Nov
25
2014

ABC and Darren Wilson's 'Serious Injury'

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Back in August ABC reported on Darren Wilson's 'serious facial injury.' What will they say now?

Nov
24
2014

CBS Finds Ferguson 'Pipe Bombs'

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Sensationalized stories feed the perception that protesters are prone to use violence, and that harsh crackdowns are necessary in order to keep the peace. This is true even when, as is the case in Ferguson, protests are overwhelmingly nonviolent.

Nov
24
2014

NBC's Energy Debate: Oil Exec Vs. Oil Industry Adviser

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Meet the Press host Chuck Todd dismisses Keystone pipeline as a symbol, then presents an energy 'debate' between two industry insiders.

Nov
21
2014

FAIR TV: Keystone Misinformation, War 'Works' and NPR's Cosby Questions

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The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news–and so is a lot of the same old misinformation. Plus we'll look at how some TV journalists think about how war "works," and at what exactly NPR's Scott Simon asked comedian Bill Cosby.

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?

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"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
17
2014

Will Bob Schieffer Move Toward the Center?

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Bob Schieffer is right that "a lot of people" think the Democrats should move to the "center"–especially journalists and pundits, who have been saying this for at least 30 years. There's no reason to think it's especially good advice, but that doesn't seem to matter.

Nov
17
2014

Is Keystone Coverage Getting Worse?

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The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news. But some of the coverage is as bad as ever–if not worse.

Nov
11
2014

CBS Covers Liberia's Ebola Crisis–Without Liberian Voices

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CBS presented a very moving and dramatic account of the fight against ebola in Liberia. But no Liberians spoke in the piece.

Nov
11
2014

Never Too Late to Tell Old Iraq Lies

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Perhaps it is fitting that George W. Bush would say, "When you say something as president, you better mean it"–and then say something so demonstrably false.

Nov
07
2014

FAIR TV: Joni Ernst, Midterm Money and CNN's Climate Change 'Debate'

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ABC World News hardly covered the midterm elections–but when they did, it looked more like an ad for a Republican candidate. Plus we look at an example of campaign coverage done right, and a curious climate change segment on CNN.

Nov
07
2014

On Iran Policy, America Is Not 'the World'

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When reporters talk about what "the world" thinks about Iran, they really just mean the United States.

Nov
07
2014

Covering Climate Crisis, Fox News Style

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Even when it's barely covering the issue of climate change, Fox News reporters know that they're supposed to include what climate change deniers have to say.