Dec
11
2014

Investigative Reporting = Working With Ad Partners to Monetize the Audience

Cincinnati Enquirer's Carolyn Washburn

Many would think there was something wrong with an investigative reporter who consults directly with an advertiser to think of ways for them to profit from the news. But, here we are.

Dec
09
2014

Washington Post Does Not Call It Torture When We Torture

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The Washington Post doesn't call torture by its name because that would be 'contentious.'

Nov
18
2014

No, Tar Sands Oil Isn't Inevitable

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Pundits say opposing Keystone is foolish because they're going to get that oil out of the ground no matter what. But is that true?

Nov
14
2014

FAIR TV: CBS's Ebola Omission, Bush Iraq Lie and Climate Change, Fox-Style

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60 Minutes went to Liberia to cover the ebola crisis. The segment by correspondent Lara Logan was moving and dramatic; but who was missing? George W. Bush is back in the news and still peddling some tall tales about the Iraq War. Plus the Fox News Channel manages to sneak a little climate change denial into a brief mention of the latest IPCC report. Fair and balanced.

Oct
21
2014

A 'Worthless and Whiny' Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero

Robert Parry

The Washington Post was one of the major newspapers to attack Gary Webb for his revelations about the CIA-backed Contras and the crack epidemic. It's 2014, and they're still at it.

Oct
10
2014

FAIR TV: Perception vs. Reality, 60 Minutes & the FBI, NPR Takes Netanyahu's Side

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60 Minutes cheers on the FBI, NPR takes Netanyahu's side on settlements, and media blur the difference between perception and reality.

Oct
10
2014

Why 'The Economy' Isn't Good News for Democrats

Breadline, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Manhattan

Trying to figure out why people who are struggling don't give Obama credit for the economic boom? It doesn't seem so mysterious.

Oct
07
2014

Audio: Gary Webb on 'Dark Alliance,' CIA and Drugs

Gary Webb (San Jose Mercury News)

A CounterSpin special broadcast about Gary Webb's reporting featured excerpts from a talk by Webb, along with an interview with Norman Solomon discussing inaccuracies and distortions in establishment media attacks on Webb.

Aug
08
2014

NY Times and Torture: A Decade Too Late?

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Ten years later, the New York Times will call torture by its name. But does the paper's reasoning make any sense?

Aug
08
2014

FAIR TV: How US TV Treats Palestinian Guests, Africa Expert Michael Bloomberg, Correcting a NY Times Correction

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This week's show: Palestinian guests are asked to condemn Hamas. Do Israeli guests face similar treatment? Plus CBS goes to Michael Bloomberg for Africa analysis and the New York Times publishes a correction that makes a bigger mistake the article it was correcting. Watch:

Aug
06
2014

Gaza, Cease-Fires and Stenography

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An announced cease-fire in Gaza on August 1 broke down almost immediately, with claims that Hamas militants–including one with a suicide vest–had attacked Israeli troops and had kidnapped a soldier. But almost every aspect of the story was questionable, if not false. According to some early reports, Hamas broke the cease-fire with an attack on Israeli troops who, under the terms of the agreement, were allowed to continue military operations in Gaza. As the New York Times reported it (8/1/14):  Palestinian militants sprang from the ground and confronted Israeli soldiers Friday morning, as they have repeatedly in recent days. This […]

Jul
10
2014

When Does the 'Cycle of Violence' Start?

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Coverage of the violence between Israel and Palestine often reduces the conflict to a "cycle of violence" that periodically flares up (FAIR Action Alert, 6/30/06; FAIR Blog, 12/19/08). The same is true now, with corporate media embracing the narrative that Israel’s attacks against Palestine are "retaliations," implying that it is solely the fault of Palestinians for provoking and initiating the deadly attacks on Gaza (FAIR Blog, 7/2/14). But determining when such a "cycle" begins is a political act. The current conflict is usually traced back to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank (CNN, 7/7/14). […]

Jun
06
2014

FAIR TV: Bowe Bergdahl, NBC Slams Snowden, CNN Boosts Bush

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On the show this week: Bowe Bergdahl's release prompts waves of media panic about former Guantanamo prisoners "returning to the battlefield." Plus NBC goes heavy on Edward Snowden critics and CNN buys a George H.W. Bush documentary funded by… the Bush library. Watch: