May
17
2013

FAIR TV: The IRS & Obama’s Scandal Trifecta, Matthews Praises Reagan, Newseum Scandal

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What should we make of the so-called “trifecta” of scandals hitting the Obama White House? And what questions should we ask about the IRS/Tea Party story? Also this week: Chris Matthews wants Obama to take charge–just like the union-busting Ronald Reagan. And the Newseum decides two Palestinian journalists shouldn’t be considered part of their tribute to journalists who died reporting the news.  

May
15
2013

Matthews: Obama Needs to Break a Union Like Reagan

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Praise for a conservative president’s breaking the air traffic controllers’ union–that’s what you hear on the liberal cable channel.

Apr
12
2013

Jeff Cohen on Media Missing the Costs of Militarism

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“Today there’s an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block…. That problem is U.S. militarism and perpetual war.”

Mar
22
2013

FAIR TV: Scarborough’s War, Steubenville, Drone ‘Debate’

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This week on FAIR TV: Joe Scarborough remembers some things about the Iraq War–but forgets the things he said back then. We’ll take a look at the CNN Steubenville coverage that had so many critics outraged. And the Washington Post presented two takes on drone deaths in Pakistan.

Mar
19
2013

Scarborough Remembers Some Iraq Words–But Not His Own

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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough’s commentary looking back at the Iraq War took aim at some politicians and media outlets who were supportive of removing Saddam Hussein from power. But somehow he forgot to include his own words.

Feb
07
2013

EXCLUSIVE: Bill O’Reilly Does Not Have Access to the Internet

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On last night’s O’Reilly Factor, the Fox News host wondered why NBC has failed to cover the new revelations about the White House drone program. The real question here is why Fox doesn’t let O’Reilly have access to the Internet.

Feb
06
2013

When It Comes to Drones, Trust the Churchgoing CIA Director

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Last night, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews hosted a discussion on the Obama administration’s recently disclosed “white paper” justifying its policy of using drones to strike at U.S. citizens. Matthews ultimately deciding that the policy was defensible–on the grounds that the CIA director Leon Panetta goes to church.

Jan
29
2013

David Gregory: Obama Should Trick Republicans by Being More Like Them

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When reporters give strategic advice, they tend to reveal what they consider preferable policy goals. A discussion of taxes and spending on Meet the Press revealed a lot about host David Gregory’s worldview.

Nov
13
2012

Corporate Media Lose Their Favorite ‘Warrior Scholar’

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There’s no doubt that the sex scandal that prompted CIA director David Petraeus’s sudden resignation late last week is a big story. New details–verified or not–seem to arrive almost by the hour. But the reason it seems to have shaken so many media figures is because Petraeus was uniquely beloved by many in the corporate media, who considered him both an accessible source and a war hero. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams called him (11/9/12) a “a man of such sterling reputation,” and confided on the air to one guest that “it is impossible to be a member of […]

Nov
06
2012

It’s Awkward for NBC When MSNBC Tells the Truth

The New York Times has a news piece today (11/6/12) reporting that MSNBC is just like Fox News, and isn’t that awful. Now, MSNBC, for all its flaws, is not really anything like Fox News. And most of Times reporter Jeremy Peters‘ evidence for their similarity comes from a Pew study of “positive” and “negative” news coverage–the kind of study that will only be meaningful after someone comes up with an objective scale for measuring how positive or negative reality is. But I was struck by this anecdotal example of the Fox-like “partisan bitterness” supposedly on display on MSNBC: In […]

Nov
06
2012

Yes, You Can Talk About Climate Change on TV

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FAIR’s new alert takes aim at the Sunday morning chat shows (Meet the Press, This Week, Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday) for ignoring climate change this weekend– right after “superstorm” Sandy devastated the East Coast. As we noted, NBC host David Gregory said early on his program: “Should more attention be paid to a changing climate’s impact on the severity of these storms?” That was the last mention of climate change on the show. I know a lot of people might say, “Well, with the election around the corner, politics shows have to stick to electoral politics.” I […]

Nov
02
2012

Politico Makes You Glad Election Is Almost Over

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The gossipy, horse race-obsessed outlet┬áPolitico ran a story on October 29 about the credibility of polling expert Nate Silver, whose 538 blog at the New York Times is a must-read for people interested in election forecasting. What Silver does isn’t, on one level, all that tricky–his model combines national and state polls and generates probabilities about election outcomes. This model finds it highly likely that Barack Obama will win the election. It’s probability, not a crystal ball or a bet. Politico‘s Dylan Byers notes that Silver’s model says this “even as the polls have [Romney] almost neck-and-neck with the incumbent.” […]

Oct
26
2012

FAIR TV: Killer Drones Stop Terrorism, PBS Gets Iran Wrong, New Obama Ad Is…Racist?

On the new episode of FAIR TV: Is a new Obama ad…racist? We’ll take a look at how PBS is misreporting Iran, and also take a look at Joe Klein’s remarkable defense of killing four-year-old girls in other countries. Take a look–and please spread the word.