Mar
27
2015

What Have Whistleblowers Done for Elite Journalists Lately?

David Gregory vs. Glenn Greenwald

One of the most important things that corporate media do to shore up power is to define “news” as things that people in power want you to know but haven’t told you yet.

Mar
17
2015

Clear Channel Tells FCC Covert Commercials Would Be ‘User-Friendly, Satisfying’

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Broadcasters have filed a petition with the FCC asking that they be excused from the requirement that they tell their listeners when they play a song because a record company paid them to do so.

Mar
11
2015

CNN on the Frontiers of the Commercialization of News

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“CNN Tests New Ways to Mix Ads With News,” a Variety headline declared, over a story about how the cable news channel has “gotten over itself” and has “looked for more ways to weave ad messages into programming.”

Dec
05
2014

FAIR TV: Fox News & Ferguson, Cop Euphemisms and Disney ‘News’

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On Fox News Channel, the real “bad guy” in Ferguson was the victim Michael Brown. The New York Times softens language around police violence. And a commercial for a new movie is “news”–on the movie studio’s TV network.

Dec
02
2014

Disney Newscast Finds Trailer for Upcoming Disney Film Especially Newsworthy

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Why is ABC World News Tonight so excited about the new Star Wars movie? There’s at least one reason.

Oct
03
2014

FAIR TV: Media in War Mode, Calling for Civilian Deaths and PBS Hits Harper’s

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On this week’s show: The ways corporate media cover war, a Fox News pundit wants to see more civilian deaths in Syria, and PBS uses its ad dollars to punish a magazine. All of that on this week’s show:

Sep
30
2014

PBS Uses Advertising to Retaliate Against Critical Coverage

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PBS was set up in part because of an understanding that advertising exerts pressure on media outlets. And now it’s using its own advertising to signal its disapproval of critical coverage.

Sep
25
2014

Jeff Bezos Takes WaPo’s Advice, Rips Off WaPo Workers

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Where could Jeff Bezos have gotten the idea that it was OK to take away large sums of money that you promised people for their retirement after years of service? Well, maybe he reads the paper he just bought.

Sep
08
2014

New NPR Boss: ‘We’re Going to Be Talking About Brands That Matter a Little Bit More’

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The new boss at NPR says you should expect to hear more corporate advertising– no wait, that’s not it. You’ll hear more about “brands that matter.”

Jun
20
2014

FAIR TV: War Pundits Time Warp, Framing Iraq, NBC Self-Promotion

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It’s 2003 all over again, as Iraq “experts” who promoted the 2003 invasion are back on TV screens offering expert analysis about what to do next. And we take a look at some of the revealing language US reporters are employing to frame Iraq as a place that keeps forcing the US to attack it. Plus, NBC‘s “news” division promotes its corporate cousins over at Universal.   Watch:

Jun
13
2014

Plagiarism: Why It Matters

Chris Hedges

One reaction I’ve seen to the accusations of plagiarism against Chris Hedges is, basically: Who cares? It’s true there are greater journalistic crimes than plagiarism. When a reporter fabricates stories, or passes along government lies as truth, people can get killed. Plagiarism has never started a war, as far as I can tell. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a serious matter, at least for the journalistic community. It’s a matter of workplace theft. Imagine that you wait tables in a restaurant, and one of your co-workers turns out to have a habit of picking up other people’s tips […]

May
06
2014

ABC News Exclusive: Our Parent Company’s Awesome New Things

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It doesn’t appear that ABC bothered with the sort of normal journalistic disclosure during its segment on its parent company’s theme park. Maybe it’s simply too hard to keep track of all the Disney promotion they’re doing.

Mar
18
2014

Finally, Corporate America Will Have a Voice

Maria Bartiromo

Former CNBC host Maria Bartiromo will be debuting a new show on the Fox News Channel soon, and she’s sharing one idea about what will make her show different: Corporations will finally get a chance to tell their story.