Apr
01
2015

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

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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
30
2015

Leading Papers Incite ‘Supreme International Crime’

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To advocate for war, as the Washington Post and New York Times op-ed pages have done, is to incite a crime–“the supreme international crime,” as the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg noted.

Mar
16
2015

USA Today Headline Makes a Leap to Pin the Rap on ‘Protester’

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch (center)

Eight paragraphs into USA Today’s story, we learn that–contrary to the headline, “Ferguson Protester Held in Shooting”–the suspect in an assault on two cops may not have been a protester after all.

Mar
04
2015

LAPD, Media Rush to Judge Skid Row Victim While Insisting Public ‘Not Rush to Judge’

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck with photos of a gun that may or may not have been grabbed.

After a police shooting on LA’s Skid Row, the LAPD and its compliant local media went into damage-control mode. Without irony, the police would insist time and time again the public not pass judgment–while they would do just that.

Dec
22
2014

USA Today Wants You to Think Killings of Police Are on the Rise

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USA Today could have averaged several recent years to see if there was a meaningful trend. But instead the newspaper decided to feed the narrative that police officers are under attack.

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
07
2014

Reporting the News Like Black Lives Don’t Matter

Protester faces NYPD in Times Square (photo: AP)

“Black lives matter” is the rallying cry of the burgeoning movement against police killings. The Associated Press, covering that movement, has produced a perfect example of what journalism looks like when black lives don’t matter.

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
04
2014

In NYT’s Retelling of Eric Garner’s Death, the Officer’s Arm Has a Mind of Its Own

Daniel Pantaleo chokes Eric Garner to death.

If only police officer Daniel Pantaleo had been able to somehow control his own arm, Eric Garner would not have died.

Dec
03
2014

An ‘Entertaining’ Lesson on How Cops Can ‘Win the Media’ After They Kill

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The St. Louis Police Academy held a special class for “upper-echelon law enforcement professionals” on how to “WIN WITH THE MEDIA” after an “officer-involved shooting.”

Nov
25
2014

ABC and Darren Wilson’s ‘Serious Injury’

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Back in August ABC reported on Darren Wilson’s ‘serious facial injury.’ What will they say now?

Aug
25
2014

Michael Brown, According to the New York Times

Matt Bors, before the NY Times pinned the "no angel" label on Michael Brown.

The New York Times makes some curious choices in its coverage of the victim in the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.

Aug
25
2014

Give Killer Cops a Break, Says NYT

Police administer a lethal chokehold to Eric Garner.

The message from the NY Times: Police officers who shoot unarmed civilians need to be be given the benefit of the doubt.