Mar
19
2014

The NSA Built a 'Time Machine'–but Washington Post Won't Say Where

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The Washington Post is reporting that the NSA is able to store every phone call made in an entire nation and replay them for up to 30 days. Not only can the agency do this, but there is a country where it's actually doing this now–the Post knows where, but they won't say.

Jan
24
2014

FAIR TV: Snowden on Sunday TV, New Pundits, USA Today on Fracking's Riches

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Everyone seems to agree that Edward Snowden started an important debate over NSA surveillance. But on the Sunday chat shows, debate isn't what you're likely to see. And CNN and CBS add new contributors–but are they opening up or closing the discussion? Plus: USA Today cheers on the fracking boom in Texas.

Jan
24
2014

Snowden Is a Janitor Working for the Russians

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If lawmakers are making unfounded allegations about a whistleblower, and those allegations are being repeated across the media, one might think the real problem is with a media culture.

Jan
21
2014

It's Sunday and It's Snowden

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It's Sunday, and that means time for the network chat shows to present one-sided discussions about the NSA, Edward Snowden and mass surveillance.

Nov
01
2013

NSA Stenography at CBS

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CBS covers latest NSA revelations by telling viewers that the NSA is getting better at rebutting its critics.

Oct
30
2013

No, You Still Can't Trust What the NSA Says

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One of the most incendiary revelations from the documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden suggests that the NSA's mass collection of phone records isn't confined to the United States. Reports in Le Monde (10/21/13) and El Mundo¬†(10/28/13) say the NSA is involved in collecting such data in France and Spain, too–millions of phone records in a one-month period from December 2012 to January 2013. Those revelations sparked outrage across Europe. But then another storyline emerged: According to anonymous sources, those reports were wrong, the result of Snowden and/or the journalists writing the stories misunderstanding the documents. According to this […]

Oct
29
2013

CBS Does CIA PR

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60 Minutes' interview with former CIA official Mike Morell was more like a press briefing than an interview with a powerful figure who has never been asked questions by a TV journalist.

Oct
22
2013

Does Being a Pundit Ever Mean Having to Say You're Sorry?

"The early denunciations of Snowden now seem both over the top and beside the point," the Washington Post's Richard Cohen writes. He should know–he wrote one of them. And now he says his initial reaction was "just plain wrong."

Sep
23
2013

Whistleblowers and Mass Shooters: Time Connects the Dots

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Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and mass shooters Nidal Hassan and Aaron Alexis: Time wonders how these four dangerous individuals managed to slip through the system?

Aug
26
2013

Jeffrey Toobin, Expert on Bizarre Analogies

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In his attack last week on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin (8/20/13) started off by comparing the release of classified information about government spying to the assassination of Martin Luther King: The assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy led directly to the passage of a historic law, the Gun Control Act of 1968. Does that change your view of the assassinations? Should we be grateful for the deaths of these two men? Of course not. That's lunatic logic. But the same reasoning is now being applied to the actions of Edward Snowden. […]

Aug
23
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden the 'Spy,' Stop-and-Frisk Factcheck, Student Loan Rates

On FAIR TV this week: CBS tries to call Edward Snowden a "spy," and Bill Kristol makes his ABC comeback with a bogus defense of New York's stop-and-frisk police searches. Plus: Student loan rates are slashed, say the TV reports. But are they actually…going up? Watch it all this on this week's episode:

Aug
16
2013

What Do You Call Edward Snowden?

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CBS's Scott Pelley suggests that Edward Snowden admitted to being a "spy" for Russia. But he's not the only one using odd language to describe the NSA whistleblower.

Aug
09
2013

FAIR TV: Terror Alerts and the NSA, Snowden's Asylum, Covering Weiner

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The media are using the government's warnings about a terror attack to boost NSA surveillance. Plus media get mad about Russia's decision to grant whistleblower Edward Snowden temporary asylum. But what's the U.S. record on extradition? Plus ABC covers the Anthony Weiner campaign–and can't much figure out why it's doing so.   Watch it all on this week's FAIR TV: