The documentary Nuclear Savage details the United States' use of Marshall Islanders as guinea pigs in a Cold War-era study of the effects of radiation on human subjects. The film portrays the Pacific Islands as a "paradise lost," brought about by the nearly 70 U.S. nuclear weapons testing detonations that began there in 1946. Much of the information contained in the film is already a matter of public knowledge (albeit on the fringes of our collective consciousness). What makes Nuclear Savage noteworthy is its in-depth analysis of formerly confidential government documents—documents providing evidence that the US actually intended to use […]
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When will PBS air exposé on deadly Pacific bomb tests?
Why ask why, say their enablers in financial press
The man in charge of a bank that engaged in massive mortgage fraud chatted with a corporate media host (CNBC Squawk on the Street, 7/12/13) about the fact that virtually none of those who enriched themselves while eviscerating the life savings of many blameless people, derailing the US economy along the way, have faced criminal prosecution: Jim Cramer: Shouldn't they have indicted somebody who actually did bad things in banking? JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon: I think if someone did something wrong, they should go to jail. Cramer: Well, who did? Who went to jail? Dimon: One of the great […]
TV news seldom connects extreme weather and global warming
Television news thrives on drama. Stories that can blend danger and dramatic footage are much more likely to be considered “newsworthy.” So it’s no surprise that extreme weather plays a major role in the network evening news broadcasts. “As we come on the air this Friday night, millions of people are trying to drive home on sheets of ice,” ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer (2/22/13) announced at the beginning of one broadcast. But for the TV networks, weather events are most often discussed in isolation: A new FAIR study shows that even when covering weather events that scientists suggest […]
Reporting needed on present-day impacts of global warming
Answers petitions, critics, with more slanted commentary
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.
Family tie to Israeli PR poses major conflict of interest
The Washington Post may be violating its own conflict of interest rules by hiring a Jerusalem correspondent whose spouse works for an Israeli government-linked public relations firm. As the website Electronic Intifada (9/18/13) pointed out, correspondent Ruth Eglash's husband, Michael Eglash, is a founding partner of the pro-Israel advocacy group Upstart Activist and is the president of its affiliated PR consulting firm, Upstart Ideas. EI reports that Upstart Ideas has been "deeply involved in efforts to promote Israel and Israeli government policy for years," adding that pro-Israeli propaganda is now Upstart's "main business." A 2010 Jerusalem Post profile ("Zionist Start […]
Without a dramatic storyline, little national attention
While discussing abortion legislation on NBC’s Meet the Press (7/14/13), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nevada) told host David Gregory: “I think we should deal with the problems that affect this country. We need to do something to help the American working class and stop worrying about fringe issues.” A notable lack of media coverage on recent abortion legislation indicates that Reid’s not the only one who thinks of abortion as a fringe issue. National anti-choice organizations have amped up their state-by-state campaign to chip away at abortion rights; as of July 1, 17 states had introduced bills that put […]
H. Ross Perot's drive for the presidency has, up until press time, largely been given a free ride by the mainstream media. Uncritical interviews on Larry King Live (3/16/92) and 60 Minutes (3/29/92) have resulted in multitudes of volunteers joining the Texas billionaire's effort. An informal survey, using the Nexis computer database, of more than 175 recent stories on Perot in major daily newspapers turned up two that examined his record in critical depth (Christian Science Monitor, 4/7/92; Newsday, 4/12/92). Few independent or third-party candidates in history have ever received such a media boost. The New York Times (4/13/92) reported […]