Aug
06
2013

Covering Weiner

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"We shouldn't even be wasting our time talking about Anthony Weiner," the pundits say– and then they continue to talk about him anyway.

Aug
02
2013

FAIR TV: Misreporting WikiLeaks, NYT Defines the "Center," MSNBC's Walmart "Debate"

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This week: The corporate media finally paid attention to the Bradley Manning trial–but NBC botched some of the history. Plus the New York Times tries to show how Democrats are moving 'away from the center.' But how do they define the center anyway? And we look at an MSNBC debate over Walmart and a living wage that could have used more debate.

Aug
02
2013

Snowden's Asylum and Double Standards

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Russia's decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum is being covered as a grave breach, a "snub," and an act of defiance. But what about the cases where the United States has refused to extradite those accused of horrible crimes in the rest of the world?

Jul
25
2013

The Rolling Stone Cover and the 'New Ideological Threat'

The cover of Rolling Stone (8/13), featuring a self-portrait of Dzhokhar Tsaernav taken weeks before the Boston bombing, has fueled a strong backlash. Discussing the cover, Fox News' Lisa Daftari (7/18/13) said: In the aftermath of 9/11, if you look back over a decade ago, this country had an awakening, an understanding, that we have a new ideological threat that is on our soil. People became aware. But we've since gone very far from that, almost gone too far from that. We are almost becoming overcompensating, for fear of being Islamophobic. Political correctness is leading us to put a terrorist […]

Jul
19
2013

FAIR TV: Trayvon Martin, Iran Bluster, Bradley Manning Blackout

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This week we look at some of the messages coming from the corporate media in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict. And CBS gives Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu a platform to spread alarm over Iranian nukes. Plus a look at what corporate-owned TV networks think is newsworthy–a royal baby, not the trial of Bradley Manning.

Jul
19
2013

Former NSA Chief Smears Glenn Greenwald

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"The Guardian newspaper's Glenn Greenwald," writes former NSA director Michael Hayden today in a CNN op-ed, is "more deserving of the Justice Department's characterization of a co-conspirator than Fox's James Rosen ever was." Hayden's smear came in a column in which he argues that Edward Snowden, whose story Greenwald has been telling in the Guardian, "will likely prove to be the most costly leaker of American secrets in the history of the Republic." Those thuggish words are particularly disturbing coming from a figure who is, as CNN's editor's note at the top of the column explains, still tied to military […]

Jul
19
2013

What It Takes to Get a Reporter to Correct An Error

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When Jeremy Scahill called out a CNN reporter for an error, she eventually corrected her mistake on the air. That's good– and more outlets should be doing the same. Unfortunately the "non-correction correction" is more typical–or, as in the case of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, a media figure will simply ignore the issue.

Jul
17
2013

Bradley Manning Is Not a Royal Baby

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"With a Royal Baby Due, News Outlets Are on High Alert" reported the New York Times (7/14/13) in a piece detailing the extensive planning that TV networks have done in order to cover the any-day-now arrival of the child of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Times said it "will be a spectacle unlike any other in the modern media age"; the ABC website has a special section ("sponsored by NestlĂ©"), while "NBC News has a site called RoyalBabyGuess.com, asking for predictions about name, birth time and weight. To make it more fun, the people whose guesses come closest might […]

Jul
17
2013

Tom Friedman, Churchill and Immigrants

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If Tom Friedman wants to slam Republicans' anti-immigrant policies, he probably shouldn't be summoning the ghost of Winston Churchill.

Jul
16
2013

Obama, Like Ike, 'Avoided Military Adventures'? Not Quite

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NY Times says Obama, like Dwight Eisenhower, avoided "military adventures" because he is "leaving Afghanistan." Sure–after massively escalating the war there.

Jul
16
2013

Voter ID Laws: More He Said, She Said

The recent Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act is bound to bring voter ID laws back into the media discussion. And, unfortunately, that means some of these discussions will suffer from a familiar problem: The unwillingness to point out that the problem such laws are allegedly fighting–voter fraud– doesn't exist.

Jul
15
2013

CBS Gives Iran Nuclear Fearmongering a Voice

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been sounding alarms over Iran's nuclear program for two decades. On Sunday CBS Face the Nation gave him yet another chance to make dubious claims about the threats posed by their supposed weapons.

Jun
28
2013

FAIR TV: Gregory vs. Greenwald, Snowden Anonymity, Time's Bush Nostalgia

What are David Gregory and Andrew Ross Sorkin really trying to say about Glenn Greenwald? Unnamed government officials are telling media outlets that Edward Snowden's NSA whistleblowing is helping terrorists. Plus, Time's Jon Meacham has some odd nostalgia for the Bush years.