Mar
24
2015

Rebranding McCain and Romney as Moderates to Facilitate a Sharp Right Turn

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By accepting Ted Cruz’s characterization of McCain and Romney as moderates who lost because of their moderation, media endorse his argument that the Republican Party’s path to success takes a sharp right turn.

Mar
20
2015

Danny Schechter, ‘News Dissector’ and Creator, Dies at 72

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Danny Schechter, groundbreaking media critic and legendary producer for both corporate and alternative media, died on March 19 at the age of 72.

Mar
06
2015

Getting Media to Take Climate Threats Seriously? There’s a Snowball’s Chance

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Speaking of the laugh riot that is climate change, have you heard the one about the pipeline that would carry a third more tar sands crude oil than Keystone XL?

Feb
05
2015

Some Other Tall Tales Brian Williams Might Want to Apologize For

Not getting shot down in Iraq is just the beginning of things Brian Williams needs to correct.

Now that he’s cleared up that he wasn’t actually shot down in Iraq by an RPG, there are some other tall tales that NBC’s Brian Williams might want to take back.

Feb
02
2015

‘Venezuelan Bomb Plot’ a Figment of FBI’s–and US Media’s–Imagination

NBC: Ex-Los Alamos Scientist Gets 5 Years in Venezuelan Nuclear Bomb Plot

Accurate headlines would not leave casual readers with the impression that Venezuela was interested in getting a nuclear bomb, or in trying to nuke New York.

Jan
20
2015

What Corporate Media Don’t Want You to Know About Joni Ernst

ABC News invites you to meet Joni Ernst--but don't ask too many questions.

You really don’t learn too much else about Joni Ernst, picked to rebut the State of the Union address, from media profiles, Nor do you get the impression that corporate media think you need to know much.

Jan
11
2015

Some European Bloodbaths Are More Interesting Than Others

Face the Nation: Terror in Paris

Why is that Islamist violence is drop-everything fascinating to US corporate media, while a massacre by a right-wing anti-Muslim zealot doesn’t seem to be worth talking about?

Jan
09
2015

How Did TV News Talk About Torture in Coverage of the Torture Report?

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A new FAIR study (Media Advisory, 1/7/15) finds that torture supporters outnumbered critics of torture nearly 2-to-1 in TV news coverage of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture. While those who authorized and carried out torture were well-represented, like George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and several CIA officials, victims of torture were entirely missing and their advocates barely heard from. But beyond who got a chance to speak, how were these discussions conducted and what was said? Human Rights Take a Back Seat to Partisan Bickering In analyzing the transcripts of these shows, the most glaring […]

Jan
07
2015

Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others

French newspaper killings is worst terrorist attack in Europe since 2005, CIA insider says

CBS’s “senior security consultant” doesn’t appear to remember a massacre less than four years ago that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers.

Jan
05
2015

Summing Up White Supremacist Ties as ‘Saying Nice Things About an Old Man’

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On Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd tried to provide some historical context to the controversy over incoming GOP majority whip Steve Scalise’s speaking before a white supremacist group. He failed.

Dec
17
2014

More Pointless Campaign 2016 Journalism

Jeb Bush (cc photo: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he sort of could be running for the Republican presidential nomination. Of course, that drew substantial media attention.

Dec
15
2014

NBC: Someday We Might Learn That Drones Kill Civilians

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Meet the Press covers US drone attacks. But why do they want viewers to think it’s too hard to know how many innocents have died?

Dec
12
2014

FAIR TV: US Victimology, Equal Time for Torturers and Hypocritical Factchecking Lectures

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This week: ABC World News prepared viewers for the Senate report on CIA torture…by warning that its publication could harm Americans. Plus TV news covers the torture report by giving a platform to torture advocates. And a pundit who was dead wrong about the Iraq War shares his thoughts about the need for Rolling Stone to do better factchecking. Watch: