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

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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.

Jan
22
2015

Obama as Robin Hood? Sherwood Be Nice

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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
15
2015

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

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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

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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?

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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 […]

Dec
16
2014

Fox’s O’Reilly: ‘All the Wolves Have Been Muslims’

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Every lone wolf terrorist has been Muslim, says the no spin Fox host.

Dec
08
2014

And Now, to Discuss Police Killings: Rush Limbaugh?

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“Rush Limbaugh talks race relations.” You know, that Rush Limbaugh–the guy who once quipped, “Have you ever noticed how all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”

Dec
05
2014

FAIR TV: Fox News & Ferguson, Cop Euphemisms and Disney ‘News’

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On Fox News Channel, the real “bad guy” in Ferguson was the victim Michael Brown. The New York Times softens language around police violence. And a commercial for a new movie is “news”–on the movie studio’s TV network.

Dec
02
2014

For Fox News, ‘Bad Guy’ Michael Brown Makes Obama a ‘Three-Time Loser’

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How Fox News covered the Ferguson grand jury announcement.

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
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
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.