Search Results for: Jim Naureckas and Peter Hart

Jun 24 2015

For Media Factcheckers, It’s ‘Mostly False’ to Say Mass Violence Is More Frequent in US

Mourners outside Emanuel AME Church (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

In theory, factchecking is one of the most important functions of journalism. In practice, systematic efforts by corporate media to “factcheck” political statements are often worse than useless.

Dec 1 2014

The ‘Center’ Always Holds

After midterm losses, media--of courses--advice Dems to move right

Joni Ernst, 2014 midterm elections

With the Democrats suffering substantial losses in the 2014 midterm elections, pundits and political journalists offered the same advice as always: Move to the right.

Feb 5 2014

Extra! February 2014

Extra! cover, February 2014

SoundBites Abortion Restrictions Soar, Media Coverage Sags National papers underreport shifting landscape by Julie Hollar COUNTERSPIN INTERVIEW Public Sector Workers Are ‘the Easiest Kid to Pick On’ Dean Baker on Detroit bankruptcy Fallujah Slaughter Rewritten as Sacrifice Power vacuum—or memory hole? by Peter Hart Muzzling Critics—or Building Media Democracy? Ecuador media law riles US journalists by Peter Hart FAIR STUDY Names in the News—or Not People, places and issues on cable news in 2013 by Melanie Nakashian and Jim Naureckas

Jan 2 2014

Extra! January 2014

Race Lens Rob Ford’s Crack Faux Pas Media fascination with white Toronto mayor’s drug of choice by Josmar Trujillo CNN’s Pro-Nuclear Bias Cheerleading documentary followed by more stacked commentary by Steve Rendall and Peter Hart Trying to Slay Goliath Media campaign against book critical of Israel by Alex Kane Media Whitewash US Role in Congo Getting credit for promoting peace without blame for fueling war by Steve Rendall Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 Remembering—or not—a revolutionary by Peter Hart and Jim Naureckas

Jan 1 2014

Nelson Mandela, 1918–2013

Remembering—or not—a revolutionary

nelson-mandela

Watching the corporate media tributes to former South African leader Nelson Mandela, you had to assume that certain aspects of Mandela’s life would be forgotten or downplayed.

Dec 1 2013

Why Media Should Play ‘Blame Game’

Responsibility for shutdown is a crucial journalistic question

PBS's Judy Woodruff referred to "the president's healthcare law" - as if the ACA hadn't been passed by both houses of Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court.

Media like to dismiss the partisan “blame game,” but accurately placing blame can be a crucial journalistic function. After all, nothing promotes political irresponsibility more than the knowledge that whatever you do, media will blame both sides equally.

Oct 1 2013

On Syria, Another Shortage of Skepticism

A second secretary of State's claims go unchallenged

John Kerry presenting his speech

In the days after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, media coverage was on a familiar war footing. Television screen graphics diagrammed likely attack scenarios, and the question was when, not if, the United States would attack. “Tonight the clock is ticking on US military action in Syria,” ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer (8/27/13) told viewers. “The White House says a decision is near and US warships are in position.” On NBC Nightly News (8/28/13), Andrea Mitchell announced: “The warships are ready. The targets are chosen, limited cruise missile strikes against airfields, artillery, and […]

Oct 1 2012

Guide to Election Coverage 2012

Tropes, tricks and tics of campaign journalism

Every four years, U.S. media spend untold time and energy covering the presidential campaign. And every election cycle there are certain media themes that keep coming back. Extra! has compiled a guide to the most popular recurring tropes, as well as some new additions to keep an eye on in 2012. Candidate Caricatures In 2008, journalists gave us McCain the maverick vs. Obama the snob (Extra!, 5–6/08, 7–8/08): easily digestible caricatures that the candidates’ every action could be forced into. It didn’t matter that McCain toed the party line more than your average Republican, or that Obama’s middle-class, community activist […]