Feb
14
2014

FAIR TV: Media Miss March, 2016 Election Coverage (!?) and PBS Pension Problems

Moral March (cc photo: James Willamor)

On the show this week: The national media missed then tens of thousands who marched for social justice in North Carolina last weekend. Plus USA Today shows us that bad campaign reporting starts really early, and journalist David Sirota is exposing a peculiar funding arrangement at PBS.  Watch: 

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.

Jan
17
2014

FAIR TV: Christie's Temper, CBS on France, Time's Clinton Cover

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This week on the show: Does Chris Christie have a temper problem? Fox's Brit Hume has some thoughts. CBS covers French politics–well, mostly a French politician's sex life. And Time puts Hillary Clinton's nonexistent presidential campaign on its latest cover.  Watch: 

Oct
07
2013

New York Times to New Yorkers: You're Supporting the Wrong Mayoral Candidate!

Bill de Blasio (cc photo: William Alatriste/Public Advocate)

A New York Times story headlined "Poll Finds Support for de Blasio, if Not All His Ideas" could have more accurately been called "Poll Finds Support for de Blasio, Along With Most of His Ideas"

Sep
30
2013

Dems and GOP Agree: Independent Journalism Is Bad News

Filmmaker Charles Ferguson announced that he was no longer going to make a nonfiction film for CNN about Hillary Clinton. The reasons why he's pulling out of the project are interesting–and disturbing.

Sep
11
2013

USA Today Covers NYC Elections–Unfortunately

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USA Today tries to explain what the Democratic primary elections in New York City, using some of corporate media's favorite electoral tropes: mandating a move to the right, misleading on stop-and-frisk, and finding "ambivalence" when voters line up on the wrong side.

Sep
10
2013

NYT's Bruni: Don't Blame Bloomberg for Inequality–He Didn't Mean It

Michael Bloomberg cc photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank)

As an op-ed columnist, Frank Bruni was a heck of a restaurant critic. That was demonstrated once again by his farewell (New York Times, 9/10/13) to outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who Bruni thinks is getting a bum rap from the Democrats who are vying in the primaries today for a chance to succeed him.  Bruni particularly objects to frontrunner Bill de Blasio's resonant tale of two New Yorks, the wealthy one that Bloomberg is accused of coddling and the less wealthy one that he supposedly showed the back of his hand…. It's a narrative of either-or, of […]

Aug
14
2013

What's the Message of Clinton's Noncampaign for the Office She Might Run for in Three Years?

Dan Balz

Hillary Clinton hasn't announced that she's running for president in 2016, and launched a campaign yet. But the Washington Post is already complaining that her nonexistent campaign for an office she may or may not seek lacks a clear message. "Clinton’s gender likely would be a significant asset," writes chief correspondent Dan Balz (8/12/13), adding: "It, however, is not a message." One has to admire the first 44 presidents of the United States, each of whom somehow managed to achieve the office without the benefit of this asset. The next day (8/13/13), Post columnist Richard Cohen picked up on Balz's […]

Aug
06
2013

Covering Weiner

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"We shouldn't even be wasting our time talking about Anthony Weiner," the pundits say– and then they continue to talk about him anyway.

Jul
24
2013

Nate Silver Didn't Fit In at the New York Times Because He Believed in the Real World

Nate Silver's failure to fit in with the culture of the New York Times illustrates the difference between objectivity and "objectivity"–the latter being the belief that it's impossible to know what's real, so all you can do is report the claims made by various (powerful) people.

Jun
26
2013

Does Jon Meacham Remember the 2000 Election?

Jon Meacham

Time has a column this week (7/1/13) from Jon Meacham looking at (gulp) possible 2016 election scenarios. The column entertains the possibility that former Florida governor Jeb Bush might run–which Meacham seems pretty excited about. As he explains, the Bush family is something to behold: Jeb long ago internalized and then lived out his family's guiding precepts. Bushes move to new parts of the country; they work hard; they learn from their mistakes, particularly from failed campaigns; and they never, ever give up. Well they sure sound like interesting people. I would be curious to hear more about what George […]

Apr
19
2013

Democrats Can't Blame Guns for '94 Losses

Bill Clinto (cc photo: Thomas Shahan)

There are perhaps plenty of lessons in the (most recent) Senate failure to pass even modest new restrictions/regulations on gun ownership. But one lesson needs to be resisted: The idea that passing a more expansive gun control law in 1994 came back to bite Democrats in the midterm elections.

Apr
12
2013

FAIR TV: Misremembering Thatcher, Cutting Social Security, Hillary Clinton's Hair

Hillary Clinton (cc photo: David Blumenkrantz)

Media remember Margaret Thatcher for turning around Britain's economy. But do the numbers tell a different story? Also: Barack Obama's plan to cut Social Security and Medicare is inexplicably deemed a move to the "center," and pundits are monitoring the 2016 election by paying close attention to… Hillary Clinton's haircut?