Nov
13
2014

Fareed Zakaria Wants a Better Public

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Zakaria has a different standard for ignorant citizens and ignorant politicians–not to mention ignorant media pundits.

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
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.

Oct
17
2014

'Clipboard Man' Shows Media Figures Didn't Get the Memo About Ebola Transmission

Nurse Amber Vinson being evacuated from Texas to be treated for Ebola. (REUTERS/NBC5-KXAS)

The story of "Clipboard Man" created a panicky sensation on Wednesday, and shined a light on the media's failure to inform us about the danger Ebola actually poses to the average American.

Sep
23
2014

Reluctant Warrior Bombs Yet Another Country

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Can a president who has launched military strikes on seven countries really be called a 'reluctant warrior?'

Sep
04
2014

'Debating' War, Corporate Media Style

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Discussions of what the Obama White House should do in Iraq and Syria are dominated by hawks, military officials and former national security insiders.

Aug
19
2014

CNN Attempts Actual Journalism–But Reverts to Embedded Reporting

CNN's Jake Tapper in Ferguson, Missouri

Watching coverage of the unrest in Ferguson on CNN last night (8/18/14), I was struck at the actual journalism I was treated to by CNN's Jake Tapper. It's not every day corporate media is awestruck by the heavy-handedness of a militarized attack on civilians on US soil. But such was the case for Tapper, who was nearly hit by a tear gas canister fired by police. Things escalated to the point where Tapper began to legitimately question the police's actions. His assertion that the over-the-top show of force by Ferguson police " doesn't make any sense" was a reasonable assessment  […]

Aug
12
2014

If Only Obama Had Bombed More, and Sooner

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More US bombing is a message corporate media are eager to amplify.

Jul
29
2014

Media Hype and Gaza's 'Terror' Tunnels

Palestinian deaths, military and civilian (Intercept)

CNN and NY Times hype Israeli claims about Hamas tunnels–and omit some important facts.

Jul
28
2014

Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel (photo: Times of Israel)

Journalism about the current violence is bound to focus on the death and destruction in Gaza. But there remains ample space to ask whether the war was launched to punish Hamas for something it had nothing to do with.

Jul
10
2014

When Does the 'Cycle of Violence' Start?

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Coverage of the violence between Israel and Palestine often reduces the conflict to a "cycle of violence" that periodically flares up (FAIR Action Alert, 6/30/06; FAIR Blog, 12/19/08). The same is true now, with corporate media embracing the narrative that Israel’s attacks against Palestine are "retaliations," implying that it is solely the fault of Palestinians for provoking and initiating the deadly attacks on Gaza (FAIR Blog, 7/2/14). But determining when such a "cycle" begins is a political act. The current conflict is usually traced back to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank (CNN, 7/7/14). […]

Jun
20
2014

Iraq and Your Gas Tank

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When it comes to US foreign policy and warmaking in the Middle East, you're not supposed to talk about oil. But the network newscasts went out of their way to let you know that Iraq was making your next trip to the gas station more expensive.

Jun
18
2014

Chelsea Manning Speaks–But Who Listened?

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning speaks in the pages of the Sunday New York Times. But was anyone else in the media listening?