Jan
14
2015

Conservative and ‘Liberal’ Islamophobia Find Common Ground

Bob Beckel on Fox News

There’s not a lot of daylight between USA Today’s conservative and so-called liberal on the issue of a war on Islam.

Jan
12
2015

For Fox News’ Steve Emerson, Factchecking Seems to Be a No-Go Zone

Centenary Square, Birmingham (cc photo: Pete Ashton)

Fox News “expert” Steve Emerson retracted his claim that non-Muslims can’t enter Britain’s second-largest city. But he has a long history of making equally inaccurate claims.

Jan
11
2015

Some European Bloodbaths Are More Interesting Than Others

Face the Nation: Terror in Paris

Why is that Islamist violence is drop-everything fascinating to US corporate media, while a massacre by a right-wing anti-Muslim zealot doesn’t seem to be worth talking about?

Jan
07
2015

Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others

French newspaper killings is worst terrorist attack in Europe since 2005, CIA insider says

CBS’s “senior security consultant” doesn’t appear to remember a massacre less than four years ago that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers.

Dec
23
2014

The Weird World of the Washington Post, Where Reagan Never Met Gorbachev

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Reading the Washington Post opinion pages can be like reading dispatches from a parallel universe. You get that sense of alternative history from Post deputy editorial editor Jackson Diehl’s latest.

Dec
18
2014

People Who Live in ‘Flyspecks’ Shouldn’t Fling Metaphors

Flesh fly (cc photo: JJ Harrison/Wikimedia)

The second paragraph of the Washington Post’s news story (12/17/14) on President Obama normalizing relations with Cuba begins, “Cuba is a flyspeck of an island that long ago ceased to be a threat to the United States.”

Dec
15
2014

NBC: Someday We Might Learn That Drones Kill Civilians

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Meet the Press covers US drone attacks. But why do they want viewers to think it’s too hard to know how many innocents have died?

Dec
12
2014

FAIR TV: US Victimology, Equal Time for Torturers and Hypocritical Factchecking Lectures

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This week: ABC World News prepared viewers for the Senate report on CIA torture…by warning that its publication could harm Americans. Plus TV news covers the torture report by giving a platform to torture advocates. And a pundit who was dead wrong about the Iraq War shares his thoughts about the need for Rolling Stone to do better factchecking. Watch:  

Dec
08
2014

Wrong-on-Iraq Pundit Gives Lessons in Media Accountability

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There are reporters at outlets like the Washington Post who raised real questions about Rolling Stone’s story about rape at the University of Virginia. And then are also those like National Review editor Rich Lowry,

Nov
26
2014

On Israel/Palestine, NYT’s Public Editor Seems Reluctant to Heed Own Advice

New York Times info graphic on Gaza

One of New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan’s recommendations to her paper for improving its coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is “Stop straining for symmetry.” It’s advice she seems reluctant to take herself.

Nov
19
2014

PBS to Treasury Official: ‘Why Can’t You Just Bomb Them?’

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It seems it’s hard to talk to an elite media host for very long before they start fantasizing about blowing things up.

Nov
18
2014

War Works–So Why Isn’t It Working?

US airstrike, Fallujah (photo: USMC/James J. Vooris)

“About 800 airstrikes so far against ISIS. Why isn’t this working?” What makes a seemingly innocuous question like that noteworthy is the assumption that airstrikes are supposed to “work” in the first place.

Nov
18
2014

A ‘Child’ Is Missing–From a New York Times Headline

Boy in Jabalya refugee camp, Gaza. (cc photo: Giles)

Did New York Times editors leave out of a headline the fact that it was a child who had been shot because they didn’t want readers to get too upset about Israel doing the shooting?