Jan
15
2014

An American Reporter in Paris

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It's odd that CBS went to an American living in France for a sense of how the French feel about their president's personal life. But perhaps that was because the French mostly don't think it's an issue.

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
01
2013

CBS Wonders What Happened to Global Warming

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A helpful report would debunk the long-running, completely inaccurate meme among climate change deniers that global warming has stopped. But CBS correspondent Mark Phillips doesn't really seem to be trying to be helpful.

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.

Jun
04
2013

Bradley Manning on TV Network News

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If you care at all about war and peace, press freedom, whistleblowers' rights and the public's right to know what the government is doing, the trial of Bradley Manning is of enormous consequence. It would have been hard for NBC News to come up with a more hostile framing.

May
15
2013

The Problem With Journalism? Scott Pelley Blames the Internet

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CBS anchor Scott Pelley declared, "We are getting big stories wrong, over and over again.'" Well, that sounds like pretty dramatic self-criticism. But, as usual with corporate media self-critiques, Pelley's criticism mostly misses the mark.

Apr
30
2013

Syria and the 'Red Line' Nonsense

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The pundits' message on Barack Obama's talk of a "red line" on Syria is that they are concerned about the credibility of the president's threats of violence–much more so than about the credibility of his evidence.

Feb
26
2013

Iranians and Their Clunky Propaganda!

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I suppose we might ignore that the first lady of a country appeared at an awards show, flanked by members of the military, to present a prize to a film about the heroism of U.S. intelligence. No, the real problem is Iran's Photoshopping.

Jan
11
2013

Hugo Chavez: Why Does He Hate Us?

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez might be excused for harboring some hard feelings towards a government that helped to try to overthrow your own. Which may be why U.S. reports rarely bring up the 2002 coup attempt–and when they do, treat Washington's involvement in it as another nutty Chavez conspiracy theory.

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.

Nov
21
2012

What's Missing from CBS's Gaza History?

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Giving viewers a quick sense of context and history is important in any story, but especially in the Israel/Palestine conflict. Doing a bad job of it is perhaps worse than not doing it at all. CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley gave this summary on November 19: We wanted to remind you tonight of what Gaza is and how it came to be. The Gaza Strip was laid out in 1949 after the war that created Israel. It's home to Palestinians displaced in that war and to the generations that followed. Only 25 miles long, roughly ten miles wide, Gaza's population is 1.7 […]

Nov
20
2012

You Think You're Getting Social Security But You're Not, Says Multimillionaire Banker

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What should the U.S. do about the so-called "fiscal cliff"? Who better to ask than Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, "one of the world's most influential bankers"? That's what CBS Evening News must have been thinking, anyway, when they did a segment last night (11/19/12) all about Blankfein's opinions. CBS's Scott Pelley began: "When we asked Blankfein how to reduce the federal budget deficit, he went straight for the subject that politicians don't want to talk about." BLANKFEIN: You're going to have to undoubtedly do something to lower people's expectations. The entitlements, and what people think that they're going to […]

May
08
2012

Media, Austerity and Bad Medicine

The election results in Greece and France sent a clearer message about austerity: Voters don't like it. That sentiment isn't hard to fathom; massive spending cuts and pay cuts aren't fixing the problems in their economies–they're making things worse. Media coverage seems to be clearer these days about what the public thinks of austerity. But the assumption that austerity is mostly "good" still seems firmly in place. Like this Washington Post lead (5/7/12): Voters in France and Greece redrew Europe's political map Sunday in a powerful backlash against the German-led cure for the region's debt crisis: painful austerity. It's not […]