Feb
03
2014

Obama's Keystone Moment: Will He Finally Be Nice to Republicans?

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NBC news personalities Chuck Todd and David Gregory wondered if Obama would seize the Keystone XL decision as an important historical moment. Not to take a stand against climate change and the burning of untapped fossil fuels–but to do something Republicans might like.

Jan
29
2014

The State of AP's Factchecking Is Sad–as Usual

AP's Calvin Woodward

Why does AP still let Calvin Woodward "factcheck" political speeches? Does no one at the news service know what actual factchecking looks like? (If you're coming in late, see FAIR Blog, 10/30/08, 2/25/09, 4/30/09, 1/28/10, 8/31/12.) Woodward's latest venture (1/29/14) into the factcheck genre, following President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech,¬† produced¬† yet more illustrations of what not to do when gauging the accuracy of political speech. Take this item: OBAMA: "We'll need Congress to protect more than 3 million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer. But I will act on my own to slash […]

Jan
28
2014

AP Distorts Poll to Support Obama's Inequality Dodge

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It's hard to remember a better time for politicians to talk about the issue of income inequality. But according to the Associated Press (1/24/14), Barack Obama's State of the Union address will attempt to shift away that issue–too divisive, apparently–and opt instead for some discussion of economic opportunity. As Jim Kuhnhenn writes: The adjustment reflects an awareness that Obama's earlier language put him at risk of being perceived as divisive and exposed him to criticism that his rhetoric was exploiting the gap between haves and have-nots. He also noted:¬† Obama's December speech was well received by Democrats and liberals, but […]

Jan
21
2014

Bill O'Reilly Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

O'Reilly: Blacks should work harder

Bill O'Reilly's message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was that blacks "have a much tougher time succeeding in the marketplace" because they don't "study and work hard."

Jan
21
2014

Erasing Obama's Record on the Afghan War

US Soldier, Afghanistan (cc photo: US Army/ Michael Casteel)

In focusing on how Obama might end the Afghan War–which hasn't ended, of course–media accounts omit the fact that Obama massively increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan

Jan
07
2014

Fox Regular Calls for Assassinating Obama

Michael Scheuer

Unfortunately, advocating and fantasizing about the murder of perceived enemies of the Fox worldview is a line that has been crossed all too commonly in Murdoch-owned media outlets.

Nov
25
2013

NYT Miscounts Obama's Afghan Troops Numbers

US special forces in Afghanistan (cc photo: US Navy/Clayton Weis)

Most people know that Obama did not take office in 2010. So why offer that as the starting point in an analysis of how Obama is "bring[ing] the troops home" from Afghanistan?

Nov
18
2013

Doubling Down: Healthcare Site Isn't Obama's Katrina–It's His Iraq War

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No, the website problems with the Affordable Care Act aren't like Hurricane Katrina. They're more like the Iraq War.

Nov
15
2013

Obama's Deadly Website Compared to Katrina

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To some people, a new law that is running into technical problems with a poorly designed website is not really the same as a massive disaster in one of America's iconic cities that killed almost 2,000 people.

Nov
04
2013

David Gregory's Curious History of the Tea Party

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To suggest that the Tea Party exists to express dissatisfaction with both major parties and the national security state, and that Obama's presidency just so happened to coincide with the rise of this movement, stretches even the most active imagination.

Oct
15
2013

Drones, the Media and Malala's Message

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Corporate media were very interested in Malala Yousafzai's message about standing up to the Taliban. But her comments about US drone strikes? Not so newsworthy.

Oct
11
2013

To NPR, TPP Is a Poker Game With a Pot Full of Jobs

Poker game (cc photo: Viri G)

Far from a free pot of good jobs, critics of the TPP have repeatedly argued that the deal involves restricting powers of domestic governments on things like food safety and environmental standards, while incentivizing the offshoring of jobs.

Oct
03
2013

Shutdown: Media SHOULD Play the Blame Game

Lincoln Memorial shut down. (cc photo: Rich Renomeron)

Media like to dismiss the partisan "blame game," but in cases like this placing blame is something that journalism ought to do.