Dec
18
2014

People Who Live in 'Flyspecks' Shouldn't Fling Metaphors

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The second paragraph of the Washington Post's news story (12/17/14) on President Obama normalizing relations with Cuba begins, "Cuba is a flyspeck of an island that long ago ceased to be a threat to the United States."

Dec
17
2014

More Pointless Campaign 2016 Journalism

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he sort of could be running for the Republican presidential nomination. Of course, that drew substantial media attention.

Dec
17
2014

WaPo Won't Say 'Torture'–Unless It Makes Torture Sound Better

Jen Sorensen: When Is Torture Torture?

The Washington Post's poll most likely found that a small minority of Americans thought torture was justified after 9/11. In other words, pretty much the opposite of what the Post's headline said.

Dec
17
2014

Dana Milbank and the Bias of Centrism

Jim DeMint and Elizabeth Warren (cc photos: Gage Skidmore, New America Foundation)

To argue that Elizabeth Warren is the left equivalent of Jim DeMint, one must exhibit no interest in the substance of politics.

Dec
15
2014

'Disruptive, Demanding' Elizabeth Warren vs. 'Can-Do' Pragmatists

Hillary Clinton (cc photo: Brett Weinstein)

Media coverage portrays populist Democrats as presenting a "threat" to pragmatic centrism.

Dec
08
2014

Torture Enablers Spin Unreleased Senate Report

President George W Bush visits CIA Headquarters, March 20, 2001.

The Senate's report on CIA torture will be released in a matter of days, so why the need to give defenders of torture a platform to excuse themselves in advance?

Dec
08
2014

Wrong-on-Iraq Pundit Gives Lessons in Media Accountability

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There are reporters at outlets like the Washington Post who raised real questions about Rolling Stone's story about rape at the University of Virginia. And then are also those like National Review editor Rich Lowry,

Dec
05
2014

FAIR TV: Fox News & Ferguson, Cop Euphemisms and Disney 'News'

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On Fox News Channel, the real "bad guy" in Ferguson was the victim Michael Brown. The New York Times softens language around police violence. And a commercial for a new movie is "news"–on the movie studio's TV network.

Dec
05
2014

Chris Christie, Keystone and Canada

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A story in the New York Times about the Keystone pipeline isn't really about the Keystone pipeline.

Dec
04
2014

In NYT's Retelling of Eric Garner's Death, the Officer's Arm Has a Mind of Its Own

Daniel Pantaleo chokes Eric Garner to death.

If only police officer Daniel Pantaleo had been able to somehow control his own arm, Eric Garner would not have died.

Nov
26
2014

On Israel/Palestine, NYT's Public Editor Seems Reluctant to Heed Own Advice

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One of New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan's recommendations to her paper for improving its coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is "Stop straining for symmetry." It's advice she seems reluctant to take herself.

Nov
26
2014

NYT Columnist's Faulty Attack on Elizabeth Warren's 'Rage'

Elizabeth Warren (cc photo: New America Foundation)

New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin has earned a reputation over the years for being friendly with the Wall Street giants he covers. If you read his bizarre rant against Senator Elizabeth Warren, it's not hard to see why.

Nov
25
2014

Two More 'Police Incidents,' Shrouded in Media Euphemism

Tamir Rice

That so many black people are killed by law enforcement is a painful, difficult thing to face. Perhaps that's why media try so hard to look away.