Feb
28
2014

Time's Minimum Wage Math: Triple = 'Just as Many'

Demonstrators for raising the minimum wage (cc photo: Joe Lustri)

The new issue of Time magazine (3/10/14) takes a look at the debate over raising the minimum wage, in a piece by Eliza Gray. But the very first paragraph just doesn't make much sense:¬† If you want to make some new friends and just as many enemies, here's a helpful shortcut: take a position on raising the federal minimum wage. The question of how much workers at the bottom should be paid is fast becoming one of the most divisive issues in Washington. Liberals say a wage hike is the most immediate and fair tool we have to address growing […]

Feb
25
2014

'El Chapo' and El Banco

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

While the only questions regarding Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's prosecution appear to be where and when, things were different when it came to prosecuting the institution that supported what Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton called "the lifeblood" of the Sinoloa Cartel's operations.

Feb
24
2014

Pundits Bemoan Failure to Cut Social Security

MTP-davidbrooks

Media comments after the Obama administration backed off attempts to cut Social Security benefits exhibited a curious notion about where the "middle" is and what "majority support" means.

Feb
18
2014

Bob Schieffer Is Tired of Your Fancy Talk

Bob Schieffer

Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer had a classic example of anti-populist populism.

Feb
18
2014

What Does Tom Friedman Know About TPP?

Thomas Friedman (cc photo: World Affairs Council)

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman once declared that he doesn't really bother understanding international trade agreements. But that doesn't stop him from writing about them.

Feb
14
2014

The Bias of 'Both Sides Do It'

berman

The New York Times had a great piece of reporting about how a phony think tank can turn dollars into political influence. Unfortunately, the piece also included the usual but-the-other-side-does-it-too routine.

Feb
11
2014

ABC on Food Stamp Cuts: Hey, It Could Be Worse

cbs-food-stamps

Are cuts in food stamp benefits really good news to those receiving them?

Feb
10
2014

What Will 2016 Political Landscape Look Like? USA Today Has No Clue

Debate podiums, 2011

Because it is a mere 1,000 days until the election, USA Today's Susan Page tries to predict the 2016 presidential campaign.

Feb
07
2014

FAIR TV: Keystone Bipartisanship, ABC's 'Average' 401K, O'Reilly's Trust Problem

ABC's "nest egg" graphic

Big-time journalists think Obama should approve the Keystone pipeline to show that he wants to make Republicans happy. ABC tells us about an "average" family's 401K plan–which isn't average at all. And Fox host Bill O'Reilly says he's trustworthy–take his word for it.

Feb
06
2014

News You Can't Use: ABC and Your 401K

ABC's "nest egg" graphic

Once again, ABC explains the news by focusing on a 'typical family' and their 401k account. But most families have no such thing.

Feb
05
2014

Falsely Presenting Obamacare as a Job-Killer

Congressional Budget Office logo

When the Congressional Budget Office released a new report about the Affordable Care Act, some in the media botched the story by portraying the news as a triumph for Republican spin.

Feb
05
2014

CVS Tobacco Ban: Money Over Morality Over Money

Consumer Reports drug price chart

Maybe when you're selling drugs for more than four or five times what some of your for-profit competitors are charging, you can afford to "sacrifice."

Jan
29
2014

The State of AP's Factchecking Is Sad–as Usual

AP's Calvin Woodward

Why does AP still let Calvin Woodward "factcheck" political speeches? Does no one at the news service know what actual factchecking looks like? (If you're coming in late, see FAIR Blog, 10/30/08, 2/25/09, 4/30/09, 1/28/10, 8/31/12.) Woodward's latest venture (1/29/14) into the factcheck genre, following President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech,¬† produced¬† yet more illustrations of what not to do when gauging the accuracy of political speech. Take this item: OBAMA: "We'll need Congress to protect more than 3 million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer. But I will act on my own to slash […]