Oct
03
2014

FAIR TV: Media in War Mode, Calling for Civilian Deaths and PBS Hits Harper's

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On this week's show: The ways corporate media cover war, a Fox News pundit wants to see more civilian deaths in Syria, and PBS uses its ad dollars to punish a magazine. All of that on this week's show:

Oct
03
2014

PBS Goes Easy on Paul Ryan

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Ryan wants to change his public image, and is relying on media coverage to help him do that. The NewsHour's Judy Woodruff was unsurprisingly doing her part.

Oct
03
2014

Breaking News: Ben Affleck Is a Famous Movie Star

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There's a lot going on in the world. So why did NBC Nightly News devote a four-minute segment to a movie star?

Sep
30
2014

PBS Uses Advertising to Retaliate Against Critical Coverage

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PBS was set up in part because of an understanding that advertising exerts pressure on media outlets. And now it's using its own advertising to signal its disapproval of critical coverage.

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
23
2014

Reluctant Warrior Bombs Yet Another Country

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Can a president who has launched military strikes on seven countries really be called a 'reluctant warrior?'

Sep
22
2014

What Chuck Todd Talks About Instead of Talking About Climate

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Not talking about the largest climate march in history left Chuck Todd with some time to fill up on NBC's Meet the Press.

Sep
19
2014

FAIR TV: ISIS & the 'Homeland,' Pro-War Pundits and 'Don't Blame Fracking'

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This week: Watch ABC drum up fears about a terror attack on the United States. Plus we'll take a look at the state of the debate over war, and how big papers spun a study of how fracking leads to water contamination into a story about how we shouldn't blame fracking. Take a look:  

Sep
16
2014

The PBS Left: 'Airstrikes Are Wonderful'

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The voice from the left on PBS wants a serious debate over Obama's war plan–but also makes it clear that airstrikes are great.

Sep
15
2014

ABC: ISIS Possibly Scarier Than Al-Qaeda–Due to Social Media

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A key element in the shift in US public opinion toward attacking ISIS is the idea that the country could be attacked by the group. Where do people get this idea? TV news might be one place.

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.

Sep
09
2014

Fracking Away the Climate Crisis

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The New York Times and PBS NewsHour present very different looks at fracking. What's missing from both? Climate change.