Oct
31
2014

FAIR TV: #TimeFail, Dodgy Climate Change Rhetoric and the Non-Voting Public

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This week: Time slams public school teachers; what did their "bad apples" cover story get wrong? Plus we look at how ABC is framing the climate change debate among Republican politicians, and we note that election season pundits shouldn't confuse the message they're hearing from a minority of the population that votes with "the public."

Oct
31
2014

USA Today: Still Not Too Late to Attack Gary Webb

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The chatter around Kill the Messenger, the film based on the life of investigative reporter Gary Webb, has mostly faded. But this week USA Today ran a column that mangled the basic facts of Webb's reporting.

Oct
30
2014

Media Cry Foul When Democrats Talk About Race

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The front page of the New York Times dwells on how Democrats are playing on "racial fears" in campaign advertising. But are the ads actually unfair–or do they simply talk about issues the corporate media would rather not discuss?

Oct
28
2014

Nonvoters Are People Too

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When pundits talk about what 'the public' thinks in an election season, remember that they're not really talking about the whole public.

Oct
28
2014

The Washington Post's Putinology

Vladimir Putin (cc photo: WEF/Sebastian Derungs)

The Russian president delivered a conspiratorial, factually challenged rant against the United States, according to the Washington Post. So why can't they point to any evidence?

Oct
27
2014

NYT Tried to Sell 'Pro-Growth' Candidate, but Brazilians Weren't Buying

Aecio Neves (photo: Felipe Dana/AP )

The New York Times' James Stewart made clear which side we should be rooting for in the Brazilian presidential elections: the side that lost.

Oct
27
2014

ABC's 'Middle Ground' on Climate Change: Who Knows?

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A more evasive kind of climate change denial isn't really a "middle ground."

Oct
24
2014

FAIR TV: Ebola & Washington 'Dysfunction,' Rand Paul's Record and Silencing Mumia

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On this week's episode: Pundits say now would be a great time to have a surgeon general–but that hasn't happened, thanks to "Washington dysfunction." Is that really what's happening here? Plus Time magazine promotes Rand Paul, and says his critics–like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow–are unfairly tarnishing his record. And we'll take a look at the new law in Pennsylvania that attempts to silence prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal. It's a blatant assault on the First Amendment. So where's the press? Watch:

Oct
24
2014

The Big Problem With Time's Teacher-Bashing Cover Story

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Time's teacher-bashing cover story buries the lead–and somehow neglected to talk to any teachers.

Oct
23
2014

Chuck Todd, Militarism and Media Diversity

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Chuck Todd wants to make Meet the Press more diverse–but he doesn't appear willing to try all that hard.

Oct
22
2014

A New Way to Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal

Democracy Now! covers an attack on free speech. Where is the rest of the media?

The state of Pennsylvania wants to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal–and just past a blatantly unconstitutional new law that is an attack on press freedom. Where's the media outrage?

Oct
21
2014

A 'Worthless and Whiny' Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero

Robert Parry

The Washington Post was one of the major newspapers to attack Gary Webb for his revelations about the CIA-backed Contras and the crack epidemic. It's 2014, and they're still at it.

Oct
21
2014

How to Drive a Colleague to His Grave and Sleep Easy at Night

Top Contra leader Adolfo Calero (center) meeting with supporters, including Norwin Meneses, known as the "King of Drugs."

Ryan Grim's new book sheds new light on the establishment media's 1996 effort to discredit Gary Webb's Contra crack revelations by talking to some of the key players. They sleep very well, they want you to know.