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May 02 2015

Unverified ‘Threats,’ Uncritically Reported: A Tradition as Old as Protest

Baltimore riot police (photo: Andrew Burton / Getty Images)

There’s increasing evidence the Baltimore Police Department routinely uses the media to hype punitive threats in anticipation of crackdowns. Yet Buzzfeed uncritically republishes the assertions of a police department with a history of hyping threats.

Apr 01 2015

Soundbites April 2015


NYT (Mis)Spells Out Debt Problem for SYRIZA A New York Times report (1/29/15) by Liz Alderman suggested that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, from the anti-austerity SYRIZA party, doesn’t understand his country’s debt problems: When pressed to describe how Greece would pay for bonds falling due in the coming months without taking the €7 billion installment, Mr. Varoufakis replied, “Let’s not talk about details.” To SYRIZA’s detractors, such remarks might signal that the new government does not understand the magnitude of Greece’s financial challenges. Before becoming Finance minister, Varoufakis taught economics at Cambridge, the University of Athens, University of Sydney […]

Apr 01 2015

Obsessed With Winter Cold, TV Missed Bigger Picture

Republican Senator from Oklahoma James Inhofe speaking to U.S. Congress

During January, February and March of 2015, major news outlets focused on cold in the Northeast, neglecting droughts and other climate change issues.

Sep 01 2014

‘A Chain of Desperation’

Laura Carlsen on the crisis of refugee children


CounterSpin asked Laura Carlsen of the Americas Program of the Center of International Policy what deeper coverage would add to the story of immigrant refugee children in terms of context and history.

Jul 01 2014

SoundBites July/August 2014

Ann Coulter, climate change

Worst Climate Coverage Ever? What’s worse than having climate scientists debate denialists as if they both were legitimate points of view? Leaving out the scientists and letting global warming denial speak unrebutted. That’s what CNN (OutFront, 5/21/14) did when it brought on a right-wing provocateur as the lone guest to respond to a gameshow host’s Twitter-based attack (5/19/14) on climate science: “And ahead, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak says global warming alarmists are unpatriotic. Tonight, Ann Coulter tells us why she agrees.” Keystone XL’s ‘Symbolic’ Climate Destruction The Washington Post’s Paul Kane (5/4/14) reported that the Keystone XL “pipeline’s […]

Jan 01 2014

CNN’s Pro-Nuclear Bias

Cheerleading documentary followed by more stacked commentary


CNN aired the pro-nuclear power documentary Pandora’s Promise, a film that brooked virtually no dissent from the views of its seven principal “stars”—one-time anti-nuclear environmentalists who now say the planet can only be saved from the ravages of fossil fuels by a rapid, large-scale investment in new, supposedly fail-safe “fast reactors.”

Nov 21 2013

CNN Doubles Down on Pro-Nuclear Bias

Answers petitions, critics, with more slanted commentary

NRDC's Dale Bryk provides the only voice of skepticism on CNN's nuclear roundtable following the network's airing of pro-nuke documentary Pandora's Promise.

FAIR and RootsAction presented CNN with a petition signed by over 27,000 activists, demanding the news network present a more balanced discussion of the nuclear power issue. CNN responded by compounding the bias with a post-show roundtable, Nuclear Power: The Fallout From Fear, that featured a panel just as slanted as its title.

Aug 27 2013

The Accelerating Assault on Journalism

Some media figures applaud the criminalization of investigative reporting

Fox News' James Rosen

U.S. soldier Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning’s 35-year sentence represents the harshest punishment issued to date for providing media with evidence of government wrongdoing (Forbes, 8/21/13). She is the first whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act, ratifying the new reality that those who give the press information that the government wants to keep secret will henceforth be treated as spies. Manning’s sentence is only the latest example of the criminalization of investigative journalism that has greatly intensified in the Obama era (Extra!, 9/11). While whistleblowers have been the chief targets of the harsh crackdown on media challenges to official […]