Feb
24
2015

The Foreigners Obama Needs to Love to Prove He Loves America

Slowpoke: "Obama Doesn't Love America Like I Do!" (Jen Sorensen)

"There are plenty of reasons that suggest Obama might not love America," writes the Washington Post's Ed Rogers. Funnily enough, most of these reasons seem to have little to with America,

Feb
23
2015

Politico Helps O'Reilly Get Away With Falklands Fabrications

Bill O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Factor (photo: Slaven Vlasix/Getty Images)

Politico media reporter Dylan Byers explores the supposedly mysterious question of why Fox News executives let their most lucrative on-air personality get away with blatantly misrepresenting his journalistic history.

Feb
22
2015

US Backing for 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels: Long Reported, Continually Forgotten

Map of (graphic: Sergio Pecanha/NYT)

That the US is arming and training Syrian rebels has been well-documented for over two years, yet Western media have historically suffered from a strange collective amnesia when reporting this fact.

Feb
21
2015

Bill O'Reilly Lies–but Some Lies Matter More Than Others

O'Reilly: "The Crusades? I was there."

When Fox News' Bill O'Reilly said that NBC's Brian Williams "had to go" because he manufactured stories about dangers he faced in his reporting career, it should come as no surprise to find out that O'Reilly can be found doing the exact same thing.

Feb
20
2015

Top 10 Bogus ISIS Stories

Genital Mutilation

The militant group has done a lot of evil — but as the ramp-up to ground troops gets underway, it's important to note that a lot of the scare stories the media have reported have turned out to be bunk.

Feb
19
2015

NYT Hopes India Can Avoid China's Plight: a High-Paid, Well-Educated Workforce

Indian farmers (photo: Atul Loke/NYT)

A front-page lead New York Times story is mainly valuable for the insight it provides into what the Times considers to be a healthy economy–and who that economy is supposed to benefit.

Feb
18
2015

Most Americans Agree That Netanyahu, the Only One Who Can Save the Puppy, Should Save the Puppy

Netanyahu addressing Congress (photo: Getty/Saul Loeb)

You can see propaganda being manufactured before your eyes: Any subtleties are ironed out to create an assertion that the American people are calling for Netanyahu to speak.

Feb
14
2015

Setting SYRIZA Straight, NYT Gets It Wrong on Debt

Yanis Varoufakis (photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/NYT)

The New York Times suggested that the Greek Finance minister does not understand the basic debt dynamics of his own country–and followed this up with an erroneous definition of a fiscal "primary surplus," a crucial accounting concept for the Greek debt work-out.

Feb
12
2015

CNN Peddles Propaganda About 'Completely Mad' Putin

Vladimir Putin

CNN asks, "Has Russian President Vladimir Putin gone completely mad?" Here's a better question: Does CNN care whether it's viewed as an outlet for crude anti-Russian propaganda?

Feb
11
2015

Chris Matthews Calls for 'Rambo Kind of Stuff' as Response to Real-World Violence

Rambo

Chris Matthews doesn't know how to solve the ISIS problem. But he knows who does–and he's a fictional character played by Sylvester Stallone.

Feb
09
2015

The New York Times' Nuclear Uncertainty Principles

Israeli laboratory model of a nuclear warhead core--photographed by Mordechai Vanunu.

When it comes to nuclear weapons, basic facts seem to be subject to political revision at the New York Times.

Feb
05
2015

Some Other Tall Tales Brian Williams Might Want to Apologize For

Not getting shot down in Iraq is just the beginning of things Brian Williams needs to correct.

Now that he's cleared up that he wasn't actually shot down in Iraq by an RPG, there are some other tall tales that NBC's Brian Williams might want to take back.

Feb
02
2015

'Venezuelan Bomb Plot' a Figment of FBI's–and US Media's–Imagination

NBC: Ex-Los Alamos Scientist Gets 5 Years in Venezuelan Nuclear Bomb Plot

Accurate headlines would not leave casual readers with the impression that Venezuela was interested in getting a nuclear bomb, or in trying to nuke New York.