells you a lot about our media and society that no one even expects O'Reilly to apologize for his slur of the left.

Feb
19
2014

Our Boss Is Great! How MSNBC Covered Comcast Merger

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How did MSNBC cover the mega-merger between its parent company and Time Warner cable? Hardly at all–except for a segment glorifying their boss.