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
04
2014

ABC Campaign Coverage–or GOP Campaign Commercial?

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For a news story that promises to be about a conservative candidate's TV commercial, ABC sure delivered.

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
31
2014

FAIR TV: #TimeFail, Dodgy Climate Change Rhetoric and the Non-Voting Public

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This week: Time slams public school teachers; what did their "bad apples" cover story get wrong? Plus we look at how ABC is framing the climate change debate among Republican politicians, and we note that election season pundits shouldn't confuse the message they're hearing from a minority of the population that votes with "the public."

Oct
30
2014

Media Cry Foul When Democrats Talk About Race

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The front page of the New York Times dwells on how Democrats are playing on "racial fears" in campaign advertising. But are the ads actually unfair–or do they simply talk about issues the corporate media would rather not discuss?

Oct
28
2014

Nonvoters Are People Too

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When pundits talk about what 'the public' thinks in an election season, remember that they're not really talking about the whole public.

Oct
27
2014

NYT Tried to Sell 'Pro-Growth' Candidate, but Brazilians Weren't Buying

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The New York Times' James Stewart made clear which side we should be rooting for in the Brazilian presidential elections: the side that lost.

Oct
27
2014

ABC's 'Middle Ground' on Climate Change: Who Knows?

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A more evasive kind of climate change denial isn't really a "middle ground."

Oct
20
2014

Pointless 2016 Election Journalism, 2014 Edition

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Trying to cover the 2016 presidential election based on a poll in 2014 is a waste of time.

Oct
17
2014

FAIR TV: ABC's Factcheck Fail, Chuck Todd's DQ, and Malala's Message

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ABC botches an easy ISIS factcheck, and NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Senate candidate who gave an iffy response to a trivial question. Plus Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace Prize–but US media doesn't seem interested in her peace message.

Oct
16
2014

And by 'Traditional Voters,' the New York Times Means White People

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For a piece that is crafted around the idea that white Democratic votes are really in play, it would have been helpful to point to some numbers–though it wouldn't have much helped the piece. I

Oct
15
2014

Chuck Todd Disqualifies a Senate Candidate

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NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Kentucky Democrat based on an inconsequential "gaffe" that says more about him than anyone else.