Search Results for: Jim Naureckas, FAIR Blog

Aug 25 2015

NYT: Not Believing in Climate Change Is Like Believing in Food Shortages

Children being fed in Kenya (cc photo: FMSC)

Is not believing in climate change today really like believing that unchecked population growth would lead to food shortages? Contrary to the New York Times’ David Leonhardt, global food shortages are a serious problem.

Aug 02 2015

At NY Observer, Trump’s Too Close to Cover–but Promoting Publisher’s Real Estate Is No Problem

NYPD surveillance tower in Tompins Square (photo: @urbanmyths)

The weekly New York Observer grapples with the ethical dilemma posed by the fact that its owner and publisher is married to the daughter of Donald Trump. But the paper does not seem to have much concern about conflict of interest when it comes to the publisher’s real estate investments.

Jul 22 2015

1. Whisper to NYT 2. Demand Anonymity 3. Truth!

Operational Security: Spies vs. Jihadis (Intercept)

Glenn Greenwald traces the transmission of a demonstrably false claim from nameless “intelligence and military officials” to a front-page piece in the New York Times to other journalists gleefully retweeting and reprinting the false claim as fact.

Jul 21 2015

Mental Illness Doesn’t Explain Mass Violence–but Neither Does ‘Islamic Extremism’

Anderson Cooper asks Gary Tuchman about Chattanooga violence

It’s true, as CNN’s Anderson Cooper says, that most depressed people, and people with mental illness in general, will never hurt anyone. But it’s just as true that religious beliefs–“extremist” or otherwise–don’t “lead most people to kill other people.”

Jun 27 2015

ACTION ALERT: NPR Celebrates Fast-Track Victory With an All-Corporate Lobbyist Segment

Anti-fast track protest (photo: Public Citizen)

Three corporate lobbyists were all the voices National Public Radio chose to air on the victory of fast-track–ignoring the literally thousands of labor, environmental and other public interest groups that strenuously opposed giving Obama special authority to negotiate trade deals.

Jun 24 2015

Charleston Massacre Media Coverage: Recognizing the Crime, Downplaying the Causes

Philadelphia Daily News on Dylann Roof: 'Terrorist!'

In lieu of pointing out the role of the US right wing and the conservative media in radicalizing Roof, corporate media preferred to pathologize him as a distraught young man, a mere product of a troubled childhood.

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.

Jun 22 2015

WaPo: Don’t Say ‘Terrorist’ About ‘White People Like Ourselves’

Dylann Roof appearing in court

Generally, news outlets don’t explain why they aren’t calling Roof a terrorist suspect–they just rarely use the word. But the Washington Post’s Philip Bump gave it a shot in a piece headlined “Why We Shouldn’t Call Dylann Roof a Terrorist.”