Jan
23
2015

'Poor,' 'Middle Class'–What's the Difference to the 1 Percent?

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A New York Times piece seems to treat the poor and middle class as almost interchangeable. Thus Mitt Romney vowing to "end the scourge of poverty" is equated with Mitch McConnell calling for a focus on "the stagnant middle class."

Jan
19
2015

Maureen Dowd Sets Martin Luther King Straight on How Freedom Is Won

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"On matters of race," writes Maureen Dowd, "there is an even higher responsibility to be accurate." Yes–especially for white columnists lecturing African-American directors about black history.

Jan
16
2015

And Now, a Word From Our Climate Denier…

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If the purpose of climate coverage is to convey how open-minded the New York Times is, then this piece is a success, managing to give one-third of its quotes to a proponent of a fringe theory without giving any indication that his eccentric views are virtually absent from peer-reviewed science.

Jan
07
2015

Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others

French newspaper killings is worst terrorist attack in Europe since 2005, CIA insider says

CBS's "senior security consultant" doesn't appear to remember a massacre less than four years ago that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers.

Jan
05
2015

Summing Up White Supremacist Ties as 'Saying Nice Things About an Old Man'

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On Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd tried to provide some historical context to the controversy over incoming GOP majority whip Steve Scalise's speaking before a white supremacist group. He failed.

Dec
21
2014

Gift-Giving Advice From the New York Times

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Do you have too much money? The New York Times has some shopping tips for you.

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
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'

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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

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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.