Dec
12
2014

Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides With Torture Deniers

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National Public Radio, following the lead of the Washington Post, tries to avoid applying the word "torture" in its own voice when covering US torture.

Dec
11
2014

Investigative Reporting = Working With Ad Partners to Monetize the Audience

Cincinnati Enquirer's Carolyn Washburn

Many would think there was something wrong with an investigative reporter who consults directly with an advertiser to think of ways for them to profit from the news. But, here we are.

Dec
10
2014

ABC Makes US the Victim in CIA Torture Report Story

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The Senate report revealed shocking, even sickening treatment of the CIA's captives. But ABC's focus wasn't on the US government abuses detailed in the report, but "the fear that its release could threaten American lives."

Dec
09
2014

Washington Post Does Not Call It Torture When We Torture

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The Washington Post doesn't call torture by its name because that would be 'contentious.'

Dec
08
2014

And Now, to Discuss Police Killings: Rush Limbaugh?

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"Rush Limbaugh talks race relations." You know, that Rush Limbaugh–the guy who once quipped, "Have you ever noticed how all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"

Dec
08
2014

Torture Enablers Spin Unreleased Senate Report

President George W Bush visits CIA Headquarters, March 20, 2001.

The Senate's report on CIA torture will be released in a matter of days, so why the need to give defenders of torture a platform to excuse themselves in advance?

Dec
08
2014

Wrong-on-Iraq Pundit Gives Lessons in Media Accountability

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There are reporters at outlets like the Washington Post who raised real questions about Rolling Stone's story about rape at the University of Virginia. And then are also those like National Review editor Rich Lowry,

Dec
07
2014

Reporting the News Like Black Lives Don't Matter

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"Black lives matter" is the rallying cry of the burgeoning movement against police killings. The Associated Press, covering that movement, has produced a perfect example of what journalism looks like when black lives don't matter.

Dec
05
2014

FAIR TV: Fox News & Ferguson, Cop Euphemisms and Disney 'News'

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On Fox News Channel, the real "bad guy" in Ferguson was the victim Michael Brown. The New York Times softens language around police violence. And a commercial for a new movie is "news"–on the movie studio's TV network.

Dec
05
2014

Chris Christie, Keystone and Canada

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A story in the New York Times about the Keystone pipeline isn't really about the Keystone pipeline.

Dec
04
2014

In NYT's Retelling of Eric Garner's Death, the Officer's Arm Has a Mind of Its Own

Daniel Pantaleo chokes Eric Garner to death.

If only police officer Daniel Pantaleo had been able to somehow control his own arm, Eric Garner would not have died.

Dec
03
2014

An 'Entertaining' Lesson on How Cops Can 'Win the Media' After They Kill

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The St. Louis Police Academy held a special class for "upper-echelon law enforcement professionals" on how to "WIN WITH THE MEDIA" after an "officer-involved shooting."

Dec
03
2014

Columnist Often Called 'Racist' Doesn't Think Police Activists Should Use That Word

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Perhaps Cohen is sensitive to people being called racist because he's been called a racist by many observers–and not without good reason.