Mar
24
2015

New York Times: Nuclear Establishment Tool

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The model of a journalist being co-opted by the nuclear establishment involves New York Times reporter William L. Laurence, who described nuclear power as “making the dream of the Earth as a Promised Land come true.”

Mar
05
2015

What Was Missing From Coverage of Netanyahu’s Speech

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Reading the lead stories on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress about Iran in five prominent US papers, what was most striking what was left out of these articles.

Jan
27
2015

Good News! US Corporations Won’t Have to Pay for Nuclear Disasters in India

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USA Today wants you to know that a nuclear agreement between the United States and India is good news. But what is the news?

Nov
07
2014

On Iran Policy, America Is Not ‘the World’

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When reporters talk about what “the world” thinks about Iran, they really just mean the United States.

Nov
22
2013

FAIR TV: Obamacare: Katrina or Iraq War?, Paul Ryan PR, CNN’s Pandora Response

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This week on FAIR TV: Obamacare is like Hurricane Katrina? No, says one pundit: It’s like Obama’s Iraq War. Also this week: The Washington Post does PR for Paul Ryan as a poverty fighter, and CNN responds to its unbalanced pro-nuclear documentary with…a pro-nuke panel discussion.

Oct
25
2013

FAIR TV: Unreported Drone Reports, Schieffer Wants to Tackle Poverty, CNN’s Pro-Nuke Propaganda

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This week we look at what the big TV networks covered instead of the new reports about US drone attacks. Plus CBS host Bob Schieffer calls for more discussions of issues that matter, and CNN is set to air some pro-nuclear power propaganda.   

Sep
14
2012

NYT Buries the Lead on Iran

Part of being a journalist–the most important part, perhaps–is deciding which information is most relevant to readers. So take a look at today’s New York Times piece (9/14/12) on Iran’s nuclear program.  The focus is on Israeli threats and where it says it is drawing its “red line” for military action. But this focus is distorting one of the most important facts about the conflict. Mark Landler and Helene Cooper explain that Israeli leaders are unhappy with the White House position: Israeli officials, however, say this guarantee may not be enough for Israel, which Iranian leaders have repeatedly threatened with […]

Jan
26
2012

The Japanese Nuclear Establishment vs. the Two-Thirds ‘Minority’

There’s a news article in the Washington Post today (1/26/12) that really captures that paper’s view of the way the world works, and how it ought to work. Headlined “After Earthquake, Japan Can’t Agree on the Future of Nuclear Power,” Chico Harlan’s piece begins: The hulking system that once guided Japan’s pro-nuclear-power stance worked just fine when everybody moved in lockstep. But in the wake of a nuclear accident that changed the way this country thinks about energy, the system has proved ill-suited for resolving conflict. Its very size and complexity have become a problem. And what exactly is that […]

Jul
11
2011

Is Japan Threatened by Anti-Nuke Politicians…or by Nukes?

I was struck by this headline in the Washington Post (7/10/11): Loss of Support for Nuclear Power Threatens Japan’s Economy There are probably a lot of things that are threatening the Japanese economy–a massive, deadly earthquake and tsunami, for instance. Or the massive nuclear disaster that resulted from that tsunami. The news here is that Japanese officials are doing inspections of their nuclear reactors–as they’ve always done. The problem, apparently, is that they’re doing more than that: Under ordinary circumstances, these shutdowns would be temporary. Instead, they loom as an urgent problem for Japan, whose government–itself divided over nuclear policy–has […]

Jun
03
2011

NYT Explains German Nuclear Irrationality

The New York Times‘ Alan Cowell had a piece (6/2/11) about public opposition to nuclear power in Germany, and the fact that the country’s political leadership has decided to establish policies that conform to that sentiment. It apparently left the Times a bit perplexed: But the German move also raised a question whose answer seemed elusive: What is there in this land of 82 million people that has, over decades, bred an aversion to nuclear energy that seems unrivaled among its economic peers, defying its reputation for reasoned debate? Cowell reveals that Germans overwhelmingly oppose nuclear power, especially after the […]

Apr
12
2011

Media and Nuclear Energy: Interlocking Industries

While the Fukushima nuclear disaster has gotten plenty of attention on network programming, the debate has consistently overlooked the most fundamental question of whether nuclear power can be harnessed safely (FAIR Blog, 3/14/11). In asking why this question remains muted, a look at their boards of directors reveals that all three major broadcast networks share at least two members with companies that produce or transmit nuclear energy. With nuclear powerhouse General Electric as co-owner of NBC, it’s not surprising that GE‘s CEO Jeffery Immelt and CFO Keith Sherin both sit as directors on the network’s board. But it’s not the […]

Mar
24
2011

USA Today ‘Debates’ Nuclear Power

USA Today has a regular left-right feature between hard-right pundit Cal Thomas and TV “liberal” Bob Beckel. Today’s topic? Nuclear power. And the verdict? Well, the headline tells you all you need to know. Knee-Jerks and Nukes Cal and Bob agree that despite the chorus of hand-wringers, it would be foolish to give up on nuclear power plants in the wake of Japan’s tragedy To give you a sense of the seriousness of the discussion, here’s Beckel criticizing Joe Lieberman: Bob: I grew up in his home state near one of the country’s oldest nuclear power plants (the Connecticut Yankee […]

Mar
23
2011

NYT Radiation Reassurance: Ground Zero Deja Vu

The New York Times‘ reassuring reporting on the radioactive plume drifting across the U.S. continues the paper’s troubling tradition of parroting comforting words from officials in the midst of modern-day environmental crises–like the environmental fallout post-9/11. Let’s compare headlines: “Radiation Over U.S. Is Harmless, Officials Say” (3/22/11) “Workers and Residents Are Safe, Officials Say” (11/2/01) As I have documented (Extra!, 11-12/06), in the months and years following the September 11 attacks, the Times ignored studies and voices that cast strong doubt on official proclamations that the air and dust near Ground Zero were not a serious hazard. Andrew Revkin, the […]