Jul
11
2014

ABC: Three Cheers for Walmart!

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Is ABC's reporting on Walmart journalism or PR?

Jul
10
2014

Why ABC Thought Suffering Palestinians Were Israelis

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ABC misidentified a suffering Palestinian family as being Israeli. It shouldn't be seen as just an honest mistake.

May
22
2014

American TV to Chinese Spies: Do as US Says, Not as US Does

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US TV networks played up the FBI's economic espionage charges against China–without mentioning that the NSA does something very similar.

May
20
2014

Weather From Another Planet: Wildfires and Climate Change

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Extreme drought, extreme heat and extremely devastating wildfires in Southern California are big news for TV journalists. But don't mention climate change.

Mar
04
2014

The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind

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The complex anti-government protest movements in both Venezuela and Ukraine were boiled down by US corporate media to send a clear message to their domestic audience: These are the good guys.

Feb
11
2014

ABC on Food Stamp Cuts: Hey, It Could Be Worse

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Are cuts in food stamp benefits really good news to those receiving them?

Jan
10
2014

Why Did the US Invade Iraq? The Answer in 2014

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Reports of Al-Qaeda linked fighters taking over the Iraqi city of Fallujah have prompted a lot of media coverage about the US sacrifice there. In the process, the history of the war is being dramatically rewritten.

Nov
14
2013

Iran's Suspicious Smile

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Tom Friedman of the New York Times opened up his November 13 column with this:  It goes without saying that the only near-term deal with Iran worth partially lifting sanctions for would be a deal that freezes all the key components of Iran's nuclear weapons development program It goes without saying that this is deeply misleading. Iran, as most people following this story are surely aware, is not known to have any such weapons program. There are suspicions, mostly coming from some US and Israeli officials, that the country's enrichment activities are intended to produce a nuclear weapon. But international […]

Aug
13
2013

Student Loan Rates Drop–or Maybe They Rise?

The new student loan law lowers rates–and then, almost certainly, raises them in the near future. But hey–at least it's bipartisan.

Dec
07
2012

This Time, Trust Anonymous WMD Claims–They've Got 'Specific Intelligence'

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The theatrics of WMD claims about Syria–satellite images, anonymous sources and so on–are obviously reminiscent of the lead up to the Iraq War. But media stress that this time–it's different.

Jun
26
2012

This Just In: Hillary Clinton's Scrunchie

Take my word for it. Diane Sawyer, ABC World News (6/21/12): And now to the ongoing master class in letting your hair down, by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.These past few months, we've been watching her swig a beer, brandish a scrunchie without apology, and makeup free and telling everybody she doesn't care what they think. And today, donning wing-tipped purple glasses at the swearing in of a new assistant secretary whose favorite color just happens to be purple. Proof that nobody does unplugged quite like the secretary of state, who is leaving office by the end of the year. […]

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, […]

May
11
2012

Oily Propaganda on ABC World News

If you watch TV news you're bound to see a lot of commercials for oil companies. As Miranda Spencer reported in Extra! (2/12), there are far more commercials about energy companies and natural gas than there are actual news reports about controversial industry practices like hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." But then there are the news segments that might as well be commercials. Last night's ABC World News broadcast (5/10/12) featured a report on the oil boom in the Midwest that looked more like an ad than anything else. "A rising number of Americans are finding a windfall right where they […]