Sep
19
2013

New York Times Israel Correction Needs a Correction

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A New York Times correction calls the Israeli settlement of Gilo a "development in Jerusalem." That could use a correction.

Sep
19
2013

Where Is the Discussion of Syria and International Law?

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If international law is so important in evaluating Syria's actions, then shouldn't it be equally important in evaluating the proposed US response?

Sep
18
2013

Inform the Public? Not My Job, Says Chuck Todd

NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd's declaration that it's not his job to inform viewers when politicians spread misinformation was noted by several progressive blogs today, including Talking Points Memo. Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe today (9/18/13), Todd responded to Ed Rendell's claim that Obamacare opponents are full of misinformation about the program by explaining that this was because Republicans¬† "have successfully messaged against it." But wasn't journalism's job to expose misinformation? No, Todd insisted; if the public was misinformed about the Affordable Care Act, it was the president's fault for not pushing back: What I always love is people […]

Sep
18
2013

The Price of Twitter Is Based on the Cost of You

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On the verge of an IPO, Twitter is estimated to have a market value of $15-16 billion. What does that mean for our society?

Sep
18
2013

Should Poor People Eat? Let's Hear From Both Sides!

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OK, so maybe this headline is slightly unfair, but it seemed like a good way to capture the essence of a USA Today story (9/18/13) about the fight over food stamps. As you may already know, House Republicans are looking to cut some $40 billion from the SNAP program, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next 10 years. ¬† It's not unusual for politicians to disagree; one would hope that journalism might intervene on the side of the facts. But here's how USA Today's Paul Singer presented the issue:¬† The cost of the federal food stamp program has exploded […]

Sep
17
2013

CNN's Left: Doing Syria Analysis or White House PR?

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When Stephanie Cutter on CNN's Crossfire talks about Syria–or anything else, for that matter–is she there to represent the left, or her White House-connected PR company?

Sep
17
2013

UN Report Provides Information, Not 'Intelligence'

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The contrast between the two reports is striking: While Kerry's report avoided providing specific details to back up its claims–"in order to protect sources and methods," Kerry said–the UN report strove for maximum transparency.

Sep
17
2013

NPR's New Boss: Financial Industry Lobbyist, GOP Donor, Right-Wing Think Tank Booster

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On September 13, NPR named a new acting president and CEO: board member Paul G. Haaga. The NPR press release states that Haaga's "accomplished career" included a stint as "chairman of the Investment Company Institute"–the powerful lobbying group of the mutual fund industry.

Sep
16
2013

Who's Getting the Tax Breaks? You Are, Says USA Today

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The front page of USA Today touts an article intended to send what it supposed to be a counter-intuitive message: The big corporations aren't the ones gaming the system–it's YOU.

Sep
13
2013

FAIR TV: Striking Syria, War on Your 401K, 'Redskins' on the Radio

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This week: War on Syria has been called off, at least for now, and that seemed to bother a lot of pundits. ABC looked at how the war would have affected your 401(k), assuming you have one. And a radio station rejects an ad criticizing the "Washington Redskins" for using an ethnic slur as a team name–maybe because the station is owned by the same guy who owns the team. Watch:

Sep
13
2013

From Time to State PR: A Big Jump?

The latest media-politics revolving door news is that Time managing editor Richard Stengel is leaving the magazine and heading over to the State Department to be the new undersecretary of State for public diplomacy and public affairs. That's PR–or maybe propaganda, if you prefer that term.

Sep
11
2013

USA Today Covers NYC Elections–Unfortunately

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USA Today tries to explain what the Democratic primary elections in New York City, using some of corporate media's favorite electoral tropes: mandating a move to the right, misleading on stop-and-frisk, and finding "ambivalence" when voters line up on the wrong side.

Sep
10
2013

Barrett Brown Can't Talk About Why the Government Wants to Jail Him for a Century

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In the US government's campaign against journalists, Barret Brown is one of the lesser-known victims. And now even less will be forthcoming about his story, as the Texas-based writer, satirist and Internet activist is under a federal court gag order, forbidden to talk about his case.