Aug
25
2014

Give Killer Cops a Break, Says NYT

Police administer a lethal chokehold to Eric Garner.

The message from the NY Times: Police officers who shoot unarmed civilians need to be be given the benefit of the doubt.

Aug
18
2014

Action Alert: NYT Skips First Big Test of New Torture Policy

Afghan torture witness (CBS)

FAIR's new Action Alert (8/18/14) calls out the New York Times for not covering a major Amnesty International report on US torture–shortly after the paper announced a new policy of calling torture by its right name. If you send a message to the Times, please leave a copy in the comments thread to this post. UPDATE: New York Times¬†Responds on Torture (8/21/14)

Aug
13
2014

NPR Presents CIA-Backed Group as Independent Expert on Snowden's 'Harm'

Dina Temple-Raston

Greenwald called the NPR report "a pure and indisputable case of journalistic malpractice and deceit." It's hard to say he doesn't have a point.

Jul
22
2014

Are People Who Shoot Down Passenger Planes 'War Criminals'–or 'Hard to Fault'?

Downed Malaysian airlines (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)

If you're going to shoot down a civilian jetliner–from the New York Times' point of view–it helps to be working for the US Navy when you do it.

Jul
21
2014

Times Are Good–for Investment Bankers, Anyway

Coal Exports and Imports

If you're part of the majority that's still hurting after six years of "recovery," thinking that the US is on the wrong track isn't pessimism–it's realism.

Jul
15
2014

Everything You Don't Need to Know About Israel/Gaza

You don't need to know which of these territories are occupied by Israel, so ABC won't tell you.

ABC News put a piece on its website headlined "Everything You Need to Know About the Israel/Gaza Conflict." What's interesting about it is all the things they think you don't need to know.

Jun
27
2014

Toothpaste Terrorism? Been There, Done That

ABC News report on toothpaste bombs

Far from being a "new generation," the toothpaste tube bomb has been around for almost four decades.

Jun
24
2014

Gas Prices 'Skyrocketing'? You'd Better Duck

Fireworks at Disney World (Jeff Krause)

You're not supposed to talk about oil and Iraq–but corporate media can't stop talking about oil and Iraq.

Jun
17
2014

Famous War Correspondent Explains Why He's Still Wrong on Iraq

John Burns interviewed on CNN

Perhaps one of the millions of people who anticipated that the Iraq War would be costly and deadly would have been "the best person to ask" about the current crisis in Iraq.

Jun
13
2014

Plagiarism: Why It Matters

Chris Hedges

One reaction I've seen to the accusations of plagiarism against Chris Hedges is, basically: Who cares? It's true there are greater journalistic crimes than plagiarism. When a reporter fabricates stories, or passes along government lies as truth, people can get killed. Plagiarism has never started a war, as far as I can tell. But that doesn't mean that it's not a serious matter, at least for the journalistic community. It's a matter of workplace theft. Imagine that you wait tables in a restaurant, and one of your co-workers turns out to have a habit of picking up other people's tips […]

May
29
2014

Action Alert: Ann Coulter as CNN's Climate Change Expert

FAIR's latest Action Alert (5/28/14) urges media activists to call out CNN for basing a climate change report around one guest: right-wing climate change denier Ann Coulter.  If you write to CNN, please share a copy of your message in the comments below.

May
16
2014

Object to a War Criminal at Your Graduation? You Must Be a 'Bigot'

Timothy Egan

New York Times columnist Tim Egan rages against college students who dare to have moral objections to the speakers their administrations chose to garnish their graduations with.

May
14
2014

Will NYT's New Editor Stand Up for Investigative Journalism?

Dean Baquet (photo: New York Times)

The New York Times announced that Jill Abramson, who has the top editorial job there of executive editor, is being replaced by current managing editor Dean Baquet. Whether Baquet will be good for investigative reporting at the Times remains to be seen.