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Mar
19
2007

Iraq and the Media

A Critical Timeline

Bush speaks about Iraq invasion--Photo Credit: War Made Easy/Media Education Foundation

It's hardly controversial to suggest that the mainstream media's performance in the lead-up to the Iraq War was a disaster. In retrospect, many journalists and pundits wish they had been more skeptical of the White House's claims about Iraq, particularly its allegations about weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, though, media apologists suggest that the press could not have done much better, since "everyone" was in agreement on the intelligence regarding Iraq's weapons threat. This was never the case. Critical journalists and analysts raised serious questions at the time about what the White House was saying. Often, however, […]

Jul
01
2001

The Most Biased Name in News

Fox News Channel's extraordinary right-wing tilt

Rupert Murdoch at Davos (photo: Monika Flueckiger/World Economic Forum)

"I challenge anybody to show me an example of bias in Fox News Channel."--Rupert Murdoch (Salon, 3/1/01) Years ago, Republican party chair Rich Bond explained that conservatives' frequent denunciations of "liberal bias" in the media were part of "a strategy" (Washington Post, 8/20/92). Comparing journalists to referees in a sports match, Bond explained: "If you watch any great coach, what they try to do is 'work the refs.' Maybe the ref will cut you a little slack next time."   But when Fox News Channel, Rupert Murdoch's 24-hour cable network, debuted in 1996, a curious thing happened: Instead of denouncing it, […]

Sep
01
1994

Smoke Screens

When Journalists Boost the Tobacco Industry, Follow the Money

Over the past few years, mainstream media coverage of the dangers of cigarette smoking has dramatically increased. But the tobacco industry is fighting back. One of the industry's most visible counterattacks was a series of full-page ads from Philip Morris, which ran in 40 newspapers across the country, reprinting an article from Forbes MediaCritic (Summer/94) that questioned the idea that secondhand smoke causes cancer in non-smokers. The Philip Morris ads presented Forbes MediaCritic's report--written by Jacob Sullum, then managing editor of Reason magazine, now at National Review--as an objective antidote to the media's biased reporting on secondhand smoke. Sullum's article […]

May
01
1994

Whitewater Under the Bridge

How the Press Missed the Story

Supporters of the Clintons suggest that Whitewater, a failed real estate venture from Bill and Hillary's Little Rock days, is old news. The election campaign is over, the argument goes, and the voters chose Clinton. But Whitewater never really became a campaign issue in 1992. Most media gave a great deal of space to allegations of Clinton's sexual affairs and accounts of his draft maneuverings, but shied away from a story about corporate collusion with politicians--perhaps because the story wasn't pushed by an establishment party or politician. Today, leading Republicans seem to want to talk about nothing but Whitewater and […]

Aug
01
1990

Extra! Special Issue on Labor, Summer 1990

Articles in the print edition Lost in the Margins Labor and the Media by Jonathan Tasini 8 Media Stereotypes About Unions by Jonathan Tasini In Their Own Words: Veteran Labor Reporters Talk About Labor Coverage by Jonathan Tasini The Labor Press: Glasnost Needed by Jonathan Tasini The Great Labor Stories the Media are Missing by Jonathan Tasini Media Owners as Union-Busters by Norman Solomon and Martin A. Lee No Place for Labor on PBS? "Public" TV's Elite Market by Doug Henwood A Call to Media Activism: Interview with FAIR's Jeff Cohen The Media Love Labor... When They're Fighting Environmentalists by […]