Sep
25
2014

Washington Post Slams Venezuela for Electing 'Former Bus Driver'

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It's no secret that the Washington Post editorial page was quite alarmed by Venezuela's shift to the left under former President Hugo Chavez. The Post–like the rest of elite US media (Extra!, 11/05)–was an unrelenting critic of Chavez's policies. Some things haven't changed. In a scathing editorial (9/20/14), the Post went after Chavez's successor Nicolas Maduro, calling him an "economically illiterate former bus driver" because he "rejected the advice of pragmatists" and will continue to pursue policies that are ruining what was "once Latin America’s richest country." During the Chavez years, the most important economic story was the rapid gains by […]

Sep
23
2014

Reluctant Warrior Bombs Yet Another Country

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Can a president who has launched military strikes on seven countries really be called a 'reluctant warrior?'

Sep
22
2014

What Chuck Todd Talks About Instead of Talking About Climate

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Not talking about the largest climate march in history left Chuck Todd with some time to fill up on NBC's Meet the Press.

Sep
19
2014

FAIR TV: ISIS & the 'Homeland,' Pro-War Pundits and 'Don't Blame Fracking'

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This week: Watch ABC drum up fears about a terror attack on the United States. Plus we'll take a look at the state of the debate over war, and how big papers spun a study of how fracking leads to water contamination into a story about how we shouldn't blame fracking. Take a look:  

Sep
19
2014

Deep US Concern for Human Rights in Egypt? Time Says So

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The idea that the United States is being forced to suspend any 'longtime concerns' about Egyptian human rights is hard to square with reality.

Sep
16
2014

The PBS Left: 'Airstrikes Are Wonderful'

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The voice from the left on PBS wants a serious debate over Obama's war plan–but also makes it clear that airstrikes are great.

Sep
15
2014

ABC: ISIS Possibly Scarier Than Al-Qaeda–Due to Social Media

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A key element in the shift in US public opinion toward attacking ISIS is the idea that the country could be attacked by the group. Where do people get this idea? TV news might be one place.

Sep
15
2014

CBS: 'We Have No Choice' but to Attack ISIS 'Before We All Get Killed'

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CBS host Bob Schieffer believes that ISIS poses a threat to the American "homeland" and tells viewers: "This evil must be eradicated. These forces must be destroyed."

Sep
12
2014

FAIR TV September 14, 2014

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War drums for ISIS, Kissinger confronted, Fox's non-apology.

Sep
10
2014

To NYT, 'Full Range of Views' on War Is Pretty Narrow

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What does a "full range of views" look like to the New York Times? Powerful people who worked for Republicans and Democrats.

Sep
08
2014

FAIR TV, September 8, 2014: USA Today Poll Distortion, Chris Christie's 'Gaffe'

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Are corporate media banging the war drums in 2014 just like they did in 2003? USA Today promotes a poll that they say shows the public wants a more 'muscular' foreign policy. But is that really the message the public is sending? Plus the New York Times remembers a Chris Christie foreign policy 'gaffe'– saying something accurate about the occupation of the West Bank.

Sep
05
2014

How to Decode the New York Times

The Israeli government unequivocally declared that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three young Israelis. But Israeli legal documents do not support the Israeli government's accusations.

Sep
04
2014

'Debating' War, Corporate Media Style

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Discussions of what the Obama White House should do in Iraq and Syria are dominated by hawks, military officials and former national security insiders.