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
07
2014

Reporting the News Like Black Lives Don't Matter

Protester faces NYPD in Times Square (photo: AP)

"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
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.

Nov
26
2014

On Israel/Palestine, NYT's Public Editor Seems Reluctant to Heed Own Advice

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One of New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan's recommendations to her paper for improving its coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is "Stop straining for symmetry." It's advice she seems reluctant to take herself.

Nov
19
2014

PBS to Treasury Official: 'Why Can't You Just Bomb Them?'

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It seems it's hard to talk to an elite media host for very long before they start fantasizing about blowing things up.

Nov
18
2014

A 'Child' Is Missing–From a New York Times Headline

Boy in Jabalya refugee camp, Gaza. (cc photo: Giles)

Did New York Times editors leave out of a headline the fact that it was a child who had been shot because they didn't want readers to get too upset about Israel doing the shooting?

Nov
17
2014

No, NPR Did Not Ask Cosby About Rape Accusations

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NPR's Scott Simon didn't ask Bill Cosby about the sexual assault allegations made against him by numerous women. There was no "rape question."

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
27
2014

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

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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
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.

Oct
03
2014

Privacy and Social Media: It's Complicated

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People sometimes talk about privacy like it's a single thing that people want more or less of, when it's really a number of different things that people put different values on.

Sep
25
2014

Jeff Bezos Takes WaPo's Advice, Rips Off WaPo Workers

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Where could Jeff Bezos have gotten the idea that it was OK to take away large sums of money that you promised people for their retirement after years of service? Well, maybe he reads the paper he just bought.