Aug
08
2014

NY Times and Torture: A Decade Too Late?

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Ten years later, the New York Times will call torture by its name. But does the paper's reasoning make any sense?

Dec
07
2012

FAIR TV: Bradley Manning Blackout, Tax Hike Spin, Covering Poverty– and $450 Starbucks Gift Cards

The stories that came out due to the information Bradley Manning allegedly leaked have been explosive, front page news. But his trial? Not so much. And Maria Bartiromo told Meet the Press that tax increases on the wealthy are really tax increases for everyone. And why was a Starbucks $450 gift card front page news at USA Today– right underneath a stirring piece about poverty? FAIR TV breaks it down:

Aug
17
2012

NY Times Does Good Ryan Fact Check– If You Can Find It

Sometimes the facts that need checking are pretty easy to check. That seemed to be the case with some misleading statements Paul Ryan made at a campaign stop yesterday. The New York Times set the record straight. Unfortunately their fact check was pretty much buried. The piece (8/17/12) by Trip Gabriel–headlined "Ryan Pushes Working-Class Message in Ohio"–is all about how the Romney campaign is deploying Ryan to speak to "white working-class voters." Gabriel notes: Republicans are excited about the Biden-versus-Ryan showdown because of Mr. Ryan's rhetorical skills and command of policy. That's funny, because down in the 8th paragraph or […]

Feb
24
2012

Tell the NY Times: Follow Your Own Rules on Anonymity

FAIR's new Action Alert points out that the New York Times has abused its own policies on anonymity to allow government officials to smear critics. We're encouraging people to write to the Times public editor. Please post your letters to the Times in the comments section below.

Sep
12
2011

NYT Still Finding the Pro-Occupation Iraqi Public

Over the course of the Iraq War, many U.S. media outlets have managed to misconstrue Iraqi public opinion about the presence of U.S. troops. As early as 2004, as FAIR (6/2/04) pointed out, research showed that the Iraqi public wanted U.S. troops out: According to a new poll from the Iraq Center for Research and Strategic Studies, which is partly funded by the State Department and has coordinated its work with the Coalition Provisional Authority, more than half of all Iraqis–including the Kurds–want an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces, up from 17 percent last October. But prominent media outlets didn't […]

Aug
16
2011

Times: U.S. Mideast Policy's "Uncomfortable Position"

In today's New York Times, Jennifer Steinhauer notes the remarkable number of Congressmembers– more than 80–who are heading to Israel thanks to a program affiliated with AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying force. Steinhauer sizes up the political backdrop– the White House has strained relations with the current Israeli government, and there's more: the Palestinians are weighing a request to the United Nations Security Council to support a bid for statehood, leaving Washington in the uncomfortable position of blocking such a unilateral move while supporting democracy movements in other Arab nations. U.S. policy at the United Nations has historically been pro-Israel. […]

Jul
05
2011

NYT's Imaginary GOP Tax Shift

"2 Republicans Open Door to Increases in Revenue" reads a headline in Monday's New York Times. The suggestion is that a few Republicans are walking away from the the party's no-tax-hike orthodoxy. That much is clear from John Broder's lead: Two senior Republicans said Sunday that they might be open to raising new government revenue as part of a deal to resolve the dispute over the federal debt ceiling, but they warned that there was little time to enact a comprehensive deal. This would be a pretty remarkable development. So who are we talking about? Broder reports: One of the […]

May
06
2011

More Nonsense on Gas Prices

Today it's the New York Times (5/6/11) framing the story according to nonsensical GOP talking points: House Passes a Bill to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling JOHN M. BRODER WASHINGTON — With rising gasoline prices and skyrocketing oil company profits as a backdrop, the House approved a bill on Thursday to force the Obama administration to accelerate oil lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. The 266-to-149 vote, largely along party lines, was a skirmish in the larger battle between Republicans and Democrats to capitalize on consumer anger over the price of gasoline, which has […]

Mar
15
2010

Why Isn't Brookings Labeled 'Liberal'? Maybe Because It Isn't

New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt has not had a chance yet to respond to questions about his commentary on the ACORN hoax (FAIR Action Alert, 3/11/10), instead devoting his Sunday column (3/14/10) to a discussion of political labeling. It included this question: Why is the American Enterprise Institute almost always called "conservative" in the Times, while the Brookings Institution seldom gets a label, although it has been described as a Democratic government in exile during Republican regimes? First off, the right-wing AEI (Extra!, 3-4/99) is not "almost always called 'conservative' in the Times"; a Nexis search of the […]

Mar
11
2010

Action Alert: NYT Falls for the ACORN Hoax

FAIR has a new Action Alert out pointing out that the New York Times has repeatedly published accounts of the right-wing anti-ACORN videos that credulously accepted assertions that have turned out to be false–for example, that one of the video-makers, James O'Keefe, went into ACORN offices dressed as a cartoon pimp. See the alert here for the real story–and feel free to post copies of your messages to the Times or to respond to the alert in the comments thread here.

Mar
09
2010

NYT Debate: Bill of Rights, Sometimes or Never?

The New York Times has a piece today (3/9/10) with the headline "Experts Urge Keeping Two Options for Terror Trials"–meaning both regular trials under the criminal justice system as well as newly established military tribunals. But who are these "experts," exactly? Well, they're "national security officials who served in the Bush administration"–though later on, "national security officials from both the Bush and Obama administrations" are also cited. Balancing out this "expert" point of view are "conservatives," "supporters of military commissions" and "the Republican line"–all of which argue that the civilian court system is unnecessary and military tribunals should be exclusively […]

Mar
05
2010

Allowing Homophobia to Have Its Say on Gays in the Military

The New York Times features an op-ed today (3/5/10) by Gen. Merrill McPeak, a retired Air Force chief of staff, arguing against allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military. It's not much of an argument, really–there's not much more to it than the assertion that "warriors are inspired by male bonding, by comradeship, by the knowledge that they survive only through relying on each other," and the claim–presented completely without evidence–that acknowledging that not all soldiers are heterosexual will "weaken the warrior culture." You can't really describe the piece as an attempt at persuasion–it's more […]

Mar
03
2010

Friedman's Wisdom: CEOs Want to Pay Even Less Tax

In a column headlined "A Word From the Wise" (3/3/10), New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman lets us know what Intel CEO Paul Otellini thinks is wrong with the U.S. economy. And there's a certain theme that runs through his critique: "The things that are not conducive to investments here are [corporate] taxes and capital equipment credits."… "If I build that factory in almost any other country in the world, where they have significant incentive programs, I could save $1 billion," because of all the tax breaks these governments throw in…. "The cost of operating when you look at it […]