Dec
17
2014

More Pointless Campaign 2016 Journalism

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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:  

Dec
10
2014

ABC Makes US the Victim in CIA Torture Report Story

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The Senate report revealed shocking, even sickening treatment of the CIA's captives. But ABC's focus wasn't on the US government abuses detailed in the report, but "the fear that its release could threaten American lives."

Dec
08
2014

Torture Enablers Spin Unreleased Senate Report

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The Senate's report on CIA torture will be released in a matter of days, so why the need to give defenders of torture a platform to excuse themselves in advance?

Dec
08
2014

Wrong-on-Iraq Pundit Gives Lessons in Media Accountability

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There are reporters at outlets like the Washington Post who raised real questions about Rolling Stone's story about rape at the University of Virginia. And then are also those like National Review editor Rich Lowry,

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.

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.