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

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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 […]

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
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

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
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

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
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.