Sep
15
2014

ABC: ISIS Possibly Scarier Than Al-Qaeda–Due to Social Media

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A key element in the shift in US public opinion toward attacking ISIS is the idea that the country could be attacked by the group. Where do people get this idea? TV news might be one place.

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.

Sep
10
2013

ABC: War Might Mess Up Your 401K!

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Looking at the Dow Jones Industrial Average to explain anything is almost never a good idea.

Jun
14
2013

Syria and Chemical Weapons: What Do We Know?

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Yesterday the New York Times posted an article about U.S. intelligence agencies becoming more confident about their assessments of several suspect chemical weapons attacks. But the intelligence remains, at this point, at arm's length.

Oct
10
2012

ABC's Very Efficient Anti-Chavez Propaganda

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If you're listening to a report on an Official Enemy like Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, you expect to hear a litany of misdeeds, real or imagined, about the leader in question. Just check out ABC World News (10/7/12), where anchor David Muir started out with this: And a fierce enemy of the United States, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, faces the toughest election of his life tonight. It's hard to know what Chavez has done to earn that label, but moments later Muir put this question to correspondent Jorge Ramos: MUIR: We all know that President Chavez has almost made it […]

Oct
02
2012

How to Tell When 'Humans' Die in a U.S. War

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ABC World News' David Muir (9/30/12) took note of the 2,000th U.S. military death in Afghanistan this way: Overseas now to Afghanistan, and a stark reminder tonight of the human cost of war. An attack at a checkpoint left two Americans dead, one of them a serviceman, the 2,000th U.S. military death since the war began. That kind of language is revealing in that it presents American deaths as evidence of the "human cost of war." But, of course, there is a human cost almost every day in most wars. What they're saying is this is primarily something we should […]

Sep
28
2012

Romney's Latest Gaffe: Telling the Truth on Taxes

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We're familiar with campaign reports that don't do enough factchecking. But here's a  strange one from ABC World News (9/25/12), which seems to be complaining that Mitt Romney departed from his usual misleading claims about how Obama's been raising your taxes. Pointing this out would be a good thing. The problem is that you have a hard time figuring out what the facts are, because the truth doesn't seem to be the primary concern of the segment. Here's what correspondent David Muir said: MUIR: Today, something from Romney about the President we haven't heard before. Romney has long argued the […]

Jun
21
2012

ABC: European Elections Matter, Mostly to American 401(k)s

Parliamentary elections in Greece saw the conservative-leaning New Democracy party win a narrow victory over the left-wing anti-austerity Syriza coalition. This was good news for an array of major players who prefer Greece to stick to the current punishing bailout plan arranged by European countries. ABC World News showed which angle mattered most when anchor Diane Sawyer led a report (6/18/12) on the election results this way: And now we move on to your money and the momentary sigh of relief for every American with a 401(k). The voters of Greece this weekend decided to stay the course in Europe, […]

Aug
09
2011

'Deadliest Day' in Afghanistan? Not by a Long Shot

August 6, 2011, when 38 soldiers, including 30 U.S. troops, were killed when their helicopter was shot down, was the "deadliest day" of the Afghan War, several media outlets told us: David Muir (ABC World News Saturday, 8/6/11): "It was the deadliest day of the war in Afghanistan, 30 Americans, 22 Navy SEALs lost." David Gregory (NBC Meet the Press, 8/7/11): "This was the single deadliest day of the war." Chicago Tribune headline (8/7/11): "Taliban Says It Downed Copter in Deadliest Day of War in Afghanistan" ABC This Week graphic (8/7/11): "DEADLIEST DAY IN AFGHANISTAN" Terrell Brown, CBS Morning News […]