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 […]

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
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
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
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
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

On Iran Policy, America Is Not 'the World'

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When reporters talk about what "the world" thinks about Iran, they really just mean the United States.

Nov
03
2014

Young People Going Republican? Not So Fast

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A new poll out of Harvard's Institute of Politics is getting a lot of attention, probably because it appears to send a surprising message: Young voters are moving towards the GOP. But some caution is in order.

Oct
23
2014

Chuck Todd, Militarism and Media Diversity

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Chuck Todd wants to make Meet the Press more diverse–but he doesn't appear willing to try all that hard.

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
17
2014

FAIR TV: ABC's Factcheck Fail, Chuck Todd's DQ, and Malala's Message

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ABC botches an easy ISIS factcheck, and NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Senate candidate who gave an iffy response to a trivial question. Plus Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace Prize–but US media doesn't seem interested in her peace message.

Oct
15
2014

Chuck Todd Disqualifies a Senate Candidate

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NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Kentucky Democrat based on an inconsequential "gaffe" that says more about him than anyone else.