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.

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

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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

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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.