Nov
18
2014

War Works–So Why Isn't It Working?

US airstrike, Fallujah (photo: USMC/James J. Vooris)

"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

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
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
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.

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.

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
07
2014

Covering Climate Crisis, Fox News Style

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Even when it's barely covering the issue of climate change, Fox News reporters know that they're supposed to include what climate change deniers have to say.

Nov
04
2014

ABC Campaign Coverage–or GOP Campaign Commercial?

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For a news story that promises to be about a conservative candidate's TV commercial, ABC sure delivered.

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
31
2014

FAIR TV: #TimeFail, Dodgy Climate Change Rhetoric and the Non-Voting Public

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This week: Time slams public school teachers; what did their "bad apples" cover story get wrong? Plus we look at how ABC is framing the climate change debate among Republican politicians, and we note that election season pundits shouldn't confuse the message they're hearing from a minority of the population that votes with "the public."

Oct
28
2014

Nonvoters Are People Too

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When pundits talk about what 'the public' thinks in an election season, remember that they're not really talking about the whole public.

Oct
27
2014

ABC's 'Middle Ground' on Climate Change: Who Knows?

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A more evasive kind of climate change denial isn't really a "middle ground."