Sep
02
2014

Does the Public Want More War?

USA Today: More Want US to Flex Muscle

USA Today's August 29 edition boasted the front-page headline "More Want US to Flex Muscle." The evidence comes from a new Pew poll, so it's worth noting how that data is transformed into a desire for US "muscle-flexing."

Aug
29
2014

Washington Post Editorial Page, Meet Noam Chomsky

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The Washington Post stands firm against Russian aggression, since Putin has violated an "international norm" that is "uncontroversial." Do those rules apply to the US, though?

Aug
29
2014

FAIR TV: August 29, 2014

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On the show this week: On the day of his funeral, the New York Times declared that Michael Brown was "no angel." We look at that and other shoddy reporting from Ferguson. Plus Newsweek spreads farfetched fear about Ebola and African immigrants, and we look at how often union leaders appear on the Sunday chat shows. (Brace yourself.)

Aug
28
2014

Newsweek's Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering

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Newsweek's cover story is built around the idea that illegally imported "bushmeat"–what we would call "wild game" if it were being eaten in the United States–could carry the deadly Ebola virus.
But is there any evidence that imported meat could actually carry Ebola? On that score, Newsweek comes up empty.

Aug
27
2014

If Social Media 'Silence Debate,' What Do Corporate Media Do?

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A new study has some outlets saying that social media inhibit debate. You want to compare Twitter's record to the corporate media on that score?

Aug
26
2014

The World as WaPo Would Like It to Be

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Obama's foreign policy is invariably analyzed as being either foolishly pacifistic or prudently diplomatic. The reality that the Obama administration has used military force on a large scale in many countries is not acknowledged.

Aug
22
2014

How the New York Times Twists Gaza

Relatives mourn Palestinian children killed in Israeli airstrike (photo: Wissam Nassar/NYT)

Israel's war on Gaza is still going on, with a round of airstrikes that killed dozens this week. And how was this reported in the New York Times? As Hamas breaking a cease-fire agreement.

Aug
18
2014

Action Alert: NYT Skips First Big Test of New Torture Policy

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FAIR's new Action Alert (8/18/14) calls out the New York Times for not covering a major Amnesty International report on US torture–shortly after the paper announced a new policy of calling torture by its right name. If you send a message to the Times, please leave a copy in the comments thread to this post. UPDATE: New York Times┬áResponds on Torture (8/21/14)

Aug
15
2014

FAIR TV: Ferguson, Back to Iraq and Disputing Gaza Deaths

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Some good–and not so good–media reactions to the police killing of Michael Brown. Plus pundits wonder what took Obama so long to bomb Iraq, and two papers try to raise doubts about the death toll in Gaza.

Aug
12
2014

Death in Gaza: Some Counts More Controversial than Others

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When it comes to the death toll in Gaza, the Washington Post and New York Times both work hard to muddy up the picture.

Aug
12
2014

If Only Obama Had Bombed More, and Sooner

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More US bombing is a message corporate media are eager to amplify.

Aug
08
2014

Do Palestinians Living in Israel Count?

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If a poll of a country's population excludes 20 percent of the people who live there, journalists should make that clear.

Aug
07
2014

And Now, Our Expert on Africa… US Billionaire Michael Bloomberg

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African leaders are in DC for a big summit, so CBS Face the Nation turns to noted Africa expert…Michael Bloomberg?