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.
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A contemporary New York Times article on the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans “emphasized the adventurous nature” of putting innocent people in camps based on their ethnicity.
By accepting Ted Cruz’s characterization of McCain and Romney as moderates who lost because of their moderation, media endorse his argument that the Republican Party’s path to success takes a sharp right turn.
Articles Available Only to Subscribers: SoundBites Race Lens #FTP Film Tha Police Communities of color use media to protect themselves by Josmar Trujillo CounterSpin Interview ‘The Black Voice is in Jeopardy’ Malkia Cyril on Ferguson Both Sides Now Plans to ease poverty don’t have to work–so long as they’re bipartisan by Neil deMause NYT Fails First Test of New Torture Policy Paper says it will call it what it is–when it reports on it all by Peter Hart Official Sources May be the Only Sources Risen case tests reporters’ power to reveal government wrongdoing by Lauren McCauley To […]
White, male guests dominate across CNN, Fox, MSNBC
A new FAIR study reveals that when it comes to primetime cable news debates, it’s a white man’s world. Surveying six primetime programs on CNN,Fox News and MSNBC, the study finds that 84 percent of the 1,015 guests appearing in interview or discussion segments in a five-week period were white, while 72 percent were men. The least ethnically diverse show was, surprisingly enough, on the liberal-leaning MSNBC. On the Rachel Maddow Show–which also featured the fewest number of interview guests–94 percent of the sources were white. Fox‘s O’Reilly Factor was close behind, with a 90 percent white guest list. The most frequent guests on the programs are other […]
Articles Available Only to Subscribers: SoundBites Who Gets to Speak on Cable News The identity of the whitest, malest show we found may surprise you by Peter Hart Spinning Away Israel ‘Gaffes’ Damage control for Christie and Kerry’s inadvertent honesty by Alex Kane White, White Don’t Tell Me NPR’s bumbling attempts at diversity by Josmar Trujillo Study Confirms Our Wealth-Controlled Politics News suppressed by our wealth-controlled media by Steve Rendall and Janine Jackson It Will be Facebook’s Virtual World Will we just live–and work– in it? by J.F. Sargent
Articles Available Only to Subscribers: SoundBites Letters Gender Focus Why Muslim Feminists Aren’t Celebrating Hirsi Ali Islamophobia is not a defense of women’s rights by Rania Khalek Schools ‘Failing’—but for Which Students? Missing the issue of charters’ selective enrollment by Molly Knefel Capital Punishment A book that takes on inequality rallies friends of the 1 Percent by Peter Hart Cover Story Advertising, Death Anxiety and Speculative Black Holes Media’s obsession with the missing Malaysian plane by Yosef Brody