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,

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
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
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.

Oct
20
2014

When 'Washington Is Broken' Isn't the Story

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The United States does not have a surgeon general because Washington works–for the gun lobby.

Oct
14
2014

Missing Malala's Message of Peace: Drones Fuel Terrorism

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The new Nobel Peace Prize winner had some choice words for another Peace Prize winner's wars. But most media aren't telling us about that message of peace.

Oct
10
2014

FAIR TV: Perception vs. Reality, 60 Minutes & the FBI, NPR Takes Netanyahu's Side

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60 Minutes cheers on the FBI, NPR takes Netanyahu's side on settlements, and media blur the difference between perception and reality.

Oct
06
2014

Another 60 Minutes Puff Piece

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60 Minutes' interview with FBI chief James Comey was essentially an ad for the FBI, absent any critical scrutiny or questioning.

Sep
29
2014

TV Generals and Precision Bombs: Corporate Media Go to War

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Generals, former generals and not much more: Corporate media are covering war the only way they know how.

Sep
15
2014

CBS: 'We Have No Choice' but to Attack ISIS 'Before We All Get Killed'

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CBS host Bob Schieffer believes that ISIS poses a threat to the American "homeland" and tells viewers: "This evil must be eradicated. These forces must be destroyed."

Sep
10
2014

And Now, a Word From Henry Kissinger…

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Henry Kissinger is making the rounds again–mostly reminding us that elite media love to fawn over Henry Kissinger.