Apr
01
2015

Media Inflate Threat With ‘ISIS Plots’ That Don’t Actually Involve ISIS

Daily News: 'ISIS in B'klyn'

The specter of ISIS constantly trying to enlist dozens of Americans, often for attacks on US soil, is a crucial element in maintaining the current war effort. The media inability to point out that these “plots” are almost always entirely of the FBI’s making helps perpetuate the illusion and inflate perceived risk.

Mar
11
2015

CNN on the Frontiers of the Commercialization of News

Fry, Leela and Bender from Futurama

“CNN Tests New Ways to Mix Ads With News,” a Variety headline declared, over a story about how the cable news channel has “gotten over itself” and has “looked for more ways to weave ad messages into programming.”

Feb
23
2015

Politico Helps O’Reilly Get Away With Falklands Fabrications

Bill O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Factor (photo: Slaven Vlasix/Getty Images)

Politico media reporter Dylan Byers explores the supposedly mysterious question of why Fox News executives let their most lucrative on-air personality get away with blatantly misrepresenting his journalistic history.

Feb
21
2015

Bill O’Reilly Lies–but Some Lies Matter More Than Others

O'Reilly: "The Crusades? I was there."

When Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly said that NBC’s Brian Williams “had to go” because he manufactured stories about dangers he faced in his reporting career, it should come as no surprise to find out that O’Reilly can be found doing the exact same thing.

Feb
12
2015

CNN Peddles Propaganda About ‘Completely Mad’ Putin

Vladimir Putin

CNN asks, “Has Russian President Vladimir Putin gone completely mad?” Here’s a better question: Does CNN care whether it’s viewed as an outlet for crude anti-Russian propaganda?

Feb
11
2015

Chris Matthews Calls for ‘Rambo Kind of Stuff’ as Response to Real-World Violence

Rambo

Chris Matthews doesn’t know how to solve the ISIS problem. But he knows who does–and he’s a fictional character played by Sylvester Stallone.

Jan
23
2015

Muslim-Bashing Not a No-Go Zone for Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal (cc photo: Derek Bridges)

As Arsalan Iftikhar suggested, Bobby Jindal does devote considerable effort to criticizing minority groups who have done less to fit the the American majority image. This strategy was on full display in Jindal’s softball interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto.

Jan
22
2015

Obama as Robin Hood? Sherwood Be Nice

Obama as Robin Hood (Indianapolis Star)

So what’s wrong with comparing Barack Obama to Robin Hood? Well, aside from implying that taxation is a form of “stealing”–and aside from the fact that it’s a popular theme in racist caricatures of Obama–it gives the president too much credit.

Jan
21
2015

Progressive Policies Are Popular–So Why Should Democrats Be Afraid of Them?

Wolf Blitzer & Jake Tapper

in his State of the Union analysis, Wolf Blitzer suggests advocating progressive economic policies could “hurt Democrats”–even though polls show widespread support for such measures, including, in many cases, from Republican voters.

Jan
20
2015

What Corporate Media Don’t Want You to Know About Joni Ernst

ABC News invites you to meet Joni Ernst--but don't ask too many questions.

You really don’t learn too much else about Joni Ernst, picked to rebut the State of the Union address, from media profiles, Nor do you get the impression that corporate media think you need to know much.

Jan
15
2015

The Only ‘No-Go Zones’ Are Found in Fox News’ Fantasyland

Roubaix, France (cc photo: Kathryn Burrington)

Steve Emerson was far from alone on Fox News in advancing a xenophobic fantasy of European urban areas lost to Western civilization.

Jan
12
2015

For Fox News’ Steve Emerson, Factchecking Seems to Be a No-Go Zone

Centenary Square, Birmingham (cc photo: Pete Ashton)

Fox News “expert” Steve Emerson retracted his claim that non-Muslims can’t enter Britain’s second-largest city. But he has a long history of making equally inaccurate claims.

Jan
09
2015

How Did TV News Talk About Torture in Coverage of the Torture Report?

CIA's secret prisons

A new FAIR study (Media Advisory, 1/7/15) finds that torture supporters outnumbered critics of torture nearly 2-to-1 in TV news coverage of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture. While those who authorized and carried out torture were well-represented, like George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and several CIA officials, victims of torture were entirely missing and their advocates barely heard from. But beyond who got a chance to speak, how were these discussions conducted and what was said? Human Rights Take a Back Seat to Partisan Bickering In analyzing the transcripts of these shows, the most glaring […]