Feb
22
2015

US Backing for ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels: Long Reported, Continually Forgotten

Syrian fighter (photo: Ahmed Deeb/AFP)

That the US is arming and training Syrian rebels has been well-documented for over two years, yet Western media have historically suffered from a strange collective amnesia when reporting this fact.

Feb
18
2015

Most Americans Agree That Netanyahu, the Only One Who Can Save the Puppy, Should Save the Puppy

Netanyahu addressing Congress (photo: Getty/Saul Loeb)

You can see propaganda being manufactured before your eyes: Any subtleties are ironed out to create an assertion that the American people are calling for Netanyahu to speak.

Feb
04
2015

We Could Keep Government Small if Only the Old Weren’t Getting So Much Healthcare

Grandparents (cc photo: Ben Smith)

McClatchy wants us to be alarmed that Obama’s budget plan would move the federal government’s share of the economy from 20.9 percent today to 22.2 percent in 2024–a trivial redistribution of what is expected to be a much larger economic pie.

Dec
07
2014

Reporting the News Like Black Lives Don’t Matter

Protester faces NYPD in Times Square (photo: AP)

“Black lives matter” is the rallying cry of the burgeoning movement against police killings. The Associated Press, covering that movement, has produced a perfect example of what journalism looks like when black lives don’t matter.

Nov
18
2014

No, Tar Sands Oil Isn’t Inevitable

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Pundits say opposing Keystone is foolish because they’re going to get that oil out of the ground no matter what. But is that true?

Jul
09
2014

Obama, Inequality and Wall Street Donors

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Is Obama’s decision to stop talking about inequality really about a debate within the Democratic Party? Or is it about not losing Wall Street donors?

Apr
29
2014

Netanyahu on Iran (This Time Without the Cartoon Bomb)

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With peace talks on hold, Israeli prime minister is back on US television talking about Iran’s supposed nuclear threat. Good thing for him his claims are so rarely challenged.

Apr
25
2014

A New Turn in the War on Whistleblowers & Journalism?

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

It’s hard to see how a move to criminalize routine discussions between government officials and members of the press is anything but an attempt to shut down such conversations.

Mar
24
2014

Suspect Ships: Is Everything About Iran Threatening?

Mock-up of a US aircraft carrier supposedly under construction in Iran

The story of an Iranian mockup of an aircraft carrier illustrates the corporate media presumption that, whatever is happening, Iran has “bellicose purposes” in mind.

Mar
05
2014

Putin’s ‘Delusions’ and Double Standards

John Kerry on CBS

Media are suggesting that Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s defense of his actions in Ukraine suggests he is delusional. But what do they call it when US leaders appear unable to remember US invasions of other countries?

Feb
13
2014

Good Leaks and Bad Leaks

Politicians go out of their way to denounce whistleblowers and “leakers” whose revelations of classified data, they claim, have harmed national security. But it’s always worth pointing out that the outrage is selective.

Feb
05
2014

Falsely Presenting Obamacare as a Job-Killer

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When the Congressional Budget Office released a new report about the Affordable Care Act, some in the media botched the story by portraying the news as a triumph for Republican spin.

Jan
29
2014

The State of AP’s Factchecking Is Sad–as Usual

AP's Calvin Woodward

Why does AP still let Calvin Woodward “factcheck” political speeches? Does no one at the news service know what actual factchecking looks like? (If you’re coming in late, see FAIR Blog, 10/30/08, 2/25/09, 4/30/09, 1/28/10, 8/31/12.) Woodward’s latest venture (1/29/14) into the factcheck genre, following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech,¬† produced¬† yet more illustrations of what not to do when gauging the accuracy of political speech. Take this item: OBAMA: “We’ll need Congress to protect more than 3 million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer. But I will act on my own to slash […]