Nov
21
2014

FAIR TV: Keystone Misinformation, War 'Works' and NPR's Cosby Questions

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The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news–and so is a lot of the same old misinformation. Plus we'll look at how some TV journalists think about how war "works," and at what exactly NPR's Scott Simon asked comedian Bill Cosby.

Nov
19
2014

PBS to Treasury Official: 'Why Can't You Just Bomb Them?'

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It seems it's hard to talk to an elite media host for very long before they start fantasizing about blowing things up.

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.

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
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
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
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.

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
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
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
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.

Jul
16
2014

PBS 'Expert' Speaks for Both Sides, but Advocates 'Excessive Force' Against One Side

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The NewsHour invited Anthony Cordesman to consider possible policy options for "both sides" in the Israel/Gaza conflict. The problem is that Cordesman is on the record as advocating the option of brutality against Palestinian civilians.