May
20
2014

Weather From Another Planet: Wildfires and Climate Change

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Extreme drought, extreme heat and extremely devastating wildfires in Southern California are big news for TV journalists. But don't mention climate change.

May
20
2014

When NBC Says 'Meeting America,' It Means White, Republican America

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An NBC series tries to introduce viewers to the America that isn't much covered in the news. But it's a remarkably narrow vision of the country.

May
05
2014

Silly Environmentalists, Getting Upset Over a Little Pipeline

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'Both sides' are exaggerating the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline, says a Washington Post reporter. He's half-right.

Apr
10
2014

Meet the Press Gets Out of the Beltway–But Takes Washington Worldview Along

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NBC's Meet the Press is introducing segments called "Meeting America," billed as an attempt to get out of the Beltway bubble. It's a fine idea in theory, but their first installment, a look at the Keystone XL pipeline, was a flop.

Mar
14
2014

FAIR TV: Delusional Putin, Conflicted Pundit, We're All Rich!

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Tracing the "Putin is delusional" storyline. CBS gives viewers an energy expert who just so happens to work for the oil industry. And there's good economic news: We're all rich again! Well, not all of us.

Mar
11
2014

CBS Fails to Disclose Energy Guest's Industry Ties

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A CBS guest is asked about Ukraine and "the energy equation." But viewers weren't told that he's a lobbyist for the oil/gas industry.

Mar
07
2014

FAIR TV: Ukraine Hysteria, US Hypocrisy, Keystone Protest

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This week: US media go into overdrive over Russia/Ukraine, painting the conflict as proof that Barack Obama isn't feared enough. Plus pundits laugh at Putin's delusion–but what about John Kerry's? And a big anti-Keystone XL rally at the White House hardly makes the news.  Watch:

Mar
07
2014

New Keystone Poll Reveals Media Failure

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The public strongly supports building the Keystone pipeline–and they wrongly think it will create a lot of jobs. Aren't media to blame for failing to set that straight?

Mar
05
2014

A Protest in the Capital and a Media Blackout

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What happens when hundreds of Keystone activists get arrested in front of the White House? Not much, judging by the lack of media interest.

Feb
07
2014

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

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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
03
2014

Obama's Keystone Moment: Will He Finally Be Nice to Republicans?

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NBC news personalities Chuck Todd and David Gregory wondered if Obama would seize the Keystone XL decision as an important historical moment. Not to take a stand against climate change and the burning of untapped fossil fuels–but to do something Republicans might like.

Jan
24
2014

FAIR TV: Snowden on Sunday TV, New Pundits, USA Today on Fracking's Riches

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Everyone seems to agree that Edward Snowden started an important debate over NSA surveillance. But on the Sunday chat shows, debate isn't what you're likely to see. And CNN and CBS add new contributors–but are they opening up or closing the discussion? Plus: USA Today cheers on the fracking boom in Texas.

Jan
16
2014

USA Today: Fracking Makes You Rich! (And Also Maybe Sick, Too)

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USA Today touts Texans striking it rich in the oil/gas business–"OIL!" is the front-page headline, and that captures the tone of the piece.