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
12
2015

CNN Peddles Propaganda About ‘Completely Mad’ Putin

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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?

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
09
2015

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

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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 […]

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

Obama cartoon (Peter Brookes)

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.