Nov
11
2014

Never Too Late to Tell Old Iraq Lies

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Perhaps it is fitting that George W. Bush would say, "When you say something as president, you better mean it"–and then say something so demonstrably false.

Nov
07
2014

FAIR TV: Joni Ernst, Midterm Money and CNN's Climate Change 'Debate'

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ABC World News hardly covered the midterm elections–but when they did, it looked more like an ad for a Republican candidate. Plus we look at an example of campaign coverage done right, and a curious climate change segment on CNN.

Nov
07
2014

On Iran Policy, America Is Not 'the World'

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When reporters talk about what "the world" thinks about Iran, they really just mean the United States.

Nov
07
2014

Covering Climate Crisis, Fox News Style

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Even when it's barely covering the issue of climate change, Fox News reporters know that they're supposed to include what climate change deniers have to say.

Nov
04
2014

ABC Campaign Coverage–or GOP Campaign Commercial?

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For a news story that promises to be about a conservative candidate's TV commercial, ABC sure delivered.

Nov
03
2014

CNN Host: Climate Change Is Undeniable, So Here's a Denier

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A CNN host explains that debating climate change is a bad thing. What came next? A debate over climate change.

Nov
03
2014

Young People Going Republican? Not So Fast

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A new poll out of Harvard's Institute of Politics is getting a lot of attention, probably because it appears to send a surprising message: Young voters are moving towards the GOP. But some caution is in order.

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
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

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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

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.