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.

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?

Nov
18
2014

A 'Child' Is Missing–From a New York Times Headline

Boy in Jabalya refugee camp, Gaza. (cc photo: Giles)

Did New York Times editors leave out of a headline the fact that it was a child who had been shot because they didn't want readers to get too upset about Israel doing the shooting?

Nov
18
2014

Amid Wall Street's 'Dazzling Successes,' Workers Left in 'Dark Corners'

Happy days are here again? The New York Times' photo for its article on mergers. (photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Does the fact that "CEOs are feeling pretty good about things" mean that the majority of US households–which rely on paychecks–should feel good too?

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.

Oct
30
2014

Media Cry Foul When Democrats Talk About Race

Democratic midterm ads

The front page of the New York Times dwells on how Democrats are playing on "racial fears" in campaign advertising. But are the ads actually unfair–or do they simply talk about issues the corporate media would rather not discuss?

Oct
28
2014

Nonvoters Are People Too

USA Today novoter chart

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

NYT Tried to Sell 'Pro-Growth' Candidate, but Brazilians Weren't Buying

Aecio Neves (photo: Felipe Dana/AP )

The New York Times' James Stewart made clear which side we should be rooting for in the Brazilian presidential elections: the side that lost.

Oct
16
2014

And by 'Traditional Voters,' the New York Times Means White People

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For a piece that is crafted around the idea that white Democratic votes are really in play, it would have been helpful to point to some numbers–though it wouldn't have much helped the piece. I

Sep
23
2014

Civilization-Threatening Crises? Nope, Can't Think of Any

Stop being sad (Allie Brosh)

David Brooks thinks you're just dwelling on the negative in the news–and he's written a New York Times column, headlined "Snap Out of It," to set you straight.

Sep
17
2014

Corporate Media: Don't Worry, Be Fracking

Deepwater Horizon disaster (photo: US Coast Guard)

A new study shows that gas leaks from fracking wells are responsible for water contamination. But some media outlets were keen to send the message that fracking isn't causing these problems.

Sep
12
2014

Cutting Pensions and 'Responsible' Politics

Gina Raimondo

Anything that hurts labor unions, workers and moves Democrats to the right must be something to cheer about.

Sep
10
2014

To NYT, 'Full Range of Views' on War Is Pretty Narrow

A foreign policy dinner had a 'full range of views'

What does a "full range of views" look like to the New York Times? Powerful people who worked for Republicans and Democrats.