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
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?

CIA's secret prisons

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.

Dec
08
2014

Torture Enablers Spin Unreleased Senate Report

President George W Bush visits CIA Headquarters, March 20, 2001.

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

Liberians

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

Image of Washington ruins from the videogame Fallout 3.

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.